Tenth Amendment Center

Most people’s political convictions resemble those of Captain Renault from the classic film Casablanca; it blows with the wind, and the prevailing wind happens to be not entirely hostile to states’ rights. But that will likely change. That’s why it’s important that the myths used to smear and tarnish a noble ideology by equating it…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 23, 2018) –  Last week, a California Senate committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance…

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 20, 2018) – Yesterday, a South Carolina House committee passed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, setting the foundation to nullify unconstitutional federal cannabis prohibition in practice. A bipartisan coalition introduced House Bill 3521 (H3521) last year and it carried over to the 2018 session. The legislation…

Take any American history or political science course and you are certain to talk about the landmark Supreme Court case of Marbury v. Madison. I could probably also surmise that you will be told this is precisely the role the Constitution gave the judicial branch. That, of course, would be wrong, but this would be…

LINCOLN, Neb. (April 19, 2018) – On Wednesday, the Nebraska legislature gave final approval to a bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Sen. Bob Hilkemann (R-Omaha) introduced Legislature Bill 117 (LB117) last year and…

It seems the kids who wanted the federal government to violate my basic rights are unhappy because a government entity is violating their basic rights. A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student tweeted out a photo of herself holding a clear backpack issued by the school in the wake of the tragic shooting last month.…

Last week, I warned you about trusting lawyers to explain the Constitution. On this week’s episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I  make an exception to that general advice. I’m also explain what a baseball rule can teach us about constitutional interpretation. You can subscribe to Thoughts from Maharrey Head for free on iTunes. Just click HERE. SHOW…

BERKELEY, Calif. (April 18, 2018) – The city of Berkeley, Calif., has passed a local ordinance that sets the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies. The Surveillance Technology Use and Community Safety Ordinance ensures there will be public notice and debate before the city acquires…

Over the weekend, President Trump celebrated firing more than 100 missiles into Syria by Tweeting, “Mission Accomplished!” They say if you cannot learn from history you are condemned to repeat it. So I guess we are repeating it. We all remember that “Mission Accomplished” was the banner behind then-President Bush as he gloated aboard a…