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  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 Muñoz. 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
    gazette.com ^ | 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...
  • The Overfederalization of Crime in America

    04/04/2014 1:01:43 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 29 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-4-14 | Cara Sullivan
    In March 2013, Anthony Brasfield released a dozen heart-shaped balloons in the air as a romantic gesture for his girlfriend. After a Florida Highway Patrol officer spotted the gesture, Brasfield was charged with polluting to harm humans, animals and plants—a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. While some criminal laws and sanctions are necessary to protect safety and ensure justice, America’s criminal code includes many activities that Americans and business owners have little way of knowing are crimes. As a result, law-abiding individuals and businesses spend innumerable hours and dollars fending off criminal prosecution for...
  • Group intervening in Fla. gay marriage lawsuits [Black & Hispanic Christians Fight Sodomy]

    04/03/2014 4:26:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    chron.com ^ | 4/3/14
    The group that pushed Florida's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage is intervening in lawsuits filed by gay couples that raise challenges... Florida Family Policy Council officials said Wednesday they would seek to preserve the constitutional amendment approved by more than 62 percent of voters... A coalition of black and Hispanic civil rights groups and pastors is also defending Florida's constitutional ban.
  • Building The Machine [Free Online Film Exposing "Common Core"]

    04/02/2014 12:11:14 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Building the Machine introduces the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. The documentary compiles interviews from leading educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee. Parents, officials, and the American public should be involved in this national decision regardless of their political persuasion. What is the common core? The Common Core is the largest systemic reform of American public education in recent history. What started as a collaboration between the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to reevaluate and nationalize America’s education standards...
  • Ukraine, Ethnic Division, Decentralization, and Secession

    03/02/2014 5:43:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Ukraine is in the news and that’s not a good thing. I’m not a foreign policy expert, to be sure, but it can’t be a positive sign when nations with nuclear weapons start squabbling with each other. And that’s what’s happening now that Russia is supposedly occupying Crimea and perhaps other parts of Ukraine and Western powers are complaining. I’m going to add my two cents to this issue, but I’m going to approach it from an unusual angle. Look at this linguistic map of Ukraine. The red parts of the country show where Russian is the primary language and...
  • New Report Reveals Level of Federal Aid to the States and Importance of Fiscal Federalism

    02/28/2014 1:22:07 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    ALEC ^ | 2-28-14 | Will Freeland
    In the face of a stagnating economy and national debt topping $17 trillion, many policymakers in Washington, D.C. are seeking ways to reduce spending. Given that many states increasingly rely on federal spending to craft their state budgets, the necessary federal spending reductions could pose a serious fiscal threat to states that fail to prepare. What’s more, those federal funds come with serious strings attached, which often hamper state autonomy and effectiveness in policymaking. A recent report from State Budget Solutions based on Census data reveals that on the whole, states received 31.6 percent of their total revenue from the...
  • Federalism: The Founders' Legacy

    02/25/2014 6:01:17 AM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 2 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | 2-20-14 | Nelson Hultberg
    For the first 125 years of our history (1789-1913), America was a country comprised of libertarian politics and conservative cultural values. 1) Libertarian politics is based upon the fact that man was meant to be free. Thus his government must be strictly limited by a Constitution rather than determined by the dictates of an autocrat or the passions of the majority. And his economy must be a free marketplace, i.e., laissez-faire capitalism. 2) Conservative cultural values are based upon the fact that there is an objective moral order in the universe, i.e., certain rights and wrongs in human life that...
  • Federalism Prohibits Preemption of States on Broadband Safeguards

    02/21/2014 2:39:36 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-20-14 | Seth L. Cooper
    Federal regulation of the Internet is a bad idea. So is federal regulation of states that would rather keep their local governments out of the Internet business. Following a recent federal court ruling about the power of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet, supporters of government-run broadband Internet service have urged the FCC to preempt state restrictions on local government efforts to build and operate their own broadband networks that compete directly with the private sector. More significantly, an announcement yesterday by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, proposing yet another attempt to impose some sort of net neutrality...
  • Time to Defend Marriage and Federalism

    02/19/2014 6:36:58 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 6 replies
    Redstate ^ | February 19th, 2014 at 08:07 AM | Daniel Horowitz
    With full control of the House but not the Senate or the White House, Republicans lack the ability to enact positive legislation; yet they have the power to stop bad bills. Unfortunately, GOP leaders have made it clear they are willing to pass much of the Obama/Reid agenda because they don’t want confrontation with Democrats ahead of the midterm elections. For conservatives, that pretty much leaves us with the strategy of attempting to pass good bills out of the House just for messaging purposes. With unelected federal judges and administration bureaucrats forcing gay “marriage” on sovereign states across the country,...
  • ALEC State of the Union Response

