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  • Exclusive — Cruz: ‘States Should Press Back’ Against EPA

    08/10/2015 4:33:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/10/15 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Emerging from an enthusiastic Presidential campaign rally, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tells Breitbart News that “states should press back” against the EPA’s recently announced Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units rule, “with every tool they have available.” Attorney generals of 16 states said last week the new rule was “illegal in numerous respects.”“Should states refuse to comply with the EPA coal regulations?” Breitbart News asked Cruz.“I think states should press back using every tool they have available. We’ve got to rein in a lawless executive that is abusing its power,” Cruz tells Breitbart News.
  • Rethinking jury nullification

    08/07/2015 9:09:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    WA Post ^ | August 7, 2015 | Ilya Somin
    Jury nullification occurs when jurors choose not to convict a defendant they believe to be guilty of the offense charged, usually because they conclude that the law in question is unjust or the punishment is excessive. When I first thought about jury nullification as a young law student, I was inclined to be against it. Yes, it could potentially be used to curb unjust laws. But it can also be a vehicle for jury prejudice and bias. ... legal scholar Glenn Reynolds provides a strong defense of nullification. As he points out, the sort of discretion exercised by nullifying jurors...
  • On courts and constitutionality in the Kentucky Resolution of 1798

    08/03/2015 3:36:05 PM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 4 replies
    Renew America ^ | August 3, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    One of the most common complaints of constitutionalists against the conduct of our federal government is that the judiciary at all levels routinely oversteps its boundaries, intruding into those areas that are beyond its constitutional reach. Though this is largely accepted by most Americans because of its long practice, this does not mean that what we see in Washington with respect to the judicial branch should be be tolerated or allowed to continue. As with unconstitutional actions by the other branches of government, our Founders provided a way for violations of our founding compact to be rectified by the states...
  • Rep. Diane Black Pushes to Defund Planned Parenthood [STATES, it's Your Turn]

    07/31/2015 1:11:53 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 6 replies
    TheDailySignal ^ | 7/30/15 | Diana Stancy
    Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., criticized the House of Representatives for not passing legislation prior to the annual August district work period to defund Planned Parenthood. “Over the past two weeks, we’ve all seen the gruesome videos showing the heartless depravity of this organization,” Black said in a speech Wednesday. “We issued statements, we made passionate floor speeches, and we pledged action. Now, our constituents would like to know when we’re going to follow through on that promise.”
  • Marijuana opponents using racketeering law to fight industry

    07/13/2015 3:38:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2015 4:20 PM EDT | Kristen Wyatt
    A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy in their battle to stop the expanding industry: racketeering lawsuits. A Colorado pot shop recently closed after a Washington-based group opposed to legal marijuana sued not just the pot shop but a laundry list of firms doing business with it—from its landlord and accountant to the Iowa bonding company guaranteeing its tax payments. One by one, many of the plaintiffs agreed to stop doing business with Medical Marijuana of the Rockies, until the mountain shop closed its doors and had to sell off its pot...
  • Not over? Alabama Supreme Court should reject marriage decision, legal group says

    07/10/2015 1:45:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Christian Examiner ^ | 7/10/15 | Michael Foust
    A prominent legal organization has filed a 36-page brief urging the Alabama Supreme Court to reject the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision, saying the ruling was an "assault" on the rule of law and natural law and that it defied the very words in the Declaration of Independence.Further, the new brief says, there is major precedent in the nation's history for a state court to ignore a U.S. Supreme Court decision when it is "unlawful."The brief was filed by Liberty Counsel, which is headed by an attorney – Mat Staver – who has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme...
  • Pound Sand, Your Honor! More Americans Want States to Ignore Federal Courts

    07/03/2015 8:02:37 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 July 2015 | Selwyn Duke
    While dissenting from the recent Supreme Court decision rubber-stamping same-sex “marriage,” Justice Antonin Scalia warned his colleagues that with “each decision ... unabashedly based not on law” the Court moves “one step closer to being reminded of [its] impotence.” And a new poll shows that another such step has in fact been taken, with more Americans supporting the idea that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings. Writes Rasmussen Reports, “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 33% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings...
  • Can States Ignore the Supreme Court on Gay Marriage?

