The Peoples’ Constitution – Local Power

With so many laws and regulations coming out of Washington, DC, it can seem like the federal government doesn’t leave much room for local governments to operate. On top of that, our Constitution holds that federal laws have top priority—any state or local laws to the contrary are void. So where does this leave states or localities if they want to run their own affairs and pass their own laws?

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The Peoples’ Constitution: The Wall and Emergency Powers

President Trump has declared he will use emergency powers to help build a border wall on America’s southern border after Congress refused to provide the funding he sought. Can he do this, and does the Constitution grant emergency powers to the president? Fortunately, the courts have addressed these issues before. This article aims to lay out the key constitutional issues involving the emergency powers off the President.

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The Peoples’ Constitution: The 25th Amendment

Added to the Constitution in 1967, partly in response to John Kennedy’s assassination, the 25th Amendment has been much in the news lately, with stories about its possible use and misuse. The Amendment creates a dramatic process to transfer power to the Vice President (VP)—even against the wishes of the President—if the President is unable to fulfill his duties. This article aims to give a short overview of the history and workings of this important Amendment while staying neutral on politics.

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