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  • Chief Justice Says States Have Compromised Their Sovereignty

    03/30/2012 6:29:41 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 70 replies
    The New American ^ | 3/29/2012 | Jack Kenny
    Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday what has long been known but seldom spoken. During the third and final day of Supreme Court hearings on whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is unconstitutional, Roberts said states have been compromising their sovereignty for decades through increased reliance on the federal government for money and accompanying directions on the governance of state affairs. "It seems to me that they have compromised their status as independent sovereigns because they are so dependent on what the federal government has done," the chief justice said during Wednesday's nearly three hours of...
  • Frankly, Scott has a better idea on highway funding

    09/29/2011 1:01:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    nj.com (Star-Ledger) ^ | September 29, 2011 | Paul Mulshine
    The other day our sister newspaper, the Gloucester County Times, reported on a raid at a fraternity house at Rowan University where — get ready for a shock — some college kids were drinking. About 100 of the kids were underage and will face charges. Believe it or not, that incident has its roots in the same problem that led to the controversy over the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska. That problem lies in the way the federal government distributes highway funding: poorly. It’s obvious in the case of the bridge that would have connected the city of Ketchikan,...
  • Jobs Bill Force States to Surrender Sovereignty

    09/17/2011 6:07:41 PM PDT · by RobertClark · 69 replies
    The White House ^ | 09/13/2011 | White House
    SEC. 376. FEDERAL AND STATE IMMUNITY. (a) Abrogation of State Immunity- A State shall not be immune under the 11th Amendment to the Constitution from a suit brought in a Federal court of competent jurisdiction for a violation of this Act. (b) Waiver of State Immunity- (1) IN GENERAL- (A) WAIVER- A State's receipt or use of Federal financial assistance for any program or activity of a State shall constitute a waiver of sovereign immunity, under the 11th Amendment to the Constitution or otherwise, to a suit brought by an employee or applicant for employment of that program or activity...
  • Taking Back the Commerce Clause in Virginia [Virginia House Rejects Federal Commerce Power, 65-33]

    01/26/2011 11:55:38 AM PST · by RepublicnotaDemocracy · 104 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 01-26-11 | Michael Boldin
    Today, the Virginia House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1438 (HB1438), the Intrastate Commerce Act. The bill, “Provides that all goods produced or manufactured within the Commonwealth, when such goods are held, retained, or maintained in the Commonwealth, shall not be subject to federal law, federal regulation, or the constitutional power of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce.” The vote was 65-33. For decades, using a tortured definition of “interstate commerce,” Congress has claimed the authority to regulate, control, ban, or mandate virtually everything – from wheat grown on one’s own land for personal consumption, to weed...
  • CLEAR Act Billions in New Taxes, Takeover of State Authority on Permits, $500M a Year to Ken Salazar

    08/01/2010 11:16:34 AM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | August 1, 2010 | Maggie M. Thornton
    Pelosi's CLEAR Act adds billions in new taxes, a federal takeover of a state's authority to issue pertinent permits within their state, and builds a $500 million annually, slush fund for the Interior Secretary. That slush fund is provided by $22 billion in new taxes over ten years, which settles at $3 billion-per-year after the ten years. The vote is expected Friday. Pelosi has also refused to allow an independent, bipartisan investigation into the BP oil spill - and according to sources this move is to protect Obama.
  • Nullification Summit to Focus on States Stopping Unconstitutional Laws

    07/20/2010 6:54:35 PM PDT · by RepublicnotaDemocracy · 22 replies · 2+ views
    The US Report ^ | 07-20-10 | Kay Day
    States’ rights are in the air, along with a renewed focus on the US Constitution, and The Tenth Amendment Center will hold a summit to inform the public how to “stop federal mandates at the state border.” The Florida Tenth Amendment Summit will be held in Orlando at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate on 10-10-10—there’s a nice touch of marketing savvy in the selection of that date. An announcement from TAC pointed out momentum in the states’ rights movement as Virginia, Utah, Idaho and others fight Obamacare. Occupying the top media narrative right now is Arizona’s effort to deal...
  • Bill Gives Public Workers Clout (mandates collective bargaining for state workers)