    07/01/2015 2:31:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 07/01/2015 | David A. Graham
    Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz are suggesting there might be ways for states and cities to nullify the justices’ ruling. They’re wrong. The Supreme Court’s decision last week did make gay marriage legal nationwide. Unfortunately for social conservatives, it did not, however, make nullification legal around the nation. Nullification is the historical idea that states can ignore federal laws, or pass laws that supercede them. This concept has a long but not especially honorable pedigree in U.S. history. Its origins date back to antebellum America, where Southern states tried to nullify tariffs and Northern states tried to nullify fugitive-slave laws....
  • So You Say You’re Against Symbols that Represent Treason?

    06/25/2015 7:52:47 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 35 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-25-15 | Brother Bob
    The Confederate Flag Two Minutes Hate has reached a new level of stupidity - Apple is removing all games that depict a Confederate flag. I haven't weighed in on the subject of the Confederate Flag issue since almost every conceivable angle on it has pretty much been written. I'm pretty much in the "It belongs in a museum" camp that a lot of conservatives have expressed. I do think that moves to ban its private ownership and scrub this flag from society are wrong, though. I understand all of the con arguments and think they have merit. Here is my take...
  • Southern Baptists pass resolution opposing gay marriage

    06/17/2015 12:28:53 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 48 replies
    AL.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Greg Garrison
    Southern Baptists pass resolution opposing gay marriage Arkansas Pastor Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, gives the presidential address to the Southern Baptist Convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, in Columbus, Ohio, June 16, 2015. Floyd exhorted members to stand united against same-sex marriage and vows that he will never officiate a same-sex union. The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution Tuesday, June 16, opposing gay marriage, reaffirming a long-standing position of the denomination. "The Southern Baptist Convention calls on Southern Baptists and all Christians of like-mindedness to stand firm on the Bible's witness on the private...
  • State Nullification: What Is It?

    05/23/2015 3:15:50 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 18 replies
    State nullification is the idea that the states can and must refuse to enforce unconstitutional federal laws. Says Who? Says Thomas Jefferson, among other distinguished Americans. His draft of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 first introduced the word “nullification” into American political life, and follow-up resolutions in 1799 employed Jefferson’s formulation that “nullification…is the rightful remedy” when the federal government reaches beyond its constitutional powers. In the Virginia Resolutions of 1798, James Madison said the states were “duty bound to resist” when the federal government violated the Constitution. But Jefferson didn’t invent the idea. Federalist supporters of the Constitution...
  • Arizona Passes Two Bills Aimed At Blocking Federal Laws (Executive Order)

    03/15/2015 11:35:33 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 24 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | March 14 2015 | Karen Eisenberg
    House Bill 2368, introduced by Republican Representative Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff, Arizona, was passed this Wednesday by the Arizona House. House Bill 2368 seeks to bar the state of Arizona from funding any executive orders issued by President Obama, or policy directives issued by the Department of Justice. According to the Arizona State Legislature website, the bill includes the following provisions: "1. Prohibits this state or any of its political subdivisions from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with an executive order issued by the President of the U.S. that has not been affirmed by...
  • So you want to nullify violations of the Constitution?

    03/04/2015 7:29:06 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Dec 22, 2010 | Jon Roland
    Mr Douglas and Whitlow discuss how nullification might work to overcome usurpations by federal officials and agents after first examining the difficulties of reform through election or litigation.
  • 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...
  • Ron Paul: “Good News” That Secession Is Happening

    02/19/2015 4:00:59 PM PST · by Mean Daddy · 67 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Feb. 19, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Former Republican presidential candidate and congressman Ron Paul says secession is happening and it’s “good news.” Paul later predicted the states would stop listening to federal laws. “I would like to start off by talking about the subject and the subject is secession and, uh, nullification, the breaking up of government, and the good news is it’s gonna happen. It’s happening,” Paul, the father of potential Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul, told a gathering at the libertarian Mises Institute in late January. The event Paul was speaking at was titled “Breaking Away: The Case for Secession.” Paul said secession would...
  • Why Not One Governor is Qualified to be President

