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  • A Classical Liberal Defense Of The Constitution

    01/24/2012 5:25:09 PM PST · by billflax · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/24/2012 | Bill Flax
    “Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.” – Lord Acton Americans have long been blessed. We’ve never been perfect but this cynical, politically correct age tends to harp more on our deficiencies than highlight the astounding prosperity that a generally free society brought. Today, some of our youth assume wealth their birthright while disparaging its capitalist wellspring. America’s heritage was one of free markets with limited, constitutional government. Independence was born less from revolution than a defense of historic liberties based on innate, natural rights. The founding vision affirmed tradition...
  • Indiana Considers Eminent Domain Reform

    01/23/2012 11:18:34 AM PST · by 92nina · 3 replies
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2012-01-20 | Paul Petrick
    On January 12, the Indiana Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal, & Civil Matters passed Senate Bill 54, an important step in the fight against eminent domain abuse. This legislation would mandate that state universities seeking to acquire private business property to compensate the business owner for estimated future earnings in addition to the traditional fair market value of the property. Senate Bill 54 is the brainchild of State Senator Doug Eckerty (R-Yorktown) and was prompted by the plight of a Muncie, Indiana businessman who found himself in competition with the biggest of all big businesses, the government. For the last...
  • Nevada lawmakers call for ban on synthetic cocaine, marijuana

    01/17/2012 4:51:59 PM PST · by redreno · 6 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 17 Jan 2012 | By Cy Ryan
    CARSON CITY — Synthetic drugs that mirror cocaine and marijuana are showing up more often in Nevada, and some state legislators are unhappy that the state Pharmacy Board has not taken action to ban them. Assemblywoman April Mastroluca, chairwoman of the Legislative Committee on Health Care, said it’s been almost a year since the 2011 Legislature discussed the problem and she is frustrated the Pharmacy Board had not adopted a regulation to prohibit the “synthetic cannabinoids and bath salts.”
  • W(i)lfare for Billionaires

    01/17/2012 8:35:47 AM PST · by 92nina · 9 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-01-17 | Rudy Takala
    “State [of Minnesota] not rushing to act on Vikings stadium,” fretted the January 13 headline of a column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. New Jersey billionaire Zygi Wilf, owner of the Minnesota Vikings, is seeking about $700 million in taxpayers’ money to build his team a new stadium in the state. The $700 million would be roughly split between state and local taxpayers. Members of one proposed site for the stadium have been especially disgruntled by Wilf’s request to take their money for his business. A group in Ramsey County, which includes the state capital of St. Paul, has collected...
  • Independence Institute submits brief to protect states from Obamacare bullying

    01/15/2012 9:36:38 AM PST · by Veritas_et_libertas · 5 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | January 15th, 2012 | Rob Natelson
    II is submitting not merely one, but two separate brief to the U.S. Supreme Court opposing Obamacare. One will show why the mandate that individuals buy government-approved insurance is unconstitutional. The other shows that Obamacare’s Medicaid mandates imposed on states also are unconstitutional. The Medicaid brief, to be filed in just a few days, addresses a part of Obamacare overshadowed by the individual mandate—but just as damaging to our federal republic, and just as clearly unconstitutional. Obamacare requires all states to greatly expand government health care within their states or lose ALL Medicaid funding—or at least a portion thereof to...
  • Perry Ruling: Perry Denied (only Mitt & Paul on ballot)

    01/14/2012 4:40:56 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 74 replies
    Red State Virginia ^ | January 14, 2012 | Kurt Feigel
    A Judge has ruled that the ballot will stand as is for the Virginia primary with Ron Paul and Mitt Romney as the only candidates in the presidential primary. In a 22 page ruling the Judge basically said that the Plaintiff’s: Perry,Gingrich,Santorum,Huntsman waited too long to file their request for an injunction. The Judge said: “In essense, they played the game, lost, and then complained that the rules were unfair,” Judge Gibney pulled no punches here: “They knew the rules in Virginia many months ago; the limitations on circulators affected them as soon as they began to circulate petitions. The...
  • Feds Clamp Down On Medical Marijuana Shops

    01/13/2012 3:42:04 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 24 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 01/13/12 | Friends of Ours
    The feds continue to target medical marijuana dispensaries which otherwise are operating in accordance with state law. In Colorado federal prosecutors gave 23 dispensaries which are operating within 1,000 feet of a school 45 days to shut down or face criminal prosecution as reported by John Ingold for The Denver Post. They issued an identical ultimatum to medical marijuana dispensaries in California last October. The threats are not idle. The feds yesterday filed suit "to seize the building of a Sacramento dispensary, charging the marijuana store violated federal laws against drug transactions near schools" as reported by Peter Hecht for...
  • Judge denies lawsuit, Rick Perry, others remain off Virginia Republican primary ballot

