Christina Sandefur was in Albuquerque recently to share the importance of private property rights. She touched on a number of interesting topics including New Mexico’s successful reform of civil asset forfeiture and eminent domain.
Christina Sandefur is Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute. She also develops policies and litigates cases advancing healthcare freedom, free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights. Christina has won important victories for property rights in Arizona and works nationally to promote the Institute’s Private Property Rights Protection Act, a state-level reform that requires government to pay owners when regulations destroy property rights and reduce property values. She is also a co-drafter of the 41-state Right to Try initiative, now federal law, which protects terminally ill patients’ right to try safe investigational treatments that have been prescribed by their physician but are not yet FDA approved for market.
Christina is the co-author of the book Cornerstone of Liberty: Private Property Rights in 21st Century America (2016). She is a frequent guest on national television and radio programs, has provided expert legal testimony to various legislative committees, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. She is the recipient of the 2018 Buckley Award in recognition of her leadership in the freedom movement. Christina is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and Hillsdale College.
Join the Rio Grande Foundation, the New Mexico Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, and the Goldwater Institute of Arizona for Christina Sandefur’s discussion: “Cornerstone of Liberty: the state of private property rights in America today.”
The event is free, although we kindly request an RSVP. Light snacks will be provided.
When: Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor who travels the country teaching the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents and will highlight “The 10th Amendment and State Sovereignty.”
The main point in State Sovereignty is that the states created the Federal Government and the states delegated certain authority to the Feds. The states are sovereign over the Feds. Anything beyond what the states delegated is NOT Constitutional and the states have every right to refuse to comply. This relationship has been completely reversed in modern thinking.
Location: Marriott Pyramid located at: 5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.
When: Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 12:00 noon to 1:00pm.
Cost: Seating is limited and can be purchased at the discounted price of $30 until Wednesday, July 3, 2019; $40 after that. Price includes plated lunch.
KrisAnne is a disabled Army veteran, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor’s wife and a patriot. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, she received her undergraduate degree in Bio-Chemistry from Blackburn College in 1991 and her J.D. from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law and is a former Russian Linguist for the U.S. Army. KrisAnne worked as a state prosecutor and with a prominent law firm defending religious liberty and First Amendment rights. KrisAnne lives in North Florida with her husband JC, a pastor and former Russian instructor for the U.S. Navy, and their adopted son Colton.
KrisAnne has been awarded the Freedom Fighter award by Americans for Prosperity, the Certificate of Achievement from the Sons of the Revolution for her defense of Liberty, and Congressman James Blair Award for Defending the Constitution.
KrisAnne is an incredibly passionate speaker – a true Patrick Henry of our time. She speaks to audiences all across the country on Constitutional History, American Exceptionalism, and the Fight for Liberty. Her passion and enthusiasm is contagious and she is able to inspire any group. She is a steadfast warrior in the Tea Party battle.
Larry Schweikart is the best selling author of several books including: Seven Events that Made America America, 48 Liberal Lies About American History, and his #1 NYTimes bestseller, with Mike Allen, A Patriot’s History of the United States. Recently he completed a history of the modern world with Dave Dougherty, A Patriot’s History of the Modern World in two volumes. He has been on almost all media, from Al-Jazeera to Glenn Beck, from Tavis Smiley to Rush Limbaugh.
By popular demand, the Rio Grande Foundation is bringing Schweikart back to Albuquerque for a return engagement to discuss his new book Reagan, the American President.
In Reagan, New York Times #1 bestseller Larry Schweikart examines Reagan’s life through the lens of a conservative scholar who understands Reagan’s goals, intentions, and motivations. Through previously unseen administration documents, Schweikart reveals Reagan’s revolutionary initiative to create a North American energy zone (the forerunner to NAFTA), his role in crafting the Simpson-Mazzoli Act years before it passed, and the internal battles in his administration to press his economic recovery act through.
Location: Marriott Pyramid, 5151 San Francisco Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.
When: May 8, 2019, 12:00 noon to 1:00pm.
Cost: Seating is limited and can be purchased at the discounted price of $30 until Wednesday, May 1, 2019; $40 after the 1st.
Books: Copies of Schweikart’s book will be available for purchase and signing.
Larry Schweikart, a native Arizonian, went to Arizona State University and received a BA in Political Science, then went on the road with several different rock bands, opening for such 60s/70s acts as Steppenwolf and the James Gang. He abruptly decided he wanted to be a history professor, and received an MA from ASU in history, then a Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Kenneth W. Starr is a former United States Federal Court of Appeals Judge, U.S. Solicitor General, and Independent Counsel. He is the former President and Chancellor of Baylor University where he also held the Louise L. Morrison Chair of Constitutional Law at Baylor Law School. He previously served for six years as Dean of the Pepperdine Law School.
Most famously, Starr served as Independent Counsel while Bill Clinton was U.S. President. He was appointed by a three judge panel to investigate five investigations and achieved 14 convictions of those who were associated with Bill and Hillary Clinton in Little Rock.
After several years of investigation, Starr filed a report with the House of Representatives. He testified before the House Judiciary Committee concerning perjury and obstruction of justice in the Paula Jones litigation which led to the impeachment of President Clinton.
The Monica Lewinsky scandal twenty years ago provides lessons that are relevant today in the age of #MeToo as well as the Congressional confirmation hearings involving Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The investigation of President Clinton also has several parallels with Robert Mueller’s current investigation of President Trump. Starr recently published a book entitled Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation which tells the inside story of the investigation.
The Rio Grande Foundation is pleased to host a luncheon and book signing with Judge Starr. The event:
Will be held on: Wednesday, January 23, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 1:30pm.