    02/19/2015 3:35:21 AM PST · by Bratch · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 19, 2015 | Selwyn Duke
    Our Constitution has become a suicide pact.That’s the view of Thomas Jefferson, expressed in an 1819 letter to jurist Spencer Roane, when he said “If this opinion be sound, then indeed is our constitution a complete felo de se” (suicide pact). The opinion Jefferson referred to is the legitimacy of judicial review, the idea, as he put it, that “gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres.” He warned that accepting such a doctrine makes “the Judiciary...
  • Arizona Education Chief Nullifies Federal Food Fundraising Rules

    02/16/2015 6:12:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | February 15, 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    A state-level bureaucrat is standing up to the the central government planners is a most unusual way. Arizona’s superintendent of public instruction, Diane Douglas, has informed all school districts in the Grand Canyon State that they have blanket authority to ignore all federal nutrition mandates regulating school fundraisers. "Forcing parents and other supporters of schools to only offer federally approved food and snacks at fundraisers is a perfect example of the overreach of government and intrusion into local control," Douglas said in a statement. "I have ordered effective immediately, that the ADE Health and Nutrition Services division grant exemptions for...
  • States rise up against Washington

    02/10/2015 4:32:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    State legislators around the country have introduced more than 200 bills aiming to nullify regulations and laws coming out of Washington, D.C., as they look to rein in the federal government. The legislative onslaught, which includes bills targeting federal restrictions on firearms, experimental treatments and hemp, reflects growing discord between the states and Washington, state officials say. “You have a choice,” said Kentucky state Rep. Diane St. Onge (R). “To sit back and not do anything or say anything and let overregulation continue — or you have the alternative choice to speak up about it and say, ‘We know what...
  • 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...
  • Ending Executive Amnesty: The State's Nullification Option

    12/27/2014 10:31:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/272014 | Josh Gelernter
    This week, Tennessee became the 25th state to join a lawsuit against the president’s executive amnesty order. The lawsuit may work, but there’s another, more direct, and considerably more interesting redress against executive overreach. Proposed in 1798 by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. In 1798, Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Acts, which were signed into law by President John Adams. The A&S Acts comprised four bills that increased the federal government’s power to shut up dissenters; most noxious was a provision that permitted the prosecution of anyone who said anything about the government that the government considered “seditious.” Fourteen...
  • 10 freshmen who could trouble leadership

    11/09/2014 12:26:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House Republicans will have their largest majority since the 1930s next year, but that doesn't mean Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) job will be easy.The House GOP leadership's struggles in keeping members in line over the past four years have been well documented. Some of the incoming freshmen will likely join the ranks of conservatives who frequently oppose leadership initiatives.Among the new freshmen, for instance, is one congressman-elect who has called Hillary Clinton the "anti-Christ," another who has suggested Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights, and yet another who has declared himself open to the idea of the United States invading...
  • Constitutional fight launched over election of senators

    10/20/2014 7:14:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    WND.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    t’s a movement that’s been building in recent years: efforts by states to reclaim their constitutional authority by declaring Washington’s health care laws, gun control or other restrictions simply don’t apply within their boundaries. After all, the Constitution stipulates that, except for a couple of dozen specific issues such as national defense, the powers in the U.S. rest with the states. Now a new lawsuit contends states can regain their authority by returning to the practice of having state legislatures elect U.S. senators, as the Constitution originally required. The case is being brought by author, columnist, commentator and activist Devvy...
  • Senate Bill to Nullify Hobby Lobby Decision Fails: Legislation Falls Four Votes Short of 60

    07/16/2014 1:26:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/16/2014 | By KRISTINA PETERSON
    <p>WASHINGTON—Senate Democrats' effort to push back against the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision stalled Wednesday when their bill to restore employers' responsibility to provide contraception coverage under the health law was defeated on a procedural vote.</p> <p>In a 56-43 vote, which was largely along party lines, Democrats came up short of the 60 votes needed to advance their legislation. It sought to prevent companies from relying on a religious-freedom law to avoid complying with the Affordable Care Act's requirement to cover all forms of contraception approved by the government without charging workers a copayment.</p>
  • The Blueprint: James Madison’s Advice