    02/03/2014 1:56:13 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-3-14 | Will Freeland
    In an all too familiar theme, President Obama continues to vacillate when it comes to explaining his energy and environmental philosophy. On the one hand, the President spoke about his idea of an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, one that he hopes will someday lead to energy independence. On the other, he spoke about the importance of addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It will be interesting to see how he attempts to reconcile these two statements in the last three years of his presidency. President Obama’s State of the Union address contained a few positives but also many areas...
  • State Debt Report Reveals $5.1 Trillion in Debt Among the 50 States

    01/23/2014 2:31:32 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 9 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 1-22-14 | Ben Wilterdink
    State Budget Solutions, a non-partisan public policy organization, has released their 4th annual report on state debt. The findings are not pleasant. The data shows that the total combined state debt is equal to $5.1 trillion. For perspective, this figure is almost five times as much as the bipartisan appropriations bill ($1.1 trillion) now working its way through Congress. This stunning amount of debt is a clear threat to state budgets and should deeply concern taxpayers who will eventually find themselves on the hook to repay this debt, either through decreased government services and/or tax increases. Pension-reform The drivers of...
  • Internet Sales Tax Hurts Businesses and the States that Pass Them

    01/21/2014 10:39:10 AM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 1-18-14 | John Stephenson
    This past month, the Illinois State Supreme Court determined the state’s affiliate nexus law—a law requiring out-of-state companies with advertising affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales tax—violated federal law. In the majority opinion, Justice Anne Burke ruled that Illinois’ attempt to force collection of sales tax by out-of-state retailers based on their decision to use in-state online advertising rather than traditional print advertising represented a discriminatory taxation regime on the Internet and therefore violated the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act. No one understands the significance of last month’s Illinois State Supreme Court decision better than FatWallet founder...
  • Doubts over Common Core

    01/17/2014 2:50:03 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 11 replies
    WashPo ^ | 1/15/14 | George Will
    Viewed from Washington, which often is the last to learn about important developments, opposition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative still seems as small as the biblical cloud that ariseth out of the sea, no larger than a man’s hand. Soon, however, this education policy will fill a significant portion of the political sky. The Common Core represents the ideas of several national organizations (of governors and school officials) about what and how children should learn. It is the thin end of an enormous wedge. It is designed to advance in primary and secondary education the general progressive agenda...
  • Political gridlock shouldn’t be solved with monarchy

    01/14/2014 1:37:25 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 10 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 1-14-14 | Will Freeland
    With the endless gridlock of modern Washington, it’s tempting to want to ditch the whole American constitutional system and install a king, who could at least get things done. This is essentially what David Brooks is proposing in his column this month, though he doesn’t quite come out and say it. Brooks is right that gridlock is stifling desperately needed policy innovation and reform, but is wrong about the cause and solution for it. The problem is too much power and authority is centralized in the federal government. The solution is to look to the states, which are already a...
  • Government agency calls 'Redskins' offensive

    01/09/2014 7:31:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 01/09/2014 | Lisa Desjardins
    Washington (CNN) – The heated debate over the Washington Redskins name has now moved beyond living rooms and corporate offices to the U.S. government itself, with one agency making an unequivocal ruling that the term "Redskins" is offensive slang. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected an application to trademark the name "Redskins Hog Rind," writing that the term "Redskins" is "a derogatory slang term that refers to, and is considered offensive by, American Indians." The agency cited five definitions from online dictionaries - from The Oxford Dictionary to Yahoo – that labeled the word as offensive or disparaging. In...
  • High spirits as Colorado pioneers pot shops

    01/02/2014 5:39:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    MARIJUANA users celebrated yesterday as Colorado became the first US state to allow retail cannabis sales, putting it in the vanguard of efforts across the country to legalise the drug. The western state famous for its ski resorts and mountain vistas has issued 348 retail licences - including for small pot shops - that make it legal to sell up to 28g of pot to people aged 21 or older. Washington state will follow Colorado later this year. Iraq war veteran Sean Azzariti was the first person to legally purchase cannabis for recreational use in the US. "It's an absolute...
  • Gay couples wed in Utah after judge overturns ban

