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Voter-Fraud Panel Needed?

In this commentary, Jason Snead expresses disappointment on the recent dissolution of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity. Snead argues that voter fraud…

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Gun Rights And Federalism

In this op-ed, Allen Rostron writes that the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, currently pending in Congress, would make reciprocity a national mandate rather than…

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American and Canadian Sub-federal Governmental Influence on Trade Negotiations

Christopher J. Kukucha writes about how the federal systems in Canada and the United States have affected the negotiation of international trade agreements. Kukucha…

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Federal Court Rejects Partisan Gerrymandering

A panel of federal judges declared North Carolina’s congressional map unconstitutional because the Republican Party had drawn the map seeking a political advantage. The ruling marks…

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Call for CHIP Renewal

The editorial board of the New York Times is urging Congress to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program, contending that funds for the program will run out much earlier…

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E-commerce and State Sales Taxes

In this op-ed, a Virginia business owner calls on the Supreme Court to revisit precedent that allows online-only retailers to avoid collecting state sales…

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Local Communities in Mexico Reject State Control

A number of communities in Mexico have responded to official corruption and drug-related violence by rejecting state control and hiring militias for protection. Read more here.

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Manitoba Balks at Federal-Provincial Marijuana Revenue Plan

Manitoba is the only province refusing to join a federal-provincial agreement to share the tax revenue from legalized cannabis. The federal government and 12…

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New Jersey Towns Accept Donations to Get Around Tax Law

State and local governments are seeking ways to circumvent the federal tax reform’s limits on the state and local tax deduction. Fair Lawn, NJ,…

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Support for Justice Department’s Changing Marijuana Policy

The editors of the Wall Street Journal argue that Jeff Sessions is correct to authorize marijuana prosecutions under federal law and that members of…

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Bipartisan Pushback to Trump Administration’s Marijuana and Drilling Policies

State officials contest both Attorney General Jeff Sessions's directive allowing U.S. attorneys to prosecute marijuana offenders in states that have legalized marijuana and President…

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Push for Local Governance of Low-Altitude Drones

Jason Snead and John-Michael Seibler write that bipartisan measures have been introduced in Congress to allow state and local authorities to regulate drone flights…

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Key Redistricting Cases Before the Supreme Court

Louis Jacobson writes that this could be a pivotal year for redistricting because of two cases before the Supreme Court involving partisan gerrymandering. Jacobson…

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