    04/23/2014 9:11:01 AM PDT · by xzins · 17 replies
    The Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 7 Aug 13 | Michael Maharrey
    Madison: "Should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand. The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps, refusal to co-operate with the officers of the Union; the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassments created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, difficulties not to be despised; would form, in...
  • Jury nullification bill won’t move this session ( Alaska )

    04/15/2014 12:03:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | April 15, 2014 | Matt Buxton
    Advocates of jury nullification did their best to improve a bill expanding a jury’s ability to nullify laws, but the bill won’t be making it to a vote this session. House Bill 316, a bill by North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson, would expand and protect a jury’s right to judge the merits of a law, not just the facts before them, in a criminal case. The bill would allow defendants to argue their case based merits of the law, encouraging jurors to find them not guilty even in cases where evidence shows otherwise. It also would bar judges from...
  • Declaring an Emergency, Idaho Governor Signs Gun Grab Nullification

    03/26/2014 10:18:26 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 3-26-2014 | Joe Wolverton
    Tuesday, 25 March 2014 16:35 Declaring an Emergency, Idaho Governor Signs Gun Grab Nullification Written by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. On Wednesday, March 19, Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a powerful protection against the federal gun grab into law in the Gem State.The bill, SB 1332, came to Otter’s desk after being passed unanimously (with three abstentions) by the state House and Senate.The published purpose of SB 1332, the Idaho Federal Firearm, Magazine and Register Ban Enforcement Act, makes clear the intent of state lawmakers:This legislation is to protect Idaho law enforcement officers from being directed, through federal orders, laws,...
  • All That Remains of the Individual Mandate: 20 Minutes of Paperwork

    03/25/2014 6:37:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 25, 2014 | by JOHN SEXTON
    Surprise! The individual mandate has been watered down by the White House to the point that it barely exists at all. That's the conclusion of a piece at Politico which confirms what many conservatives were saying about the mandate two weeks ago. Titled "Honey, I shrunk the mandate," the piece highlights exemption 14, which was added to the list of possible hardship exemptions in December. It notes that under exemption 14 practically anyone can claim a hardship exemption and documentation is requested "if possible." In other words, documentation is optional. While the Politico piece accurately frames these exemptions to the...
  • ID:Effective Nullification of Federal Confiscation goes to Governor Otter

    03/14/2014 8:51:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    With the campus carry bill that Governor Otter just signed into law taking up all the oxygen in Idaho, few were paying attention to the effective nullification bill that is now going to the Governor's desk. SB1332  is effective nullification of federal gun confiscation.  It unanimously passed the senate and the house!  The bill is likely to be signed by Governor Otter.  It effects legislation, executive orders, or other federal actions that take place after it goes into effect, and unlike other attempts at nullification law, it does not prescribe penalties for federal officers, only for state and local...
  • GIVE STATES VETO OVER ABUSIVE FEDERAL LAWS

    GIVE STATES VETO OVER ABUSIVE FEDERAL POWERS PETITION CONGRESS TO PROPOSE THIS AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. IT WILL GIVE THE STATES A VETO ON OVERREACHING FEDERAL POWERS. http://tinyurl.com/VetoTheFed
  • Arizona Senate Panel Approves Bill to Nullify Federal Gun Laws

    02/11/2014 6:20:03 AM PST · by montag813 · 16 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 02-10-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right News Today, an Arizona state senate committee approved a bill that would virtually nullify all federal gun acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations. The vote was 6-3.Along with twelve sponsors and co-sponsors, Arizona State Sen. Kelli Ward introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Act in the Grand Canyon State. SB1294 prohibits the state from enforcing “any federal act, law, order, rule or regulation that relates to a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition within the limits of this state.” “We’ve sat back and allowed the federal government to trample the Constitution long enough,” Ward said. “We’re going...
  • Struggling With Nullification

