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October 18, 2018 Cooperative Federalism in Energy Regulation Joseph H. Margolies writes that two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have softened the jurisdictional boundary between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state public utility commissions. The decisions have opened the door to cooperative federalism by creating a zone of concurrent jurisdiction. Margolies examines just how much leeway states now have to implement their renewable energy […]   [Read]

October 18, 2018 Danger Posed by Weakened American Federalism? David N. Schleicher writes that an increasingly large body of research has made it clear that voters look almost entirely to national politics when voting for state legislative seats. He worries that this “nationalization” of politics poses a threat to the federal system because if state elections do not provide locally accountable results, the case […]   [Read]

October 17, 2018 Is Devolution the Path to a Less Politicized Judiciary? Ilya Shapiro suggests that devolving power away from the federal government to the states offers the best route to less partisan courts. Read more here.   [Read]

October 17, 2018 DOJ Releasing More Funds to Sanctuary Jurisdictions The U.S. Department of Justice is releasing 2017 public safety funds to some so-called sanctuary cities that have refused to cooperate with the federal government’s immigration policies. The cities receiving the funds are part of two lawsuits brought against the DOJ. Jurisdictions not part of these two legal actions are still required to demonstrate compliance […]   [Read]

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