Constitutional Law (page 103)

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    Ferg’s take on Ron Paul: Interview on WGSO’s Ringside Politics

    With successful campaigns in the Iowa and New Hampshire presidential primaries—third and second, respectively—Ron Paul remains in the national spotlight. However, two broad misunderstandings are impeding his rise as the conservative front-runner and alternative to Mitt Romney: first, confusion about Paul's policy positions as a constitutional or paleoconservative; second, the dire state of the United States economy, which compels more aggressive action than the other candidates offer. Jeff Crouere (pictured), a radio host I admire with WGSO in Louisiana, had me on to address these concerns and respond to questions from callers. Click below to listen (24 minutes, mp3), and I encourage people to check out his show, weekdays at 7 to 11am CST. [audio:]
    Fergus Hodgson, January 18, 2012
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    Is Perdue’s Executive Order Unconstitutional?

    As I have discussed, Governor Perdue issued an executive order creating a commission made up of special interests and political and partisan insiders to identify three potential judges, one of whom the Governor is required to nominate, when a judicial vacancy occurs. Is this executive…
    Daren Bakst, January 18, 2012
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    Barone: Obama thumbs his nose at the Constitution

    Michael Barone‘s latest column documents his concerns about President Obama’s scorn for constitutional limitations. That scorn has been expressed most recently in his “recess” appointments of members of the National Labor Relations Board and the chairmanship of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The quotation…
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2012
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    Liberal Special Interests to Pick Judges

    There’s an effort driven by the North Carolina Bar Association to try and eliminate the election of judges and replace it by having liberal special interest groups pick judges. As I have written, there was a constitutional amendment (SB 548) proposed to do this, but fortunately it…
    Daren Bakst, January 6, 2012
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Lawmakers returned to Raleigh this week to address a veto from Gov. Beverly Perdue, and the General Assembly has held several other mini-sessions since wrapping up the bulk of their work in July. Becki Gray discusses the purpose and accomplishments of those mini-sessions during the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, January 6, 2012
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    New at CJO: Early-morning veto override vote raises legal questions

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about the legal questions raised by this morning’s vote to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of a bill involving the N.C. Association of Educators’ dues checkoff.
    Mitch Kokai, January 5, 2012
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    Ron Paul walks the talk: Rebuttal to the Liberty Bullhorn

    A clear pattern of Ron Paul's campaign is that his staunchest critics are self-proclaimed conservatives and GOP spokesmen. This is ironic and unfortunate, because Paul, according to the American Journal of Political Science, is the most conservative congressman since 1937. As John Nichols puts it so well: Ron Paul represents the ideology that Republican insiders most fear: conservatism. Bucking the establishment line, in his long congressional career, Paul has remained steadfast to the Constitution. Not that there was any doubt about Paul's record, but the Constitution Party's 2008 presidential nominee, Chuck Baldwin, has aggressively supported and campaigned for Paul towards 2008 and 2012. And when Paul failed to receive the 2008 nomination, he reciprocated the support with his endorsement of Baldwin. The fact is that when Paul espouses a limited federal government and spending cuts, he actually means it, and he has the voting record to back it up. In doing so, however, he shows his opponents to be phonies. So the knives are out.
    Fergus Hodgson, January 3, 2012
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    Newt, Judicial Activism, and Solutions

    The mainstream media is apoplectic that Newt Gingrich would argue that Congress has the power to force federal judges to appear before the legislative body, even indicating that the judges be arrested if necessary. Let’s distinguish between two issues.  First, should Congress, in general, have the power to…
    Daren Bakst, December 27, 2011