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APP - Cruz, Fiorina and Santorum confirmed for 2nd Annual Practical Federalism Conference! 


Dear Friend,

I wanted to make you aware of our second annual “Practical Federalism — 2016: Stand and Fight” forum to be held in Hooksett, New Hampshire on October 3rd, 2015. We are proud to be hosting the event in cooperation with the American Principles Project, Cornerstone Action, and the FAMiLY Leader.

Following last year’s event, which was sold out, several candidates have already set aside time from their busy campaign schedules to attend the event. Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rick Santorum, and Carly Fiorina have all confirmed their attendance. Several other 2016 candidates are expected to join as well. Additional speakers will include:

  • Jeff Chidester - Host of New Hampshire Perspective, News Radio WQSO and New Hampshire’s News Network WGIR
  • Bryan McCormack - Executive Director of Cornerstone Policy Research Action
  • Ann Marie Banfield - Cornerstone Policy Research Action
  • Ken Ivory, Esq. - President, American Lands Council
  • Bob Vander Plaats - President and CEO of The FAMiLY Leader
  • Stanley Kurtz, Ph.D - Author, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Conservative Commentator, and Contributor at National Review
  • Emmett McGroarty - Director of Education at American Principles Project
  • Sean Fieler - Chairman, American Principles Project.

The event will encompass a wide variety of topics including Common Core, AP U.S. History and the recent framework changes, monetary policy, and land use. This event will raise the consciousness of legislators and citizens on how federal overreach affects their day-to-day lives.

The specifics of the event are as follows:

WHAT: American Principles Project’s “Practical Federalism – 2016: Stand and Fight”

WHERE: Southern New Hampshire University, 500 N. River Rd., Dining Center Banquet Hall, Hooksett, NH 03106

WHEN: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Tickets can be purchased at the following link:

I look forward to seeing you in New Hampshire.

Emmett McGroarty
Director of Education, American Principles Project



APP - Join us in Iowa for the Practical Federalism Forum!  

Dear Citizen,

I'd like to invite you to the Practical Federalism Forum on Saturday May 16th in Des Moines, Iowa. This is an exciting event sponsored by American Principles Project,, and the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition.  You won't want to miss this important event! 

Register here!

Conservative leaders and political activists from Iowa and across the nation will come together to discuss how federal government overreach works, how the Framers believed that state elected officials must guard against federal intrusion, and how the federal government undermines that duty. 

Specific issues will include how the federal government controls education policy-making, how it drives the states to engage in massive data collection on families and students, and how it has a stranglehold on vast land (and by this we mean land other than
national parks, national monuments, congressionally designated wilderness areas, etc.) and resources that it should have long ago turned over to the states and to the people.  We will discuss how it finances these efforts by de-valuing the dollar and hurts families and retired people in the process.  And we will discuss solutions.

WHAT: American Principles Project's 2nd "Practical Federalism Forum"

WHERE: Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, 730 3rd St., Des Moines, IA (across the street from Wells Fargo Arena)

 WHEN: Saturday, May 16th 9:00am-3:00pm

Speakers confirmed include Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum, Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory, Erin Tuttle of Hoosiers Against Common Core, Shane Vander Hart of, Jan Mickelson of WHO News Radio 1090, Emmett McGroarty of American Principles Project, and more.

All the GOP presidential candidates have been invited to the forum, as well as many other leaders from across the country. Also, it is worth noting that the Iowa GOP will be hosting their Lincoln Day Dinner at the same venue that evening. 

Register here today! Hope to see you there.


Emmett McGroarty

Director of Education

American Principles Project



APP News Update: Federalism, American Exceptionalism and the Free Market 

Alfonso Discusses Latino Conservatism
The Federal Reserve's Achievement
On Indiana's Common Core Rebrand "They had their commission set up to redo the Indiana standards. And, lo and behold, they cut and pasted and they came up with another version of Common Core - except in some respects the standards aren’t even as good as Common Core, which is kind of a disturbing thought.”  - APP Senior Fellow Jane Robbins
One News Now - 9/22/14
Exam Erases U.S. Exceptionalism

Defenses of the College Board's revised Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) Curriculum Framework have ranged from "it's a balanced document" to "teachers will have flexibility" to "what's wrong with a leftist slant?" None of these defenses should be acceptable.