At the Embassy Suites located at: 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Price: $45 prior to Wednesday, January 17 and $55 after that date.
Like many Americans, Randal O’Toole loves passenger trains, yet he acknowledges that intercity passenger trains and – outside of the New York region – urban rail transit play little role in American life today. The replacement of passenger trains with cars, buses, and airplanes is similar to many other recent technological replacements: word processors replacing typewriters, calculators replacing slide rules, telephones replacing telegraphs, and cell phones replacing land lines.
However, only for passenger trains has the government spent billions of dollars a year attempting to turn back the clock and slow that replacement. O’Toole’s book Romance of the Rails asks why this is so and whether passenger rail has a significant role to play in the future.
Randal O’Toole will be discussing his book and some New Mexico-specific boondoggles like the Rail Runner and Albuquerque Rapid Transit (as well as potential boondoggles) at a reception held at the Rio Grande Foundation offices on Friday, November 9th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
Location: “The Liberty Hub” 4301 The 25 Way, Suite B (Americans for Prosperity signage) at Jefferson and I-25 across from Panera.
This is a free event open to the public. Pre-regisrations are appreciated. Light snacks will be available.
Romance of the Rails is the culmination of Randal O’Toole’s lifetime of research and experience as an enthusiast of the rails and as a transportation expert.
American transportation has undergone many technological revolutions: from sailing ships to steamships; canals to railroads; steam to diesel; horse-drawn to electric streetcars; passenger trains and urban rail transit to airplanes and automobiles. The government has allowed and encouraged most of these revolutions, but it spends billions of dollars a year attempting to turn back the clock for rail transit and intercity passenger trains.
To show why, O’Toole provides a detailed history of rail in America leading to the present, when federally subsidized efforts to return to rail’s golden age are doing more harm than good.
O’Toole examines the costly allure of high-speed trains and light rail, demonstrating that passenger rail doesn’t even work well in Europe and Asia, much less here. Far from being backward, America’s railroads are the envy of the world, moving freight efficiently and profitably while leaving passengers to other modes of travel that are faster, less expensive, and more convenient.
The book concludes that the passenger transportation of the future will rely on America’s 4 million miles of roads and on air travel. As Romance of the Rails thoroughly chronicles, Americans love passenger trains, but given the vast resources inexplicably being poured into them, we are being taken for a ride.
About the speaker:
Randal O’Toole is a Cato Institute Senior Fellow working on urban growth, public land, and transportation issues. His analysis of urban land-use and transportation issues, brought together in his 2001 book, The Vanishing Automobile and Other Urban Myths, has influenced decisions in cities across the country. In his book The Best-Laid Plans, O’Toole calls for repealing federal, state, and local planning laws and proposes reforms that can help solve social and environmental problems without heavy-handed government regulation.Romance of the Rails is the culmination of Randal O’Toole’s lifetime of research and experience as an enthusiast of the rails and as a transportation expert.
Crime and criminal justice issues remain a central feature of public policy debates in New Mexico, especially in Albuquerque. Though bail reform was passed by more than 85 percent of New Mexico’s voters via constitutional amendment, confusion has surrounded the implementation of reforms, the results of the policies, and where New Mexico must go from here.
In order to further discussion of this important issue, the Rio Grande Foundation is hosting a panel discussion and public reception on the topic.
former U.S. Attorney for
the District of Utah
former U.S. Attorney for
the District of New Mexico
New Mexico Senator
Paul Gessing, President of Rio Grande Foundation, will provide introductory remarks, and Lauren Krisai, Senior Policy Analyst at Justice Action Network, will serve as the moderator.
Topics and potential questions for this interactive panel include:
What does an ideal pretrial system look like? How can we prioritize public safety in pretrial decision making? Is reform working in New Mexico? Could it be improved? What does the national landscape look like when it comes to pretrial and bail reform? Are there any lessons to be learned from elsewhere?
Location: Marriott Pyramid Hotel located at: 5151 San Francisco Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.
When: Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6:00 to 7:30pm.
Cost: There is NO COST for this event. Heavy appetizers and beverages will be served and there will be a cash bar.
This event is sponsored by the Rio Grande Foundation with the help of the Justice Action Network.
Free trade has emerged as one of the most controversial issues in the Trump Administration and American economic policy these days, but Trump is by no means the first American President to levy tariffs or to attack free trade or trade agreements themselves.
Nonetheless, the Trump Administration has pulled the United States out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), he has imposed tariffs on a variety of products from steel and aluminum to washing machines and lumber while threatening to “tear up” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
What does free trade really mean? How does it differ from “fair trade?” Which one is more beneficial to Americans? Is the world on the verge of a trade war? If so, how would that impact average Americans?
Finally, how should we just “free trade” as opposed to “managed trade?” Should we support both?
Location: Marriott Pyramid Hotel located at: 5151 San Francisco Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.
When: Friday, July 27, 2018, 12:00 noon to 1:00pm.
Cost: Seating is limited and can be purchased at the discounted price of $30 until Friday, July 20, 2018; $40 after the 20th. Price includes plated lunch.
Donald J. Boudreaux is a Senior Fellow with the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a Mercatus Center Board Member, and a professor of economics and former economics-department chair at George Mason University. He holds the Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center. He specializes in globalization and trade, law and previously, he was president of the Foundation for Economic Education and an associate professor of legal studies and economics at Clemson University. He also serves as an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and at Canada’s Fraser Institute.
Boudreaux earned his B.A. at Nicholls State University, a PhD in economics from Auburn University and a law degree from the University of Virginia.