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  • 13 states launch new legal challenge to California egg law

    12/04/2017 4:42:48 PM PST · by Mariner · 65 replies
    AP via KCRA (Sacramento) ^ | December 4th, 2017 | Unattributed
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than a dozen states banded together Monday to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block a California law requiring any eggs sold there to come from hens that have space to stretch out in their cages. In a lawsuit filed directly to the high court, the states allege that California's law has cost consumers nationwide up to $350 million annually because of higher egg prices since it took effect in 2015. The lawsuit argues that California's requirements violate the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause and are pre-empted by federal law. A federal appeals court...
  • Supreme Court shoots down gun cases, upholds ban on assault weapons and open-carry

    11/27/2017 9:16:15 AM PST · by jazusamo · 120 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 27, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    The Supreme Court declined to take up two Second Amendment cases on Monday, which challenged laws banning assault weapons and open-carry in Maryland and Florida. Both cases were denied review without comment from the justices, which left the lower court rulings in place. In the Florida challenge, the state Supreme Court upheld Florida’s ban on open carry finding the Second Amendment doesn’t guarantee a right to open carry.
  • US Senator John McCain is proof positive that we need to repeal the 17th Amendment

    11/21/2017 12:32:38 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/21/17 | Arthur Christopher Schaper
    End the 17th Amendment, and take away power from Washington DC The new class of United States Senators like John McCain, the ones taking on the Swamp in the Republican Party, want to put an end to the Third House, the special interests, the K and J Street lobbies which put their individual, perverse interests at the direct expense of the American citizenry. As a reminder, here is the text of the 17th Amendment:
  • Sheriffs Who Opposed ‘Sanctuary State’ Bill Now Tasked with Enforcing It

    11/12/2017 10:08:01 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Nov 2017 | AWR HAWKINS
    California sheriffs who opposed adopting a “sanctuary state” law are now being tasked with implementing the law in their jails and retention policies. The law, which began as Senate Bill 54, was issued in response to President Trump’s campaign against illegal immigration. According to the Los Angeles Times, the sanctuary law “is designed to limit the people that California law enforcement agencies can detain, question or investigate at the request of federal immigration officials. But its impact will largely rely on county sheriffs whose departments play a vital role in immigration enforcement.” In sum, the law is an attempt to...
  • Legal pot in 100 days? New Jersey's next governor aims for national first

    11/09/2017 7:49:33 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 9, 2017
    New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy said he would legalize marijuana within 100 days of taking office in January, and his Tuesday win makes a Democrat-packed statehouse the only obstacle. Supporters feel confident it will happen, but legalization foes plan to campaign for Democratic defections as the other side debates different visions for reform. Legalization in the state — across the river from both New York City and Philadelphia — would be significant geographically, but also because no state has passed legalization legislatively, despite Gallup putting national support at 64 percent.
  • Federal judge sides with New Mexico ranchers in water case

    11/08/2017 4:13:34 PM PST · by Tammy8 · 21 replies
    FOX Business ^ | November 07, 2017 | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A U.S. court has sided with a New Mexico ranching family in a decades-long battle over access to water on national forest land, providing more certainty that state law allows for the protection of water rights dating back more than a century. The case of the Goss family has been closely watched by thousands of ranchers who hold grazing permits across the West. Attorneys and others say the outcome could have ripple effects on ranchers and rural communities that have often complained about federal land managers trampling property rights. The Goss family claimed the federal government violated...
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Housing Allowance for Clergy

    10/10/2017 6:26:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/9/17 | AP
    A housing benefit that saves clergy $800 million a year in taxes has been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. Under the law, housing allowances paid as part of clergy salary can be subtracted from their taxable income. Religious freedom advocates fear the ruling could force many churches in poor areas to close.MADISON, Wisconsin - A federal judge in Wisconsin has struck down as unconstitutional a law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances, in a ruling that could have far-reaching ramifications for religious leaders, who could be facing new taxes which will threaten their ministry. Under the federal law passed...
  • Agent no longer with BLM following Burning Man probe [ Dan Love ]

    09/17/2017 9:43:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    KSL Broadcasting ^ | Sep 16th, 2017 | Lindsay Whitehurst
    A federal agent who had been scrutinized for his handling of rare evidence and his behavior at the counterculture Burning Man festival is no longer an employee of the Bureau of Land Management, authorities said Friday. Daniel Love, who played a command role in federal agents' 2014 standoff with Nevada rancher and states' rights figure Cliven Bundy, no longer works for the agency. .... Love still worked for the agency on Aug. 24, when a federal investigative report was released saying he handed out valuable stones known as moqui marbles to colleagues and a contractor "like candy,". The rocks are...
  • 5 Things That Will Happen When California Secedes from the U.S.

    08/13/2017 9:34:51 PM PDT · by Mafe · 87 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | August 14, 2017 | Jared Whitley
    Any statistician or economist will tell you there is a huge world of difference between the improbable and the impossible. Brexit and the Trump presidency were both thought to be impossible, but they were proven to simply have been improbable. And whenever I see an article about the move for California to secede from the United States (the so-called “Cal-exit”), the more I think that a vote to split is inevitable rather than improbable. As a member of the California Freedom Coalition recently told the Sacramento Bee, collecting signatures for the 2018 ballot, “We feel like this current initiative is...
  • Could The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact Reduce Bad Policy-Making In Our Elections?