    06/17/2010 7:03:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 49 replies · 864+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 17, 2010 | Kris Maher
    The Senate is moving closer to passing legislation that would require states to grant public-safety employees, including police, firefighters and emergency medical workers, the right to collectively bargain over hours and wages. The bill, known as the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act, would mainly affect about 20 states that don't grant collective-bargaining rights statewide for public-safety workers or that prohibit such bargaining. State and municipal associations, as well as business groups, oppose it, saying it will lead to higher labor costs and taxes, at a time of budget deficits. The bill, backed by at least six Republicans in the Senate,...
  • Proposal for Constitutional amendment

    01/19/2010 5:13:24 AM PST · by y2gordo · 18 replies · 698+ views
    Vanity
    Laying in bed unable to sleep last night, my mind drifted to the problem of too much federal power in the country today. Well, the federal government is able to exercise its excessive power in part due to its ability to compel the states to enact certain laws by withholding or restricting federal funding if the states enact laws that do not comply with federal “guidelines”. The primary examples I thought of were the mandatory drinking age of 21 and the required drunk driving BAC of .08. If I am not mistaken, if a state does not follow those guidelines,...
  • New Hampshire proposes state sovereignty law--with a twist

    01/03/2010 11:23:21 AM PST · by Still Thinking · 29 replies · 1,624+ views
    St. Louis Gun Right Examiner ^ | January 1, 2010 | Kurt Hofmann
    New Hampshire is considering a firearms freedom bill akin to those being considered in other states and already enacted in Montana and Tennessee, but with this provision added (this paragraph mine, not from article): "Any official, agent, or employee of the government of the United States, or employee of a corporation providing services to the government of the United States that enforces or attempts to enforce a act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the government of the United States upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in New Hampshire and...
  • AR-15, Made in Texas

    12/03/2009 6:08:55 PM PST · by Pantera · 17 replies · 1,656+ views
    texas.tenthamendmentcenter.com ^ | 12-03-09 | Brian Roberts
    The Montana Firearm Freedom Act was signed into law in October of this year. Here is a recent update: http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/Global/story.asp?S=11610180. So how does this apply to Texas right now and in the near future?One of the strategic goals of the 10th amendment movement is the passage of a firearms bill in as many states as possible. The “Firearm Freedom Act” bills state that firearms manufactured in a state that are not sold or transferred across state lines are not subject to federal gun laws. In general, federal guns laws are based on the “commerce” clause in the Constitution. This means...
  • Resist DC: A Step-by-Step Plan for Freedom

    11/30/2009 11:24:33 AM PST · by RepublicnotaDemocracy · 9 replies · 726+ views
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 11-29-2009 | State Rep Matthew Shea
    This summer, legislators from several states met to discuss the steps needed to restore our Constitutional Republic. The federal government has ignored the many state sovereignty resolutions from 2009 notifying it to cease and desist its current and continued overreach. The group decided it was time to actively counter the tyranny emanating from Washington D.C. From those discussions it became clear three things needed to happen. 1. State Legislatures need to pass 10 key pieces of legislation “with teeth” to put the federal government back in its place. 2. The people must pass the legislation through the Initiative process if...
  • Will Texas’ State Sovereignty be a major issue in the battle for the Republican Governor’s race?

    11/22/2009 9:35:49 AM PST · by RepublicnotaDemocracy · 84 replies · 1,611+ views
    Texas Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 11-22-09 | Texas Tenth Amendment Center
    Perry has seemingly begun to build a case of grievances against the federal government. His primary points: -Current administration is “hell-bent” on socialism Washington is now actively punishing Texas through it policies -Health Care Bill would eat up Texas’ $9 billion rainy day fund in 1.5 years -Cap and Trade would cap the entire southern economy Texas may have to reassert 10th amendment protections I will not pretend to know whether Perry is sincere or if this is simply positioning himself for the upcoming primaries. But that’s not the point… certainly these statements indicate the mood of many of the...
  • 'Health reform' vs. the constitution

