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   GOP agenda vs. states' rights

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3/31/2005 1:00 pm

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CNN

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Entered 3/31/2005, Updated 3/31/2005

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans who swear by the principle of states' rights are having to make some exceptions when it comes to keeping Terri Schiavo alive, or reining in trial lawyers, protecting the sanctity of marriage and advancing the party's other priorities. Capping medical malpractice payouts, putting in place President Bush's centerpiece education law and modernizing the election system also are among the GOP goals that, critics say, expand federal powers at the expense of states' rights. "Our members have raised the alarm" about the tendency of Washington to pre-empt state laws, said Susan Parnas Frederick, who heads the law and criminal justice committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures. "We obviously feel that there are times when national actions are necessary," she said. But recently, she said, "everything comes down from the federal government whether we like it or not."


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