    12/21/2013 6:26:00 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 12/21/13 | BRADY McCOMBS
    A federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that marks a drastic shift toward gay marriage in a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it. The decision set off an immediate frenzy as the clerk in the state’s most populous county began issuing marriage licenses to dozens of gay couples while state officials took steps to appeal the ruling and halt the process. Cheers erupted as the mayor of Salt Lake City led one of the state’s first gay wedding ceremonies in an office building about three miles from the headquarters...
  • A grand distraction by state lawmakers (The Progressive argument begins)

    12/06/2013 11:09:38 AM PST · by vg0va3 · 44 replies
    Nogales International. ^ | 12/6/13 | By the Sierra Vista Herald
    There is a local connection to a national effort aimed at amending the U.S. Constitution through the convention process.. Amending the Constitution is not an easy task. It requires either a two-thirds vote by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate; or, a national convention requested by two-thirds – 34 – of the 50 states. The Arizona Legislature adopted a resolution in 2012 calling for a nat, What do these lawmakers want to change? A website that lists all of the state legislators involved in the effort points to re-establishing federalism and limiting the growth of the federal...
  • Obama administration enforces federal supremacy on immigration, not drugs

    11/22/2013 4:39:10 PM PST · by AstralisLux · 5 replies
    Spero News ^ | 11/22/2013 | Martin Barillas
    The Obama administration, in refusing to challenge the legalization of marijuana in some states, is ignoring its duty to enforce federal law that is asserted in the supremacy clause of the Constitution. Professor Melvyn Levitsky, a former U.S. ambassador who now teaches at the University of Michigan, said of the ballot initiatives in the states of Colorado and Washington "I'm concerned about the federal government cherry-picking federal law, deciding which federal laws it's going to enforce."
  • How ZeroCare Was Meant to Work

    11/11/2013 12:38:11 PM PST · by Carry_Okie · 19 replies
    Vanity | 11/10/13 | Mark Vande Pol
    I just don’t get why Republicans, even conservatives, can’t seem to get their sound-bites wrapped around ZeroCare. The reason HHS keeps jacking "standards" is to raise the price of insurance such that people choose to pay the penalty and fund their own care. If they have a problem, they'll just have to rely upon Medicaid. It’s a twofer: a tax increase on the middle class with Medicaid becoming the default single-payer system. Middle class Americans will get the same "coverage" (or worse) than illegal aliens. It's equality and social justice for all you little people all in one swell foop!...
  • EPA Continues Its Public Listening Sessions

    11/08/2013 2:06:59 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-8-13 | John Eick
    This past September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new proposed rule under the auspices of the Clean Air Act (CAA) limiting carbon emissions from power plants built in the future. EPA is currently working on developing similar regulations targeting existing fossil fuel fired power plants which are expected to be announced in June 2014. Over the past couple of weeks, EPA has hosted 11 listening sessions around the country ostensibly soliciting ideas from the public to help determine what the best way to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants under the CAA is. There has been...
  • No Conscience Clause for Mayors in Same-Sex Marriage, Says French Court

    10/24/2013 6:16:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    French Catholics criticised a constitutional court judgment denying local officials the right to opt out of conducting same-sex marriages. Antoine Renard, president of France’s National Federation of Catholic Family Associations, charged that the court was operating under political pressure in issuing its decision. “This ruling could have dramatic consequences for religious freedom both here and abroad,” he said. “It also suggests the French Constitution is old-fashioned and needs verification.” Renard’s comments came as representatives of 20,000 French mayors prepared a series of appeals against the court’s judgment on October 18 that, in effect, rejected calls for a conscience clause to...
  • Grilling the Park Service Bullies

    10/18/2013 12:26:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    NRO ^ | October 18, 2013 | John Fund
    The House Oversight Committee wants to find out why the Park Service behaved so bizarrely. ... Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a former prosecutor, almost drove National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis into incoherence with his relentless questioning. Gowdy wanted to know why Jarvis had allowed “pot-smoking” Occupy Wall Street protesters to camp overnight illegally in Washington’s McPherson Square park for 100 days, yet put up barricades to keep veterans out of war memorials on the first day of the shutdown. By not issuing a single citation to the Occupy campers, Gowdy argued, the Park Service was treating them...
  • Federalism: the Best Medicine

    10/19/2013 2:07:16 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Convention of States ^ | October 18th, 2013 | Jordan Sillars
    Frustration with the federal government is nationwide. From Maine to California, folks are fed up with Washington’s health care “reform,” immigration “reform,” financial “reform,” and countless other missteps. But these issues are mere symptoms. The disease runs much deeper, right to the heart of the American system of government. The shutdown, for example, was the result of an issue much larger than the health care debate. As Colorado State Senator Kevin Lundberg explains, the shutdown was caused by a disregard for one of the most important concepts in American government: federalism. Federalism is a political structure in which power is...
  • Supreme Court Should Address Concerns about Federalism in New York’s Affiliate Nexus Law

