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Feb 1 – Townhall -Paris Train Hero Alek Skarlatos Chats About His New Freedom Fighting Role

He chatted with Townhall last week about his new role as national director for development at the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank whose mission it is to fight back against powerful government unions.

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Jan 29 – KQUEN -SKARLATOS JOINS FREEDOM FOUNDATION

The national conservative political think tank has around 50 employees with offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, Washington and Oregon.

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Jan 29 – California Globe -Gov. Newsom Willing to Re-Open Schools – Just as Soon as the Labor Unions Tell Him To

If you’ve been following California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s press conferences, you might not have a firm understanding of the plan. There’s a reason for that – there isn’t one.

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Jan 28 – Inlander -Spokane voters want union bargaining done publicly, but COVID and a court case have delayed open negotiations

Dugovich, the state council director, argues the measures have the intent of busting up or hurting unions, as the language was pushed by the Olympia-based Freedom Foundation, which has also worked for years to inform union members that they are not required to join or pay dues.

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Jan 28 – KPIC4 -Freedom Foundation, critical of public employee unions, hires Roseburg’s Alek Skarlatos

The Freedom Foundation announced Thursday that Skarlatos was joining the nonprofit think tank as the group’s national director for development The group has offices in Oregon, Washington, California, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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Jan 28 – NBC16 -Freedom Foundation, critical of public employee unions, hires Roseburg’s Alek Skarlatos

The Freedom Foundation announced Thursday that Skarlatos was joining the nonprofit think tank as the group’s national director for development The group has offices in Oregon, Washington, California, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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Jan 27 – RedState -Standing up for Those Who Can’t Stand up for Themselves

Millions of America’s children are suffering in various ways due to COVID-19 school closures. Liam’s is one of the stories we hear less about.

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Jan 13 – RedState -Biden’s Pick for Labor Thrills Union Bosses — for All the Wrong Reasons

What do we know about President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of Labor?

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Jan 12 – Daily Signal -Oregon Capitol Staff to Get Pay Raise for COVID-19 ‘Inconvenience’

A memo from leaders Courtney and Kotek informed each lawmaker they could expect a 10% increase for the 2021 session, and legislative staffers will receive a monthly stipend to help offset potential costs and other inconveniences that come with needing to work from home.

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Dec 18 – The Federalist – Report: Washington Is Inflating COVID Death Tolls, Even After Getting Caught Once Before

Analyzing more than 2000 death certificates from as early as September, investigators at Freedom Foundation found that 170 so-called COVID deaths listed no reference to the virus, while another 171 death certificates simply listed COVID-19 as a “possible contributing factor,” but not a direct cause of death.

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Dec 18 – Ricochet – You Can’t Handle the Truth, or Numbers

People are impressed by numbers, especially large numbers. Paraphrasing a quote attributed to Josef Stalin illustrates the large number quandary; One man’s death is a tragedy, millions of deaths are a merely a statistic.

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Dec 18 – Fox News Radio – More evidence states inflating numbers of COVID deaths

A positive test for the disease, even when it’s not a cause of death, is still counted. On Friday morning I saw a TV ticker and it listed in excess of 310,000 deaths in the United States attributed to the virus. Stand back for a moment and ask where the true number lies. Is it 250,000? Could it be 150,000? Could it be 50,000? From what I’ve seen the past nine months, asking these questions can get you in a lot of trouble.

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Dec 18 – KFLD News Talk – Investigation Shows WSDOH Still ‘Inflating’ COVID Death Counts

Even before this was reported, the Freedom Foundation (An Olympia WA based think tank and watchdog group) began to investigate allegations WSDOH was counting anyone who had tested positive as a COVID death.

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Dec 17 – RedState – More and More Fed-up Americans Are Defying COVID Edicts

Reports started coming out about over-reporting of COVID-19 deaths in states around the country. From Washington state to Colorado, from Florida to Kentucky, deaths were attributed to COVID-19 that, once examined, were clearly false.

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Dec 16 – California Globe – Concerned Citizens Shout Down COVID Penalties at Sacramento County Supervisors Meeting

Ultimately, several board members were made sufficiently uncomfortable by the idea of fining people for failing to comply with COVID-19 lockdown dictates. It’s clear something changed during the hour when the supervisors had left the room.

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Dec 11 – The News Tribune – Defiant Graham gym hit with state’s biggest COVID-19 violation fine: $9,639 per day

Knick speculated that L&I was going after him because he enlisted the help of the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank that has been vocal in its opposition to Inslee’s Safe Start mandate and is a critic of the state Department of Health’s approach to the pandemic.

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Dec 9 – KPER – Freedom group pushes anti-shutdown message on billboards across Washington state

One freedom group is trying to send Governor Jay Inslee a big message, literally.

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Dec 4 – Washington Times – ‘They can take me to jail’: Washington gym owner fights Gov. Inslee’s coronavirus shutdown order

Mr. Knick, who is represented by the nonprofit think tank Freedom Foundation, posted a video afterward saying that he would resist the order, citing the hardship to small businesses.