    02/08/2014 4:37:09 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 87 replies
    Our American Constitution ^ | February 3rd, 2014 | Rob Natelson
    Does a state have the right to nullify federal statutes the state considers unconstitutional? This depends largely on how you define “nullification.” It also depends on what you mean by “right” and what kind of document you understand the Constitution to be. IOW, it depends on your premises. Unfortunately, people often discuss/debate, and attack each other over—the merits or demerits of nullification without making their premises clear. The result is quarreling among people who are fundamentally on the same side. The Constitution has been characterized as: * A compact (i.e., contract) to which only the states are parties, by which...
  • Appeal to Heaven or Appeal to Law [contra Mark Levin]

    01/20/2014 7:16:53 AM PST · by don-o · 75 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | January 20, 2014 | Timothy Gordon
    Last week on his call-in radio program, conservative commentator Mark Levin disparaged the spreading push by states’ rights activists like The Imaginative Conservative’s friend Kevin R.C. Gutzman for “nullification” by state legislatures of overreaching federal legislation. Sadly, Levin chose to slur the notion as a fundamentally “neo-Confederate” desideratum, one he views as, among other dreadful things, “nullifying” his recent push for a convention of the states. Now, that’s not nice—or true—at all. Some sharp observers have taken notice of Levin’s unkind—and untrue—accusations, but they’ve missed some of the acute angles. Everyone seems to agree that a nullification-supporter de facto sets...
  • Obamacare Showdown: Missouri Bill to Gut Obamacare, Ban Penalties, Ban Healthcare Exchange

    12/29/2013 7:06:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/28/2013 | Mike Shedlock
    If enough states act, we are on the way to a constitutional showdown over Obamacare. The Washington Times reports Missouri bill would gut Obamacare Next month, the Missouri Senate will consider a bill which would effectively cripple the implementation of the Affordable Care Act within the state. Following the lead of South Carolina, where lawmakers are fast-tracking House Bill 3101 in 2014, and Georgia, where HB707 was recently introduced by Rep. Jason Spencer, Missouri State Senator John T. Lamping (R-24) pre-filed Senate Bill 546 (SB546) to update the Health Care Freedom Act passed by Missouri voters in 2010. It passed...
  • Who's Next to Follow South Carolina's Lead on the FULL State Nullification of Obamacare?

    12/16/2013 8:31:57 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 30 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    (Yoo-hoo, Rick Perry...) As desperation mounts at the White House, Dear Leader -although he hasn't killed his uncle yet- is sinking to new depths of lawlessness in flailing attempts to salvage his 'signature' piece of legislation, the misnomer Affordable Care Act (and the entire Obama legacy).  The latest stunt involves all but forcing insurers to cover (cheaply or free, and at a financial loss) those without HC coverage who haven't been able to get anything out of 'state exchanges' due to the ongoing healthcare.gov debacle. But it seems South Carolinians have decided they've had their fill: If the ACA nullification bill -which has...
  • Legislators Introducing Bill to Nullify Obamacare in Georgia

    12/13/2013 5:41:52 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 12 replies
    Activist Post ^ | Thursday, December 12, 2013 | Lily Dane
    Four state representatives announced today that they are introducing legislation to block Obamacare in Georgia. State representative Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine), with three other representatives, will hold a press conference on Monday, Dec. 16 to discuss the proposal. In a press release, Rep. Spencer explained the bill’s goal: The bill’s main thrust is to prohibit state agencies, officers and employees of the state from implementing any provisions of the Affordable Care Act, leaving implementation entirely in the hands of the federal government, which lacks the resources or personnel to carry out the programs it mandates. Michael Boldin of the Tenth Amendment...
  • Mark Levin Refuted: Keep the Feds in Check with Nullification, not Amendments!

