6th County in North Carolina Passes Second Amendment Preservation Act

Local action on defending the Second Amendment is passing through many cities, towns, and counties across the country. In one state, the Second Amendment Preservation Act is sweeping through the counties like wild fire. In North Carolina many counties have passed acts the Second Amendment Preservation Act. Currently Cherokee, Beaufort, Lenoir, Pitt and Franklin Counties have all passed this act. Now, the sixth county to pass this act is Moore County.

In a Moore County Memorandum,

“In light of recent events, popular discussion and national debate it is proposed that the Moore County Board of Commissioners publicly restate their commitment to both the North Carolina and United States Constitutions and, particularly, the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment to the United States’ Constitution states that “[a] well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Article I, Section 30 of the North Carolina State Constitution reads, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they shall not be maintained, and the military shall be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Nothing herein shall justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons, or prevent the General Assembly from enacting penal statutes against that practice.” Each of the Moore County Board of Commissioners has sworn by solemn oath to uphold both the North Carolina and United States Constitutions.”

The Memorandum finalizes the decision,

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Yes, Florida Voters Oppose ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion

by Michael Cannon, CATO Institute

Bloomberg’s Josh Barro criticizes the James Madison Institute’s poll showing that 65 percent of Florida voters oppose implementing ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. Barrow is mostly wrong. But even when he’s right, he’s still wrong. Disclosure: I helped JMI formulate their poll questions.

Barro complains that JMI conducted a “push poll.” His first complaint is:

It starts by priming respondents with questions about the national debt and the size of Florida’s existing Medicaid budget.

Then it gives an inaccurate description of the terms of the expansion. Poll respondents were told that Medicaid currently covers people earning up to 100 percent of the federal poverty line. That’s not true: In Florida, the limit for adults is 56 percent of FPL, and you must have dependent children to qualify.

Though Barro slightly mischaracterizes the poll question, he is basically correct, and the inaccuracy is my fault.

The folks who originally drafted JMI’s poll questions aren’t health care wonks, so they ran their questions by me. This question was originally worded the way Barro claims the final question was: “Medicaid coverage is currently available for those with incomes up to 100% of the poverty line.” I hurriedly emailed the JMI folks, “Florida does not offer Medicaid coverage to everyone below 100 percent of poverty. See page 2 and table 3 of this report. You might replace ‘currently’ with ‘generally.’” So that’s what JMI did. In retrospect, Barro is right. “Generally” gives the impression that Medicaid is available to more Floridians below the poverty line than is actually the case, and I should have offered a better edit. Mea culpa.

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Defy Not Comply: Rallying Cry For Nullification in Virginia

nullification flyerI have been bitterly complaining about the lack of fight in the GOP. At both the state and the federal level, the Republicans continue to meekly allow our Republic to march into the shadow of the gallows.

Well there is at least one GOP figure in Virginia that will stand up for our natural rights. And not surprisingly, that person is E.W. Jackson. Please listen to the interview linked here, where Jackson beautifully lays out the case against what the establishment Republican’s are now selling….that we have to meekly accept Obamacare in Virginia.

We will likely be hearing a lot more of this tagline “defy not comply.” Let’s pray that this kind of political courage will be infectious. Here is more from E.W. Jackson, who is running for Lt. Governor this year.

CHESAPEAKE, VA – E.W. Jackson, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia released the following statement on the Virginia House of Delegates passing HB1769, “Health Insurance: Plan Management and Rate Review”:

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Smoke and Mirrors in Arizona – HB2574 vs HB2269

HB2574 was set for committee Wednesday morning, to be heard only. Not scheduled for a vote – Representative Justin Pierce was the chair.  It is important to note that we had gone to all of the committee members days in advance and secured support from 6 out of 8 members.  Also, remember that we were able to get 9 sponsors/co-sponsors for our bill.  It is a popular bill with the legislature.  We had made certain that our version had good balance between law enforcement requirements and 4th amendment privacy concerns.  We were hoping to sway the committee to vote Wednesday.

While we were preparing our statements to be heard, I discovered a drone bill with a different number on it, HB2269.  It was very similar in language but favored the Law enforcement lobbyists, not the citizens of Arizona.

They were simultaneously moving on HB2269 in the Commerce committee 2 doors down.  So I quickly alerted the two guys helping with HB2574 and I entered a request to be heard on this committee as well. So did the two other guys on our team.  HB2269 was essentially a stealth striker bill.  It was entered into the agenda Tuesday night and no one knew about it.  What that means is they took an existing bill, having to do with liquor, removed or “struck” that language and put in their own version of a drone bill.  Representative Thomas Forese is the chair of the commerce committee.  Forese was also the sole sponsor of this bill.  They allowed me to give my statement (I was both angry and nervous at the same time – pretty awkward).  I only had a few moments to wrap my mind around what was happening and was not well prepared for this new bill.  They didn’t let the other two people on my team to speak.  They jammed this bill through, voted on it, then passed it through committee.

