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  • 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
    tampabay.com ^ | 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...
  • MARK LEVIN WOWS STATE LEGISLATORS: 'TAKE YOUR POWER BACK' [excellent video at source]

    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
    al.com ^ | 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
    NCPoliticalNews.com ^ | 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 · 83 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
    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...