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  • Federalism: The Missing Issue; This is the Most Important Issue Nobody Talks About.

    09/18/2015 10:54:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/18/2015 | Bruce Walker
    The biggest problem in American government today is the hyper-nationalization of government. Even in the middle of Republican presidential politics, even when every Republican candidate claims to be a "conservative," the myopic fixation on federal government resolution of every conceivable problem dominates everything, and the centralization of all power into our Potomac cesspool is largely ignored. The problem, of course, is Washington. America is brought down not by awful governance in New York City or Chicago. America easily survives over-taxation in Massachusetts or over-regulation in California. The beauty of American government has always been federalism, the retention of most governmental...
  • DNC Chair STILL Can’t Tell Difference Between Democratic Party and Socialism (VIDEO)

    08/02/2015 3:37:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/02/15 | Jim Hoft
    Things got very awkward on Thursday when Chris Matthews asked DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz what the difference was between the modern Democratic Party and Socialism. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was completely stumped. She couldn’t answer the question. We haven’t seen that dazed look since Rachel Dolezal was busted as a fraud. Because, as we all know, there is no difference between today’s Democrat Party and radical Socialism. On Sunday DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was again asked to explain the difference between the modern day Democratic Party and Socialism. Again She failed. “You know Chuck it is always fun to...
  • Allahu Akbar: What the lowering of the Confederate flag is REALLY about

    07/10/2015 6:06:57 PM PDT · by Lexinom · 30 replies ^ | 10 July 2015 | Michelle Jesse
    Today, many are cheering the end of an era in the South. As The New York Times reports, many see the lowering of the Confederate flag from outside South Carolina’s State House as “closing a chapter on a symbol of the Deep South and its history of resistance and racial animus.” [snip] Mohammed Elibiary: "Today is a new day in the South. Gone will be the Confederacy as we create the New South. Federalism & individual rights, no states' rights." [snip] Mohammed Elibiary: "States' rights was defeated with the Confederacy in the Civil War. USA has federalism and individual rights,...
  • ‘Kids Respond to Gay Marriage.’ Really? Who Cares?

    07/02/2015 10:13:19 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Michael van der Galien
    [MUST WATCH VIDEO[ No matter how you feel about gay marriage, can’t we at least agree that little kids should not be used as props for cheap propaganda stunts? These Australian kids say that you should be able to “marry who you love.” First of all, who cares what kids think? These are very adult-oriented questions and children have neither the life experience nor the intellectual capacity to give a rational response. By saying you should be able to “marry who you love” are they saying that a father can marry his daughter or a brother his sister? Or how...
  • CNN Poll: 59% of Americans Glad That Federalism Is Dead

    07/01/2015 7:13:57 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07-01-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    According to a new CNN poll, majorities support both SCOTUS’ ObamaCare and its gay marriage decision: "According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 63% support the Court’s ruling upholding government assistance for lower-income Americans buying health insurance through both state-operated and federally-run health insurance exchanges. Slightly fewer, 59%, say they back the ruling which made same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states." It’s not surprising that a majority of voters like ‘free money – which is undoubtedly what they think about ObamaCare subsidies – or that they support legalizing gay marriage. Previous polls showed that already. No, what’s shocking here is...
  • Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush: OK, Federalism Is Dead, Let’s Move Along Now

    06/27/2015 7:50:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/27/2015 | By Michael van der Galien
    Neither Presidential Candidate has a backbone. Senator Marco Rubio and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush have responded to SCOTUS’ illegal same-sex marriage ruling by saying that it’s now time to move on. Here’s the senator from Florida: “While I disagree with this decision, we live in a republic and must abide by the law. As we look ahead, it must be a priority of the next president to nominate judges and justices committed to applying the Constitution as written and originally understood…“I firmly believe the question of same sex marriage is a question of the definition of an institution, not...
  • Uncooperative Federalism: State Resistance and Noncompliance is Essential

