PIERRE, S.D. (Feb. 22, 2016) – After passing the House by a 57-11 margin on Feb. 4, five Republican senators killed a bill that would have legalized industrial hemp for commercial production and distribution in South Dakota.Details
A number of states will consider bills to reform state asset forfeiture laws during the upcoming legislative session. One special interest group opposing the reform movement shows why so many people call asset forfeiture “policing for profit.”Details
Within hours of the tragic shooting in San Bernardino Wednesday, the political class was already clamoring to use the incident to push policies from gun control, to increased surveillance, to more militarized cops.Details
The scam that is the republican establishment is summed up by this quote from Mitt Romney: “Without Tom pushing it, I don’t think we would have had Romneycare,” Romney said. “Without Romneycare, I don’t think we would have Obamacare. So, without Tom a lot of people wouldn’t have health insurance.” If your only choice is…Details
In solidly red Arkansas, with Republicans now controlling both houses of the state legislature and the governor’s office, one would expect robust opposition to federal overreach, particularly Obamacare.Details
It happened in the blink of an eye.
With one favorable Supreme Court decision, scores of libertarians joined establishment progressives and conservatives, picked up daggers and thrust them into the heart of the Constitution.Details
Las Vegas billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is used to getting what he wants, but his latest demand does lasting damage to the Constitution, the Tenth Amendment and the principles of federalism.Details
HELENA, Mont. (April 13, 2015) – A Montana state representative has launched a last-ditch effort to save a bill that would take a major step toward stopping the state from conducting mass, warrantless surveillance.Details
In Mississippi yesterday, the Senate Public Health and Welfare committee killed HB722 without a recorded or public vote. The bill would have allowed terminally-ill patients to try investigational treatments without full FDA approval. The legislation is supported by the Goldwater Institute and has passed in at least 5 other states. The Mississippi House passed it last month, 120-0. Inside sources tell us that Republican leadership in the Senate didn’t want the bill to get to the Governor’s desk, so they quietly killed it in Committee before the Senate could even vote on it.
This shouldn’t be news: If you want more liberty, Republicans aren’t your friends. That counts for both federal and state politicians. At best, they’re chess pieces that you can work to push in a direction that they see as popular.