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In Vito We Trust?

State Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, speaks to the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans at noon Thursday at Fedora about nullification. He will present the same message today to the Panhandle Pachyderm Club in Post Falls. Nullification is an attempt to state-rightists like Barbieri to allow states to unilaterally void federal law with which they disagree, like President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

FishinJay: Challenging the Constituionality of a law in court is the correct and only legal way to challenge an act of Congress. A state simply choosing to “nullify” an act of Congress is flat out kooky and in no way, shape or form has any state ever been allowed to do so. Only the Supreme Court can settle a dispute between the state and federal governments. If he wants to make a 10th Amendment argument, the only legal way to do so is with the Supreme Court.

Question: Will the 2012 Legislature pass Barbieri's second attempt to pass nullification legislation?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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