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Federalism

What About the Voters? Requiring Proof of Citizenship to Register to Vote in Federal Elections

Franita Tolson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Franita Tolson

The existence of statutory and constitutional provisions that bear on the rights of voters should factor into the judicial analysis of whether states can adopt measures that create a tension with federal law.

Kathleen Miles

This Map Shows Why The Plan To Split Up California Would Be A Dystopian Nightmare

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business

It would be Ayn Rand's dream come true: separate states for rich people and poor people. A proposal to split California into six states, introduce...

Gerrymandering, ALEC and the Red Tide That Is Stealing Your Vote

Lisa Longo | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

How many times a day do you catch yourself thinking, "What the hell is happening here?" We have gone from the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Br...

Cities Tackle Inequality

David Morris | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
David Morris

A growing number of cities are moving into the power vacuum left by a dysfunctional Washington and too-cautious state governments to tackle inequality.

Utah Ruling May Foreshadow Supreme Court Defeat for Gay Marriage

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

The larger issue here, which most people are completely missing, is that the Utah case will likely climb its way up to the Supreme Court no matter the outcome in the 10th Circuit, and the Supreme Court's stay is a clue into how the highest court may rule on the broader question: Is it constitutional for states to ban gay marriage?

Red Light Cameras, Drones and Surveillance: Fleecing the Taxpayer in the Age of Petty Tyrannies

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We labor today under the weight of countless tyrannies, large and small, carried out in the name of the national good by an elite class of government ...

Farm Bill Could Overturn Dozens of State Laws. Why Does Tea Party Darling Steve King Want to Centralize Power in Washington?

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 11.26.2013 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

The sale of foie gras is currently illegal in California; Steve King's Farm Bill provision would overturn that law and dozens of others that protect animals, the environment, consumers, and more.

The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism

Matt Kaiser | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Matt Kaiser

The Department of Justice had a historic opportunity to say that since the people of these states had spoken, as long as what happens in Colorado stays in Colorado, they wouldn't make a federal case out of it. Instead, they issued a mealy-mouth statement about their ability to come in like a ton of bricks if their priorities aren't met.

After 65 Years of Ethnic Violence, Calls for Federalism in Burma Grow Louder

Burma Journal | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Burma Journal

Ja Nan Lahtaw, assistant director of the Nyein Foundation, an NGO actively involved in peace-building processes with ethnic groups in Myanmar said Wednesday she had "cautious optimism" about the prospects of the country's ongoing peace talks.

In Search of Reforms that Work for the Philippines: On the Tiger Road

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 08.01.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Now, with the election headache firmly out of the picture, the Aquino administration has shifted its focus back to the economy and good governance initiatives. And there are good reasons to be optimistic.

Fixing Illinois' Unconstitutional Mandatory Life Without Parole Sentencing for Juveniles

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 07.16.2013 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

It's May now, and the Illinois legislature has already taken up measures to try to fix the concealed carry law. The fix on juvenile life sentences? Still waiting.

DOMA Likely Going Down, With Or Without Strong Precedent

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Paul Hogarth

DOMA clearly violates equal protection, but the Supreme Court could repeal it on more technical grounds, ruling either that House Republicans lack standing to defend it, or that it is an attack on states' rights. But either of these less desirable outcomes would still be a victory for marriage equality.

John Celock

States Seek Constitutional Convention

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

At least three states are seeking to force a constitutional convention to consider changes to the founding document. Indiana, Georgia and Kansas h...

Will It Play in Peoria? The Importance of Respecting the Will of the Voters With Marijuana Laws

Amanda Reiman | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Amanda Reiman

In 2012, there is no "average" American citizen, and laws should reflect the diversity and homogeneity that our society has become.

Remaking Federalism: Now Is the Time

Mark Muro | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Mark Muro

Though Washington is fixated this month on the so-called "fiscal cliff," that manufactured face-off is a bit of a side-show. Far more disturbing is a deeper array of fundamental structural problems of federal governance, of which "Taxmageddon" is just a surface manifestation.

Roberts May Have Voted to Uphold the Affordable Care Act, But His Maneuver Protects His Conservative Agenda

Mitchell Bard | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

The Court's decision has resulted in a steady flow of excited, congratulatory proclamations from those who support health care reform. I wish the story was as uniformly positive as it seems.

EURO PEONS

Miller Hudson | Posted 08.15.2012 | Denver
Miller Hudson

Presuming a uniformity of social circumstances and economic opportunity when they do not exist, and cannot be enforced, inevitably leads to peonage for some and riches for others.

Marriage Equality: Our Rights Are Not Up for Debate!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While many of our political leaders debate issues of marriage equality, I do not believe that the rights of minoritized people should be up for debate and should be settled on in the voting booth.

Constitution Check: Can a State Close Its Borders Entirely to Undocumented Immigrants?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

It may be that, when the Supreme Court rules on state power to monitor and restrict the activities of people who have entered the U.S. illegally and remain without permission, the Justices will give states additional authority. But it seems doubtful.

Counting to Five for S.B. 1070

Lyle Denniston | Posted 04.26.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

It seems likely that the final ruling will not emerge until late June -- no doubt, placing it in the midst of the federal election campaign already in progress.

The Court, the Constitution and the 2012 Campaign: Act III

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court turns its attention this week to the emotional subject of immigration controls. At issue is the constitutionality of a 2010 Arizona law so widely known that its very title -- S.B. 1070 -- seems enough to start a political argument.

A New Progressive Federalism

Heather Gerken | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Heather Gerken

An emphasis on minority rule isn't intended to denigrate the importance of minority rights. It is simply to insist that while rights are a necessary condition for equality, they may not be a sufficient one.

Joy Resmovits

Rick Perry 'Full Of Contradictions' Say Texas Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

Texas students and teachers went back to school Monday, 10 days after the man they cite as the cause of their schools' funding-related woes announced ...

Joy Resmovits

Back To School In Texas: Scrutiny Of Rick Perry's Education Record Shows Mixed Results

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's k-12 education record has become the Obama administration's newest piñata -- but the administration's attacks mostly paint Pe...

Joy Resmovits

Duncan's Waiver Proposal Scales Back Federal Role In Education Standards Enforcement

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

Much has been said about the ineffectiveness of No Child Left Behind, the sweeping, decade-old federal education law that uses student performance on...