    11/19/2009 3:15:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 7 replies · 896+ views
    In 2006, long before there was an Obama administra tion determined to impose a command-and-control federal health-care system, a young orthopedic surgeon walked into the Goldwater Institute here with an idea. The institute, America's most potent advocate of limited government, embraced Eric Novack's idea for protecting Arizonans from health-care coercion. In 2008, Arizonans voted on Novack's proposed amendment to the state's Constitution: "No law shall be passed that restricts a person's freedom of choice of private health-care systems or private plans of any type. No law shall interfere with a person's or entity's right to pay directly for lawful medical...
  • State launches boycott of 'unconstitutional' federal laws: Urges 49 others to join in

    10/21/2009 8:18:34 PM PDT · by RepublicnotaDemocracy · 141 replies · 5,661+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 10-21-09 | Chelsea Schilling
    Tennessee is urging 49 other states to come together and create a "joint working group between the states" to combat unconstitutional federal legislation and assert state rights. Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen signed HJR 108, the State Sovereignty Resolution on June 23. According to the Tenth Amendment Center, the resolution created a committee to form a joint working group between the states to enumerate the abuses of authority by the federal government and seek repeal of imposed mandates. State Rep. Susan Lynn recently wrote a letter to the other 49 state legislatures, inviting them to join the group and warning that...
  • The Mighty 10th Amendment: Our Beachhead to Liberty

    08/14/2009 2:55:36 PM PDT · by Pantera · 20 replies · 2,504+ views
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | August 12, 2009 | Brian Roberts
    Article 3 in Series, Restoring Freedom: An Entrepreneur’s Perspectivepart 1, part 2We must bring our revolutionary product of individual freedom to market, and soon; otherwise servitude, Washington D.C.’s product of choice will monopolize and we will see out market share for freedom disappear and our great experiment in self-government fail.Crossing the Chasm, a book focused on bringing technology products to market, presents an analogy based on World War II Europe. After Hitler took control of Europe, the Allies were left without a front to counter Axis aggression. At the time many considered Europe lost. The Allies, faced with an impossible...
  • Pentagon, governors face off over military reserve

    08/14/2009 8:27:28 AM PDT · by Califreak · 1 replies · 391+ views
    Google News ^ | 8/13/09 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    AP article. Link only. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iYXjTdai6HXR_LTHhw8MiBTa8X4AD9A25EA00
  • Alabama to Consider Sovereignty under the 10th Amendment

    08/11/2009 11:33:10 AM PDT · by sovereignty2 · 34 replies · 2,543+ views
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 08-11-09 | Michael Boldin
    On August 10, 2009, Alabama State Representative Mac Gipson along with 22 other co-sponsors, introduced House Joint Resolution 10 (HJR10). The purpose of the resolution is to “affirm the rights of all states including Alabama, based on the provisions of the ninth and tenth amendments to the United States Constitution.” HJR10 was introduced on the first day of the Alabama Legislature’s 2009 First Special Session. An Extraordinary (Special) Session can consist of no more than 12 Legislative (meeting) days, within a 30-day calendar period. The resolution was read and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Rules. Two similar...
  • Obama's Imperial Decree: Target Oklahoma

    08/07/2009 7:06:37 AM PDT · by sovereignty2 · 107 replies · 4,592+ views
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 08-06-09 | Bryce Shonka
    Remember the good old days, when one only had to watch out for the Federal Government’s twisted interpretation of the commerce clause to justify tyranny? Well those days seem to be long gone. The Obama Administration has been employing an old tactic lately – what some might call an imperial threat – and they’re not doing it overseas, either. The state of Oklahoma is now the target of a direct challenge from US Attorney General Eric Holder, who is using the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as justification to violate Oklahoma’s sovereignty as affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the...
  • Take Action and Support Sovereignty Today!

