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Thomas Paine Award

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The Thomas Paine Award is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves by taking a courageous stand for individual freedom, limited government or free markets.

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine

February 2014

Amanda Young Rigby, Councilwoman City of Vista

Amanda Rigby


When local used car dealers attempted to use the city government to eliminate their competition Vista City Councilwoman took a stand on behalf of her constituents and free markets.  She opposed them unfortunately she was out voted 4-1.   Her San Diego Rostra post on the matter is an RLC favorite.

March 2014

Senator Joel Anderson

Senator Anderson

In his floor speech on March 28th, 2014 Joel Anderson was the only Senator among twelve Republicans willing to stand and challenge the Democrat controlled Senate for their flagrant violation of rule of law. Three Democrat Senators had been indicted and convicted of multiple felonies.  The State Constitution required expulsion.  Senator Anderson was the only one take floor and ask that the Constitution be upheld.

August 2014

Scott Sherman, San Diego City Councilman

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The San Diego City Council voted to increase the minimum wage and override Mayor Faulconer’s veto but not without opposition from Councilmember Sherman.  Sherman interrupted a family vacation to appear “unshaven and looking pretty ragged” to give a memorable speech on behalf of small business owners and free markets.

Kathleen Hedberg, Helix Water Board

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Hedberg’s insistence on transparency has at times earned her the enmity of her fellow board members, but her courage and steadfast adherence to principle in the face of that opposition has earned her many more admirers including the RLC. Among the achievements that make Hedberg’s record so noteworthy are votes against rate increases in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, opposition to the renegotiation of the El Capitan lease that has led to over $1.6M in taxpayer liability, and her work this past year to parlay unexpected budget savings into a nearly 2 percent rate reduction for Helix customers.

March 2015

Former San Diego City Councilman Fred Schnaubelt

Fred Schaubelt

Schnaubelt had more “No” votes defending San Diego taxpayers than all the other city councilman combined during his term and kept his campaign promise to not run for re-election.  Schnaubelt was also responsible for bringing Thomas Sowell Cheap Jerseys and Walter Williams to San Diego for teaching seminars.

April 2015

Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee)

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With a rating oakley outlet of 100% from the NRA, the California Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Businesses the Assemblyman from Santee has demonstrated his affinity for individual liberties and free markets.  The Councilman is a co-sponsor of AB 1233 which is attempting to reform government regulations dating back to Prohibition prohibiting craft whiskey distillers from selling to their customers.

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Keith Blackburn, Carlsbad City CouncilmanWatch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

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When the Gunther’s desired to open and indoor shooting range in the City of Carlsbad and applied for a permit the City Council voted 4-1 to reject their request.  Councilman Blackburn was the lone vote upholding free markets, individual freedom and limited government.

June 2015

Senator Rand Paul

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No individual is speaking truth to power from such a lofty place in the U.S. Senate.  First with a 13 hour filibuster e in March of 2013 to to attack the Obama administration for its refusal to positively rule out the use of drones against Americans in the U.S. or to disclose more information about drones, and then on May 20th with an impassioned rebuke of the National Security Agency’s surveillance capabilities, Sen. Rand Paul spoke for more than 10 hours on the Senate floor to filibuster a Patriot Act provision used to legally justify the bulk collection of telephone data.

“I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged. At the very least, we should debate. We should debate whether or not we are going to relinquish our rights, or whether or not we are going to have a full and able debate over whether or not we can live within the Constitution, or whether or not we have to go around the Constitution.”

July 2015

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells

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When the El Cajon City Council voted 3-1 to send a letter asking Assemblyman Brian Jones and Governor Jerry Brown to support Senate Bill 151, which would raise the minimum legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 Mayor Wells stood his ground on principle.  Council members cited health concerns and the need for government to protect 18, 19 and 20 year olds from their poor decisions.  Mayor Wells responded with, “Thefar left is coming in and taking away our freedoms, one at a time,” the Mayor maintained.  “These are the same arguments the far left is doing about firearms.”

He noted that 18 year-olds are adults.  “My son joined the Marines.  He was fighting for  our freedom in Iraq, and it’s not okay for him to smoke a cigarette?” he asked incredulously.  “Have some courage…This is America. It’s more important to protect freedom than to weigh in on smoking…You say this is immoral, but someone else may say your Bible is immoral tomorrow.”

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