Federalism on Townhall

Daniel J. Mitchell - Sat Dec 20

Conn Carroll - Thu Sep 4

Why Americans trust local government. ... more

Steve Chapman - Thu Nov 14

Jacob Sullum - Wed Jul 3

Jacob Sullum - Wed Apr 3

In two cases last week, lawyers urged the Supreme Court to respect the democratic process by upholding bans on legal recognition of gay marriages. But only one of those bans can plausibly be portrayed as representing the will of the people. ... more

Mark Davis - Fri Mar 29

In one stunning moment Tuesday from the Supreme Court bench, we saw a very smart man say something of such profound stupidity that it should shake our very faith in some of the people who wear our loftiest judicial robes. ... more

Bruce Bialosky - Mon Mar 18

In his column of March 12, 2013, my beloved friend wrote on the issue of legalized marijuana in the state of Colorado. On his radio show, he justifiably bemoaned readers of his column who had written comments questioning his sanity and their relationship over this one issue despite years of being Prager groupies. I will not do any of that. But for only the second time in our long relationship, Mr. Prager, you are dead wrong on a topic … but I still love you. ... more

Janet M. LaRue - Sat Mar 9

“Marriage, it doesn’t mean anything.” That’s what Barack Obama told wife Michelle while they were dating, according to her 2008 interview in The New Yorker. Marriage won’t mean anything if Obama has his way with the Supreme Court. ... more

Mark Davis - Fri Feb 15

For the conservative willing to endure it, President Obama’s State of the Union address was actually a handy lesson in how the left garners support for barrages of spending. ... more

Jonah Goldberg - Fri Dec 28

One of my New Year's resolutions is to work harder to persuade ideological friends and foes alike that the way to reduce partisanship and maximize happiness in America is to embrace federalism -- the view that we should push as many decisions as possible to the lowest local level feasible. ... more

Jonah Goldberg - Fri Dec 14

To understand why Republicans have a "branding problem," you first need to understand how the system is rigged against conservatives. ... more

Bruce Bialosky - Mon Dec 10

In 1973, the Supreme Court issued one of their worst rulings ever in Roe v. Wade. Largely made from “whole cloth,” the ruling has started a 40-year fight over abortion that unnecessarily has divided this country. If Republican principles were in place on this issue, then there would be a heated discussion; but the core of the fight would be defused and the issue would be handled at the state level where it properly belongs and where other issues should be handled. ... more

Phyllis Schlafly - Tue Dec 4

Those who thought ObamaCare was set in concrete by Chief Justice John Roberts' decision last June are in for a shock. December 14 is the new deadline (extended from November 16) for states to let the feds know, yea or nay, whether or not they will be setting up a health insurance exchange, which is the key to participating in the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ... more

Mark Baisley - Sun Dec 2

The intense debate has begun among party thinkers over how we could possibly have lost two elections in a row to the most radical leftist candidate to ever receive a presidential nomination. ... more

Byron York - Mon Nov 19

With Mitt Romney's defeat and the loss of Republican seats in both House and Senate, the balance of power in the GOP has shifted. Republican governors -- the one group that actually increased its numbers on Nov. 6 -- believe they should take a bigger and more influential role in establishing the party's direction. ... more

Tad DeHaven - Sun Nov 4

For all of the Times’ whimpering about cutting FEMA’s budget, the real problem is that the federal government has (once again) overstepped its boundaries. ... more

Crystal Wright - Sat Sep 29

Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hasn’t had time to pass a Senate Budget in nearly four years but he’s found a way to give states more debt and unemployment headaches. As states struggle to balance their budgets in the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression, Senator Reid wants to federalize online poker, effectively robbing states of BILLIONS of dollars in lottery revenue. ... more