To the "balanced document" argument, we say: Read it. A Pioneer Institute study by experts, including renowned Madisonian scholar Ralph Ketcham, describes the framework as "a portrait of America as a dystopian society — one riddled with racism, violence, hypocrisy, greed, imperialism and injustice."

The origins of the framework have been traced to the philosophy that the U. S. is only one nation among many, and not a particularly admirable one at that. Every trace of American exceptionalism has been scrubbed; seminal documents such as the Gettysburg Address have vanished.

Read more.

Brietbart and APP to Cosponsor Federalism Forum

Breitbart News Network joins American Principles Project and Cornerstone Action as co-sponsors of a forum that will focus on the principles of federalism as viewed by the Framers, the role of state elected officials in guarding against federal overreach, and how the federal government undermines that duty.

Titled “Practical Federalism: How the Federal Government Is Silencing the People,” the forum will bring together state lawmakers, policy analysts, and activist citizens to discuss the current level of federal intrusion into the states and American life, and will be held in key presidential primary states, beginning with New Hampshire in November of 2014, then moving on to Iowa in February of 2015, and South Carolina in April of 2015.

The forums will examine the impact of federal overreach in areas such as ObamaCare, the Common Core standards, privacy and data collection, Medicaid expansion, religious liberty, and the EPA and land use.

Read more.
Register for the forum in New Hampshire on 11/22.

There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Market

Well-meaning conservative and libertarian groups beat the drum for something called “free markets.” Liberal groups blame these “free markets” for many of the world’s evils.

Here’s the harsh reality neither side will tell you. There ain’t no such thing as a “free market.”

The free market ceased to exist more than 40 years ago. Nixon drove a stake through its heart by shutting down the Bretton Woods world monetary system, without which free markets cannot exist.

Read more.

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ALG's Daily Grind - Can the Export Import Bank be Sunk? 


Sept. 11, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

The unsinkable Export Import Bank
House Republicans are unwilling to shut down the government over the fate of Ex-Im, and Harry Reid knows it. So why tie it to the continuing resolution?

Cartoon: Never Forget

The states of irrelevance: A case for the original United States Senate
How the 17th Amendment destroyed federalism.

Legal Insurrection: How prosecutors targeted Scott Walker and conservatives exposed
"Wisconsin prosecutors seized a wide-range of records from numerous conservative activists on the theory that it was a crime for such activists to coordinate issue advocacy with the campaign of Governor Scott Walker."


CEI - Obamacare Court Ruling in Halbig a Major Blow to Opt-Out States

Plaintiffs Now Appealing Decision


Washington, DC, Jan. 15, 2014 – In a blow to states that opted out of Obamacare, a District Court on Wednesday upheld an IRS regulation extending the law’s employer mandate to those “refusenik” states that decided against setting up their own insurance exchanges. The Competitive Enterprise Institute is assisting in the coordination and funding of the lawsuit and, now, the appeal.

Statement by CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman

The court’s ruling today in Halbig v. Sebelius delivers a major blow to the states that chose not to participate in the Obamacare insurance exchange program. It is also a blow to the small businesses, employees and individuals who live in those states as well. In upholding this IRS regulation that is contrary to the law enacted by Congress, this decision guts the choice made by a majority of the states to stay out of the exchange program. It imposes Obamacare penalties on employers and on many individuals in those states, penalties that Congress never authorized, putting their livelihoods and the jobs of their employees at risk. Worst of all, it gives a stamp of approval to the Administration’s attempt to substitute its version of Obamacare for the law that Congress enacted.

The court does all this despite its own finding that our arguments were supported by, in its words, “the plain language” of the law’s key provision regarding state-established exchanges.  And by erasing the distinction between functions carried out by states and functions carried out by the federal government on behalf of states, the ruling undercuts some basic aspects of federalism. We have appealed this decision, and will shortly move to expedite the appeal.

In its ruling, the court first dismissed the three employer plaintiffs in the case, holding that their claims were barred by the Anti-Injunction Act. But the court found that at least one of the individual plaintiffs had a sufficiently concrete injury to proceed. In its ensuing substantive analysis, the court based much of its reasoning on the alleged congressional purpose of providing nationwide subsidies for health premiums regardless of whether states cooperated or not.


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