November 7, 2002
Wow, Bill Simon did better in the California governor's race than anyone expected (Nov. 6). Despite being the worst Republican candidate in recent history, he came within five points of beating Gov. Gray Davis. If only the GOP had nominated someone more experienced, competent and moderate, it could've won the governor's race easily. Maybe the losers will learn a lesson and change their strategy in four years. But probably not. They seem to be content nominating right-wing ideologues who can't win a general election.
October 14, 2002
The Bush administration is staging an unprecedented and unwarranted attack on California's right to regulate its own air quality. The Justice Department, by joining a General Motors and DaimlerChrysler lawsuit against the state's zero-emission vehicle requirement, disregards California's explicit right to set air quality standards. The federal government is entirely in the wrong and should withdraw from the lawsuit immediately.
September 17, 2002
I hope the people of Santa Cruz continue their opposition to federal drug-war tactics ("Santa Cruz Officials Plan Pot Giveaway," Sept. 12). If the marijuana is grown in California and consumed by Californians, I do not understand where the federal jurisdiction comes in. The recent federal raids without the support of local law enforcement are clearly illegal. Let the federal government concentrate on national issues, such as defending this country. Let local government deal with local issues, such as what substances the citizens of a given state may grow and use. Lee Aydelotte Huntington Beach
May 29, 2002 |
In another victory for states' rights, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the principle of "sovereign immunity" shields a state agency from being called before a federal administrative hearing and charged with violating the law. Speaking for the 5-4 majority, Justice Clarence Thomas said it would be "an affront to a state's dignity" to force its officials to appear at a federal administrative proceeding.
May 2, 2002 |
A major Republican welfare plan is sparking a new dispute over child care, with Democrats arguing that a big spending hike is crucial to a goal shared by both parties: helping more low-income mothers go to work. The flare-up over child care came Wednesday as a House committee was finishing its work on the $16.5-billion welfare plan, which is expected to pass the Republican-controlled chamber before Memorial Day.
March 26, 2002
"States' Rights at Heart of Oregon Suicide Lawsuit" (March 23) seems to be a no-brainer. The U.S. Constitution specifically states in its 10th Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states, respectively, or to the people." There is nothing in the Constitution delegating the U.S. government the power to regulate medical practices, nor are there any restrictions upon the states from doing so. Thus, that power is "reserved to the states . . . or to the people."
March 23, 2002 |
Oregon went to court Friday to challenge U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft's attempt to bar doctors from prescribing federally controlled drugs under the state's landmark assisted-suicide law. In a case that could define the boundaries of physician-assisted suicide across the country, Oregon is challenging Ashcroft's threat to revoke the licenses of doctors who prescribe powerful barbiturate cocktails to hasten death for patients suffering the ravages of incurable, painful diseases.
January 20, 2002
Re "Bush Hears Local Voices--When It Suits His Agenda," Commentary, Jan. 16: John Balzar rightly illuminates the president's double standard on states' rights but uses the issue too much as an attack against President Bush without emphasizing the damage these oil rigs will cause. Although I am a Democrat, it should be noted that development on these leases first occurred in 1999 during President Clinton's term. In June, with the support of Californian environmental groups like CalPIRG, the state of California won its court case against the federal government mandating that California must be consulted about any new rigs built off its shores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2001 |
Stung by a federal crackdown on medical marijuana in California, activists are pushing toward a new ballot measure to test a state's right to distribute pot as medicine. Americans for Medical Rights, the Santa Monica-based group that promoted California's landmark medical marijuana initiative in 1996, is eyeing such a test in one of three smaller Western states--Arizona, Washington or Oregon--that already have "medpot" laws.