Rogue Judges Undermine Our Sovereignty. Here’s How Congress can Stop Them.

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Written by Daniel Horowitz

Anticipating a day when we would have a president who actually protects national sovereignty, I wrote a book last year warning that if Congress fails to strip the courts of jurisdiction over immigration, radical judges will give affirmative immigration rights to foreign nationals.

The thesis of my book — what was once an esoteric area of law — is now playing out in spectacular fashion. Congress and Trump’s Justice Department must fight back against the courts once and for all, or we will no longer remain an independent, sovereign, and safe country.

As I noted last week, it is the most settled area of law that a president acting through the authority of the people’s Congress has the ability to exclude or deport any non-citizen for any reason in accordance with statute.

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It’s Just A Game, State Workers

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Written by Pat Hughes

It’s bad enough that, after decades of Mike Madigan’s leadership, the state can’t pay its bills. But now, his daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, wants to take away the ability of state workers to pay their own bills.

Throughout the bitter dispute over the state budget, Madigan-Nemesis Governor Bruce Rauner has worked to keep the state government running so that core services are not completely shut down. The Governor has made clear that paying state workers for work that they do, while working to pass a balanced budget, is a top priority.

Speaker Madigan and his Democrat Majority have blocked the Governor’s call for reforms like term-limits and property tax freezes, and refused to pass a balanced budget. Instead, they’ve tried to gain political leverage by maximizing the pain felt by families.… Continue Reading

Critics Say ‘House of Madigan’ Continues to Play by Own Rules

Written by the Chicago City Wire

Several Illinois legislators have responded to the House’s latest capitulation to longtime Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago), decrying the body’s utter lack of independence or apparent motivation to value representation of home jurisdictions over the speaker’s sway.

Following the state House’s vote, Madigan’s standard menu of mandates was approved yet again as he keeps a three-fifths majority in the House. The results incited strong reactions among officials and members of both political parties.

“Good ideas that benefit real people will be buried because of Mike Madigan’s singular authority,” state Rep. Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) said, according to Capitolfax.com. Capitolfax added that a House Republican proposal fronted by Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) — suggesting options to enhance transparency — was not even allotted a public hearing.

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Conservatives Worry About Trump Caving to LBGT Pressure on Religious Liberty

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Written by Peter LaBarbera

A pro-natural marriage advocate at the conservative Heritage Foundation said President Donald Trump “should not cave” to LGBT activists by failing to issue a strong executive order defending Americans’ religious liberty, a leaked draft of which has been the subject of intense criticism on the Left.

Heritage senior fellow Ryan Anderson said, based on a document first leaked to the leftist magazine The Nation, that the order would be a “great place to start” for President Trump to honor his pledge to strongly defend the freedom of people to exercise their spiritual and moral conscience.

Homosexual and transgender activists are vociferously complaining the proposed order would constitute a “license to discriminate” against LGBTQ individuals and events like homosexual “marriages.”

Based on the leaked draft of the executive order, Anderson describes what it would do:

  • “It tells the entire federal government to respect federal statutes and U.S.
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Neil Gorsuch Could Rule on These 3 Big Cases If He Joins Supreme Court Soon

Written by Fred Lucas

President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court could have a say in rulings on religious freedom, transgender bathrooms in schools, and private property rights, if he is confirmed before April 16.

Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other senators Wednesday at the Capitol less than 24 hours after Trump announced his nomination.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., however, has vowed to filibuster the nomination.

“It’s doable to get a swift confirmation. The average Supreme Court confirmation comes in 67 days. Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg was confirmed in 50 days,” Carrie Severino, chief counsel for the Judicial Crisis Network, told The Daily Signal. “Obviously, Democrats want to drag their heels.”

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told CNN he is planning to have confirmation hearings in six weeks for Gorsuch.… Continue Reading

Think Tank, State Reps Propose Budget Solutions 2018 Plan to Close $7.1 Billion Deficit

Written by the Chicago City Wire

The Illinois Policy Institute is proposing a budget conservative group leaders contend would put an end to the state’s nearly two-year impasse, closing a $7.1 billion deficit without adding any new taxes.

