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State lawmakers bash Congress to gain voter favor

COLUMBIA, S.C. - With tax collections tanking and jobless rates at record highs, state legislators are appealing to conservative voters by bashing the federal government.
     
Lawmakers in 44 states have introduced measures warning Congress not to trample states' rights. Dozens of other bills oppose the government on issues including gun control and health care.
     
Their efforts play to people angry with the status quo. A recent Pew Research Center poll found high anti-incumbent sentiment among voters ahead of the November congressional elections.
     
No states are likely to secede from the union, but they could derail or delay federal legislation.
     
In conservative South Carolina, Republican House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham says his caucus has made standing up to the federal government a top priority this year.

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