    08/01/2009 1:54:05 PM PDT · by sovereignty2 · 5 replies · 577+ views
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 07-31-09 | State Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook (Kansas-10th)
    “In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” –Thomas Jefferson I would like to extend to you an opportunity to show your support for our United States Constitution’s Tenth Amendment. As you may be aware, I introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 1609 to the Kansas Legislature in early February of this 2009 session. This resolution contains language which clearly spells out state sovereignty rights under the United States Constitution’s Tenth Amendment, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor...
  • Obama Administration Begins Opposition To States Claiming Sovereignty And Gun Rights

    07/29/2009 9:34:47 AM PDT · by FlorianG · 103 replies · 4,089+ views
    blacklistednews ^ | 7/26/2009 | Black Bear Blog
    The several states are lining up to reclaim their sovereignty and telling the federal government to butt out. This is being done in myriad ways but all are related in that most claim that the Tenth Amendment protects the states from federal tyranny. States are passing resolutions, memorials and two states have passed laws and they intend to apply those laws for their citizens. The two states are Montana and Tennessee. It was expected that at some point these laws would be challenged and it appears actions to do such has begun. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and...
  • Wyoming Governor Calls for 10th Amendment Resolution

    07/29/2009 4:03:16 AM PDT · by sovereignty2 · 19 replies · 1,868+ views
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 07-28-09 | Tenth Amendment Center
    Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal today transmitted the following memorandum and proposed resolution on state sovereignty to the Wyoming Legislature’s Management Council. MEMORANDUM To: Management Council Members From: Dave Freudenthal, Governor Date: July 28, 2009 Re: Sovereignty Resolution As you know, individual states have been adopting Sovereignty Resolutions over the past few years. Such resolutions have been considered by the Wyoming Legislature over the years as well. Representative Illoway is working on one for this session. The attached version expands slightly on the versions currently circulating. The resolution includes a list of specific federal laws and a reference to the idea...
  • Advocating an Aggressive State Sovereignty Agenda

    07/23/2009 8:54:03 AM PDT · by sovereignty2 · 7 replies · 966+ views
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 07-23-09 | State Rep. Jason Murphey (OK-31)
    Last November, I wrote an update entitled, “Preparing for an Expansion of Government.” In that update, I referenced how that over time, under both Republican and Democratic administrations, both parties have used the expansion of federal government as a tool to accomplish their various agendas and in doing so violated the important concept of states’ rights. I also wrote about the possible upcoming expansion in the size and scope of the federal government due to the recent consolidation of liberal control over both the presidency and Congress. Since that time, I have been contacted by a number of worried constituents...
  • GOP Chairman Steele’s assault on Obama health plan

    07/20/2009 10:36:50 AM PDT · by yoe · 3 replies · 348+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 20, 2009 | Dave Cook
    Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele launched an assault on President Obama’s health care plan saying, “it’s a risk our country can’t afford – it’s too much, too fast, too soon.” The Monday morning speech at the National Press Club was part of a renewed Republican media offensive aimed at slowing – and thus perhaps stopping — Obama’s health care reform effort as it enters a critical phase. “I think we all need to stop and get serious about what we are confronting here and stop playing this Washington game of Russian roulette,” Steele saidSagging support for the Obama plan The...
  • Florida Senate to Consider State Sovereignty

    07/16/2009 10:00:08 AM PDT · by sovereignty2 · 10 replies · 875+ views
    TenthAmendmentCenter.com ^ | 07-16-09 | Tenth Amendment Center
    State Senator Carey Baker (R-Eustis) has introduced a memorial in the Florida Senate reaffirming the principles of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The memorial, awaiting an official Senate number, urges “Congress to honor the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and United States Supreme Court case law which limit the scope and exercise of federal power.” “Now more than ever, state governments must exercise their Constitutional right to say no to the expansion of the federal government’s reckless deficit spending and abuse of power,” Senator Baker said. “With this resolution, our Legislature can send a message...
  • Sarah Palin Signs Alaska Sovereignty Resolution

    07/13/2009 1:35:24 PM PDT · by sovereignty2 · 73 replies · 4,986+ views
    TenthAmendmentCenter.com ^ | 07-13-09 | Tenth Amendment Center
    On Friday, July 10th, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin signed House Joint Resolution 27 (HJR27), sponsored by State Rep. Mike Kelly. The resolution “claims sovereignty for the state under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States.” The House passed the resolution by a vote of 37-0 (3 not voting) and the Senate passed it by a vote of 40-0. Six other states have had both houses of their legislature pass similar resolutions - Tennessee, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota,...
  • Florida Sovereignty Resolution Introduced