    10/04/2013 9:34:25 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that will help determine whether there are, in fact, constitutional protections from the ability of states to impose tax burdens on other states. ALEC has filed an amicus curiae brief as part of a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to a New York state law enacted in 2008 that considers an out-of-state company to be an in-state resident for tax collection purposes if the company receives a referral for a commission from any in-state resident...
  • Barricades At Mount Vernon REMOVED

    10/03/2013 1:46:16 PM PDT · by Ladysforest · 49 replies
    Mount Vernon press response | 10/3/2013 | ladysforest
    Mount Vernon is open. Our parking lots are now open. The barricade was placed in front of Mount Vernon’s parking lots for a short period (less than 3 hours). Once the National Park Service realized that we own the parking lots, the barricades were removed immediately. Anything you can do to help get the word out that Mount Vernon and its parking lots are open would be much appreciated!
  • What Would the Founders Think of Defunding Obamacare?

    09/24/2013 2:14:49 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | Sept 24, 2013 | By Bruce Thornton
    A few days ago CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, speaking about the Republican House bill defunding Obamacare, commented, “Certainly not the way the Founding Fathers maybe drew this thing up.” It’s certainly a surprise to hear an anchor on CNN, an organization biased in favor of progressives, appealing to the authority of the Constitution. For a century the progressives have been telling us that the Constitution is an outmoded document from a different age, and needs to be “modernized” to meet the challenges of a new world. Listen to Woodrow Wilson in his 1913 book The New Freedom. “I am ....
  • Maryland police to review arrest of parent who objected to Common Core

    09/24/2013 4:44:40 AM PDT · by opentalk · 57 replies
    Fox news ^ | September 23, 2013
    A Baltimore-area police chief is reviewing the arrest of a man who rose at a town hall-style meeting to challenge the national Common Core standards and wound up in an angry confrontation with an off-duty police officer. Robert Small,46,showed up at the public forum Thursday night in Towson,but when he began asking questions about Common Core, the police officer,who was providing security at the meeting,shut him down. “My question is how does lowering educational standards prepare kids for ... college,because that’s what it’s all about?” Small asked in a scene caught on videotape. But audience members had been told to...
  • Nullification Confusion

    09/03/2013 5:44:31 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 8 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | September 3, 2013 | Ben Lewis
    Obamacare is the “law of the land,” except where it’s not. The states have historically been unable to resist the federal government, except when they did. The Supreme Court says that states can’t nullify federal laws, but they do it anyway. These are the confused conclusions of a recent piece on state resistance to Obamacare by Stateline staff writer, Michael Ollove. It’s hard to determine if the article is a criticism of the principle of nullification or not, because of the conflicting messages it contains. As best I can tell, Ollove’s analysis boils down to three points. First, Obamacare is...
  • John Roberts Was Wrong, and Here's Why

    08/09/2013 7:14:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/09/2013 | Elise Cooper
    Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) recently wrote a book, "Why John Roberts Was Wrong About Healthcare", which is an excellent and compelling read. Besides providing a gripping argument as to why Justice Roberts was wrong on the ObamaCare ruling, Lee also gives an excellent history and background on the Court and the health care decision itself. American Thinker had the privilege of interviewing the Senator about his book and ObamaCare. His two main arguments in the book point out how ObamaCare has made federalism extravagant and that there appears to no longer be a separation of power among branches. Senator Lee...
  • Judge orders Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay ‘marriage’ despite state’s marriage amendment

    07/25/2013 7:19:24 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 39 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 7/23/13 | Ben Johnson
    A U.S. district judge has ordered a clerk in the state of Ohio to recognize a same-sex “marriage” conducted in another state, because the state's constitutional amendment defining marriages does “likely violate the U.S. Constitution.” U.S. District Magistrate Timothy Black declared in his opinion on Monday that the “purpose served by” the amendment in “treating same-sex married couples differently than opposite-sex married couples is the same improper purpose that failed in Windsor and in Romer: ‘to impose inequality’ and to make gay citizens unequal under the law.”
  • Federal Judge Blocks Lawsuits Against Detroit’s Bankruptcy (Bankruptcy Moves Forward)

