Morning Jolt: The Governor of New Mexico Breaks Badly

On the menu today: New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declares war on her own state's constitution and mocks her state's police for being "squeamish," and a new book reveals how much the U.S. government and its contractors deliberately hindered the Afghan military's ability to protect itself as the Taliban approached Kabul in the spring and summer of 2021.

Gun Order Backfires

Let us begin by being clear: The governor of a state does not have the right to unilaterally suspend laws or portions of the state or U.S. constitutions by an emergency declaration, absent an actual indisputable emergency and justification that will hold up under judicial review. The National Conference of State Legislatures summarizes:

In times of war, disease or other extraordinary conditions, each state authorizes its governor to declare a state of emergency. Once an emergency has been declared, executive powers expand until the emergency ends. These powers include authority normally reserved for ...

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The Governor of New Mexico Breaks Badly

On the menu today: New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declares war on her own state's constitution and mocks her state's police for being "squeamish," and a new book reveals how much the U.S. government and its contractors deliberately hindered the Afghan military's ability to protect itself as the Taliban approached Kabul in the spring and summer of 2021.

Gun Order Backfires

Let us begin by being clear: The governor of a state does not have the right to unilaterally suspend laws or portions of the state or U.S. constitutions by an emergency declaration, absent an actual indisputable emergency and justification that will hold up under judicial review. The National Conference of State Legislatures summarizes:

In times of war, disease or other extraordinary conditions, each state authorizes its governor to declare a state of emergency. Once an emergency has been declared, executive powers expand until the emergency ends. These powers include authority normally reserved for ...   READ MORE

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