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Slow Strangulation: Welcome to the Regulatory State

Slow Strangulation: Welcome to the Regulatory State

On December 3rd, it was my very great pleasure to speak to the Knox County Tea Party.My topic was the "The Regulatory State: How We Got Here and How We Stop It".The 'regulatory state' is, of course, the gigantic federal and state administrative bureaucracies that churn out endless regulations contro ...
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The Kid With the Golf Cart: Matt Rand vs. City of Portland

The Kid With the Golf Cart: Matt Rand vs. City of Portland

This morning Matt Rand faced off against City Hall - at City Hall.At a well-attended presser hosted by MHPC's Center for Constitutional Government, Matt asked the City to reconsider its recent amendment to the Transportation Code that would put him out of business.As you will recall from Sam Adolphs ...
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The New Class Meets the Ruling Class

The New Class Meets the Ruling Class

The chief visible product of leftism is a feigned egalitarianism. While Marx and his disciples claimed to create a classless society, the reality was of course quite different. There are always the insiders, the ones who scheme and maneuver, who look out for themselves and their friends.While this b ...
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Texas vs. EPA

Texas vs. EPA

Pat Caddell recently opined that the American peoples' mood - after being repeatedly shoved by the radical left - is 'pre-revolutionary'.Ordinarily, I'd be inclined to dismiss Pat's comment as hyperbolic but these are certainly not ordinary times.If you doubt me, simply consider Texas and the EPA.As ...
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MHPC Files Suit Challenging Maine’s Clean Election Law
On August 5, MHPC, together with the James Madison Center for Free Speech, filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Portland, challenging Maine's Clean Election Law and in particular its matching funds provision.I'm acting as local counsel in the matter.The Plaintiffs are Rep. Andre Cushing of Hampd ...
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MHPC Opponent: Yes, They’re Effective

MHPC Opponent: Yes, They’re Effective

The Maine Municipal Association recently delivered 2,000 pages of email messages in response to MHPC's Freedom of Access Act request.The email consisted of Geoff Herman's and Chris Lockwood's TABOR-related correspondence from last year's campaign.The MMA, you'll recall, was up to its collective eyeb ...
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Government as Big Brother? More Like Peeping Tom – Part II
On May 3d, Sam Adolphsen highlighted a truly creepy TV ad produced by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue - a Big Brother, 'we know where you live' extravaganza that would make Orwell himself blush.But in an age of Flip cameras and desktop editing capability, the Little Guys can talk back to Big ...
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James Madison on the Framers

James Madison on the Framers

Our principal source for the inner workings of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 is James Madison's Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787.The Debates are the actual minutes of the convention.After leaving the presidency in 1817, Madison revised and annotated his papers, including the Debates ...
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Can the Federal Government Tell Us What to Eat?

Can the Federal Government Tell Us What to Eat?

While I agree with many commentators that the Elena Kagan hearings have begun to resemble a rather bad Gilbert & Sullivan production, there was one very revealing moment during yesterday's hearing.It came when Tom Coburn explored with Kagan the reach of the Commerce Clause, the vehicle for so much C ...
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MHPC Sues Maine Municipal Association Over Improper Electioneering Expenditures – Documents Available
Today the Center for Constitutional Government filed suit on behalf of four plaintiffs against the Maine Municipal Association over its improper interference with five citizens' initiatives during the period 2003-2009. The MMA contributed nearly $2 million in cash and in-kind contributions to four p ...
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