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Signing_of_Constitution_Chandler_Christy_smThe Constitutional Studies Center combines careful, objective scholarship into the original understanding of the Constitution with advocacy for human freedom under law. It produces books, issue papers, articles, and legal briefs reporting the results of its research. Since 2010, the Center has had enormous influence on constitutional law cases and commentary, but also on policy makers and grass roots activists. For example, the Center’s research findings galvanized the massive and growing “Article V” movement to restore constitutional limits on the federal government.

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  • Did the Founders’ Constitution Permit Federal Tort Reform?0

    • November 23, 2012

    NOTE: The photo shows the author at the sundial in James Madison’s garden at Montpelier, VA. On behalf of the national Chamber of Commerce, super-lawyer Paul Clement has authored a new paper arguing that federal tort reform is constitutional. The paper begins with a section purporting to show that the Framers’ Commerce Clause was broad

  • “Necessary and Proper” = “Necessaria et Opportuna”0

    • November 17, 2012

    To justify the huge growth of federal regulations over the last few decades, lawyers and judges frequently cite the Constitution’s Necessary and Proper Clause (I-8-18). But is that provision really broad enough to authorize what they claim it authorizes? This little essay focuses on the meaning of the word “necessary.” Early legal documents—used by English

  • What now?0

    • November 9, 2012

    The November 6 election outcome has many friends of the Constitution dispirited. As so often before, they hoped that by defeating federal candidates contemptuous of constitutional limits and replacing them with others, they could help restore our Constitution. Obviously, that decades-long strategy has failed—spectacularly. They also have long hoped that by appointing the right people

  • The Constitution and One State's "Campaign Finance Reform" Mess0

    • November 2, 2012

    From Montana come valuable lessons about campaign finance “reform.” Montana has a long history of adopting restrictive campaign laws. But such laws often violate citizens’ rights of free speech, as protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. They also can be ways of manipulating the electoral process to benefit some interests at the

  • New II Issue Paper Rebuts Myth that Citizen Review of Laws and Taxes Violates the Republican Form0

    • October 26, 2012

    If you are exposed to enough politics, sooner or later you’ll hear the old saw that the U.S. is “a republic and not a democracy.” Along with that saying goes the following claim: Allowing voter initiatives and referenda is unconstitutional: If a state lets voters enact laws or veto tax hikes, the state is too

  • Obama's "American Jobs Act" Ploy Convinces Some, Anyway0

    • October 21, 2012

    The Obama administration’s “American Jobs Act”—a token measure forgotten by all but a few—is back in the news. Just over a year ago, I reported on the constitutional defects of President Obama’s “American Jobs Act” (AJA), a bill clearly designed to force Republicans to vote against it, thereby giving the President political “cover” on his


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Rob Natelson, Senior Fellow, Constitutional Jurisprudence
Email: rob.natelson1@gmail.com
Phone: 303-279-6536, ext 114