Big surprise: Turns out Republicans are not the champions of “states rights” they claim to be. Daily Kos quotes a Nathan Newman post about how Republicans are challenging a California Law which prevents companies from diverting state funds for anti-union campaigns. And over at Talk Left there is an article about how the Republicans have moved more crimes under federal law rather than state law. Talk Left also points out the origin of the term as a way of protecting slavery in the South. It should be added that Strom Thurmand ran on a “States Rights” platform which, at the time, was understood to mean the protection of Jim Crow in the South! Also, don’t forget that the Renquist Supreme Court overruled Florida on the whole election recount issue!