    01/13/2012 1:19:30 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 76 replies
    WTVR Richmond ^ | 3:55 p.m. EST, January 13, 2012 | WTVR.com Staff
    RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Federal District Court Judge John Gibney ruled against Texas Governor Rick Perry and other Republican presidential candidates who sued in an effort to appear on the ballot for the Virginia Republican primary in March. Judge Gibney announced the ruling Friday afternoon in Richmond, Virginia.[CLICK HERE: Read the judge's order] The suit was originally filed by Texas Governor Rick Perry. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Jon Hunstman later joined the challenge. According to court documents, the Republican candidates failed to meet the 10,000 signature petition requirements to get on the ballot. Mitt Romney and Ron Paul met...
  • Rep. Johnson Pushes Bill Taking Up Perry's Part-Time Congress Proposal

    01/13/2012 8:51:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 15, 2012 | Lexi Stemple
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry's part-time Congress proposal has become the blueprint for a bill Rep. Timothy Johnson, an Illinois Republican, will introduce next week. The Citizen Legislators Act would limit the days Congress works to five per month, or 60 business days per session. It also would cut the salaries of representatives and senators in half. But like Perry's plan, Johnson's bill allows members to have jobs outside of Congress. The caveat is that their income cannot be earned as "a result of the privilege of their office, such as speaking tours, lobbying and consulting." Like Perry, Johnson says he...
  • Energy Conference Focuses On Shale Gas Hot-Button Issues

    01/10/2012 9:19:37 PM PST · by greenwill · 1 replies · 2+ views
    New Mexico Tech ^ | 01/10/2012 | Thomas Guengerich/
    SOCORRO, N.M. January 10, 2012 – As oil companies deploy hundreds of wells in northeast Pennsylvania to tap into the lucrative “shale gas” deposits, many are weighing the environmental impacts, the economic outlook and the regulatory climate related to the latest bonanza in domestic natural gas production.
  • Judge Malihi Denied Obama's Motion to Dismiss in GA Ballot Challenge: More Orders Issued

    01/03/2012 11:23:28 AM PST · by Red Steel · 100 replies · 1+ views
    ObamaRelease YourRecords ^ | Tuesday, January 3, 2012; 9:39 AM
    Judge Malihi Denied Obama's Motion to Dismiss in Georgia Ballot Access Challenge: Granted Powell's and Swensson's Motion for Separate Hearings Farrar-Welden-Swensson-Powell v Obama, Motion to Dismiss by Obama is Denied, Georgia Ballot Access Challenge Excerpts from Judge Michael Malihi in the Order for Obama's Motion to Dismiss: "Statutory provisions must be read as they are written, and this Court finds that the cases cited by Defendant are not controlling." "Code Section 21-2-5(a) states that "every candidate for federal and state office" must meet the qualifications for holding that particular office, and this Court has seen no case law limiting this...
  • Barack Obama unable to register for State Primary as Alabama reviews his eligibility...

    UPDATE: An Alabama Court has announced that it will hear arguments as to whether Barack Hussein Obama II is in fact eligible to appear on the State Presidential Primary Ballot. Several Alabama citizens have filed a lawsuit within the Alabama Circuit Court to "prevent certification of President Barack Obama for 2012 Alabama ballot access pending final hearing based on factual evidentiary hearings."
  • Checkpoint draws protesters opposed to the method, but not the message

    01/08/2012 10:16:55 AM PST · by redreno · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Gregan Wingert
    David Stilwell and a band of motorcyclists parked their bikes Friday afternoon close to the Long John Silver's on Flamingo Road and Maryland Parkway. Nearby, a group of Metro Police — also on motorcycles — waited. Stilwell, joined by about 10 of his friends wearing black leather jackets, some with firearms resting in holsters on their hips, stood along the sidewalk waving signs that read "Police Checkpoint Ahead." But up ahead wasn't a typical DUI checkpoint; the officers on Flamingo Road were pulling over drivers on cellphones. "Police enforcement should be up front," said Stilwell, of Las Vegas.
  • New Year, New Shot to Eliminate Antiquated State Telecom Laws

