What if the solution to Washington… wasn’t in Washington? The 50 states could be America’s secret weapon against an ever-expanding federal government. States can amend the constitution to demand fiscal responsibility in Washington, can request that federal regulation comply with local ordinances, and can form interstate compacts to better protect constitutional rights. The Goldwater Institute is providing a roadmap for states to reassert their power under the Tenth Amendment.
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Starlee Rhoades on Sunday Square OffPosted on October 04, 2009 | Type: Video
The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades made another appearance on Channel 12's Sunday Square Off to discuss, among other topics, CityNorth and the state budget.
Health Care Overhaul and Mandatory Coverage Stir States' Rights ClaimsPosted on September 28, 2009 | Type: In the News
ST. PAUL — In more than a dozen statehouses across the country, a small but growing group of lawmakers is pressing for state constitutional amendments that would outlaw a crucial element of the health care plans under discussion in Washington: the requirement that nearly everyone buy insurance or pay a penalty.
How Well Does Your State Constitution Protect Individual Rights, Limited Government?Posted on September 17, 2009 | Type: Press Release
New report ranks each state's constitutional commitment to liberty
50 Bright Stars: An Assessment of Each State's Constitutional Commitment to Limited GovernmentPosted on September 17, 2009 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias
In an era of burgeoning federal government power, state constitutions are full of untapped potential; many provide stronger protection of individual freedoms than does the federal constitution. But realizing that potential requires recognizing its existence and assessing which state constitutions offer the best opportunities for securing the principles of limited government. To that end, this report ranks each state in the United States according to its constitutional commitment to the principles of limited government from a classical liberal perspective.
State constitutions not to be overlooked on Constitution DayPosted on September 17, 2009 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
On Constitution Day, it's all too easy to forget that the U.S. Constitution is not the only game in town. There are 50 others to be remembered. Despite our nation's limited government roots, nearly all state constitutions do a better job securing freedoms than the federal constitution.