THE NEW FORTY I can hear the bells...
I am gratified this morning to be greeted with the news that Minnesota's House passed a marriage equality bill. Now the only thing between marriage equality is the Minnesota Senate and the Governor wh... Posted on 5/10/13 at 7:23 AM
STAFF BLOG NIE ROCKS! Resources for Constitution Day Sept. 17
September 17th is Constitution Day.Did you know all U.S. public schools kindergarten through university level are required to teach about the Constitution on Constitution Day on Sept. 17?
According... Posted on 9/6/12 at 8:00 AM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Capitol notebook: GOP proposes more constitutional amendments
Legislative Republicans continue to add to a list of ways they want to amend the state Constitution.
On Tuesday, Sen. Julianne Ortman of Chanhassen and others introduced a proposal to limit state spe... Posted on 5/4/11 at 3:12 AM
They're called national security letters and the FBI issues thousands of them a year to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information. They're sent without judicial review and recipients are barred from disclosing them.
President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate last year to appoint three members of the National Labor Relations Board, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a far-reaching decision that could severely limit a chief executive's powers to make recess appointments.
Neither Minnesota nor North Dakota’s constitutions are as tough to amend as the federal document is. So be it. Still, a party should think twice before it approves an amendment that’s strongly and perhaps unanimously opposed by lawmakers on the other side.
Minnesota Republicans look to the state Constitution as a way to enact some of their pet policy dreams. In some cases, the constitutional amendments are ways to get around Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who would not approve of their policy choices. Other amendments are ones Republicans feel about so strongly that they think they should be in the Constitution, not mere laws.
Call it an interesting historical quirk. Call it an oversight that deserves to be corrected in the 2012 election. Just don’t call the omission of a word from the North Dakota Constitution a real threat to statehood. Because it’s not, according to the authorities whose views on statehood carry significant weight — namely, Congress and the federal courts.
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