    01/05/2012 9:36:33 AM PST · by 92nina · 2 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-01-05 | [Staff]
    Last year saw a slew of states review telecommunications laws designed for a bygone era. Tennessee phased out special charges for in-state long distance calls that subsidized phone companies. Florida and Kansas now allow companies subject to price regulations to better compete with new, less regulated providers. Increased competition has resulted from convergence in the industry, as providers once broken into segregated markets (e.g., cable TV, local and long distance phone, wireless, etc.) now all offer similar broadband phone and video services, or at least a pipe to get them. However, state laws have been slow to change, regulating some...
  • Sci-Fi Brothel to Open in Nevada

    01/01/2012 11:10:02 AM PST · by redreno · 75 replies · 2+ views
    Time Newsfeed ^ | 01/01/2012 | y Melissa Locker
    Hey gents, have you ever found yourself jealous of Captain James T. Kirk and his, …er intergalactic conquests? Do you longingly watch Jabba the Hutt’s dancing slave (her name is Oola, if you’re interested) and wonder, what if? Do you long to go where no man has gone before? Well, once a new sci-fi brothel opens in Nevada, you can. Nevada is the only state that allows legal prostitution, and there are two dozen licensed brothels in the state,
  • STAND WITH JOE: PLEASE SIGN PETITION for Sheriff Joe Arpaio (FReep to beat ACLU petition)

    12/29/2011 10:40:46 AM PST · by montag813 · 87 replies · 1+ views
    Stand With Joe ^ | 12-29-2011 | Stand With Joe
    URGENT: PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AT THIS LINK to show you Stand With Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and AGAINST the political witchhunt of Obama's Department of Justice. This Administration and its open-borders allies La Raza, MALDEF and the ACLU, will stop at nothing to try and destroy the most prominent national symbol in the fight against illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe will not back down. Please sign the petition to show we stand behind him. [UPDATE: The ACLU already has a petition calling for Arpaio's resignation with 16,911 signatures, and rising fast as LA RAZA and The People for the American Way...
  • Perry Gets Virginia Ballot Court Date (asking other candidates to join suit)

    12/29/2011 12:21:05 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 29, 2011 | Lexi Stemple
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign has gotten its court date in Virginia. U.S. District Judge John Gibney Jr. has set a hearing on the validity of Virginia's primary ballot for Jan 13th. Before that hearing, the judge is requiring that the Perry campaign reach out to the other Republican candidates, to see if they would be interested in joining either side of the suit. Perry Communications director Ray Sullivan says the campaign will "respect and abide by that order." In fact, Sullivan says Perry would "welcome other candidate involvement." Virginia has some of the country's toughest ballot requirements. Only two...
  • U.S. District Court in Virginia Expedites Rick Perry’s Ballot Access Lawsuit

    12/29/2011 11:59:17 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 105 replies
    Ballot Access News ^ | 12-29-2011 | Richard Winger
    U.S. District Court in Virginia Expedites Rick Perry’s Ballot Access Lawsuit Richard Winger December 29th, 2011 U.S. District Court Judge John A. Gibney of Virginia has set a hearing in Rick Perry’s presidential primary ballot access lawsuit. He will consider Perry’s request for injunctive relief on January 13. In the meantime, he has established a briefing schedule, and also has instructed attorneys for Perry to communicate with all other Republican presidential primary candidates who had filed a declaration of candidacy, to explain to them how they may intervene in the lawsuit. This shows foresight and thoughtfulness on the part of...
  • Immigration laws pose a test of states' rights in Supreme Court

    12/29/2011 1:52:13 AM PST · by thecodont · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | December 28, 2011, 5:53 p.m. | By David G. Savage and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
    Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles— Federal judges have blocked strict new immigration laws adopted by conservative legislatures in half a dozen states, including a ruling last week that said South Carolina may not set up a "street-level dragnet" to stop and arrest illegal immigrants. But immigrant rights advocates who have cheered those rulings may soon find their luck has run out as those rulings head for the Supreme Court. Legal experts believe the high court's conservative majority will take a sharply different approach. So far, lower-court judges have mostly sided with the Obama administration, ruling, as U.S. District Judge...
  • Perry files emergency motion to get name on Va. primary ballot

    12/28/2011 1:10:59 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | December 28, 2011 | Andrew Cain
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry today filed an emergency motion in U.S. District Court in Richmond seeking an injunction ordering the State Board of Elections to print presidential primary ballots with his name. Perry filed suit in federal court Tuesday challenging his exclusion from the March 6 primary ballot, naming the three members of the elections board and Pat Mullins, chairman of the state Republican Party. Perry is urging a judge to bar the elections board and Mullins from enforcing the state residency requirement for people who collect petition signatures for ballot access.