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Rob Sanchez of the James Madison Institute in Florida outlines the critical role of states in setting the agenda for American public policy:

Let’s face it: There was a time in our nation’s history – and it wasn’t so long ago – when the phrase “states’ rights” was unfortunately synonymous with resistance to ending historic patterns of racial apartheid in the South.

Moreover, even before the civil rights movement gained traction, there was a long period in which many state governments were increasingly dysfunctional, with their legislatures dominated by blocs of rural lawmakers who clung to power and blocked fair redistricting.

So today’s advocates of returning power to its rightful place in the nation’s state capitals owe a debt of gratitude to an obscure Tennessean named Charles Baker. His persistence led to a landmark court decision that relatively few Americans know about.

Read the entire article here.

 

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