    06/10/2015 9:23:50 AM PDT · by GregoTX · 16 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | June 9, 2015 | TJ Martinell
    Is the idea of federalism dead? Does the concept have no relevance in the modern world? Not according to Ernest Young, who addressed the topic in an essay titled “Federalism as a Constitutional Principle.” The essay was given as the William Howard Taft Lecture on Constitutional Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law on October 28, 2014. In fact, Young believes that federalism, and understanding its concepts, is needed more than ever. “The need for federalism has radically increased as the world has become more diverse, complex, and interconnected,” he said. He starts off citing the 1995 Supreme...
  • Scalia Defends The Constitution, Questions The 17th Amendment

    05/14/2015 7:39:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 13, 2015 | Randy DeSoto
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reaffirmed his commitment to defending the Constitution while speaking to the Federalist Society in his home state of New Jersey on Friday. Scalia, the preeminent conservative firebrand of the court, told the audience it is the structure of the government under the Constitution and not the liberties guaranteed under the Bill of Rights that makes us free. As reported by The Daily Signal: “Every tin horn dictator in the world today, every president for life, has a Bill of Rights,” said Scalia, author of the 2012 book Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts. “That’s...
  • Negotiated at The Hague, a Child Support Treaty Falters in Boise

    04/21/2015 5:38:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | KIRK JOHNSON
    POST FALLS, Idaho — It took five years for negotiators to work out the details of a multinational treaty on child support that would make it easier to track delinquent parents around the world. It took only a couple of minutes for a committee of the Idaho Legislature to endanger America’s participation. In a 9-to-8 vote in the closing hours of the legislative session, the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee killed a bill that state and federal officials had said was crucial to the finely crafted choreography of the child support treaty reached at The Hague. All 50 states...
  • Governor Rick Scott to Take Legal Action Against Obama for Stopping Federal Funds...

    04/16/2015 8:50:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies ^ | 4/16/15
    Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that he will take legal action against President Obama’s federal healthcare agency for stopping Low Income Pool (LIP) healthcare funds to Florida in order to force the state to take Legislative action to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Governor Rick Scott said, “It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal healthcare dollars to Florida in an effort to force our state further into Obamacare. The President’s healthcare agency sent us a letter this week saying the ‘the future of LIP’ and ‘Medicaid expansion are linked.’ But, the Supreme Court has already ruled in NFIB...
  • Rick Scott Walks Back Medicaid-Expansion Support Amid Tense CMS Talks

    04/06/2015 4:01:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | 4/6/15 | Dylan Soc
    The Obama administration and Florida are negotiating over a $1 billion Medicaid funding stream. lorida's negotiations with the Obama administration over Medicaid—and by extension, Obamacare's Medicaid expansion—got even more complicated Monday, when Republican Gov. Rick Scott walked back his previous support for expanding the low-income health-insurance program. The Associated Press first reported Scott's change of heart Monday. In a statement, the governor effectively blamed the Obama administration's posturing in the ongoing negotiations over a Medicaid funding stream, the Low-Income Pool, which helps pay for uncompensated care. "Given that the federal government said they would not fund the federal LIP program...
  • Republicans Prepare to Undermine Federalism for Billionaire Casino Owners

    03/25/2015 6:29:09 AM PDT · by 54fighting · 10 replies
    Human Event ^ | 3/25/15 | Michelle Minton
    Since the early days of the Republic, the question of how gambling is regulated has largely been a right reserved for the states. However, this week members of Congress will discuss legislation that would overturn state laws pertaining to gambling within their borders and create a federal ban, preventing states from legalizing online gambling in the future. They claim it is to protect minors, those with addictions, and states that do not want online gambling available to their citizens. This measure will achieve none of those goals. Rather, it will undermine federalism and drive problem gambling underground. Proponents of the...
  • Fed should respect state laws on medical marijuana

    03/22/2015 6:29:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 22, 2015 | Editorial
    States across the land have legalized marijuana for medical – and, in some cases, recreational – use, but conflicts with strict federal anti-drug laws have left patients, other users, doctors, marijuana businesses and the banks and landlords with commercial relationships to those businesses vulnerable to federal raids and prosecution. A new bill introduced by Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., would solve this problem by simply respecting states’ rights. Medical marijuana has been legalized in 23 states and the District of Columbia, but that has not stopped federal agencies from aggressively – and inconsistently –...
  • Transferring red-snapper control to states is adored and despised

