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Today, the Tennessee state senate gave final approval to a bill which some supporters consider the strongest pro-hemp legislation in the country. After a 28-0 vote, the bill will now go to Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk for a signature. With the house having approved the bill by a vote of 88-5, both chambers have a strong veto-proof majority.

Republicans position themselves as the party of the Constitution and limited government. But like the Democrats they constantly criticize, Republicans exercise a great deal of discretion in the application of their constitutional fidelity. Last weekend, discretion took center stage as Republican lawmakers grilled Attorney General Eric Holder on his enforcement of federal law, specifically marijuana…

As the TAC grows each year, there are an increasing number of voices calling for us to register as a non-profit organization, ostensibly allowing us to get the “big donors” that we lack. I’ve refused, on principle, and those principles haven’t changed.  But there are also practical reasons to avoid this IRS special status as…

The Missouri state house has passed a bill to protect local and state control of education by phasing out the Common Core educational standards. House Bill 1490 (HB1490) passed through the House on Thursday by a 132-19 vote. The bill would create “new academic performance standards that meet the needs of the students of the…

It’s up to us

No, the federal government is never going to limit it’s own power. We have to take our liberty whether they want us to or not. Are you on board to help out?

HF3173, a bill that would ban government officials from obtaining the personal identifying information of individuals without a warrant in Minnesota, was introduced on Mar. 19 by Rep. John Lesch (DFL-66B). It was promptly referred to the Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee where it will need to pass through a majority before it can…

The Supreme Court has once again chipped away at the 2nd Amendment. In a recent Supreme Court ruling, the court unanimously ruled in favor of broadening federal regulation of firearms under the guise of punishing perpetrators of domestic violence. This ruling is being heralded as a victory by gun grabbers everywhere, including those in the…

After an infamous Supreme Court opinion which claimed that the Federal Fugitive Slave Act precluded a Pennsylvania state law that prohibited blacks from being taken out of Pennsylvania into slavery, the state of Massachusetts passed a personal liberty law on May 21, 1855. This law made it illegal for any state or local government official to…

“Governments and political representatives are not the people themselves. They are no more than the people’s agents, whose powers go no further than that authorized by the people in a written and enforceable constitution.” -Kurt Lash

Nullify gun control!

We’re working to nullify federal gun control “laws” in states around the country. You can get involved here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2ndamendmentpreservation

Near the end of the Republican nominating process in 2012, I heard a lot of people commanding that Ron Paul supporters simply “hold their collective noses, and get in line to vote for Romney (or McCain) to prevent some Democrat (who’s policy plans are identical in all but size) from claiming the White-house and ending…

This post continues my thoughts on Originalism and the Good Constitution by John McGinnis and Michael Rappaport (part 1 is here). One of the most important parts of Originalism and the Good Constitution is methodological rather than normative.  In Chapter 7, the authors argue that original meaning depends not just on the original meaning of the words themselves but on…

SJR27, a proposal for a state constitutional amendment that would expressly include electronic data and communications in the same protected class as “persons, houses, papers, and effects,” is moving forward in the Missouri legislature.  It passed the senate by a 31-2 vote.  It is now in the House Downsizing State Government Committee where it will…

A bill that would protect property rights from Agenda 21 and similar measures passed a Missouri state Senate committee late last month. Senate Bill 618 (SB618) was introduced on Jan. 8 by Sen. Brian Nieves (R-26). It was passed through the Senate General Laws Committee on Mar. 25. It will now be scheduled for a…