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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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“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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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