    03/18/2015 3:12:00 PM PDT · by Vob · 15 replies I Times Picayune ^ | March 18, 2015 at 3:16 | Todd Masson
    "Coordinated management among the states is the only solution to an unaccountable federal system of fisheries management. Faced with an untenable situation, the states have risen to the challenge and collectively identified a clear path to a more balanced fishery."
  • Obama immigration program, blocked by Texas judge, wins 14 states' support

    03/13/2015 1:30:50 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 13, 2015 | By JOSEPH TANFANI
    California, New York and 12 other states are joining in the push to salvage President Obama’s plan to grant legal protection to millions of people in the U.S. illegally – even if it’s only revived in their parts of the country. A federal judge has frozen the immigration program while a lawsuit filed by Texas and 25 other states proceeds. Those states, mostly led by Republican governors, contend Obama is forcing their taxpayers to pick up the financial burden for millions of immigrants. Now, 14 mostly Democratic-led states – some with the highest populations of immigrants eligible for Obama’s program...
  • Federalism Will Sink, Not Save, Obamacare

    03/10/2015 7:12:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/10/2015 | Josh Blackman
    With the Supreme Court on the brink of invalidating an IRS rule that provides billions of dollars of subsidies in states that did not establish Obamacare exchanges, defenders of the law have suddenly become fair-weather federalists. They argue that the Obamacare regulation must be upheld, because invalidating it would intrude on state sovereignty. Yes, you read that right: Allowing the federal government to expand the reach of Obamacare and its mandates into states that refused to create Obamacare exchanges would promote states’ rights. While this argument may seem crazy on its face, it has emerged as a Hail Mary effort...
  • The Constitutional Flaw That Doomed Our Federal System

    03/04/2015 7:54:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    Ricochet ^ | March 4, 2015 | Fredösphere
    Instead of watching helplessly as our republic devolves into crown government, let’s distract ourselves with a counterfactual. What if senators were appointed by state legislatures for indefinite terms?The Senate was designed to preserve the federal nature of our system. Members of the House represent the people, but the Senators were to represent the states — really, state governments.Had this worked, the people would have benefited. (Sometimes, you win by grabbing all the power, but sometimes you win by ceding power to critical allies. The states were the people’s only allies in the War Against the Feds.) Unfortunately, senators came to...
  • Principles of constitutionalism: federalism as a check on federal power

    03/04/2015 4:21:05 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 8 replies
    Renew America ^ | March 3, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    In the previous installment of this series, I discussed the constitutional principle of the separation of powers as a check on the accumulation of government force into the hands of any one man or group of men. Now, I would like to discuss the other intended division of power – the principle of federalism that was engineered into our constitutional system. This principle should be – and would be, if we would use it effectively – an even more powerful deterrent to federal government overreach than even the separation of powers between the three branches of government at the federal...
  • Reflections on the 82nd Anniversary of the New Deal

    03/02/2015 2:00:15 PM PST · by Publius · 17 replies
    A Publius Essay | 2 March 2015 | Publius
    Before the New DealThe essay Federalism: Yesterday and Today covers Federalism from the Founding period to the modern era, with some attention paid to the Progressive Movement. The Progressives thought that the solutions to America’s problems, which they believed originated with Big Business, would only be found in Big Government as a counterbalance. They believed that Big Government should nudge, or even coerce, Americans to “live properly” – which meant to live as this university-educated elite saw fit. The earlier essay laid out their political and social agendas. The Constitution was an impediment to this agenda, and the Progressives needed...
  • FCC Shreds Authority of States in New Decision