    07/24/2013 7:23:38 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    NYDN ^ | July 24, 2013 | NYDN
    Federal judge blocks lawsuits against Detroit’s bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes stopped three lawsuits threatening to undo the city’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing. Detroit retirees had argued that the bankruptcy could dimish their pensions. DETROIT — A federal judge agreed with Detroit on Wednesday and stopped any lawsuits challenging the city's bankruptcy, declaring his courtroom the exclusive venue for legal action in the largest filing by a local government in U.S. history. The decision by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes was a major victory for Detroit, especially after an Ingham County judge last week said that Gov. Rick Snyder ignored the...
  • Missouri governor vetoes bill that nullified federal gun laws

    07/05/2013 4:27:21 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7-5-2013 | AP
    <p>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Friday that would have made it a Missouri crime for federal agents to attempt to enforce federal gun laws in the state and could have landed journalists in jail for publishing the names of gun owners.</p>
  • DOMA Bad, Traditional Marriage Good

    07/03/2013 6:23:17 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    alfonzorachel.com ^ | 7-3-13 | alfonzo rachel
    Zo thinks it is possible to support traditional marriage and still be against DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act). Don’t get it? Then tune in and hear why as AlfonZo Rachel defends the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
  • The Case for a Federalism Amendment (must read)

    06/28/2013 10:59:16 AM PDT · by Hostage · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 23, 2009 | Prof. Randy E. Barnett
    The Case for a Federalism Amendment How the Tea Partiers can make Washington pay attention. By RANDY E. BARNETT In response to an unprecedented expansion of federal power, citizens have held hundreds of "tea party" rallies around the country, and various states are considering "sovereignty resolutions" invoking the Constitution's Ninth and Tenth Amendments. For example, Michigan's proposal urges "the federal government to halt its practice of imposing mandates upon the states for purposes not enumerated by the Constitution of the United States." Article V provides that, "on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states," Congress...
  • SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN FEDERAL PROVISION DENYING BENEFITS TO LEGALLY MARRIED SAME-SEX COUPLES

    06/26/2013 7:12:46 AM PDT · by The Sons of Liberty · 412 replies
  • Even MADD Doesn't Just Want to Drop the Legal Limit for Drunk Driving

    05/18/2013 6:30:51 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 49 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 05/14/2013 | Connor Simpson
    In an effort to cut down on the number of alcohol related accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board wants to lower the legal limit for driving from a 0.08 to 0.05 blood alcohol content in all states. That doesn't mean post-dinner-out driving standards will be more exacting anytime soon, though — indeed, the fight is just now underway, and from some of the most unlikely of people. ~snip~ Of course, the NTSB can't order the state or federal governments to do anything. They can only make recommendations about that one fewer beer. In fact, the recommendation to lower the legal...
  • Senate passes internet sales tax bill amid opposition from conservatives

    05/06/2013 4:31:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 198 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday, May 6, 2013 | Dominic Rushe
    The US Senate on Monday passed a bill aimed at ending tax-free shopping on the internet but the move looks set to face fierce opposition before it becomes law. The Marketplace Fairness Act, which has cross-party supporter and the backing of powerful retailers, would give states the power to require retailers with sales over $1m to collect state and local sales taxes for online purchases.
  • KANSAS TO PROSECUTE FEDERAL AGENTS WHO ENFORCE FEDERAL GUN CONTROL LAWS (Brownback Signs Law)

    05/04/2013 12:24:44 PM PDT · by drewh · 122 replies
    Andrew Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 4 May 2013, 6:55 AM PDT | by JOHN NOLTE
    The Hill reports that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback just signed into law a statute that "bars the federal government from regulating guns and ammunition manufactured and stored within Kansas state lines." Moreover, the new law makes it a felony for federal authorities to attempt to enforce federal gun control laws, treaties, or rules related to firearms within Kansas state lines. Federal agents would not be arrested but will be prosecuted on "a complaint-and-summons basis." Naturally, U.S. Attorney general Eric Holder is furious. Already he has sent a letter to Brownback promising, “The United States will take all appropriate action, including...
  • Robber Barons, Reformers and the 17th Amendment

    04/28/2013 6:12:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Cape Cod Today ^ | October 11, 2012 | Citizen Kane
    With the Autumnal Equinox now behind us, We, the People of Massachusetts, are reminded that in less than a month’s time we’ll be called upon to elect (or re-elect) a Senator to represent our interests in the upper house of the United States Congress. T’was not always thus. Those among my readers who stayed awake during Mrs. McGuffey’s 9th Grade History class will recall that, until the 2nd decade of the 20th Century, U.S. Senators were (per Art. 1, Sec. 3 of the Constitution) chosen by state legislatures, not elected directly by the people as at present. The most contentious issue facing the...