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On this day, the Confederate Constitution is approved

March 11, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On March 11, 1861, delegates from the newly formed Confederate States of America agreed on their own constitution. And much of it mirrored the Constitution of the United States as it existed at the time.

Happy statehood birthday, Alaska!

January 3, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1959 that Alaska was admitted to the union as the 49th state- ending a process that started 13 years earlier.

How Americans fought to restore Veterans Day to November 11

November 11, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Millions of Americans will take time out to honor our military on the traditional time of 11:11 a.m. on November 11. But there was a time when Congress tried to move the holiday, only to face several years of strong public resistance.

West Virginia’s Supreme Court drama unfolds

September 4, 2018 By Jackie McDermott

West Virginia’s Supreme Court impeachment proceedings could be seen as a move to check a corrupt court or an attack on a state judiciary system’s independence. But the drama’s outcome this fall could have national implications.

Confederate monuments debate heads to the courts

January 30, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Do local governments have the ability to remove monuments in public spaces that commemorate the Confederacy, its military or its leaders? The heated debate is now heading through the legal system after a very public controversy last year.

New York debates having its own constitutional convention

May 30, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

One of the more interesting votes this fall will be in New York, where residents will decide if they will call for a convention to amend the state’s constitution, which has been in effect since 1777.

Podcast: Exploring the debate over ‘sanctuary cities’

May 11, 2017 By NCC Staff

Elizabeth Price Foley of Florida International University and Cristina Rodriguez of Yale University discuss President Trump's executive order on immigration and how Congress could respond to sanctuary cities going forward.

Podcast: The future of federalism

March 2, 2017 By NCC Staff

In a special live event at Georgetown University, Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law in Houston and Peter Edelman of Georgetown discuss the fate of federalism in the Trump era.

U.S. opposes delay of North Carolina voting rights ruling

August 26, 2016 By Lyle Denniston

Arguing that North Carolina officials are well on their way toward fully carrying out a federal appeals court ruling that nullified five state restrictions on voting rights, the Obama administration and advocacy groups urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to leave the lower court ruling intact.

Podcast: Voting rights in the courts

August 11, 2016 By NCC Staff

Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center for Justice explore recent court rulings on the right to vote in America.

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