No One Really Wants States’ Rights Because No One Really Wants Local Accountability

It’s that simple. States’ Rights advocates all over the country talk about how states have no authority or power and how the federal government has subsumed powers that do not properly belong to it in the Constitution. But the most important piece of this discussion revolves around taxation, and it’s where even some of the most ardent states’ rights folks start to falter. I believe that the only way to return power to local governments is for local governments to be the only tax-collecting Read more […]

Would a Ban on Marriage Licenses Fix the Same-Sex Marriage Problem?

The state of Alabama recently passed a law effectively repealing marriage licenses. According to the bill, the state would view marriages as contracts, but would have no control or authority on the question of marriage, as such: In an effort to resolve the issue in advance of a potential future in which same-sex marriages may be declared legal once again, Senate Bill 377 would remove the requirement that couples obtain a license from a probate judge and replace it instead with a contract process Read more […]

FEMA Refuses Relief Funding to “Climate Denier” States

FEMA recently weighed in on the climate change debate by refusing to give disaster relief funding to any state that didn’t have established protocols to address climate change: This may put several Republican governors who maintain the earth isn’t warming due to human activities, or prefer to do nothing about it, into a political bind. Their position may block their states’ access to hundreds of millions of dollars in FEMA funds. Over the past five years, the agency has awarded an average Read more […]

Sheriffs Suing CO to Overturn Amendment 64 and End Legal Pot

Sheriffs from Colorado, and a few neighboring states, are suing Colorado in order to overturn Amendment 64, the state amendment that legalized recreational marijuana in the state. The reasons for the lawsuit are quite interesting. Sheriffs allege that upholding Amendment 64 violates the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution, putting local law enforcement at odds with federal policy: As plaintiff Chad Day, sheriff of Yuma County, said: “As a Colorado sheriff, I am put in an untenable position Read more […]

“Color of Law”: Eric Holder Wants to Lower the Standard of Proof for Civil Suits

Eric Holder has resigned his post as Attorney General. On his way out, he has one more rotten egg to lay—he wants to lower the standard of proof for pressing civil suits, probably in an effort to make it easier for the Feds to involve themselves in “racially motivated” shootings: Lawyers in the Justice Department are looking into various possible reforms of civil rights law. Depending on their determination, it’s possible that Holder will simply argue about the need for a lower standard Read more […]

Obama Asks Congress to Allow Pot in DC

Obama loves states’ rights. Except for when he doesn’t. But when it comes to pot, Obama wants Congress to remove a rider overturning the effective legalization of pot in DC. Press secretary Josh Earnest said that the president generally backed DC statehood and that the administration did “not believe Congress should spend a lot of time interfering with the citizens of District of Columbia.” … The president said [in reference to Colorado’s referendum] that it was “important for it Read more […]

Political Affiliation of the Best- and Worst-Run States

24/7 Wall Street just released its report on the best and worst-run states in the US. They determined this, as you would imagine, based mostly on economics. Their methodology, in a nutshell: To determine the best- and worst-run states, 24/7 Wall St. collected data in three major categories: financial position, economic outcomes, and social outcomes. We averaged the rank of each data point to create a meta rank ranging from 1-50. All data points received equal weight. They did not, however, provide Read more […]

Uncle Thomas, Affirmative Action, and the Recent SCOTUS Decision

Recently, the Supreme Court decided to uphold Michigan’s ban of affirmative action as it applies to college applicants. In other words, the Supreme Court said that Michigan was allowed to look at college applicants entirely on merit, with no consideration of their race. The decision passed the Supreme Court with six votes in favor, two against, and one abstention. You would think most people would be happy about this. I mean, aren’t we all supposed to be color blind? Let everyone have a fair Read more […]

Harry Reid Calls Bundy Supporters Domestic Terrorists

You may hate Harry Reid. But at least the guy states his opinion. So, if you were wondering what big-government robots really think of Cliven Bundy and those that supported him, look no further than Harry Reid. He says they’re domestic terrorists. Take a look at his actual comments: Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists . . . I repeat: what went on up there was domestic terrorism. There were hundreds—hundreds of people Read more […]

Poll: 62% Of Georgians Support Decriminalization Of Marijuana

I don’t look at marijuana the same way as I do homosexual “marriage” or abortion. When I see the widespread acceptance of homosexuality and the murder of unborn babies, I see a culture in a downward spiral and these things as symptoms. The laws that we enact, the people for whom we vote to represent us, are the painful results of a quickly dying culture. Christians in this country simply don’t have the numbers that we used to have to have a substantial amount of influence in cultural, Read more […]

Marijuana Laws Expose Double Standard on States’ Rights

Representative Diana DeGette1 of Colorado (D) sent out an email recently praising the rollout of marijuana legalization in Colorado and asking for support to deflect federal tampering with the state’s will. In her email, she wrote: . . . We can’t let the federal government override Colorado voters and regulate our recreational marijuana Read more […]Remember her? She’s the “expert” sponsor of a gun control bill who didn’t realize you could reload a magazine. Perhaps she was stoned at the time? [↩]

South Carolina Poised to Nullify Obamacare

South Carolina’s got an Obamacare nullification bill that’s about to be voted on in the State Senate next month. It passed the State House easily, and it’s expected to be signed by the state’s Governor Nikki Haley, assuming it passes the State Senate. According to CNS News, the legislation would “prohibit all state agencies, public officials and state employees from implementing the federal health care law.” Further, according to CNS News: The bill would forbid state employees Read more […]