Will Illinois Finally Nullify the Feds on Marijuana?

Medical marijuana is not a new issue for the Illinois legislature, but past failures to pass such a bill are not discouraging Rep. Louis Lang. The Democratic legislator re-introduced the idea for 2013 in the form of HB-1, known as Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act which is now in the Rules Committee.

Eighteen states already recognize the medicinal use of marijuana, but it remains illegal according to the federal government. This despite the fact that the Constitution delegates no power to the feds to regulate a plant grown within the borders of a state.

“The whole ‘war on drugs’ is blatantly unconstitutional. Doubt me? Then ask yourself why it took a constitutional amendment to prohibit alcohol,” Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey said. “Basically, 18 states told the feds to go pound sand. They went ahead and did what their people wanted them to do regarding weed, despite the federal power grab. And that’s how it should work. States should simply tell the feds, ‘No!’ when the DC’vers overstep their constitutional authority. Kudos to all of the states with medical marijuana programs, and kudos to bold lawmakers like the folks in Illinois for attempting to stand up to the feds. It’s great to see Democrats hopping on the nullification bandwagon.”

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Cedar City Utah Passes 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution

The political power of a single person is not often considered in American politics. But that power should never be underestimated. Enter Sylvan Mailis, resident of Cedary City, Utah. He refers to himself as “an old rabble rouser.”

Concerned about the threat against his right to keep and bear arms, Mailis decided to do something about it. And no, his “doing something” wasn’t just posting some links or forwarding a few emails.

Recently, he read about a piece of model legislation to protect the right to keep and bear arms on a state or even a local level. He used the template legislation to draft up a proposal that could be introduced in his own city council.

Once a council member agreed to introduce the resolution, the work wasn’t done, by a long shot. Other people needed to be aware as well. With strong grassroots support, and people showing up at the day the resolution would be debated and voted on, there was a chance it would actually pass.

That day came. Today.

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Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass!

by Caleb O. Brown, CATO Institute

A former slave, Frederick Douglass did not know his actual birthday. His mother, also a slave, called him “my little Valentine” on her occasional visits to her child. She travelled miles, usually at night, to spend just a few minutes with her son. Douglass chose February 14 to mark his birth.

Here is Cato adjunct Robert McDonald detailing the life of one of liberty’s greatest champions.

Here’s text based on MacDonald’s speech

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Iowa Senate Taking Up Health Care Nullification

Iowa joins the growing list of states considering bills that would completely nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Late last month, Republican Senators Kent Sorenson, Randy Feenstra and Mark Chelgren introduced SF81, an act declaring the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act invalid, null and void, and of no effect in Hawkeye State.

The legislation directs the legislature to block any attempts to set up Obamacare in Iowa.

It shall be the duty of the general assembly of this state to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act within the limits of this state.

It would also impose felony penalties on any state or federal agent who attempts to enforce any provision of the PPACA in Iowa.

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Maryland Liberty Preservation Act scheduled for a hearing

Without a peep, back on December 31, 2011 President Obama and Congress codified into “law” the authority to kidnap anyone anywhere and hold them under cloak of war for life. This year, the rising chorus of states against those “indefinite detention” powers outlined in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provides an alternate course for America to take – not to comply with unconstitutional federal actions.

Maryland is the latest of 15 states in 2013 to consider such a response, introduced as HB 558 the Liberty Preservation Act of 2013. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday, February 21 at 1pm. The bill, authored by Delegate Don Dwyer, was first read to the Health and Government Operations Committee two weeks ago. HB 558 reads in part (PDF):

(B) A PERSON OR GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY MAY NOT KNOWINGLY AID
6 AN AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE DETENTION OF A PERSON IN
7 ACCORDANCE WITH §§ 1021 AND 1022 OF THE FEDERAL NATIONAL DEFENSE
8 AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012.

