Calendar

Monday Jul 28

Extremism at the EPA: A Discussion on Federal Overreach, Regulation Costs, and Climate Realities

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the next step in its climate change agenda with a draft rule that would cap carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gases from existing power plants. In doing so, the EPA used questionable science, ignored climate realities, and discounted major investments around the world to build power plants. This rule will significantly reduce the use of coal as an efficient and inexpensive source of reliable power in America, if the EPA is allowed to succeed in finalizing it in addition to other climate change regulations already in the books or on the way. The consequences will be lost jobs and higher energy costs for American families and businesses with no meaningful reduction in global emissions or temperatures.

During the final week of July, the EPA will be holding its public hearings on the proposed rule in three different states throughout the nation, as well as the District of Colombia. At the beginning of this crucial week, join us as we discuss climate realities and fallacies, the EPA's war on coal, and efforts to stop the EPA's unchecked climate change regulation. Leading the discussion will be a special address by Representative Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania's 3rd District, whose successful fight against federal overreach in the private sector led him to Washington and motivates his ongoing effort to stop such regulatory extremism.

Monday Jul 28

Young America's Foundation National Conservative Student Conference

Location: George Washington University's Marvin Center, Washington, DC
Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 AM

Full-time college students are invited to apply Young America's Foundation's premiere conference, now in its 36th year. This conference features the stars of the Conservative Movement: leading policy-makers, professors, media personalities, and activists; tremendous opportunities for networking with like-minded peers across the country; and a colossal amount of invaluable activism resources. Conservative interns on Capitol Hill and the DC area are also invited to attend portions of the event on a part-time basis. Early Bird Rate: $100* (includes tuition, materials, lodging, and meals). After May 31, the fee increases to $175. Acceptance is subject to approval.

Tuesday Jul 29

11th Annual Supreme Court Round-Up

Location: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP's Twentieth Floor Reception Area, 130 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Time: 5:30 PM

The Honorable Paul D. Clement, a partner at Bancroft PLLC and former Solicitor General of the United States, will review the U.S. Supreme court term that closed in June 2014 – highlighting the results in significant cases, discussing the various Justices' voting patterns, etc. he will also preview the cases that may land on the Court's docket in the term beginning in October 2014.

Registration fee:
$10.00 for current members, law students, and clerks
$20.00 for non-members with advance registration.

Prices are $5.00 higher without pre-registration.

Payment accepted at the door by cash or check to "The Federalist Society."

Approved by the Pa. CLE Board for one (1) hour of substantive CLE credit.

Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Preregister via e-mail to CLEadmin@philafedsoc.org, or call Grace Engel at (215) 575-7169.

Tuesday Jul 29

Arresting Your Cash: How Civil Forfeiture Turns Police Into Profiteers

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Civil asset forfeiture is a law enforcement tool with a dark side. Meant to ensure that "crime does not pay," civil forfeiture laws allow police to seize property suspected of being involved in criminal activity. But this tool often has low evidentiary standards, and in many states law enforcement can keep whatever they seize as profits – leading some agencies to treat civil forfeiture as a way to raise revenue, often at the expense of innocent property owners. As stories continue to surface of cops behaving more like robbers – seizing homes, money, and cars on dubious grounds – action is being taken. States have begun to reform their laws to protect their citizens' property rights, and the issue has now reached Congress. What is the outlook on forfeiture reform, and where do we stand today?

Representative Tim Walberg of Michigan's 7th District, recently brought stories of forfeiture abuses to the attention of the House, and has called publicly for federal civil forfeiture reform. Radley Balko, an author, blogger, and investigative journalist for The Huffington Post, writes frequently on law enforcement matters including civil forfeiture; he has brought to the public's attention many of the innocent victims of civil forfeiture abuse. Scott Bullock is a Senior Attorney at the public interest law firm, the Institute for Justice, who has litigated a number of forfeiture cases and is a leading expert in forfeiture law.

Tuesday Jul 29

Regdata 2.0: Quantifying Regulation

Location: Cannon House Office Building 121
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University invites you to a Regulation University program that introduces an enhanced research tool for quantifying federal regulation.

RegData 2.0 provides a revolutionary way of quantifying regulation by industry, agency and restriction terms found in text of the Code of Federal Regulations.