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Dec 2 – RedState – Without Censorship, There Can Be No Control

The Freedom Foundation has been stopped from promoting posts on Twitter. We have been blocked from boosting posts on FB. We are in litigation over being kicked out of public buildings for telling public employees about their rights not to fund unions and several local governments have blocked our emails in order to prevent public employees from hearing from us.

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Nov 12 – California Globe – Government Unions Had a Surprisingly Bad Election Night in California

My organization, the Freedom Foundation, speaks directly to California state and local government workers every day to help them exercise their constitutional right to leave their union – and many of them do precisely because they are tired of seeing their dues wasted on political speech they disagree with.

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Nov 5 – RedState – Newsom’s Latest COVID Regs Nuttier Than a Holiday Fruitcake

“All gatherings must be held outdoors,” the governor’s pronouncement demands, helpfully conceding that, “Attendees may go inside to use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized.”

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Oct 27 – Bloomberg Law – Unions Win Same Share of 2020 Mail, In-Person Elections

Although the threat of coronavirus transmission may make it prudent to hold certain union elections by mail, the NLRB should seek to conduct elections in-person as soon as it’s safe to do so, said Maxford Nelsen, labor policy director for the Freedom Foundation, a conservative advocacy group.

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Oct 26 – The Center Square – Seven California home health care providers appeal over SEIU taking Medicaid payments from their paychecks

While the efforts of the Freedom Foundation and NRWF have prompted the state Department of Health and Human Services to formally oppose unions skimming from Medicaid, they have continued to take money out of Medicaid payments. Stopping them from doing so will only happen after federal courts intervene, the foundations note.

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Oct 22 – Inside Sources – Public-Sector Unions Resorting to Forgery to Preserve Their Monopoly

As a rule of thumb, most economists would agree that when a consumer is truly satisfied with the price and quality of a good or service, the seller shouldn’t need to have the federal government pass laws making the transaction mandatory.

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Oct 21 – WCAX3 – New Vermont law aims to strengthen labor unions

“If you happen to make it through that 60-minute orientation and you don’t sign up for union membership, It’s entirely possible that you’ll start receiving phone calls or emails or maybe a visit to your home on a Saturday morning from union organizers trying to get you signed up,” said Max Nelsen, the labor policy director at the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank.

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Oct 21 – Redstate – Judge Forces Lifeguards Drowning in Union Dues to Keep Paying Against Their Will

Armed with the Janus decision, the California lifeguards chose to exercise their rights by submitting paperwork opting out of CSLEA. The union denied our request, however, citing a provision in its collective bargaining agreement we never saw and had not voted on.

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Oct 19 – Legal Newsline – Freedom Foundation fights against alleged union misbehavior

Two appeals were filed in Oregon, and one in Washington state. But these are not the only such cases for the Freedom Foundation, which has offices in five states. It reports involvement in at least a dozen similar cases.

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Oct 14 – Newstalk870 – Gov. Inslee Has Issued 349 Proclamations in 2020, Most for COVID

The Freedom Foundation says Inslee needs to issue one more proclamation, to call the special session immediately. Growing numbers of critics and legislators believe he is purposefully waiting until after the election Nov. 3.

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Oct 13 – Herald and News – McNiven: Fairgrounds meeting was response to government overreach

The goal of the Citizens to Reopen Klamath County is simple: Give free agency back to the people. Each business needs sovereignty in how they operate, just as each person needs autonomy in their own health decisions.

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Oct 11 – The Center Square – The Sunday Read: Whitmer timeline questionable when blaming Trump for Michigan plot

“Gov. Inslee’s draconian response has been disproportionate to the threats caused by COVID-19,” said Caleb Jon Vandenbos, an attorney for the Freedom Foundation, which is representing the plaintiffs.

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Oct 7 – Big Country News – Five Washington businesses sue Inslee over COVID-19 restrictions

Five Skamania County businesses want to stop Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 restrictions, according to a lawsuit filed on their behalf by a free market think tank.

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Oct 7 – Redstate – Biden Holding out Hope SCOTUS Pick Will Share His and Ginsburg’s Fealty to Labor

As president, Biden has promised he would repay his union benefactors by personally repealing Janus and the right-to-work protections already on the books in 27 U.S. states.

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Oct 6 – The Sacramento Bee -Supreme Court nominee could reshape California’s gig economy law and unions. Here’s how

“We should be getting first hints fairly soon,” Nelsen said. “If they grant the review, it’s a good sign that the current majority, with or without Barrett, is interested in this issue.”

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Oct 1 – The National Review – Biden’s Gift-Wrapped Union Agenda Would Make Bernie Blush

Government unions such as AFSCME routinely boast that, wherever collective bargaining exists in government, unions can use political action to “to directly elect our bosses.”

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