Recently two important and very different pieces of state legislation were introduced, one in Arizona and the other in Delaware, both concerning the constitutional authority of county sheriffs.
The first, HB 2434, was passed by Arizona lawmakers in an attempt to affirm the county sheriffs' authority as sovereign, requiring federal law enforcement officers to notify a sheriff of any action to be carried out in his county. The Tenth Amendment Center said it made "a big statement.” The measure, which passed the state Senate with a 20-8 vote and the House by a margin of 38-17, stated:
After inexplicably allowing it to languish on his desk for over a month, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (left) has finally joined the fight against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by agreeing to sign the bill prohibiting Virginia’s military or law enforcement from assisting in the detention of American citizens.
Wyoming has settled a lawsuit with a pro-life group that sued the state after officials removed its pro-life displays from a tunnel leading to the state Capitol. Rich Cathcart, head of the Wyoming State Building Commission, admitted that he had ordered the removal of two poster boards placed in the tunnel by WyWatch Family Action, a state pro-life group, claiming that his office had received complaints about the displays. As reported by the Associated Press, one of the posters included the graphic image of an unborn baby, while the other featured a group of women expressing their regrets about having abortions.
Journalists are pressing forward in their pursuit of the rescue of the Bill of Rights from a federal government determined to hold not only the Constitution hostage, but perhaps indefinitely detain those brave enough to defend it.
On March 8 the state Senate of Virginia passed HB 1160, the bill that would prevent the use of any state agency or member of the Virginia National Guard or Virginia Defense Force to participate in the unlawful detention of a citizen of Virginia by the U.S. government in violation of the state and federal constitution as set forth in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Senate vote completed legislative action on the bill, which had already been approved by Virginia's House of Delegates where it was introduced by Delegate Bob Marshall (left). However, Governor Bob McDonnell has yet to act on this bill that has languished on his desk for a month.
Marine Sergeant and Armed Forces Tea Party founder Gary Stein (left) could face an “other than honorable” discharge from the service for criticizing and ridiculing President Obama on Facebook — at least if a General agrees with the military board’s controversial recommendation. Stein’s enlistment was set to end in just a few months.
Free-speech advocates from across the political spectrum rallied to the embattled Marine’s defense, saying the military was trampling on his rights and that dismissal from the armed forces would have a chilling effect on soldiers’ ability to speak freely. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the conservative-leaning United States Justice Foundation both worked on Stein’s behalf.
A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in five states where marijuana is legal for medicinal use sent a scathing open letter to President Obama demanding that he uphold his campaign promise to end the federal government’s war on patients. Shortly thereafter, an alliance of non-profit drug law-reform groups sent a similar letter.
Sixteen states and Washington D.C. have nullified unconstitutional federal drug statutes and currently allow sick people to lawfully purchase medical marijuana for a range of conditions including cancer, severe pain, and more. The U.S. government, however, still considers cannabis use to be illegal for any purpose, sparking frequent clashes between state and federal authorities over the years.
Because April 15 is a Sunday and April 16 is a holiday in the District of Columbia, the deadline for filing federal income-tax returns this year falls on April 17. Coincidentally, that is also Tax Freedom Day for 2012: the day on which the average American will have worked long enough to pay his share of all the taxes government will extract from the populace this year.
While Washington's political leaders and much of the nation's news media have been calling attention to and raising alarm over Iran's nuclear program, the United States has been quietly making plans for nuclear-powered unmanned planes, according to the London Guardian newspaper.
With the Supreme Court finally taking up the issue of the constitutionality of President Obama’s controversial healthcare law, Obama is already preparing for the worst case scenario. He has adopted somewhat combative language, threatening to make the "unelected" High Court an issue in “campaign trail arguments” in defense of his signature ObamaCare:
I think it's important ... to remind people that this is not an abstract argument. The law that's already in place has already given 2.5 million young people health care that wouldn't otherwise have it. There are tens of thousands of adults with preexisting conditions who have health care right now because of this law.
If you are stopped for speeding or arrested for an unpaid fine, you may be subjected to a strip search and thorough inspection of even the most private body parts, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday in another controversial 5-4 decision. Justice Anthony Kennedy (left) sided with the court's conservative bloc and wrote the opinion of the court in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington, the case of Albert Florence, a New Jersey man apprehended in a motor vehicle stop and arrested for an allegedly unpaid fine. In fact, Florence had already paid the fine, but the bench warrant for his arrest had, "for some unexplained reason," not been removed from the statewide computer database at the time of the arrest, Kennedy said.