Tag: Federalism

2021 Legislative Update: Week 13

EDUCATION New Legislation: House Bill 377 would protect free speech and prohibit K-12 teachers and professors of higher education institutions from requiring students to adopt a position on any issue personally. It promotes non-discriminatory practices in the classroom and allows for funds to be retracted from a school if there is a violation of this…

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Does the Federal Government Have the Right?

There are few powers that were originally given to congress by the United States Constitution. These powers are known as the “enumerated powers”. These powers were meant to ensure that the federal government would be limited in its authority over the states and the people. Specifically, the enumerated powers allow the government authority to handle…

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A More Perfect Union: Federalism

Who was right, Abe Lincoln or Jeff Davis? What was the Anti-Federalists objection? James Madison writes to Alexander Hamilton about the right of secession. The Founders gave us federalism. Have you memorized the Preamble yet? Listen to the audio clip below to catch the sixth installment (lesson 6) of the series “Through the Constitution“ with Daniel…

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The Weaknesses of the Articles

George Washington, the man who went through Valley Forge, called the period under the Articles the worst time in America’s history. Why did these fail? In their opposition to monarchy, Americans forgot something vital. What was it? Understanding this will help us better understand the Constitution’s call for a “more perfect union.”   Listen to…

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The Early Relationship Between the New Independent States

Honest Abe made an honest mistake in the Gettysburg Address. Our fathers did not bring forth a new nation. What did they bring forth? This is essential to understanding the Constitution’s “a more perfect union.” Listen to the audio clip below to catch the fourth installment (lesson 4) of the series “Through the Constitution“ with…

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A More Perfect Union: The Relationship of the Colonies before 1776

More perfect than what? To answer that, we must discover what the relationship between the states was like before and during the revolution.   Listen to the audio clip below to catch the third installment (lesson 3) of the series “Through the Constitution“ with Daniel Sheridan.  For more posts on the U.S. Constitution, please visit…

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House Bill 228: Medicaid Eligibility

On March 4, 2019, State Representative John Vander Woude (R-Nampa) introduced House Bill 228 (H0228), which provides review and recommendation directives regarding Medicaid expansion. The purpose of H0228 is to gather more information about Medicaid recipients in order to determine their eligibility more accurately. This bill would add questions about substance abuse, work eligibilities and…

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#OTD: The Articles of Confederation

On this day, March 1, 1781, the Continental Congress adopts America’s first Constitution – The Articles of Confederation. There’s a saying that goes, “Any fool can burn down a barn.” In the context of this story, it means that it’s easy to complain about a tyrannical system, but it’s hard to put something in its…

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House Bill Aims to Legalize Hemp Crop

On February 11, 2019, State Representative Caroline Troy (R–Genesee) introduced House Bill 122 (H0122). The stated purpose of the legislation is to “amend existing law to provide legislative intent; to provide for research, production, and regulation of hemp; and to provide an exception regarding tetrahydrocannabinols.” In short, the bill aims to make hemp plants, with…

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