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California Bans Certain Foods, Sparks Constitutional Challenges

In the last decade, California has banned the sale of certain foods made from animals. Eaters and farmers have launched constitutional challenges to these…

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States Would Gain Revenue from Remote Sales

In a recent report, the General Accounting Office studied "remote sales" -- typically, sales made by Internet retailers. Under current law, states cannot require…

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Catalonia Votes Again

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain took control of Catalonia after the region declared independence two months ago. The central government has set elections…

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States Freeze CHIP Enrollment

States across the country are halting enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program. CHIP funding lapsed at the end of September, and redistributed funds…

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The New Tax Bill and State and Local Debt

Liz Farmer writes that the new tax bill will likely increase the debt load of states and localities. The proposed lower corporate tax rate,…

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Challenges in Crafting State and Local Environmental Laws

Cary Coglianese and Shana Starobin write that state and local governments must be mindful of potential federal statutory and constitutional hurdles before enacting environmentally…

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Evolving Views of Politics and American Federalism

In this article, Timothy J. Conlan synthesizes research on the changing relationship between American federalism and the U.S. political system. He examines how three…

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Supreme Court Roundup

The National Conference of State Legislatures has an article summarizing a group of pending U.S. Supreme Court cases that are expected to have a variety of…

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Nationwide Concealed Carry

This article from Slate examines a bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow people to carry hidden guns in every state…

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Debating the State and Local Tax Deduction

In these articles, Stan Veuger and Benjamin Zycher debate the Republican proposal to eliminate the state and local tax deduction. Veuger asserts that the…

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The Use of Federalism to Further a Liberal Agenda

Michael Doonan argues that conservatives have long used federalism in an opportunistic way to further their agenda. Doonan contends that liberal groups should take…

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Western States Could Lose Royalties

Rebecca Beitsch writes that western states would lose more than a billion dollars in mineral royalties under the proposed tax bill before Congress. Read…

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The Catalan Independence Movement and Europe

In this op-ed, Javier Cercas contends that the Catalan independence movement is an attack on the rule of law and is part of a…

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