State Powers

The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.

<p>The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.</p>

Two years ago the eight states of
America's interior West were coloured in red. Unlike the leftish west coast, they had all voted for George Bush over John Kerry, often resoundingly so. In one of those states, 
Colorado, voters in the third district also elected John Salazar to the House of Representatives. Mr Salazar-a plain-spoken farmer who wears a cowboy hat and likes guns-seems in many ways a caricature of the homespun politicians who thrive in the western reaches of Mr Bush's Republican heartland.

Now that Janet Napolitano has had a chance to settle in and get through a legislative session, what have we learned about her as a governor and a politician?

The biggest surprise is the extent to which she has been a warrior for the cultural left.

The federal government is tightening its control over the 50 states and the lives of every American. The U.S. Constitution, however, says states are supposed to be equal partners with the federal government. State sovereignty — allowing each state to control its own affairs — is the cornerstone of that equal partnership and critical to protecting Americans' freedom.

Below are 10 ways local policymakers and citizens can restore that balance of power and do what's best for the people of your state. (Click the infographic for larger, 8½x11" PDF version.)

As we saw, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals became the first federal appellate court to find the Obamacare individual mandate unconstitutional last Friday. I filed briefs in that case on behalf of the American Civil Rights Union urging that result. More important than the ruling is what the trend is showing. For all that matters in the end is what five Justices on the Supreme Court say.

Arizona's 100th birthday is still six years away but some Arizonans already have a case of centennial fever.  This past session, the State Legislature appropriated $2.5 million to kick off plans for the celebration.

Thirteen small business owners in Tempe can rest a little easier today. Late yesterday, Tempe's plan to seize their land for a tax-generating mall was struck down as a violation of the Arizona Constitution by Maricopa County Superior Court judge Kenneth Fields.

The ruling is in stark contrast to the U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo decision permitting cities to take private property to generate more tax revenue.

How can the local court offer more protection than the Supreme Court?

While state lawsuits against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue, physicians are presenting their side of the argument. According to an article published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the individual mandate that all must have health insurance is the only way to expand health care access and keep costs from ballooning.

The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades appeared on CBS 5 News to talk about how the National Debt Relief Amendment is just what the country needs to get on the road to fiscal responsibility.

Watch it here

Against IPAB before it existed. As I reported earlier this week, the central question in the Goldwater Institute’s constitutional challenge to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created by last year's health care law is whether or not the board, which is intended to restrain the growth of Medicare spending, passes the “intelligible principle” test.

Today, the House held a second hearing on the rogue board of Medicare spending czars created by Obamacare. This mother of all death panels is known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). My column looks at growing Democrat opposition to the entity, which would have unprecedented authority over health care spending. Seven Dems are co-sponsors of a House IPAB repeal bill On the Senate side, GOP Sen. John Cornyn is introducing an IPAB repeal bill.

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