The Budget Solutions 2018 plan calls for comprehensive property tax reform — which Illinois Policy Institute execs insist amounts to $3.4 billion in savings — by taking simple steps like freezing property taxes over the next five years and putting an end to state subsidies and mandates that, the group argues, needlessly drive up the cost of government.

“The state is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy,” Illinois Policy Institute Vice President Ted Dabrowski said during the press conference held on Jan. 31. “Unlike any other plan, this plan assures taxpayers they won’t be treated like an ATM machine.”

Beyond the tax property freeze and the elimination of state subsidies to local governments at a pegged savings of $1.75 billion annually, the plan also calls for requiring local districts and universities to cover the cost of annual pensions at an estimated annual savings of $970 million.

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7 Reasons Neil Gorsuch’s Nomination is Only the Beginning of Taking Back the Judiciary

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Written by Daniel Horowitz

This week, President Donald Trump fulfilled his promise to nominate a very qualified and intelligent conservative judge. Neil Gorsuch is likely a very good pick. However, given the past history, the enormous post-constitutional pressure even in some circles of the conservative legal movement, and so much terrible court precedent, it is yet to be determined if Gorsuch has the resolve to not get sucked into the swamp.

This point was best encapsulated in a statement from U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla. (B, 87%), himself a conservative constitutionalist lawyer. After praising Gorsuch’s background, he noted that there is still more to see:

Perhaps the most important quality for a constitutionalist Supreme Court justice is something that Scalia demonstrated in spades: backbone. There will be times when the proper reading of the Constitution will diverge sharply from the conventional wisdom of D.C.

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The Media March in Lockstep Toward Irrelevance

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Written by Robert Knight

As any reporter can tell you, it’s far more fun to cover zany people and events than those exuding decency and restraint.  The news business, like much of the entertainment media, thrives on mayhem.

In Disney’s animated classic “Fantasia,” the spectacular deviltry of “A Night on Bald Mountain” is followed by a peaceful march of candle-bearing believers after the morning sun dispatches the satanic hordes.  The melodic strains of “Ave Maria” wash away any lingering creepiness.  It’s soothing and poetic, but very low-key.  If cameras were deployed, it’s obvious which event would dominate the evening news.

I’ve always wished the Fantasia writers had not perhaps unwittingly made demonic-inspired confusion appear more exciting than a life of faith. The candle march went on way too long and got boring.… Continue Reading

Illinois Loses 16,700 Jobs in Face of New Tax Hike Proposals

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Written by Michael Lucci

Illinois lost 16,700 payroll jobs in December 2016, according to a Jan. 20 report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES.

In addition, the state’s November jobs count was revised down from a gain of 1,700 jobs to a loss of 4,500 jobs. Illinois’ unemployment rate went up to 5.7 percent in December, even though Illinoisans continued to drop out of the workforce.

The budget plan coming out of the Illinois Senate couldn’t come at a worse time, as it depends on tax hikes that would only hinder job creation.

The state’s jobs crisis is spiraling out of control. The IDES report shows Illinois shed thousands of jobs across almost all sectors, with the largest losses coming in education and health services (-5,400); professional and business services (-3,600); and construction (-3,200).

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul Offers Worthy Obamacare Alternative

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Written by Joshua Withrow

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (A, 92%) has been nothing if not vocal about his belief that a new set of health care reforms should be voted on at the same time as a repeal of Obamacare. This week, Sen. Paul has revealed his proposal to replace Obamacare, by introducing S. 222, the Obamacare Replacement Act.

His bill is obviously designed to work in tandem with the partial repeal that was passed by Congress last year, in that it sweeps away the parts of Obamacare that the other bill leaves behind, particularly the regulations. While the bill being passed via the budget reconciliation process repeals only the taxation and spending portions of Obamacare, if Paul’s plan were advanced at the same time, the two bills would add to up to a fairly complete repeal of Obama’s health care takeover.… Continue Reading

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