states' rights

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a doctrine that federal powers should be curtailed and returned to the individual states

the rights conceded to the states by the United States constitution

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What is particularly glaring about President Obama invoking states' rights is that, as a constitutional attorney and the product of an interracial marriage, he certainly knows it is a flawed and offensive argument, particularly with regard to civil rights.
It is the Court may choose a compromise, which recognizes the Court has two other states' rights cases before it and so finesses a plausibly politically seditious conservative versus liberal confrontation over greater expansion of a supreme federal power versus so-called states rights.
But the new NRC proposal would allowthe New Hampshire utility that owns Seabrook to certify Massachusetts's ability to safely evacuate its residents--a clear usurpation of states' rights, according to State Rep.
MSSA president Gary Marbut commented, "We're excited to get the MFFA into court to articulate and argue the principles of freedom and states' rights.
Rick Perry begins his presidential campaign, he is working hard to position himself as the leading Republican champion of states' rights, using his high-profile battles with Washington and his book on the dangers of federal power to build an ideological and constitutional rationale for his fierce anti-Obama message.
And former Georgia congressman Bob Barr, who authored the antigay Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, has since joined gay advocates in fighting against Bush's precious Marriage Protection Amendment, because it would trample states' rights.
This libertarian-inspired combat story is stacked in favor of God-fearing, caring states' rights activists and against atheistic, lesbian Democrats.
Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, took the same view as Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who wrote the dissent, in arguing that it is a states' rights issue.
Conservative activists want to achieve limited government--particularly at the federal level--and tend to get there by arguing that Congress is interfering with economic or states' rights.
He describes FDR's struggle to "replace a Supreme Court that had consistently restricted liberty" and writes of a "Supreme Court that had consistently endorsed the states' rights creed.
In a fiery speech that would echo through American politics for the next 50 years, he urged Democrats to "get out of the shadow of states' rights and walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights.
Georgia Republican Bob Barr, who sponsored the Defense of Marriage Act, said the amendment goes too far because it violates the principle of states' rights.
CSG has championed excellence in state government since 1933 by advocating multi-state shared problem solving and states' rights, tracking national conditions, trends, and innovations, and through nonpartisan groundbreaking leadership training and support.
The federal marriage law that defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman would trespass states' rights.
It has become a debate over the political hypocrisy of conservatives who abandoned their respect for states' rights to federalize the issue in an emergency session.