Getting back to the other committee room, I was still going to give my statement for my bill.  They killed HB2574 “before the fireworks started” (they actually said that, you can hear it when the microphone is still hot.)
This was a coordinated effort by Peirce and Forese.

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NDAA Nullification Bill Needs Support in South Carolina

South Carolina’s S.92, the NDAA Nullification Act of 2013, has been passed out of committee, but needs to be scheduled for a floor vote in the State Senate to move forward.  Bill sponsor Tom Davis made an effort to fast track the bill to passage in the Senate, but that was voted down.

S.92 remains alive – but is going to need an extra push to get out of the Senate and on to the State House.  The bill can be viewed here.

ACTION ITEMS:

1. Contact your State Senator and politely let him or her know that you’d like to see S.92 come up for a debate and vote in the full Senate – and soon.

Find your State Senator Here:
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php

2. Please contact Senator John Courson.
Senator Courson has shown some indications of opposition to this bill. A yes vote on it should be a no-brainer for anyone wanting to support the Constitution.  But, it’s likely he’s not aware of the importance of the issue to people in his state.  Strongly, but very respectfully, inform Senator Courson that “indefinite detention” is not constitutional and you want him to support S.92 because the State of South Carolina should not be participating in unconstitutional actions.

His contact phone number is (803) 212-6250

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Action Alert: Help Nullify Federal Gun “Laws” in Pennsylvania

HB357, The Second Amendment Preservation Act, to nullify federal gun laws in the State of Pennsylvania has been introduced – and needs your help to move forward.

The bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.  Having a hearing and committee vote scheduled  is the first step that’s needed towards passage.

The Tenth Amendment Center requests your immediate help by contacting your state senator to express your support for this legislation.  We urge you to CALL and EMAIL.  Strongly, but respectfully, inform your representative that you are concerned with federal infringements on the right to bear arms. HB357 can be viewed here.

ACTION ITEMS:

1. Contact the Committee Chair.  Politely encourage him to schedule a committee hearing for HB357.

Ron Marisco, Chair
(717) 783-2014

2.  Contact the rest of the members of the committee.  Make sure they’re aware that support for HB357 is strong.  Let them know, respectfully, that you expect to see a YES vote from them on HB357

Thomas R. Caltagirone, (717) 787-3525

Todd Stephens (215) 368-5165

Bryan Cutler (717) 783-6424

Glen R. Grell (717) 783-2063

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Compact for America Convention Bill Defeated in Arizona

The Compact for America’s drive to call a new constitutional convention was dealt a crushing blow in Arizona Monday.

By a vote of 3-6, Arizona HB 2328 was defeated by the House Rules Committee Monday.

This defeat must be particularly painful for the Compact for America considering it happened in the backyard of the Goldwater Institute — one of the compact’s chief supporters.

Standing before the committee for about 30 minutes, the committee’s legislative counsel, Tim Fleming, presented the outline of the con-con plan as set out in the Compact for America.

Numerous times, Fleming explained to members of the committee that the compact was unclear and led states into “unchartered territory” without the benefit of any “solid case law.”

Several of these shortcomings were additionally highlighted in questions put to Fleming by representatives on the committee.

For example, Representative Bruce Wheeler (D-District 10), asked Fleming whether delegates to the con-con created by the Compact for America would be allowed to propose amendments other than the balanced budget amendment that the Compact for America insists would be the only amendment allowed to be deliberated by the convention.

“I don’t know the answer to this,” Fleming responded, once again admitting the weaknesses of the Compact for America.

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It’s Been Done Before: A Convention of the States to Propose Constitutional Amendments

In 1861, the states held a dry run for an Article V “convention for proposing amendments.”

The event was the Washington Conference Convention or Washington Peace Conference. It was called by the Virginia legislature in January of 1861 in an effort to avert the Civil War. The idea was that the convention would draft and propose one or more constitutional amendments that, if ratified, would weaken extremists in both the North and the South, and thereby save the Union.

This gathering differed from an Article V convention primarily in that it made its proposal to Congress rather than to the states. In most other respects, it was a blueprint for how an Article V convention would conduct itself.

When the convention met in Washington D.C. on February 4, 1861, seven of the eleven states eventually in the Confederacy already had seceded. Of the 26 then remaining in the Union, 21 sent committees (delegations).  The conference lasted until February 27, when it proposed a 7-section constitutional amendment.

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Help Nullify Federal Gun Control Measures in Texas

Texas HB553, The Second Amendment Preservation Act, would nullify federal gun laws within the state.  It needs your support right now to move forward!

The bill has been assigned to the House Select Committee on Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility. This bill has not been scheduled for a hearing and committee vote. Your CALLS and EMAILS are needed right now to help this bill move forward.

The Tenth Amendment Center requests your immediate help by contacting  committee members to express your support for this legislation.  We urge you to CALL and EMAIL.

Strongly, but respectfully, inform your representative that you are concerned with federal infringements on the right to bear arms. HB553 can be viewed here.

Action Items for HB 553:

1. Contact the Chairman
Brandon Creighton (512) 463-0726

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