RegData allows you to:

  • Go beyond 'page' or 'rule' counts: RegData 2.0 allows you to assess regulations by number of restrictions per regulator, or restrictions relative to total word count
  • See how the regulatory metrics compare across industries
  • See how much regulation is generated by a particular agency, bureau, committee, or administration per year
  • See how regulatory restrictions have changed over time for a particular industry
  • Examine the degree to which agency production of regulations changes after Congress passes new laws

In this program, Senior Research Fellow Dr. Patrick McLaughlin will explain the new features available in RegData 2.0 and how to conduct searches that can help with your most pressing regulation questions.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a valuable presentation. Space is limited. Please register online for this event.

This event is free and open to all congressional and federal agency staff. This event is not open to the general public. Food will be provided. Due to space constraints, please no interns. Questions? Please contact Caitlyn Van Orden, Event Associate, at cvanorden@mercatus.gmu.edu or (703) 993-4925.

Wednesday Jul 30

2014 North Carolina Charter Schools Conference

Location: Hilton Wilmington Riverside, Wilmington, NC
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 6:30 PM

The NC Public Charter Schools Association proudly presents the 2014 North Carolina Charter Schools Conference July 30- August 1 at the beautiful Hilton Wilmington Riverside along the Cape Fear River in historic Wilmington. We are expecting 500 passionate educators, administrators, board members, parents, students, valued business members, legislators, and other stakeholders to make this the largest and most exciting charter event in our region! The event's focus will be recognizing our growth and opportunity and be called "Waves of change, oceans of opportunity!" The conference will include: Top speakers, including Jon Hage, CEO and founder of Charter Schools USA and the CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Nina Rees. Invited speakers include NC Gov. Pat McCrory, Speaker of the NC House, Thom Tillis, Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Board Chair Bill Cobey, with more to be announced soon. 48 quality breakout sessions with top rated presenters, covering Advocacy, Governance/Leadership, Instruction, and Operations (our Call for Presentations closes February 28). Special "in-house training or "board retreat" options for a limited number of member schools that register early. Charter Champions Awards. Common Core training. Hospitality Suite open for attendees and vendors! Great restaurants a short walk away or the Ruth's Chris Steak House in the hotel. Super Hilton Wilmington Riverside rates for summer/beach area at $129 through June 29th (hint: register early and get a river view room for an extra $10). Book your room below! Networking with your peers. Association members $109 Non-members $159 (both increase $40 later).

Wednesday Jul 30

American Legislative Exchange Council 2014 Annual Meeting

Location: Dallas, TX
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 5:30 PM

As America's largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state lawmakers, ALEC brings together legislators, policy experts and business leaders to exchange and share ideas. The ALEC Annual Meeting, in Dallas, Texas, is a spectacular opportunity to join the conversation on limited government, free market policies.

Wednesday Jul 30

The Iraq Meltdown: What Next?

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

The swift collapse of Iraqi security forces in northern Iraq in the face of an al-Qaeda-spearheaded Sunni insurgency is a disastrous setback for U.S. counterterrorism and Middle East policies that will have dangerous regional spillover effects. The Islamic State, formerly known the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and before that as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, now poses a rising threat to the United States and U.S. allies. Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) will discuss Iraq and the broader implications for the American foreign policy. Following his remarks, a panel of experts will discuss the current trends in Iraq.

Thursday Jul 31

Campaign Management Workshop

Location: TBD (Loudoun County, VA)
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM

Do you want to learn how to organize your community, make a difference, and work on a political campaign?

Good news! You can learn all of this at the Leadership Institute's Campaign Management Workshop.

This workshop teaches you how to manage or contribute to a winning campaign. Every year thousands run for elected office, but only a few win. Get the skills necessary to be a leader for the campaign of your choice.

At this workshop you will learn to:

  • Recruit and manage the volunteers you need to knock on doors and make phone calls.
  • Build a grassroots infrastructure to put your campaign over to the top on Election Day.
  • Raise money for your cause or campaign to pay the rent and keep your campaign going.
  • Develop and communicate an effective message that reaches key voters.

Thursday Jul 31

Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Location: Chinatown Garden Restaurant 618 H St NW
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Economics suffers from a bad reputation as a "dismal science" plagued with lifeless graphs and dry statistics. In reality, this accusation has less to do with substance than with style; the subject itself is lively and vital. Economics provides a powerful framework for understanding what goes on in the marketplace, the voting booth, the family, the community, and every other sphere of social activity; indeed, the application (or misapplication) of its principles shapes the fate of nations. The greatest teachers of economics, from before Adam Smith on down to the present, have always impressed upon the public their discipline's explanatory powers and importance for human well-being.

In Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, Peter J. Boettke contributes to this tradition by discussing the ideas of some of the most important economists of the past century – famous and not so famous "worldly philosophers" whose innovative theories shed light on pressing issues such as inflation and unemployment, capitalism and socialism, competition and entrepreneurship, law and politics, and customs and civil society. He also explains how the conduct of economists, both in classrooms and in scholarly journals written for their peers, enhances or diminishes the influence of economic thinking on the world of practical affairs.

Boettke's thorough diagnosis of the maladies of today's economics profession is especially valuable. He concludes by urging his colleagues to return to their discipline's original mission: to make sense of human action and communicate the findings to a public sorely in need of cogent counsel. Scholarly and yet highly accessible, Living Economics enables readers to see far across the human landscape by standing on the shoulders of giants in the economics profession, as Boettke and his occasional chapter co-authors – Christopher Coyne, Steve Horwitz, Peter Leeson, David L. Prychitko, and Frederic Sautet – eagerly acknowledge. Its sparkling insights make it worthwhile reading for economics teachers, students, and anyone interested in exploring the frontiers of the economic way of thinking and their potential impact on the world.

Peter Boettke is a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and the Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU.

Thursday Jul 31

Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2014

Location: Laughing Man Tavern's Game Room, 1306 G St NW
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM

For the second year, the Tax Foundation, National Taxpayers Union Foundation, and our latest partner, the Washington D.C. chapter of Liberty on the Rocks, invite students, activists, and residents to join in celebrating the life and legacy of Milton Friedman. The event will include drinks, games, and special remarks from a former student of Milton Friedman's, Tax Foundation Senior Fellow Stephen Entin.

Thursday Jul 31

Federal Budget Outlook: It's Worse than You Think

Location: The Cato Institute's Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave NW
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Featuring Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-WI) and Member, Senate Budget Committee; and Chris Edwards, Editor, DownsizingGovernment.Org, Cato Institute; moderated by Daniel J. Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.

The Congressional Budget Office has released its new budget outlook, and there is some good news about the recent decline in the deficit. However, the long-term fiscal outlook remains grim. Senator Johnson is leading efforts to focus Washington's attention on the debt crisis that will occur in coming years without major spending reforms. He advocates using 30-year projections to judge proposed fiscal policy changes, and he will illustrate his findings in a PowerPoint presentation. Chris Edwards will discuss why the fiscal outlook is worse than shown in official projections and how an unreformed budget will sap growth and undermine future living standards.

Friday Aug 01

Smart Girl Conference 2014

Location: Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta-Buckhead
Date: Friday, August 1, 2014
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 6:30 PM

Smart Girl Summit 2014 will be heading to Hotlanta this summer. What better way to celebrate the hottest women's event in the country! SGS14 will bring together over 200 activists, bloggers, and community leaders from around the country. The event which is strategically intimate allows our attendees personal exposure to our SGS team, as well as our speakers and panelists. For the second year, we are thrilled to offer our Armed and Fabulous program as a part of SGS14. We have arranged for some of our attendees to visit a gun range on Friday afternoon prior to the official kick-off of Smart Girl Summit. We will award the 3rd annual Breitbart Spirit Award given to a woman who embodies the qualities and power of Andrew Breitbart. Past winners include Dana Loesch and Katie Pavlich. More details to come. Early Bird Tickets are just $99 and include Friday evening's welcome reception, Saturday lunch and Saturday evening's banquet and awards dinner. This event will sell out, so register today!

Wednesday Aug 06

Leadership Institute's Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast

Location: Leadership Institute Steven P.J. Wood Building, 1101 North Highland Street, Arlington VA 22201
Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Start Time: 7:30 AM
End Time: 9:30 AM

Held the first Wednesday of each month, these breakfast meetings are an excellent opportunity for friends of the Institute to meet leading conservative speakers and hear their thoughts on current affairs.

These breakfast meetings offer a great chance to share food and fellowship with conservative friends. Past breakfasts have been attended by members of Congress, public policy experts, and columnists. This month, join Tim Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and author of "The Big Ripoff" and "Obamanomics."