    12/12/2013 5:30:22 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 55 replies
    What Mark Levin says in “The Liberty Amendments” in support of an Article V convention is not true.1 On one side of this controversy are those who want to restore our Constitution by requiring federal and State officials to obey the Constitution we have; or by electing ones who will. We show that the Oath of Office at Art. VI, last clause, requires federal 2 and state officials to support the Constitution. This requires them to refuse to submit to – to nullify – acts of the federal government which violate the Constitution. This is how they “support” the Constitution!...
  • Respecting Juries

    12/09/2013 3:20:19 PM PST · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-9-2013 | Clay Conrad
    A Texas jury was recently lambasted in open court for committing jury nullification by visiting judge Jerry Ray because they acquitted a defendant in a driving while intoxicated (DWI) case. Judge Ray went so far as to equate the jury’s verdict with the acquittal of O.J. Simpson. Unfortunately, like many judges, Judge Ray did not understand what jury nullification is, what juries do, or his own obligations as a judge. Jury nullification occurs when a criminal jury votes not guilty, in spite of proof of guilt beyond reasonable doubt, because they believe the law is either unjust or is being...
  • A Summary of Mark Levin’s Proposed Amendments

    08/25/2013 2:36:07 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 145 replies
    Amendment to establish congressional term limits. No more than twelve total years combined in house and senate. Amendment to repeal the 17th Amendment. Governors may fill vacancies to fill out remainder of terms. Upon two thirds vote, state legislatures may remove their senators. Amendment to establish twelve year term limits on scotus. On three-fifths vote, and within twenty four months of a ruling, congress or the states may override scotus decisions. These overrides are not subject to judicial review. Congress shall submit preliminary budget to president by first Monday in May for the next fiscal year. Should congress/president not adopt...
  • Constitution Day: Celebrate it by Learning to Enforce It

    09/17/2013 12:43:48 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 9 replies
    10th Amendment Center ^ | 9-17-13 | Michael Boldin
    When I think of a “Constitution Day” speech, three things pop into my head. -SNIP- WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT? So when the federal government violates the constitution what is the first thing we do about it? Do we lobby congress and ask federal politicians to limit federal power? Do we go to federal courts and ask federal judges to limit federal power? Do we vote the bums out in the hopes that the new bums will limit their own power? Thomas Jefferson and James Madison both warned us that if the federal government ever became the sole and...
  • CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION: MARK LEVIN REFUTED

    09/16/2013 12:39:41 PM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 65 replies
    American Clarion ^ | 9/15/2013 | Publius Hulday
    After over a DOZEN attempts to post JUST the link to this exhaustive and complete refutation of Mark Levin's “solution” to our current situation, I gave up and, because this is a most serious conversation, opted to post the entire essay. Do us all a favor and READ her material before attempting to discuss – or discredit – her customarily thorough work. Thanks. **************************************** Constitutional Convention: Mark Levin Refuted By Publius Huldah The Constitutional Convention of 1787 What Mark Levin says in “The Liberty Amendments” in support of an Article V convention is not true.1 On one side of this...
  • Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes of tax cut and gun bills stand in Missouri

    09/12/2013 6:10:54 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 5 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 9/12/13 | Jason Hancock
    Gov. Jay Nixon saw a historic number of his vetoes go down Wednesday at the hands of a Republican-dominated General Assembly. But in the end, he was able to claim victory on the year’s two most high-profile issues — a $700 million tax cut and a bill aimed at criminalizing enforcement of federal gun laws. Fifteen Republicans joined with every Democrat in the Missouri House to put the final nail in the coffin of a tax cut bill that many Republicans pointed to as the marquee achievement of the 2013 legislative session. The override came up 15 votes short of...
  • Establishment Hypocrisy from the New York Times

    09/04/2013 5:15:00 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com ^ | 3 September, 2013 | Mike Maharrey
    Earlier this year, the Missouri legislature passed a Second Amendment Preservation Act that would nullify unconstitutional federal actions violating the right to keep and bear arms. Gov. Nixon vetoed it. The legislature will have a chance to override in September. On Saturday, the New York Times came out with an editorial using the Missouri bill as a springboard to ridicule those who think the federal government should not willy-nilly violate the Second Amendment. As a measure of the gun culture’s dangerous sway over statehouse politicians, it is hard to top the pending proposal in Missouri that would pronounce all federal...
  • Nullification Anyone?