    02/26/2015 1:34:15 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 19 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-26-15 | Bartlett Cleland
    Overtly political acts are often breathtaking, usually for the arrogance, ignorance and desperation they bring to light. They are made even more so when appointed officials of a so-called independent agency who should be concerned with public policy and technical standards act politically. Today, one’s breath is taken away by the actions of the FCC and its chairman Tom Wheeler. In addition to seizing control of the Internet, in a purely partisan vote and flying in the face of a Supreme Court ruling (In 2004, the Supreme Court in Nixon v. Missouri Municipal League rejected federal pre-emption of a state...
  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 7:13:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 292 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn’t fully know what the unintended consequences of the move will be. If I could've waved a wand the day after the election, I would've reversed the election and said, 'This was a bad idea,’” Hickenlooper said Friday on CNBC's “Squawk Box.” “You don't want to be the first person to do something like this,” he said. He said that he tells other governors to “wait...
  • Nullification, Now Coming to the Supreme Court?

    01/22/2015 6:10:45 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 21, 2015 | DAVID A. GRAHAM
    When the Tea Party wave arrived in 2010, it swept away much of the Republican Party's existing structure, and instituted a more populist approach. But as waves tend to do, it left some even older debris in its wake. "Nullification," the theory that states can invalidate federal laws that they deem unconstitutional, had its heyday in the slavery debate that preceded the Civil War, but it has found new currency since 2010. The theory has never been validated by a federal court, yet some Republican officeholders have suggested states can nullify laws, including Senator Joni Ernst, who gave the GOP...
  • State Republican want to take back power from the Feds

    01/06/2015 3:01:42 PM PST · by Zenjitsuman · 53 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 1/2 | Wilson
    Republicans in state governments plan juggernaut of conservative legislation
  • Judge: Clerks Have Duty to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses [Florida Media Has Priapism]

    01/02/2015 3:26:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 1/1/15 | Jennifer Kay
    A federal judge says that Florida's county court clerks have a legal duty to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but he has stopped short of ordering them to do so. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued a ruling Thursday in Tallahassee federal court responding to requests to clarify his previous order that Florida's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. He stayed that order, but the stay is scheduled to expire at the end of the day Monday.
  • The GOP majority should sack 'No Child Left Behind'

    12/31/2014 8:26:19 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 15 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 12/31/2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    Conservatives have regularly complained that the last time the Republican Party held both chambers of Congress and the White House – during six of President George W. Bush’s eight years in office – we missed a once-in-a-lifetime chance to dramatically roll back the federal leviathan.
  • A message of hope from a former U.S. senator: ‘An aroused citizenry can achieve miracles’

    12/23/2014 7:44:12 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 7 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-12-23 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Our interview with former U.S. senator, under secretary of state during the Reagan administration, and federal judge James Buckley (brother of William F.).
  • Nebraska and Oklahoma are misreading Raich

    12/19/2014 10:21:17 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 3 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | December 19, 2014 | Randy Barnett
    I want to second Jonathan’s take on the lawsuit brought by Oklahoma and Nebraska to enjoin the operation of Colorado’s marijuana regulations. Much as I respect Oklahoma’s Attorney General Scott Pruitt, I think this suit lacks merit. Among other vices, it seriously misreads the Supreme Court’s decision in Gonzales v. Raich, which I litigated on behalf of Angel Raich and Diane Monson from the filing of the complaint to the oral argument in the Supreme Court. The Court in Raich ruled that Congress had the power to criminalize the noncommercial and wholly intrastate cultivation, possession and transfer of marijuana notwithstanding...
  • Dangerous implications of the Nebraska-Oklahoma lawsuit against marijuana legalization in Colorado

    12/19/2014 10:16:21 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 120 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | December 19, 2014 | Ilya Somin
    Co-blogger Jonathan Adler and Vanderbilt law professor Robert Mikos have pointed out some of the flaws in the lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma urging a federal court to invalidate marijuana legalization in neighboring Colorado. In the unlikely event that the plaintiff states prevail, they will also have set a very dangerous precedent – one that conservatives are likely to rue in other areas. Nebraska and Oklahoma argue that Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana under state law, in the face of continuing federal prohibition, harms neighboring states because it facilitates the flow of marijuana across their borders and may increase...
  • Florida asks highest court to block gay marriage

