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State Issues:

Georgia Gets Tough on Illegal Immigrants

Legal_Update The State of Georgia has done what the U.S. Congress (thanks largely to political gamesmanship in the Senate) cannot. It has produced signed, sealed and delivered legislation to deal with the state's burden of illegal immigration.

Georgia's new law is not a panacea. It will not start taking effect until 2007 and some provisions will not be fully implemented for several years beyond that. It is limited to the boundaries of the state and by the authority thereof, but it is regarded as one of the toughest laws passed by any state. With as many as 40 other states considering some form of illegal immigration legislation, the Georgia law could serve as a stimulus to other states and ultimately to the Congress to act.

So what does Georgia's law do?

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Federal Issues:
Congresswoman McKinney's Crash Course on the Constitution

Legal_Update Representative Cynthia McKinney -- the less than distinguished, far from gentle woman from Georgia -- is a fighter, not a thinker.

The Congresswoman proved both last month when, according to a police report, she assaulted a Capitol Hill police officer "with [a] closed fist" after he tried to stop her from rushing right through a House office building's security checkpoint without showing her congressional credentials. But that's only the beginning of this story.

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Property Rights:
Reviving the Property Rights Outrage

Legal_Update Last June, the Supreme Court's decision in the now-infamous Kelo case struck a judicial blow to Americans' constitutional right to own property without fear of government seizure.

Recall that the decision validated the notion that a local government could seize private property and hand it over to a private developer with no more justification than the claim that the new development would provide greater tax revenue than the homes, businesses, churches or farms that it might be replacing.

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Freedom Line:
Fast Contradiction: Fast Food Nation Author's Message Does Not Belong in Our Children's Schools

Legal_Update Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, is now targeting America's children with his message of "blame everyone else" and "government knows best." Specifically, Schlosser has arranged a speaking tour at our nation's schools and is releasing a version of his book targeting middle-school aged children this spring.

Schlosser does not advocate individual responsibility. Instead, under the guise of healthier eating, he supports the empowerment of government bureaucracies and organized labor bosses while restricting freedom of speech through new, government-enforced bans on certain types of food advertising. The bottom line: Schlosser is neither a doctor, scientist, farmer nor teacher. He and his book do not belong in our schools.

Read CFIF's fact sheet on Schlosser and his proposals now.

Your Turn -- Meeting Nonsense With Commonsense:
Bringing Competition to Cable Television

Legal_Update The lack of competition in the cable markets is causing quite a stir in Congress and state legislatures as cable and telephone lobbyists and local government officials trade words over the best and most economical way to get video services to consumers. Under the current regulatory scheme, businesses wanting to offer video service to compete with cable companies must negotiate franchise fee agreements with each individual locality across the country (there are currently more than 30,000) before offering their service to consumers. The process is costly and time consuming; consumers are hurt the most.

Recently, a representative from the Video Access Alliance, a coalition advocating the need for more video distribution platforms, joined CFIF Corporate Counsel & Senior Vice President Renee Giachino to discuss consumer choices for their television and entertainment services. What follows are excepts from the interview that aired on "Your Turn -- Meeting Nonsense With Common Sense" on WEBY 1330 AM, Northwest Florida's Talk Radio.

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Editorial Cartoons:
The Cartoons of Michael Ramirez


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CFIF History & Civics Quiz:
Question of the Week
Freedom Line
"The Shot Heard Round the World" refers to which U.S. military encounter?

(a) The Battle for Fort McHenry
(b) The Battle of Yorktown
(c) The Battles of Lexington and Concord
(d) The Boston Massacre

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Jester's Courtroom: Tales Stranger Than Fiction
Featuring bizarre and sometimes humorous real life stories from the courtroom.
Hooters in Hot Water

Jester's Courtroom A former assistant manager of a Hooters restaurant located in Auburn, Alabama is suing for wrongful dismissal, claiming the firing amounted to illegal sexual harassment and retaliation. On its Internet site, Atlanta-based Hooters of America Inc. said it prohibits sexual harassment and has a strict policy "forbidding unwelcome physical or verbal behavior."

Jarman Gray, 31, filed suit under the federal civil rights laws, seeking back pay and other unspecified punitive damages from Montgomery-based Alabama Wings, which operates the restaurant. Gray contends that he was fired after calling the corporate office to complain about comments made by a corporate trainer, a woman identified only as Kat, who told waitresses at the restaurant that they should not be reluctant to make a little extra money by having sex with the patrons "if the money is right."

After waitresses complained to Gray about the trainer's comments, Gray called the corporate office and was told to discuss the problem with the franchise owner, Darrell Spikes. Gray's lawsuit states that after he told Spikes of the comment, his telephone call and his concern about the potential for sexual harassment problems, Spikes responded: "I'm top dog, you don't call corporate. You no longer have a job here."

Source: Associated Press

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Notable Quotes:
Quote of the Week

Notable Quotes George F. Will, Syndicated Columnist, Criticizing the April 5, 2006 Vote by House Republicans to Severely Limit Contributions to Organizations Chartered as 527s:

"If in November Republicans lose control of the House of Representatives, April 5 should be remembered as the day they demonstrated that they earned defeat. Traducing the Constitution and disgracing conservatism, they used their power for their only remaining purpose -- to cling to power. Their vote to restrict freedom of speech came just as the GOP's conservative base is coming to the conclusion that House Republicans are not worth working for in October or venturing out to vote for in November."

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