    07/01/2009 10:12:42 PM PDT · by sovereignty2 · 29 replies · 1,929+ views
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 07-01-09 | Tenth Amendment Center
    Today, Florida State Represenatives Workman and Plakon, along with co-sponsors Dorworth, Eisnaugle, Kelly, Precourt, and Tobia introduced House Memorial 19 (HM19), which “Urges Congress to honor provisions of U. S. Constitution & U. S. Supreme Court case law which limit scope & exercise of federal power.” (h/t David Reid) The goal of the memorial is to serve “as a notice and a demand to the Federal Government…to cease and desist, effective immediately, from issuing mandates that are beyond the scope of [their] constitutionally delegated powers.” Florida is now the 37th state where such a resolution has been introduced. So far,...
  • State Sovereignty Movement Hits Partisan Roadblock

    03/10/2009 11:44:27 AM PDT · by AmericaIsScrewed08 · 11 replies · 912+ views
    BlogCritics.org ^ | March 8, 2009 | Dave Nalle
    Efforts in more than half of the state legislatures to assert state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution and prevent unwanted impositions by the federal government are now running into serious partisan opposition. Most of these bills have been introduced and are supported by Republican legislators and Democrats are doing everything they can to block them and make sure that their states comply with federal mandates issued by a national Congress dominated by their party.
  • Lawmakers in 20 states move to reclaim sovereignty

    03/05/2009 9:03:47 PM PST · by Wpin · 53 replies · 1,984+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | February 6, 2009 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK – As the Obama administration attempts to push through Congress a nearly $1 trillion deficit spending plan that is weighted heavily toward advancing typically Democratic-supported social welfare programs, a rebellion against the growing dominance of federal control is beginning to spread at the state level. So far, eight states have introduced resolutions declaring state sovereignty under the Ninth and Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, including Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington. Analysts expect that in addition, another 20 states may see similar measures introduced this year, including Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho,...
  • Montana State Sovereignty Resolution

    03/05/2009 8:57:34 PM PST · by Wpin · 19 replies · 1,110+ views
    Montana Legislature ^ | February 17, 2009 | People of Montana
    2009 Montana Legislature Additional Bill Links PDF (with line numbers) HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 26 INTRODUCED BY M. MORE A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA AFFIRMING STATES' RIGHTS AND CONDEMNING ENCROACHMENT OF THOSE RIGHTS BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND EXECUTIVE ORDERS. WHEREAS, The Constitution of the State of Montana declares that the people of this state have the sole and exclusive right to govern themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state and that the people of this state shall exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right pertaining to...
  • CALL TO ACTION: CONNECTICUT FREEPERS NEEDED TO ORGANIZE AND PROTEST

    03/03/2009 11:56:46 AM PST · by bioqubit · 9 replies · 465+ views
    NA ^ | MAR. 3, 2009 | BIOQUBIT
    Word up - we must organize. Organize to lobby, to protest, get others involved...
  • Tenth Amendment: Washington Times, Sirius/XM’s Mike Church Coverage

    03/03/2009 8:50:35 AM PST · by do the dhue · 12 replies · 948+ views
    The Right Side of Life ^ | 2/20/2009 | phil
    Per the TenthAmendmentCenter.com, The Washington Times is reporting today how States are using the Tenth Amendment as one way to deal with federal mandates (excerpted): Worried the federal government is increasing its dominance over their affairs, several states are pursuing legislative action to assert their sovereignty under the 10th Amendment of the Constitution in hopes of warding off demands from Washington on how to spend money or enact policy. The growing concerns even have a handful of governors questioning whether to accept federal stimulus money that comes with strings attached. The sentiments to declare themselves legally independent from Washington have...
  • Can now add Kentucky to the list of states claiming state sovereignty

