Federalism Fellow Farewell: A Millennial’s Take On American Federalism

On March 15, 2016

By Jonathan Sorg, Federalism Fellow  | Federalism In Action Today is officially the last day of my fellowship with Federalism In Action (FIA), and I leave grateful for the opportunity and the knowledge acquired. FIA provided a hands on experience and immersion into an ascending issue of our day, state versus federal power. At Federalism In […]

What ‘Land Grab’? Transferred Lands Will Stay Public

On March 11, 2016

By Matthew Anderson, Senior Policy Fellow Oil and gas wells dotting every inch of our national parks. Cattle running rampant, tearing up scenic landscapes, and leaving no forage for wildlife. Your family’s favorite summer camping spot being sold off to the highest bidder. This is the picture that extremist environmental groups have painted of the […]

Federalism Fellow: Meet Matt Sifert

On February 22, 2016

Federalism Fellow: Matt Sifert Meet Matthew Sifert of Scottsdale, Arizona. Matt joins Federalism In Action as one of our Federalism Fellows for the semester. Currently an undergrad at The King’s College in New York, Matt is pursuing a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics with a minor in Theology. Prior to joining the FIA team, Matt […]

Innovation Competitions: A Look at Secondary Costs

On February 16, 2016

By Catherine Konieczny | Federalism In Action A new $40 million Smart City Challenge has been announced by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to fund proposals that promise more efficient and environmentally-friendly infrastructure ideas. Looking into the details, the funding favors plans that “reduce congestion, keep travelers safe, protect the environment, respond to climate change, connect underserved […]

Washington and Reagan, Reasons for Hope

On February 15, 2016

By Jonathan Sorg | Federalism In Action PRESIDENTS DAY 2016 In his seminal 1964 A Time for Choosing speech, Ronald Reagan said, “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand […]

Free The Lands: Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Legal Analysis

On December 12, 2015

Legal Analysis – Executive Summary (Executive Summary excerpted from the UT TPL Legal Analysis. Click here for the full Legal Analysis and here the bios of the Legal Team.)  Summary of Conclusion Our task is to evaluate alternative legal theories that Utah may use in court to attempt to gain ownership or control of the public lands within its […]

Federal Lands, Public Dilemma

On November 21, 2015

By Karim Elsayed, Federalism Fellow | Federalism In Action Imagine owning a house, and the town mayor controls two rooms simply because he is the mayor and believes he can put them to better use than you can. Not a very pleasant thought, right? This situation is not so different from the ongoing battle between states and […]

E-Cigs Offer Mainers Improved Health Outcomes

On July 13, 2015

LD.1108, “An Act to Protect Children and the Public from Electronic Cigarette Vapor” is arguably well-intentioned, but misguided. Numerous scientific studies show that electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) not only reduce the harm from smoking, but can also be part of the successful path to smoking cessation. The term “e-cig” is misleading because there is no tobacco […]

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