    12/16/2014 3:58:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies ^ | 12/15/14 | Anna M Phillips
    Less than two weeks after a federal court refused to temporarily block gay marriages from taking place, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intercede... Recent history suggests Bondi's application is headed for rejection. Her request will land on the desk of one of the court's most conservative members — Justice Clarence Thomas, who is responsible for overseeing federal courts in Florida. He could rule on her request for a stay (in which case, the full court could reverse his decision) or he could refer the matter to the entire court.
  • Why a return to federalism must include repeal of the 17th Amendment

    12/13/2014 11:05:04 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 85 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 12/13/2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    The 17th amendment has created a “winner take all” mentality in the nation’s capital, and the resulting bitterness that grips partisan Washington today is one direct result of its passage. “Interest groups understand that to impose one’s will on 300,000,000 Americans, one must influence one president, the selection of 5 supreme court justices, 51 (or 60) senators, and 218 representatives, a total of 275 individuals who live primarily in physical isolation, far away from those they govern,” says the Campaign to Restore Federalism.
  • Two-way Culture Shock

    12/08/2014 8:57:27 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 7, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When a military veteran gets to teach, both school and vet experience culture shock. “Federalism and civil society are dying in practice because they are dying in our social vision, unnoticed and unmourned,” Chris Bray writes in The American Conservative. “My long-simmering sense of this loss became clear as I recently did that most frightening of tasks: grading history exams.” “I was teaching a class on the Gilded Age, a course that traces the decline of what the historian Robert Wiebe described as a nation of ‘island communities.’” Students ignored the largely successful efforts of private voluntary associations to address...

    12/07/2014 9:36:03 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 5, 2014 | By Patrick Leahy
    Conservative talkradio host Mark Levin made news Thursday when he addressed the annual conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a "non-partisan membership association of state lawmakers," and it wasn't just because he reiterated his call for an Article V "Convention of the States" to propose new amendments to the Constitution. Levin's call for an Article V Convention of the States has been well known since the publication of his best-selling book, The Liberty Amendments, more than a year ago. On Thursday, Levin framed the Article V Convention of the States as the beginning of the process in which...
  • Obama requests $263 million for body cameras, training in response to Ferguson, Missouri

    12/01/2014 1:50:54 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 69 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 12/1/14 | Steve Holland
    Obama asked Congress on Monday for $263 million for the federal response to the civil rights upheaval in Ferguson, Missouri, and is setting up a task force to study how to improve modern-day policing. The funds would pay for body cameras for police officers to use and expand training for law enforcement in an attempt to build trust in communities such as Ferguson, where a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the August shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, the White House said... The $263 million would be spread over three years and would...
  • Ferguson shooting is topic of Obama meetings Monday with Cabinet, civil rights leaders, police

    12/01/2014 6:36:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies ^ | 12/1/14
    ....Obama will discuss the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, Monday with his Cabinet, civil rights leaders, law enforcement officials and others.
  • State Sovereignty at Its Most Basic: Control of Land

    10/28/2014 3:00:03 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-28-14 | Karla Jones
    State sovereignty at its most basic is the ability of a state to control its own land. Earlier this month, 95 state and locally elected officials joined a variety of experts from 14 states in Salt Lake City to draft and ratify a statement calling for land currently held by the federal government to be transferred to the states. Officials at the summit included Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell; Utah Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart and state Senator Jennifer Fielder of Montana. The statement, which was ratified unanimously at the gathering, calls for the federal government to honor the...
  • Open Letter from Lt. Governor Dan Forest regarding NC Marriage Amendment

    10/23/2014 10:43:24 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 11 replies ^ | Oct. 22, 2014 | Editor
    All I have to say is: God Bless MY Lt. Gov. (the man who I want as our ~next~ NC Governor). Looks like we finally have someone with guts who understands the true role of Federalism!! Just goes to show (along with the ruling yesterday out of Puerto Rico-along with their public rally for real marriage). That it's not too late on this issue!
  • Federalism: Yesterday and Today

