Police Militarization

The federal government, under Section 1033 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 and other programs like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Homeland Security Grant Program,” equips local police with military weaponry and other hardware to the tune of $1 Billion per year. States can take action to nullify in practice…

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Right to Try

“Right to Try” bills allow extremely sick people to use treatments that are not currently allowed to them under federal regulations. Passage into law and actions to put these bills into effect nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that prevent treatments from being used by terminally-ill patients. Right to Try Model…

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Nullify Common Core

Rejection of common core through state legislation delaying or banning implementation of it restores education to local control – and effectively nullifies the program Blue – Introduced. Yellow – Passed one or more Houses. Green – Passed both Houses. Purple – Law Passed or Executive Action, Withdrawal Not Taken . Red – Law, Full Withdrawal.   Constitutionally, education is an…

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Hemp Freedom Act

The federal government has no constitutional authority to ban the production of this industrial plant, but has persisted in preventing its domestic production.  Industrial hemp falls under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. It technically remains “legal” to grow industrial hemp, but farmers must obtain a permit from the DEA, a nearly impossible feat. The result?…

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Drones: Privacy Protection

At this stage in the ‘drone game,’ the feds are working hard behind the scenes to get states to operate the drones for them. In fact, the primary engine behind the expansion of drone surveillance being carried out by states and local communities is the Federal government itself. Department of Homeland Security issues large grants…

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State Marijuana Laws

Constitutionally, the federal government doesn’t have the authority to ban the production and sale of a plant. (learn more here)  States resisting federal “laws” banning marijuana (cannabis is the correct term, rather than the popular one), are affirming the proper view of Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the Constitution – the commerce clause.…

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Nullify Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act (AKA “Obamacare”) relies heavily on state-level participation and material support to function. From operation of exchanges and the expansion of medicaid to enforcement by state insurance commissioners, major pillars of the federal act need positive state action to function well. By utilizing the legal doctrine of anti-commandeering (a refusal to cooperate), states…

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NDAA: Indefinite Detention

The federal government, under the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), claims the power to arrest and detain people within the US and deny them access to courts, attorneys and more.  In short, this is little more than government-sanctioned kidnapping. The Liberty Preservation Act – and…

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