Bloomberg News Credits Heritage with Local Right-to-Work Push

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Local governments are increasingly enacting legislation to protect workers’ right not to join a union. Bloomberg’s Bureau of National Affairs reports (subscription only) that The Heritage Foundation has played a big role in this effort:

The local right-to-work strategy was conceived last year after the Heritage Foundation published a policy brief, “Local Governments Can Increase Job Growth and Choices by Passing Right-to-Work Laws.” The brief pointed to a series of legal ambiguities within Section 14(b) and asserted that Congress had not clearly preempted local units of government from enacting their own ordinances governing union security agreements.

The brief encouraged cities and counties to “experiment” with such measures, particularly in states with little appetite for full-fledged right-to-work laws.

Be sure to read the report by Heritage’s James Sherk and Andrew Kloster that started it all.

Do you agree with the push for local right-to-work laws?

Heritage Expert in USA Today: Liberal Policies Suppress Wages

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Heritage Foundation expert James Sherk explains in USA Today that Obamacare and other liberal policies actually suppress wages:

Economic theory predicts that when benefit costs rise, employers cut wages. Empirical research confirms this prediction. Ironically, some of the most rigorous evidence for offsetting wage cuts comes from Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who boasted the health law takes advantage of Americans’ “stupidity.”

This raises the question of who liberal policies actually benefit if not workers. Tell us what you think in the comments.

Heritage Scholar Earns Praise in the UK House of Commons

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A discussion in the British Parliament yesterday included praise for The Heritage Foundation and Heritage expert Luke Coffey:

Sir Gerald Howarth: My right hon. Friend mentions the United States. Some people there might indeed understand the importance of Gibraltar, but does he agree that—as the hon. Member for Ilford South (Mike Gapes) pointed out—there are many in the United States who are unfortunately tempted by the antics of the Spanish Government into believing that this is somehow about colonialism? Will my right hon. Friend pay tribute to our mutual friend Luke Coffey, who is the Margaret Thatcher Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington? He has done a tremendous amount to raise awareness on Capitol Hill of the importance of Gibraltar not only to the United Kingdom but to NATO and the United States.

Dr  Liam Fox: I am extremely grateful to my hon. friend for his intervention. Luke Coffey is not only a mutual friend of ours; he was also one of my special advisers in the Ministry of Defence. His work at the Heritage Foundation has been instrumental in pushing understanding of the wider issues on Capitol Hill.

Luke Coffey, Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Fellow, told Gibraltar’s GBC News that the British military base at Gibraltar is critical to America’s national security.

Heritage and Heritage Action to Provide an Agenda for the New Congress

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It’s not enough for conservatives to win elections. We must also govern based on conservative principles.

Working with out sister organization, Heritage Action for America, The Heritage Foundation has developed a principled agenda for the new Congress. Dubbed “Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None,” our detailed, 192-page agenda will be released next week.

The New York Times previews the conference on Monday and Tuesday where this agenda will be unveiled: Continue Reading »

Video: ‘The Free World Is at War Against a Vicious Enemy’

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The free world needs “robust leadership” to counter terrorists like those who brutally attacked the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris, Heritage’s Nile Gardiner told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

“This is a war really for the survival of our civilization against vicious individuals who seek our destruction,” said Gardiner, who directs Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. “We simply cannot give into these individuals.”

This is a battle for our God-given rights of life and liberty. That’s why every leader in the West needs to join forces to fight against the usurpation of these rights.

“There is no doubt about it,” he explained. “We are at war against militant Islamists who seek our destruction and the destruction of everything that we stand for.

Do you think the Obama administration is offering the “robust leadership” we need to fight the radical Islamists?

The Conservative Cause Gains New Muscle on Capitol Hill

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The New Year brings new opportunities for The Heritage Foundation and our president, Jim DeMint, to advance conservative ideas.

Since taking over as Heritage’s president two years ago, DeMint has honored Senate Ethics Committee rules limiting his contact with his former colleagues. But now these limits are lifted, and he plans to aggressively push a principled agenda on Capitol Hill — armed with powerful reports and research from leading Heritage policy experts.

National Journal reports on DeMint’s influence:

DeMint’s advice on messaging and policy will be sought after by anyone seeking support from the base. The former senator’s ability to tap into the pulse of the conservative movement made him an equally disruptive force in the halls of Congress and on the campaign trail—something that won’t be lost on those who benefited from his expertise.

How do you think Heritage and DeMint will make a difference in 2015?

This Heritage Facebook Post Got More than 1.1 Million Shares

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On February 1, Heritage posted the following graphic to our Facebook page, featuring a quote from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX):

Since then, more than 1.124 million people have shared the post about the rule of law with their friends. If each person who shared reached 10 more people with this image, that’s more than ten million Americans who saw Heritage’s message!

The media took notice of Heritage’s innovative use of social media: Buzzfeed ranked this post among the top 50 Facebook posts of the year.

Have you shared this post with your friends?

Video: Heritage Experts Explain How to Respond to North Korea

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The U.S. government should increase sanctions against North Korea in response to the Sony hack, while Americans should work to improve their personal cybersecurity, two Heritage Foundation experts Steve Bucci and Bruce Klingner said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning.

In a report last year, Klingner explains how the U.S. can isolate North Korea’s regime:

Rather than being used in isolation, sanctions and engagement are most effective when integrated into a comprehensive strategy that engages all of the instruments of national power. Not fully utilizing any element of national power reduces the effectiveness of U.S. foreign policy.

Bucci and Klingner are leading experts on cybersecurity and North Korea, respectively, and are among the only ones in Washington offering ideas on how to act in response.

This morning’s interview wasn’t the first time Heritage has weighed in on the Sony hack and subsequent fallout. Our experts have done dozens of interviews on the topic because Heritage has the credibility and command of the facts that news producers and the American public desire.

Do you agree that increased sanctions is the best way to respond to the attack?

Heritage’s Groundbreaking Internship Program Turns 35

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Heritage Founder Ed Feulner

Heritage Founder Ed Feulner started the internship program to help advance the conservative cause.

“One of the early concerns we had when we started Heritage was how to convey the conservative message to the next generation,” says Heritage Founder Ed Feulner. “We started the intern program to bring in dedicated young conservatives and show them the underlying principles behind conservative ideas.”

The program was launched in 1979 and quickly developed into an oasis young people across the nation seeking an alternative to the liberal indoctrination imposed by colleges and universities.

Feulner envisioned the Heritage internship program as a true learning experience. “An intern program should develop students’ skills and increase their knowledge of conservative principles that undergird a free society and make America a special place,” he explains. Continue Reading »

Heritage Action Sentinels Are a Major Thorn in the Side of Liberals

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The liberals are worried. According to leaked top-secret documents from the Democracy Alliance – a network of liberal billionaires – the left is being hit hard by the real democracy represented by Heritage, our sister organization Heritage Action for Ameica, and Heritage Action’s national network of Sentinels. In their own documents, the Democracy Alliance frets about Obamacare’s “rocky rollout” (their words), and conservative governors like Scott Walker (R-WI) who have “targeted public sector unions” and “weakened their position as a major source of progressive political financing.”

At the grassroots, it looks like the left is outnumbered, no matter how much money they spend.

Heritage Action has built a network of more than 8,500 Sentinels who are pushing for limited government and less spending. And their Sentinels are getting results. Continue Reading »

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