Class 6_Civil Liberties_092109

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Political Science 1101 American Government: Practices and Values Class 6: Federalism (Cont.) and Civil Liberties
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From Last Class Definition of federalism: Federal vs. unitary vs. confederate system Federalism’s tiers: national vs. state vs. local government Evolution of federalism, in 4 stages: Dual/layer cake federalism (1789-1937) Cooperative/marble cake federalism (1937-1960) Regulated federalism (1960s-1970s) New federalism (1970s-present) Expansion of federal power, but an attempt to devolve power back to the states since the 1980s.
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From Last Class (Cont.) Explaining evolving federalist relations: Role of money: block grants, categorical grants, etc. Role of the U.S. Supreme Court: interpretations of the commerce clause, supremacy clause, etc. Advantages and disadvantages of federalism. Federalist relations remain in flux: Medical marijuana and federalism Immigration and federalism
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Federalism Continued… Drawbacks of Federalism Creates inefficiency, conflict, and gridlock. Contributes to tyranny and local oppression. Separate sovereignties can enable an illiberal government. Inconsistency: different levels of accountability and visibility at different levels of government.
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Medical Marijuana and Federalism Since 1996, 13 states have adopted medical marijuana laws. Conflict : state medical marijuana laws (state police powers) vs . the Commerce Clause and federal drug laws. Question s: Can Congress ban the use of cannabis based on the Commerce Clause? Can Congress preempt state police powers?
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Medical Marijuana and Federalism: Gonzales v. Raich (2005)
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Immigration and Federalism Federal government has monopoly power of immigration and citizenship matters. In 2005-2007, Congress failed to enact comprehensive immigration reform despite obvious need for a new law. 12 million undocumented immigrants, impacting both state and local governments. State and local governments develop their own immigration policies to fill the federal policy void.
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Immigration and Federalism States’ Immigration Legislative Activity Bills introduced Laws enacted 2005 300 38 2006 570 84 2007 1,562 240 Source : National Conference of State Legislatures, 2008.
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State Immigration Laws, by Type (2007) Source : Migration Policy Institute, 2008.
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Immigration and Federalism Federalism, in theory, creates room for problem solving by the state and local governments. State and local action, however, can result in
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