State Powers

The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.

<p>The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.</p>

PHOENIX – With the Nov. 2 general elections now over, newly elected and returning legislators in all 50 states will go to work to turn their ideas into action in 2011.

Voter concerns about government spending contributed to large gains by the Republican Party even at state capitals. The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates Republicans will hold the highest number of state legislative seats since 1928.

PHOENIX – Voters in five states have embraced new protections of liberty based on the ground-breaking research of the Goldwater Institute. These new laws will defend individual health care choices and the right to vote by secret ballot in union organizing elections, stop taxpayer giveaways and protect private property.

In the face of growing federal power and mounting deficits, some want states to call for a convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution that would rein in the federal government. Article V of the Constitution authorizes states to initiate amendments with a convention. Critics claim no one really knows how the process works and calling a convention would open the door to mischief by Congress, the courts, and convention delegates. But states frequently applied for an amendments convention between 1789 and 1913. A study of that history reveals much about how states can - and cannot - use the Article V process today.

 

The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias went live on AM 1100 The Flag in Fargo, North Dakota to talk about why an amendments convention is a good idea.

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The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias appeared on Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock to discuss a possible amendments convention.

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Goldwater Institute attorney Clint Bolick appeared on KTVK Channel 3 to discuss Goldwater's lawsuit against President Obama's federal health care bill.

PHOENIX – America is in crisis. No matter who is elected, the federal government remains unable to balance its budget, to perform basic tasks efficiently, or to respect constitutional limits on its power.

Americans are increasingly questioning - and resisting - the endless growth of the federal government. Part of this resistance finds voice in efforts to enforce state sovereignty through litigation and legislation such as the Health Care Freedom Act and the Firearms Freedom Act. Measures such as these protect existing, fundamental rights from erosion at the federal level. But the growing discontent has also reignited interest in an even more direct route for the people and the states to regain control over the federal government - the Article V constitutional amendment process.

A reporter with Harper's magazine wrote an article stating that to see what it would be like if the GOP ran Washington, one need only look to what is going on in Arizona. The Goldwater Institute's Le Templar went on KJZZ's Here and Now to take issue with that claim.

PHOENIX – The Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit today to strike down the 2010 federal health care reforms as a fundamental attack on individual freedom and the rights guaranteed to all Americans by the U.S. Constitution.

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