• Politics & Voting : How to Start a Petition to Get Legislation on a Ballot
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    Politics & Voting : How to Start a Petition to Get Legislation on a Ballot

    “Hello this is Matthew Burbank”. Hello my name is Matthew Burbank and I’m an Associate Professor at the University of Utah and I’d like to talk to you a little bit about how to start a petition to get legislation on a ballot. The first thing you want to recognize is that this depends on the state that you live in. So in many states, you can indeed petition to have legislation considered directly by a vote. In other state, it’s not possible to do this. So the first thing that you need to know is if it’s possible in your state. Again, in some states it’s perfectly allowable to…

  • Madisonian Federalism | Jack Rakove
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    Madisonian Federalism | Jack Rakove

    Colleen and I are gonna try to take about half an hour each this morning to talk about something we called Madisonian federalism. The adjective Madisonian appears a lot these days in the literature of political science and history. We talk a lot about the Madisonian constitution that we assume the Constitution is inherently a Madisonian document. There is some irony to this, Madison, if you know the history, Madison lost the proposals he cared most about, did not want to have the Federal Senate elected by the state legislatures, did not think the state should be equally represented in the senate. He was not even convinced that each state…

  • Combative Federalism:  Why Are So Many States Suing Trump?
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    Combative Federalism: Why Are So Many States Suing Trump?

    (bubbly music) – So it’s a real pleasure to be welcoming you to our second State of Democracy Lecture for the year. I’m Grant Reeher, Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, the institute which coordinates this lecture series. And on behalf of Syracuse University, I would like to acknowledge with respect the Onondaga Nation, the indigenous people on whose ancestral lands we now sit. Today, I think we can think of this as an intellectual tailgating party. (audience chuckling) And we talked about getting a kettle barbecue out in the foyer, but the fire marshal didn’t really like that idea very much, but we are having a reception after…

  • POLS 15 – Introduction to Federalism
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    POLS 15 – Introduction to Federalism

    [music] This module concerns the concept of federalism. Federalism concerns the balance of power between the states and the federal government. Federalism impacts almost every area of American life, but one of the places where it’s seen most clearly is in the battle over the legalization of marijuana. In recent years several states, including California and Colorado have legalized marijuana, even for recreational purposes. However, marijuana is still illegal under federal law, and new attorney general Jeff Sessions has promised that he will crack down on it. People often wonder, how could I be arrested for that if it’s legal in my state? The answer is federalism. In a federal…

  • POLS 15 – Federalism Pros & Cons
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    POLS 15 – Federalism Pros & Cons

    [music] Like most things, federalism has its advantages and its disadvantages. First, let’s examine the benefits of federalism. Like separation of powers, one of the main benefits of federalism is that it helps prevent tyranny. Just as separation of powers divides power between the three branches of the federal government, federalism divides power between the federal government and the states. Another advantage of federalism is that it encourages states to adopt innovative approaches to tackling public policy issues, and if they’re successful other states can adopt them too. In fact the states have been called “laboratories of democracy” for their tendency to encourage policy innovation. Federalism also allows government to…

  • People on the Street: What Does Congress Do?
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    People on the Street: What Does Congress Do?

    [Off screen] So the first one, real easy, is just what does Congress do? Congress… Congress makes laws. The Congressmen — Congressmen and women — represent the people of their various districts, and their job is to be one of the checks and balances against the other two branches of government. [Upbeat music] Help pass bills. You know… To help make laws and everything. It passes laws. Passes laws, and passes legislation. Congress is the legislative body of the United States, and it pretty much provides us with some ways to solve problems in America. And the way they do this, of course, is through legislation, federal legislation. And of…

  • Episode 174: The Libertarian Student Movement (with Wolf von Laer)
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    Episode 174: The Libertarian Student Movement (with Wolf von Laer)

    Aaron Powell: Welcome to Free Thoughts from Libertarianism.Org and the Cato Institute. I’m Aaron Powell. Caleb Brown: And I’m Caleb Brown. Aaron Powell: Joining us today is Wolf von Laer. He is the CEO of Students for Liberty. Welcome to Free Thoughts. Wolf von Laer: Thank you so much for having me. Aaron Powell: Will you start by telling us, what is Students for Liberty? Wolf von Laer: First of all, I would like to say thank you to the Cato Institute, not only for hosting me, but also, Students for Liberty was incubated in your very halls here. So we are now ten years old, but [00:00:30] we got…

  • Federalists vs Anti-Federalists in Five Minutes
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    Federalists vs Anti-Federalists in Five Minutes

    hey guys welcome to the class that doesn’t really matter we’ve touched upon in other lectures but I think it deserves special focus because it’s “muy importante.” So giddy up for the learning guys, why don’t we get er done right now, the feds and anti-feds So, the summer of 1787 is going to bring us to these two groups, the Feds and the Anti-Feds During the Constitutional Convention, really during the ratification process. You have to remember that the delegates at the convention during 1787 in Philadelphia that wrote that constitution did it by bypassing the old constitution. They violated the Articles of Confederation where you needed 13 out…

  • Episode 140: The Constitution in Practice: From Liberty to Leviathan (with Roger Pilon)
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    Episode 140: The Constitution in Practice: From Liberty to Leviathan (with Roger Pilon)

    Aaron Ross Powell: Welcome to Free Thoughts from libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute, I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: And I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Ross Powell: And today, because America demanded it, we are back with more Roger Pilon. He is Vice President for Legal Affairs and founding director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute. Last time we went into an examination of the philosophical underpinnings of the social contract and ultimately our government and so today we’re going to be talking more about the history of our Constitution specifically and interpreting it. But why don’t you start by giving our listeners a very brief version of…