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Statement by Curtis Hill Elkhart County Prosecutor & Candidate for Attorney General on President Barack Obama’s Visit to Elkhart

Statement by Curtis Hill Elkhart County Prosecutor & Candidate for Attorney General on President Barack Obama’s Visit to Elkhart

ELKHART – Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill, a candidate for the Republican nomination for Indiana Attorney General, released this statement on President Barack Obama’s visit to Elkhart, Indiana, today, Wednesday, June 1, 2016:

“President Barack Obama returns to my hometown of Elkhart today. While any community should welcome a presidential visit and the attention received from such a visit, it is important to note that Elkhart's recovery has been much more about the resiliency of our people and business leaders than any of the policies and directives coming out of Washington, D.C. under the Obama Administration.

“In fact, Elkhart's recovery is made more remarkable given the continuing backdrop of the Obama Administration's heavy-handed nature of issuing directives on what's ‘best for us’ whether it's Obamacare, EPA Waters of the United States mandates, or numerous executive orders and/or executive threats that bypass Congress and promote general instability.

“Those who are taking part in the president’s town hall today should be reminded that ‘We, the people’ is not a benign phrase of little meaning but rather the singular embodiment of who we are as a nation. If elected Indiana Attorney General I will defend Indiana's right under the 10th Amendment of our Constitution to determine for ourselves what's ‘best for us,’ the people, and I will take up the fight against the unconstitutional overreach of the federal government."

Curtis Responds to US Directive to Schools on Transgender Bathroom Access

Curtis Responds to US Directive to Schools on Transgender Bathroom Access

This is the very type of federal government overreach that I have spoken about on the campaign trail. The federal government should never, under any circumstances, engage in extortion and blackmail against states which have the right, under the 10th Amendment, to make their own laws on issues such as this, if they choose to do so.

The bottom line is this: if and when the Indiana General Assembly takes up the issue and if and when they decide to enact legislation, it will be my responsibility, if elected Attorney General, to defend that legislation if it is in fact challenged in a court of law.

Curtis Hill
Candidate for Indiana Attorney General

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Curtis Hill's Newsletter Addresses Stopping Government Overreach

Curtis Hill's Newsletter Addresses Stopping Government Overreach

Friends,

The Founders knew that the best governance is performed as close to the problem as possible. That's why the federal government shouldn't pick up the trash, your local county shouldn't raise an army, and our state government is probably the best level at which to pass criminal laws and sentencing guidelines.

The Founders recognized that this principle had to be expressed and made permanent in our U.S. Constitution so that citizens could be protected from their state government, and so both citizens and states would be protected from the federal government.

The Tenth Amendment to our United States Constitution specifically guarantees that "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Indiana’s Attorney General is the first line of defense when the balance of power between the federal government and our state is under attack -- and that is a responsibility I take very seriously.

  • Over the last eight years, it has been disturbing to watch President Obama circumvent the Constitution through executive orders and ever-bolder agency regulation. Because of this, as your next Attorney General, I will establish a federalism unit within my office dedicated to protecting and preserving our rights as Hoosiers to govern ourselves. This includes fighting efforts like Obamacare and attacks against our Second Amendment rights.
     
  • We must also stand up to federal agencies to protect our state’s powers and responsibilities, and to protect the rule of law. For example, I am against the potential closure of Guantanamo Bay and the transfer of detainees to the United States, not just because we have a federal prison in Terre Haute, but because it violates the rule of law. Even President Obama's own Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, has previously said that federal law prohibits such a transfer. In addition to ignoring the rule of law, the president’s plan would threaten the safety of Hoosiers and all Americans.
     
  • I am also concerned about the overreach of President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency. While his ever-expanding federal government asserts more and more authority over our property – even down to a puddle of water - states and citizens are left to deal with the consequences for their homestead, their farms, and their businesses.

These are only a few issues, but they portray a federal government that is out of control and out of touch with everyday Hoosiers. Join me in the fight to restore our state’s rightful constitutional role of self-governance.

If you'd like to learn more, please visit www.curtishillforindiana.com.

Thank you,

Curtis Hill
Candidate for Indiana Attorney General

Curtis Hill's Commitment to Protecting Hoosiers from Government Overreach

Curtis Hill's Commitment to Protecting Hoosiers from Government Overreach

Over the last eight years, it has been disturbing to watch President Obama circumvent the Constitutional powers and responsibilities of the States through executive orders and encroaching bureaucratic actions. To combat this trend, as your next Attorney General, I will establish a Federalism Unit within my office dedicated to protecting and preserving the rights of Hoosiers to govern ourselves.