    10/20/2014 11:48:04 AM PDT · by Publius · 87 replies
    A Publius Essay | 20 October 2014 | Publius
    IntroductionFederalism, or States’ Rights, has a long and honored history. To define terms, Federalism involves the assignment of powers between the entities that make up a federation and the federal authority created by those entities to act on behalf of that federation. In the United States Constitution, the people delegated certain enumerated powers to the federal government for the sake of operating a federated union. The 10th Amendment was put in place to insure that the federal government would never assume powers not delegated to it. It reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor...
  • Mike Pence: Solutions Come From the States – Not Federal Government

    10/10/2014 12:59:47 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-8-14 | Mike Pence
    Over the last several decades, Washington has passed laws and promulgated regulations that diminish the ability of states to govern as envisioned by our nation’s founders. Meanwhile, across this great nation, governors are balancing budgets, reforming and reducing taxes, reducing the state regulatory burden and implementing novel programs to serve their citizens. In many respects, governors are doing this despite roadblocks put up by the federal government and bureaucrats in Washington. There is only so much that we can do at the state level. Federal regulations drive the costs of goods and services and those costs are then born by...
  • In full: David Cameron statement on the UK's future (Partial Excerpt)

    09/19/2014 12:53:38 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/19/2014 | Prime Minister David Cameron
    "I have long believed that a crucial part missing from this national discussion is England. "We have heard the voice of Scotland - and now the millions of voices of England must also be heard. "The question of English votes for English laws - the so-called West Lothian question -requires a decisive answer. "So, just as Scotland will vote separately in the Scottish Parliament on their issues of tax, spending and welfare so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues and all this must take place in tandem with, and...
  • This is your federalism on drugs

    08/28/2014 3:24:22 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 14 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy | August 28, 2014 | Jonathan H. Adler
    In 2014, voters in Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize marijuana possession within their states. This November, voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia will get the chance to follow suit. Voters in Florida will also decide whether to join the approximately 20 states which allow marijuana possession and use for medicinal purposes. Whatever these states decide, however, marijuana will remain illegal under federal law. Conservative Republicans often talk about the need to constrain the power of the federal government. On everything from environmental regulation to education policy, Republican officeholders argue that individual states should be able...
  • Washington is divided Because it has Abandoned Federalism

    08/18/2014 1:40:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 14, 2014 | Philip Klein
    It may sound pedestrian to point out, but it’s critical to restate why it’s so important that our nation is called the United States of America, and not simply America. The full name emphasizes that the Founders viewed the nation not as one monolithic entity but as a union of sovereign entities delegating limited powers to a central government. To preserve this balance, the Founders put a number of checks in the U.S. Constitution, most notably creating the Senate, which allows for equal membership from every state, thus preventing states with larger populations from running roughshod over the interests of...
  • State Tax Cuts Indicate Emphasis on Economic Growth

    06/16/2014 2:27:21 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 6-16-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    The 2013 legislative session saw a strong trend of states cutting various taxes, as 18 states passed net tax cuts into law. When one-third of the country cuts taxes, it is clear economic growth is a top priority for states digging out of a dismal economy. The cuts range from a nearly complete overhaul of a state’s tax code to a few small changes. North Carolina enacted the year’s biggest tax cut as part of a comprehensive reform package. The measures will be phased in over a period of several years, with taxes cut by $500 million during the first...
  • Opposition to Common Core becoming cornerstone of many campaigns

    06/16/2014 5:28:25 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/15/14 | Nikki Krug
    From school board races to Senate primaries, the education reform package known as Common Core is proving uncommonly divisive this campaign season, popping up as an issue in primary elections all over the country. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a Republican, cites opposition to Common Core as a key reason for her endorsement of state Rep. Chris McDaniel over incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi’s hotly contested Republican Senate primary. Former Oklahoma state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, a Republican, says Obama administration pressure on states to adopt Common Core “is a prime example of why I’m running for the Senate.”
  • Supreme Court justice agrees: First Amendment limits only Congress

