Austin, Texas — known for Longhorns, live music, and legislative lollapaloozas — is poised to be the subject of a different kind of notoriety. The nationwide undertone of opposition to the TSA is surfacing in the state’s capitol city. Austin is developing a downright defiance of the agency’s shocking treatment of American air travelers into a cohesive defense of liberty.
An Ohio judge’s attempt to display the Ten Commandments in his courtroom violates the Constitution, a federal appeals court has ruled. On February 2, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a lower federal court’s ruling that Judge James DeWeese, who presides over the Richland County Common Pleas Court (Motto: "With God, all things are possible.") had violated the First Amendment’s supposed church-state separation clause by displaying a poster containing the Ten Commandments in his courtroom. The ruling marks the second time DeWeese has been thwarted in his attempts to display the biblical mandates in his courtroom.
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Roger K. Vinson of the Northern District of Florida ruled that the ObamaCare scheme is unconstitutional. In a departure from a similar ruling in a complaint filed in a Virginia federal court, Judge Vinson, a Reagan appointee, declined to sever the individual mandate from the rest of the legislation’s provision, opting instead to declare that the entirety of the law violates the Constitution.
As of January 30, at least one dozen states had introduced bills to nullify the entire ObamaCare law. The twelve states with their corresponding bill numbers are: Texas (HB297), Montana (SB161), New Hampshire (HB26), South Dakota (HB1165), North Dakota (SB2309), Wyoming (HB0035), Oregon (SB498), Indiana (SB505), Maine (LD58), Nebraska (LB515), Oklahoma (HB1276), and Idaho (HB59).