    02/25/2009 7:55:26 PM PST · by conservativegramma · 58 replies · 1,987+ views
    The Right Side of Life ^ | February 25, 2009 | Phil
    The TenthAmendmentCenter.com reported today that Kentucky State Rep. and Majority Whip John Will Stacy (D) introduced HCR168 (status page): Declare state sovereignty over powers not given to the the federal government by the U. S. Constitution; demand the federal government to cease mandates beyond constitutionlly delegated powers; prohibit federal legialtion requiring state passage of laws under threat of penalties or sanctions; direct the Clerk to distribute copies of the Resolution.
  • Lawmakers in 20 states move to reclaim sovereignty (Paging General Robert E. Lee)

    02/07/2009 3:24:06 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 115 replies · 5,310+ views
    wnd ^ | 2/6/09 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK – As the Obama administration attempts to push through Congress a nearly $1 trillion deficit spending plan that is weighted heavily toward advancing typically Democratic-supported social welfare programs, a rebellion against the growing dominance of federal control is beginning to spread at the state level. So far, eight states have introduced resolutions declaring state sovereignty under the Ninth and Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, including Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington. Analysts expect that in addition, another 20 states may see similar measures introduced this year, including Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho,...
  • State Sovereignty Movement Quietly Growing

    02/07/2009 6:34:16 AM PST · by nuconvert · 36 replies · 1,624+ views
    Blogcritics Mag. ^ | February 05, 2009
    You may not have heard much about it, but there's a quiet movement afoot to reassert state sovereignty in America and stop the uncontrolled expansion of federal government power. Almost half of the state legislatures are considering or have representatives preparing to introduce resolutions which reassert the principles of the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution and the idea that federal power is strictly limited to specific areas detailed in the Constitution and that all other governmental authority rests with the states. -excerpt- There's a lot of excitement about these bills, but there are also a lot of misconceptions,...
  • The Road to Mass Democracy: Original Intent and the Seventeenth Amendment

    10/21/2007 1:20:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies · 144+ views
    The Independent Review ^ | Winter 1997 | Todd J. Zywicki
    Title: The Road to Mass Democracy: Original Intent and the Seventeenth Amendment Author: C. H. Hoebeke Published: New Brunswick, N. J.: Transaction Publishers, 1995. Price: $39.95 (hardcover) Pages: 211 Reviewer: Todd J. Zywicki Affiliation: Mississippi College School of Law The Constitution of 1787 provided for the appointment of United States senators by state legislatures. In 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment was ratified, installing the current regime of direct election of U.S. senators. The bloated and special-interest-driven nature of the federal government during this century has led scholars in recent years to reexamine the original framework of the Senate and to...
  • Repeal Seventeenth Amendment

    10/20/2007 3:45:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies · 274+ views
    States' Liberty Party ^ | September 22, 2002 | John MacMullin
    With respect to states' rights, it should be readily apparent to all that state governments cannot exert any meaningful influence or control over the federal government, judiciary, or any other federal institution. Let us state the problem precisely. At the present time, there are no checks and balances available to the states over federal power or over Congress itself in any area. However, in the history of our country, it was not always this way. In the original design by the Framers of the U.S. Constitution, there was an effective check on Congress through the state legislatures' power to appoint...
  • Federalism should extend to marijuana raids

    09/12/2007 10:18:48 AM PDT · by JTN · 117 replies · 1,505+ views
    The Politico ^ | September 11, 2007 | Radley Balko
    Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) recently said that, if elected president, he would end the federal raids on marijuana clinics in states that have legalized the drug for medical purposes. That makes the Democratic field unanimous now — all would end the raids and allow the states to craft their own medical marijuana policy, free from federal interference. By contrast, just two of the remaining GOP candidates — Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) and Rep. Tom Tancredo (Colo.) — and none of the front-runners have promised to call off the raids. This is unfortunate for a party that once fancied itself the...
  • Utah Bill Mounts Challenge to Federal Education Law

    02/16/2005 5:11:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 650+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 16, 2005 | SAM DILLON
    In the most specific challenge by any state to President Bush's signature education law, the Utah House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill yesterday requiring state officials to give higher priority to local educational goals than to those of the federal law, and to spend as little state money as possible to comply with it. The bill challenging the federal law, known as No Child Left Behind, will go to the Utah Senate, where it enjoys considerable support, said its sponsor, State Representative Margaret Dayton. Federal officials had sought to prevent the bill's passage, and Utah officials said a delegation...