It was reported recently that Representative Mel Newendyke, sponsor of LD 1172 “An Act To Prohibit Enforcement of Federal Laws in Violation of the Constitution of the United States“, won his race by eight votes. This was a night that was difficult for Republicans and the liberty movement, as well.
The fight doesn’t appear to be over, however. In a recent article by the Morning Sentinel titled “Litchfield Democrat seeks recount“, it is revealed that yet another recount in the Maine legislative races will occur. Representative Newendyke’s opponent, Democrat Rachel Sukeforth, will be requesting an official recount by the Secretary of State.
In “State Representative Newendyke Survives Republican Collapse“, his contributions to the Tenther Movement are noted:
In the previous session, Representative Newendyke introuced LD 1172, “An Act To Prohibit Enforcement of Federal Laws in Violation of the Constitution of the United States“, which would have nullified all unconstitutional federal intrastate commerce laws. Pursuant to the United States Constitution, Congress is granted a select number of enumerated powers. Everything outside of these enumerated powers, unless specifically prohibited to the states, is thus left to the states. Among these enumerated powers is the regulatory power over commerce involving two or more states. The purposes of this was to prevent conflict among the states which would have a negative impact on the country, something felt first hand under the Articles of Confederation’s weak central government. There was no power over commerce that does not cross state lines however, despite the fact Congress regularly claims such. LD 1172 would have stopped Congress from claiming this power over Maine.
The future of liberty has been dealt a potential setback in Maine with the loss of Representative Ryan Harmon, as well as new candidates like John Jones and Matthew Maloney not getting in. But it appears Representative Newendyke will be back in Augusta, assuming he survives a recount of a close race. As of now, he is the winner of the race.
Chris is the state chapter coordinator for the Maine Tenth Amendment Center.
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