Thursday Aug 07

Leadership Institute Happy Hour

Location: SoBe Bar and Grill, 3100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington VA 22201
Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM

Join us for happy hour! The first 100 attendees in the door get a drink ticket. It will be a great way for you to network with conservative and liberty minded political movers and shakers in DC and NoVA. Pre-register now and and skip the line!

Friday Aug 08

RedState Gathering

Location: Renaissance Worthington Hotel, Fort Worth, TX
Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 10:00 AM

We have big news! We are pleased to announce that the 2014 RedState Gathering will be on held on August 8-10, 2014 in the great State of Texas at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth. We opened Advance Registration earlier than ever so you can secure your place and make plans to attend. We are making numerous program enhancements that ensure this is the best Gathering ever. Speaker announcements and more information begin very soon! Confirmed speakers include Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, and Attorney General Greg Abbott. This Early Bird registration offering means that your rate is only $249, a savings of $50 off the regular registration rate of $299. If your spouse is joining us as well, they can register for only $199. Sign up today to get these special discounts! This price includes all Gathering program activities, Welcome Reception Thursday, August 7th, full breakfast and lunch Friday and Saturday, Closing Breakfast Sunday, and other special events. Also, if you wish to book your hotel room at the negotiated, discount rate of $129/night, call the Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel at 817.850.1000 or click the link below. We look forward to seeing you in Fort Worth.

Saturday Aug 09

CPAC San Diego

Location: Town and Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, CA
Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 7:00 PM

CPAC is the nation's preeminent gathering of conservatives. Each year, CPAC brings together and energizes 10,000 people representing leading conservative organizations, educational institutions, elected officials, thought leaders, media and grassroots activists who impact conservative thought in the United States. Three days of keynote speakers, general sessions, break-outs, film screenings, author events and networking activities. Historically sold-out "CPAC HUB" expo hosting 200 exhibitors. Numerous special events, venues and programs, each with their own draw and appeal including: "Radio Row" from where more than 3 dozen of the leading conservative talk shows broadcast; the prestigious Ronald Reagan Dinner; and the nationally reported ACU Presidential Straw Poll. Register online.

Monday Aug 11

17th Annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium

Location: Von Braun Center, Huntsville, AL
Date: Monday, August 11, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 4:30 PM

The SMD Symposium is the leading educational, professional development and networking event in the space and missile defense community. The symposium is widely attended by leaders and professionals from the United States and our allies around the world. It is the ideal forum for conducting business face-to-face. Participants can also earn continuing education credits. Our 2014 theme is "Space and Missile Defense: Foundational to US Strategy Today and in the Future." Key features of this year's symposium include the following: Technology Track highlighting emerging technologies with a focus on Modeling & Simulation; STEM Education Forum, free to the general public (Tuesday afternoon); GEO spatial intelligence program (Wednesday); Presentations from Senior Level National and International Leaders; Congressional and Technology Panels; Wednesday evening dinner: invited guest U.S. Representative Mike Rogers from Michigan's 8th congressional district; and an Exhibit Hall featuring Technology and Product Demonstrations.

Thursday Aug 21

The Money Show

Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, CA
Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 6:30 PM

Guided by the belief that "knowledge is power" and recognizing the desire of independent minds to rely on self rather than institution, MoneyShow has been empowering individuals with a passion for investing for three decades. The company pioneered the investment tradeshow field in the early 80s, creating the concept of a "MoneyShow" and developing a business model which gathers qualified investors, traders, and financial advisors together with top financial experts, business, and media professionals, offering all participants unparalleled opportunities for profitable interactivity, idea exchange, relationship-building, and learning. By joining us at a live event, or becoming a member of MoneyShow.com, an individual investor, trader, or financial advisor becomes part of a global network that connects tens of thousands of attendees and hundreds of experts on an ongoing basis. Join the industry's very best this August in San Francisco to hear their expert advice on managing your assets safely, confidently, and profitably.

Friday Aug 22

National Guard Association of the United States General Conference and Exhibition

Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL
Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 AM
End Time: 8:00 PM

A National Guard Association of the United States tradition, the annual conference allows members to gather and vote on the top legislative priorities for NGAUS, share information and celebrate the camaraderie of being National Guard and NGAUS members. The schedule of events includes an exhibitor reception, the NGAUS Golf Tournament, TAG Reception, Company Grade/Warrant Officer Mixer, Fun Run, business sessions, Governor's Reception, task force meetings, a hospitality night, and the States Dinner.

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