The Federalism Unit will be directed by my Solicitor General, who will also serve as advisor to other agency lawyers and various state officials regarding complex constitutional issues. This unit will intervene if necessary when Indiana's most critical interests are at stake. Such critical interests might include Obamacare, First and Second Amendment infringements, relocating Guantanamo Bay terrorists to Terre Haute's federal prison, and an EPA and other agencies that reach their tentacles into every Hoosier homestead, farm, and business.

As the chief lawyer for the State of Indiana, I will empower the Solicitor General and the Federalism Unit to directly handle those appeals determined to be most significant for Indiana to restore the proper balance between our state authority and that of the federal government. In addition, the Federalism Unit will author “friend of the court” briefs for submission to the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts across the nation. We will lead the fight in federal and state courts against a federal government that is out of control and out of touch with lives of everyday Americans.

The 10th amendment to our United States Constitution specifically guarantees that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." As a result, Indiana’s Attorney General is the first line of defense when our state’s powers and responsibilities are under attack -- and that is a responsibility I take very seriously.

Join me in the fight to restore our state’s rightful constitutional role of self-governance.

As Indiana's Next Attorney General, Curtis Hill Will Fight Against Obamacare

As Indiana's Next Attorney General, Curtis Hill Will Fight Against Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare", is a clear representation of governmental overreach and demonstrates how the federal government circumvents The United States Constitution to achieve the goals of their short-sighted and expensive policies, which will cripple our state's economy and compromise the health and well-being of our citizens.

It is important that we understand the consequences of Obamacare. It's not just that Obamacare is bad policy, though it is true that health insurance premiums are rising, while coverage is dropping. What's worse, it has transformed the relationship between the government and the governed. The federal government has coerced the states to choose between bad and worse options, and has arrogated to itself the power to tell citizens what to buy and when.

The creators of Obamacare knew that our government could not force states to establish exchanges. Establishing a state exchange would commit Indiana to increased and unnecessary spending to support Obamacare's bad healthcare policies. Indiana chose not to. Knowing we would refuse, a Democrat Congress specified that credits and subsidies would only to be available in states that set up their own health-insurance exchanges. This was the carrot.

And they also had a stick. The IRS is enforcing tax penalties in all states that have (rightfully) declined to create their own exchanges. They will send the penalty fees paid by private insurers to Washington to pay for subsidies provided by the federal government to individuals purchasing health insurance through their exchanges. These penalty fees are expected to increase to $14.3 billion by 2018. In addition to increased taxation, as a further punishment for Indiana not complying with Obamacare, Hoosiers are now limited from their basic, previous Medicaid programs.

Indiana and nearly thirty states are battling the government's imposition of taxes and penalties for refusing to establish a state health-care exchange. If the courageous legal efforts by the majority of states are successful in defeating the Obama administration, deficit spending associated to Obamacare is estimated to be reduced by approximately $700 billion over the next decade. More important, we can start to reclaim our rightful place in our constitutional republic.

We must stand strong and fight for the restoration of the balance of power envisioned by the Founders. With your support, as your next Attorney General, I will work hard to assure that Indiana is protected from such blatant abuses of our government's executive power.

Attorney General Candidate Curtis Hill Announces Opposition to  President Obama’s Plan to Relocate Guantanamo Bay Detainees

Attorney General Candidate Curtis Hill Announces Opposition to President Obama’s Plan to Relocate Guantanamo Bay Detainees

“As Attorney General, I would be tasked with the responsibility of protecting the rights, freedoms, and safety of all Hoosiers. Therefore, I would never hesitate to stand up for our state against any threat we face – including the threats posed by an overreaching and out-of-control federal government. That is why I am voicing my strong opposition to President Barack Obama’s resurrected plan to relocate detainees of Guantanamo Bay to federal prisons in the United States, including potentially our facility in Terre Haute.

“The prison at Guantanamo Bay serves a useful purpose in detaining suspected terrorists in a secure facility far from our shores and not a single one of them should ever set foot in our country. And yet, seven years after he first pledged to close Guantanamo, President Obama is still trying to bring terrorists to U.S. soil despite the clear fact that it would violate federal law.

“As Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s own Attorney General, stated, federal law prohibits the transfer of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to locations within the United States. The president’s plan would violate the rule of law and, more importantly, threaten the safety of American citizens. As Indiana’s Attorney General, I would not only publicly oppose any such action by the federal government, but I would actively fight any move that could endanger the people of Indiana by exposing them as potential targets of retaliatory measures.”