Land Grab: Utah Takes on the Federal Government

On Friday, March 23, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed into law a bill demanding that the federal government return about 30 million acres of public lands by 2015. This is a serious issue for western states, who in some cases have 30%-65% of their land in federal hands.

Utah Gov. Herbert signs bill demanding state control of federal lands by 2014

Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill Friday that demands the federal government relinquish control of public lands in Utah by 2014, setting the table for a potential legal battle over millions of acres in the state.

Utah Firearms Revisions Bill Could Prevent ‘Open-Carry’ Gun Owners From Facing Criminal Charges

Last year, around this time of year, Philip W. Taylor was peacefully walking along the sidewalk adjacent to University Mall in Orem, Utah.

The 51-year-old Orem resident was carrying an assault rifle slung over his shoulder and a handgun.

Shoppers in the nearby mall called the police on Taylor. The police shortly arrived to the scene.

“Keep your hands where I can see them,” an officer shouted at Taylor.

These States Will Suffer the Most in the Event of an EU Collapse

Some analysts believe that a collapse of the EU will have a calamitous effect on the U.S. economy. But exactly how will that play out, that is, who will get hit the hardest?

United States of Shame – What’s YOUR State Worst at?

Whether it’s the highest rate of bestiality (We’re looking at you, Washington) or the most environmentally unfriendly (Let’s hear it for Indiana!), every state has something to be ashamed about. The full list of shameful, shameful superlatives is below.

In Fiscal Trouble, US States moving towards affirmation of the 10th Amendment and production of their own, gold backed currency

Cautioning that the federal dollars in your wallet could soon be little more than green paper backed by broken promises, state Rep. Glen Bradley wants North Carolina to issue its own legal tender backed by silver and gold.

The Republican from Youngsville has introduced a bill that would establish a legislative commission to study his plan for a state currency. He is also drafting a second bill that would require state government to accept gold and silver coins as payment for taxes and fees.

If the state treasurer starts accepting precious metals as payment, Bradley said that could prod the private sector to follow suit – potentially allowing residents to trade gold for groceries.

10th Amendment a theme at 2011 Utah Legislature: The Rights of States

“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.” – The 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution