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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Massachusetts General Court
The Massachusetts General Court (formally styled, The General Court of Massachusetts) is the state legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The name "General Court" is a hold-over from the Colonial Era, when this body also sat in judgment of judicial appeals cases. It was formed after the overthrow of Royal Governor Edmund Andros who governed all of New York and New England. Under the new charter the General Court drew together areas which before Andros had been separately governed within the Dominion of New England, including Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Bay Colony and Maine. Before the adoption of the state constitution in 1780, it was called the "Great and General Court," but the official title was shortened by John Adams, author of the state constitution, apparently in the name of republican simplicity. It is a bicameral body. The upper house is the Massachusetts Senate which is composed of 40 members. The lower body, the Massachusetts House of Representatives, has 160 members. (Until 1978, it had 240 members[http://www.lwvma.org/legislature.shtml Where we Stand: Government: Legislature] Massachusetts League of Women Voters. Retrieved December 20, 2006.) The General Court was established in 1630 when the Massachusetts Bay Colony obtained a new charter. It meets in the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill in Boston, Massachusetts. - Source: Wikipedia
The fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer has put the spotlight on Florida's "stand your ground" law and other so-called "castle" statutes around the country — especially in states currently considering similar legislation.
A Washington-based group that advocates stronger laws against human trafficking says nine states are lagging in passing laws to combat the growing crime.
In a strange and dangerous pandering to populism over constitutionalism, the Massachusetts legislature approved a law on July 27 that overturns the Electoral College in that state. In other words, nullification is alive and well in the Bay State. According to Democratic state Sen. James B. Eldridge, "every vote will be of the same weight across the country." This nullification of Article 2, Section I, Clauses 2 and 3 (Electoral College) of the Constitution is meant to facilitate a particular political outcome.
As we celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, parades, cookouts and speeches, we should be grateful to our many forebears who risked their property, reputation, and lives to attain our independence.