    07/08/2013 10:39:37 AM PDT · by kimtom · 9 replies
    www.creators.com ^ | 2013 | Mark Levy
    "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." Of course anyone who paid attention to ABC's "Schoolhouse Rock" within the last 40 years knows this is the preamble to the Constitution. In this day and age, when Washington legislation weighs more than most Thanksgiving turkeys, the founders of our country were able to succinctly describe the...
  • Nullification Anyone?

    07/05/2013 1:09:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 6, 2013 | Mark Levy
    "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." Of course anyone who paid attention to ABC's "Schoolhouse Rock" within the last 40 years knows this is the preamble to the Constitution. In this day and age, when Washington legislation weighs more than most Thanksgiving turkeys, the founders of our country were able to succinctly describe the...
  • The Nullification Door can Swing Both Ways: A useful tool in protecting liberty -- but also a threat

    06/24/2013 7:51:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/24/2013 | Bruce Johnson
    Patrick Henry, John Calhoun, and George Mason would be delighted that States are showing some backbone after 220 years of Federal power encroachment. States are again beginning to question Federal authority by, in effect, nullifying some Federal mandates. But the "nullification door" is swinging both ways. Is it not nullification of law by the Federal Government itself when they who hold the federal reins refuse to enforce the laws currently on the books? And when nonenforcement of the law is at the whim of an administration, what recourse exists for the citizenry? For the States? Both ends of the political...
  • Obamacare Nullification Bill On SC Senate Agenda

    06/04/2013 9:29:32 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    The State ^ | June 4, 2013 | Adam Beam
    South Carolina this week could become the first state in the country to restrict the enactment of Obamacare since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld that law last year.
  • Mo. Gov. May Allow Gun Control Nullification to Pass Without His Signature

    05/28/2013 5:41:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 May, 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    In less than two weeks, Missouri could join Kansas in enacting a state law refusing to enforce federal gun control measures.On May 22, the Second Amendment Preservation Act (HB 436) was sent to Governor Jay Nixon. As of this writing, Nixon, a Democrat, has not indicated whether he plans to veto or sign the bill.Earlier this month, both houses of the Republican-controlled state legislature passed the bill by an overwhelming majority.When asked about Governor Nixon’s intention, a source inside his office told The New American that in an effort to avoid multiplying the several scandals already plaguing his administration, Nixon would...
  • Maryland County Passes ‘Second Amendment Preservation Resolution’

    05/24/2013 4:59:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | May 24, 2013 | Michael Peroutka
    On the evening of May 22, 2013, the Board of Commissioners of Carroll County presented, debated and adopted a resolution known as the “Second Amendment Preservation Resolution”. This resolution, among other things, declared Carroll County as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County”.County officials, including the Board of County Commissioners, the States Attorney and the Sheriff deemed this action necessary in light of the recent enactment by the Maryland General Assembly of “pretended legislation” known as the Maryland Firearms Safety Act of 2013.The Resolution declares that the so called “Safety Act”, which purports to ban the sale of forty-five types of ordinary...
  • SHAPIRO: Another attempt at nullification

    05/14/2013 5:18:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 13 May, 2013 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    “Nullification” laws have been introduced in 37 states that technically make it a felony for law enforcement agents to enforce federal restrictions banning firearms, and a recent Rasmussen poll shows that 38 percent support such state laws.Nullification laws are a legal device used by states to “nullify” federal laws deemed unconstitutional by that state’s legislature and governor. They stem from a proclamation that Andrew Jackson issued in 1832, but in reality have little if any actual authority in overriding federal law. In fact, under the Supremacy Clause of Article VI, federal law is the “supreme law of the land,” and...
  • Missouri Legislature Sends Gun Grab Nullification Bill to Governor

    05/12/2013 9:04:42 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 5 replies
    The New American ^ | 11 May 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Both houses of the Missouri legislature approved a Second Amendment preservation bill, which now goes to the governor for his signature or veto. Missouri Legislature Sends Gun Grab Nullification Bill to Governor The New American 11 May 2013 Less than one week after being passed by the state Senate, lawmakers in the Missouri state House of Representatives approved a bill protecting the right of citizens of the Show Me State to keep and bear arms. By a vote of 116-38 on May 8, the House signed off on HB 436 — the Second Amendment Preservation Act.The measure now awaits...