This Liberty Preservation Act of 2013 has attracted 10 co-authors, all Republicans. To pass the over 2/3 Democatic-controlled House of Delegates and State Senate coalitions will be essential. By the issue’s essence this is not a partisan bill. In a global war with no end, all Americans who dissents are vulnerable to US military capture. The Bill of Rights has never been so threatened as by the NDAA indefinite detention provisions. Consider the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments repealed de facto.

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Iowa legislator jumps on nullification train with bill to protect 2nd Amendment

Led by Tom Shaw, with co-sponsors Jason Schultz, Dwayne Alons, Ralph Watts, Greg Heartsill, Jake Highfill, Mark Brandenburg, and John Landon, the Iowa House gets its’ first look at HF 170.  Iowa joins a tsunami of other State’s in an effort to protect the 2nd Amendment Rights of Iowan’s.

HF 170 is not as potent as similar legislation in neighboring State’s, but it does make it very clear that these legislator’s believe the federal government is over-stepping the constraints placed on it by The Constitution.

 “An Act relating to firearms including the ownership and manufacture of firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition..”

is a great start in that it utilizes the broadest definition with the language –  “firearm”.  Additionally it contains 3 other critical facets:

[1]  “A public servant in this state or a firearm dealer who sells a firearm in this state shall not enforce or attempt t0 to enforce any federal order….”

[2]  “An official, agent, or employee of the federal government who enforces or attempts to enforce any federal order, law, or regulation relating to firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition owned or manufactured commercially or privately in this state and that remains exclusively within this state is guilty of a class “D” felony….”

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Those Phantom Spending ‘Cuts’ from 2011

The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold recently took a look at the $38 billion in spending cuts that Republicans and Democrats agreed to in 2011 in order to avoid a government shutdown. Fahrenthold estimates that $17 billion of those “cuts” were little more than budgetary gimmicks. For instance, $6 billion in authorized spending for the previous year’s decennial census were merely wiped off the books and counted as a “cut.”

Fahrenthold’s piece is a good reminder of how unserious politicians from both parties are about cutting spending. But I want to make two additional points.

First, real or not, let’s not forget that the $38 billion in “cuts” were a drop in the bucket that year compared to total spending, the deficit, and even interest on the debt: 

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Moving Back Toward Level

Indefinite detention. Loss of due process. Unwarranted surveillance by unmanned aerial vehicles. Regulation of fire arms. Registration of fire arms. Full out banning of certain kinds of fire arms. State sanctioned molestation/unwarranted search and seizure by the TSA. Forced participation in a government run health care scheme. Federal regulation of raw milk and plants produced and sold in state.

The above are just a few of the issues making headlines across the country. Those with even an inkling of what the Bill of Rights is actually meant to protect, have to be shaking their heads every time they turn on the t.v. or browse the Internet. It does indeed seem that more than ever before, our constitutionally protected rights are under attack. Is this a conspiracy by the federal government? Or perhaps they have fallen victim to the same old story; motivation by greed. And, for some of them, doing things they naively think will keep people safe, though history has proven otherwise. Whichever way you look at it, our government has some serious problems, and all of those problems lead to the inevitable destruction of our rule of law.

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TSA bill favorably received by Kansas House committee

As previously reported by Kelli Sladick, HB 2175 was introduced to the Kansas Legislature to limit TSA searches. Probable cause would be the new standard before public officials or employees could legally touch “the genitals, buttocks, anus or female breasts of suchperson, including touching through clothing.” There are also protections for children, prohibiting agents of the state from removing a child from the physical custody or control of the parent or guardian.

On Tuesday, February 12, after the Federal and State Affairs Committee heard HB 2175, author State Representative Brett Hildabrand tweeted:

Following hashtag “ksleg” on Twitter, @bradc25 reported Committee Chairman Arleen Siegfreid sensed support for the newly proposed TSA regulations. Committee member State Rep. J.R. Claeys seems at least open to such ideas as he tweeted:

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