    08/11/2017 7:52:50 AM PDT · by Mafe · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Okay—I’m going to step back a second on the Electoral College. In general, I think the institution has served us well for over 200 years. No, I don’t think that the five times a president was elected by winning the 270 electoral votes, but not the popular vote, constitutes a harbinger for the destruction of our republic. Liberals whine about Bush’s 2000 win. They whine about Trump’s 2016 win, albeit with more froth around the mouth. There were a solid couple of weeks worth of hot takes about how the Electoral College is archaic, racist, and anti-Democratic and yet we’re...
  • Clarence Thomas: 'Another Example of This Court’s Increasingly Cavalier Attitude Toward the States'

    02/10/2015 6:03:47 AM PST · by xzins · 141 replies
    CNS ^ | February 9, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In a dissenting opinion joined by Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas excoriated his fellow justices for refusing to temporarily stop enforcement of a federal district judge's ruling that overturned the marriage laws of the state of Alabama and ordered Alabama to recognize as legal "marriages" unions between two people of the same sex. On Jan. 23, U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled that Alabama laws limiting marriage to the union of one man and one woman violated the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection of the law. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange petitioned the Supreme Court to prevent the...
  • The Latest: Tourists Buy in to Recreational Pot in Nevada

    07/01/2017 4:27:49 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 36 replies
    https://www.usnews.com ^ | 01 July 2017 | AP
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Nevada becoming the fifth state in the U.S. with stores selling marijuana for recreational purposes (all times local): Minnesota resident Edgar Rosas Lorenzo on Saturday flew with his family to Sin City for a wedding. But even before he checked in to his hotel, he stopped at a pot dispensary on the Las Vegas Strip. The 21-year-old says he learned of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Nevada while he was at the airport waiting for his flight to depart. He waited in line about 40 minutes before he could buy one-eighth of...
  • The Latest Fight Over Federalism

    07/01/2017 6:24:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2017 | Brian Darling
    A true test for liberty minded politicians is facing them this Congress.  The idea of federalism as it applies to medical marijuana laws in the states.  The self-proclaimed champions of federalism will have their commitment to the idea tested when they are called on to vote on a measure protecting federalism as part of the appropriations process this fall.There is bipartisan support for the idea of federalism. On May 18, 2017, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) put out a press release that committed the chamber to the idea of federalism:Federalism is not...
  • Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

    06/23/2017 11:58:56 AM PDT · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2017 | Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous
    arly last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.
  • U.S. Ruled by Executive, Legislative, Judicial Branches… and Richard Cordray

    06/23/2017 10:14:57 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 22, 2017 | Jon Cassidy
    A despotism in our midst no one can do anything about, evidently. Could Congress create a fourth branch of government? Maybe break off a piece of what the executive branch handles now — commerce, say, or agriculture, or maybe even defense — and create a new office supported by its own dedicated tax stream and the authority to levy penalties? The president could still appoint this officer — I think prince-bishop has a nice ring to it — but wouldn’t be able to remove His Excellency absent extraordinary factual circumstances. Maybe we could expect the prince-bishop to decree exile for...
  • Ending the Federal Monopoly on Regulation

    06/08/2017 7:34:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2017 | Scott Rasmussen
    Not too long ago, Democrats complained about Republican governors and state legislators using their authority to fight Obamacare. Now, those same Democrats are encouraging state and local officials to fight President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris treaty on climate change. Such hypocrisy is, of course, bipartisan. Republicans who lauded state resistance to Obamacare are deeply troubled by state and local resistance to the Trump Administration on immigration and other issues. The blatant hypocrisy is one of many factors contributing to a toxic political dialogue. The only way to reduce both the hypocrisy and the political tension is to do something...
  • DOJ’s Mysterious Marijuana Subcommittee

    06/07/2017 7:25:48 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 91 replies
    Led by an outspoken legalization opponent, Jeff Sessions' Justice Department is reviewing federal marijuana policy, with significant changes possible soon. Almost nothing about the review process is publicly known and key players in the policy debate have not been contacted. The outcome of the review could devastate a multibillion-dollar industry and countermand the will of voters in eight states if the Obama administration's permissive stance on non-medical sales is reversed.
  • Guns on AMC's tv series "The Son"

    05/31/2017 6:29:37 AM PDT · by Notthemomma · 6 replies
    NY Gun Forums ^ | April 23, 2017 | various
    Wonderful and informative discussion thread on the historically-accurate and varied guns in AMC's current tv series "The Son." For example: "....hello all I was the armorer on THE SON. The Lewis gun was Adopted buy Belgium in 1912 and the British soon after so its use in 1915 not a stretch. Eli's Pistol is a 1911 Colt 45 ACP, it is a true repo of a 1911 (Cimarron WILD BUNCH 1911) not a 1911 A1 which wasn't introduced till 1921 .. The extended 351cal 1907 WIN SLR mags are 10 rounders. In eps 5 Sally holds Pete's 1st Model Hand...
  • 3 Bills Sen. Mike Lee Thinks Could Shift Power ‘Back to the People’

    05/20/2017 8:27:26 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 22 replies
    Dailty Signal ^ | 05/17/2017 | Rachel del Guidice
    Over the past eight decades, Congress has gradually relinquished its lawmaking role and left it to the administrative state, said a conservative senator at a Capitol Hill event on Wednesday. “Many Americans now feel that they are not in control of their own government,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said during an event hosted at the Federalist Society’s fifth annual Executive Branch Review Conference. “The administrative state is designed to be insulated from the will of the people.” The Utah senator said that one way he is working to combat this phenomenon is through an initiative he has started called Article...
  • Missouri is state #12 to adopt Convention of States!

    05/12/2017 4:00:58 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 56 replies
    Published on May 12, 2017 On May 12, 2017, the Show Me State became the 12th to successfully adopt the Convention of States Article V application to impose fiscal restraints, term limits, and other limits on federal overreach. Thank you to the thousands of COS Missouri warriors! http://www.cosaction.com