    05/10/2014 11:00:08 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 92 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 10, 2014 | By Bryan Fischer
    I have argued since I first began writing and speaking on this issue that the First Amendment restrains only the actions of Congress. The first word in the First Amendment, after all, is the word "Congress." "Congress shall make no law..." The Founders quite intentionally were not imposing restraints on what a state could do in offering prayers before legislative assemblies, or what a city could do in erecting Ten Commandments monuments, or what a school could do in offering prayer and Bible reading over the intercom or at graduation. Congress and Congress alone is bound down by the chains...
  • Repeal the Gas Tax…and Get Rid of the Department of Transportation

    05/10/2014 7:04:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | May 10, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    More than three years ago, I wrote that the Department of Transportation should be dismantled for the simple reason that we’ll get better roads at lower cost with the federalist approach of returning responsibility to state and local governments. I echoed those sentiments in this CNBC interview. Dan Mitchell Arguing to Get Washington out of the Transportation SectorSince there’s only an opportunity to exchange soundbites in these interviews, let me elaborate on some of the reasons why transportation should be a state and local responsibility. 1. Washington involvement is a recipe for pork and corruption. Lawmakers in Congress – including...
  • Funeral For Man Killed By BLM Agents [Innocent black man stopped, harassed, shot by BLM JB thugs]

    04/25/2014 3:51:58 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 107 replies
    CBS Las Vegas ^ | March 31, 2014 [last month]
    KXNT photo illustration (shooting scene image courtesy Las Vegas Review-Journal) (LAS VEGAS, KXNT, ASSOCIATED PRESS)–A funeral service was held in NOrth Las Vegas for the man who died at the hands of BLM agents during a skirmish in Red Rock Canyon in February. The service for D’Andre Berghardt Jr. took place at Nehemiah Ministries Christian Church. Berghardt was moving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to begin working with his brother when he was shot and killed Feb. 14. Jacob Hafter, a lawyer representing the family says that various delays, including the forensic examination of Berghardt’s body, contributed to...
  • Barack Obama cracks down on poor teacher training

    04/25/2014 4:12:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/25/14 | Stephanie Simon
    The Obama administration plans to use tens of millions in federal financial aid as leverage to reward teacher training programs that produce teachers who routinely raise student test scores — and to drive the rest out of business. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will announce the revival of a push to regulate hundreds of teacher preparation programs Friday at a town hall meeting with White House policy director Cecilia Muńoz. He plans to release a draft regulation by summer and aims to enact it within a year.
  • John Stewart takes on Sean Hannity..and wins!?

    04/24/2014 9:21:43 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 58 replies
    The Week ^ | 4-24-14
    "This brewing spat started on Monday night, when Stewart mocked Hannity for supporting Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy in his battle against the federal BLM. Hannity hit back on Tuesday night. On Wednesday's show, Stewart walked through Hannity's criticisms and showed why the Fox News star is tossing his verbal stones from a glass house."
  • Colorado Springs teacher goes public with reasons for resignation [Common Core]

    04/14/2014 7:00:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies ^ | 4/10/14
    A poignant resignation letter that Colorado Springs teacher Pauline Hawkins wrote and posted on her blog Monday talks about her love of teaching and the pride she has in her students, colleagues, school and district.... At the heart of her distress are the new Common Core standards, low teacher pay in Colorado and endless testing and teaching to the test, which she and many others believe is making students fail rather than succeed.
  • Kiev bows to Moscow, devolves near-autonomous powers on restive pro-Russian regions(Russia Won)

    04/13/2014 12:53:34 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 27 replies
    Debka File ^ | 04//2/2014 | Debka File
    The Ukrainian government has offered sweeping autonomous powers to restive, pro-Moscow regions of the country, in an attempt to hold its head above water against Moscow, without a source of revenue or a viable army. Acting prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told regional leaders and businessmen Friday, April 11, in the eastern town of Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists have declared a People’s Republic, that he is ready for parliament to consider a law on referendums. The referendum staged by Crimea last month caused the region to join the Russian Federation and practically precipitated the revival of the Cold War. The devolution...