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  • Lawsuit Seeks Removal of Schatz from Office [U.S. Democrat Senator from Hawaii]

    11/01/2014 3:05:33 PM PDT · by kaehurowing
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | November 1, 2014 | News Release
    Lawsuit Challenges Legality of Senate Special Election From Text of Lawsuit filed October 31, 2014 ...Plaintiffs bring this action challenging the election being conducted by Defendant Nago and the State of Hawaii Office of Elections in relation to filling the vacancy caused by Senator Daniel K. Inouye's death as unconstitutional under the Seventeenth Amendment because the election is not pursuant to a writ of election issued by the Governor and because Defendant Nago's proclamation states that the candidate elected at the special general election to fill the vacancy shall not take office until January 3, 2015. Despite the passage of...
  • Why shouldn’t we repeal the 16th and 17th amendments?

    10/20/2014 7:55:00 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    Dale 2016 ^ | October 18, 2014 | Dale Chistensen
    1900s In early 1912, Arizona and New Mexico were added to the Union as the forty seventh and forty eighth states. A series of unexpected events and mood swings in public opinion resulted in the federal government robbing the states in balance of power by the ratification of the 16th & 17th Amendments the following year in 1913. The 16th amendment introducing a personal graduated income tax took over three years to be ratified, but the 17th amendment allowing Senators to be elected by popular vote took less than eleven months. By April of 2013, Congress, the President and all...
  • Constitutional fight launched over election of senators

    10/20/2014 7:14:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    WND.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    t’s a movement that’s been building in recent years: efforts by states to reclaim their constitutional authority by declaring Washington’s health care laws, gun control or other restrictions simply don’t apply within their boundaries. After all, the Constitution stipulates that, except for a couple of dozen specific issues such as national defense, the powers in the U.S. rest with the states. Now a new lawsuit contends states can regain their authority by returning to the practice of having state legislatures elect U.S. senators, as the Constitution originally required. The case is being brought by author, columnist, commentator and activist Devvy...
  • 1913 Was a Very Bad Year ( from way back )

    01/19/2012 7:58:40 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 8, 2010 | J.B. Williams
    Prior to 1913, there was no federal income tax. The states had rights and representation in Washington, D.C., there was no Federal Reserve Bank, and the federal government lived under the enumerated powers afforded within the U.S. Constitution. What a difference one year can make... ... Passage of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution would forever change life in America, and not for the better. ... Further, thanks to the 17th Amendment, also passed in 1913, the states no longer have representation in Washington, D.C. Once again, what seemed like a simple sentence and a good idea to some at...
  • Commentary: Why we should repeal the 17th Amendment

    09/24/2014 11:11:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Elko Daily Free Press ^ | September 24, 2014 | Thomas Mitchell
    We managed to repeal the 18th Amendment, which created Prohibition. It is time to repeal the 17th. What? You have no idea what the 17th Amendment is? Well, it is the one that effectively ended federalism by taking the power to appoint U.S. senators from state legislatures and having the citizens directly elect them, as they had always done with the House of Representatives. We may not get better senators, but it is likely they would not try dictating to the states what they should do — as they did when they set the national speed limit at 55 mph...
  • Should Mitch McConnell Be Next Senate Majority Leader? Cruz Won’t Say

    09/07/2014 1:35:56 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 179 replies
    ABCNews.com ^ | Sep 7, 2014 2:43pm | Benjamin Bell
    In an interview with ABC News, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, predicted his party would reclaim the Democratic-controlled Senate in November, but he declined to endorse current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as the party leader should there be a transfer of power in the upper chamber of Congress.. . . . .But when asked if he would endorse McConnell — currently embroiled in a tight race for his Kentucky Senate seat — as Senate majority leader, the Texas Republican said that is a decision that would be made “when the time is right.”“Well, that will be a decision for...
  • How did the “Progressives” Empower Themselves at our Expense for Over 140 Years?

    06/28/2014 10:13:14 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 30 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/28/14 | Jerry Todd
    A three-legged stool can always stand without wobbling – a solid foundation for good or evil. Addressing the 14th, 16th and 17th Amendments. The Articles (7) and their clauses, the Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10) are original to the Founders, Framers, and Ratifiers. The 11th and 12th Amendments serve to States’ protection. The 13th freed the slaves. The 14th Amendment – This was the first of three Amendments that created the “progressive” three legged stool. The 14th was a mandatory ratification, a required condition before states were allowed reunification after the Civil War. Congress deliberately established federal supremacy. The 14th,...
  • The 17th Amendment and Consent of the Governed

    06/14/2014 2:02:26 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 64 replies
    From Charles de Montesquieu Spirit of the Laws, “When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils, but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles.” There is a fundamental contradiction in the structure of our government that is responsible for the increasing turmoil we’ve witnessed these past few years. Media pleas to “get along” and compromise reflect snowballing social and political tensions. Unimaginable only a decade ago, our rulers in Washington, DC prepare for societal collapse. Rather than deal with the sickness that afflicts our republic, they respond to the...
  • Idaho GOP moves toward dropping call for repeal of 17th Amendment

    06/13/2014 7:26:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Spokane Spokesman-Review ^ | June 13, 2014 | Betsy Z. Russell
    It was a bit lost in the hubbub over rules and credentials fights, but the platform committee at the Idaho Republican Party convention in Moscow today voted to remove one of the most controversial planks in the party’s platform: The one calling for repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would have the effect of doing away with direct election of U.S. senators and instead letting state legislatures choose senators. “I was the one who made the motion,” said Rep. Brandon Hixon, R-Caldwell, a delegate from Canyon County. “It passed the committee. Now it will go to...
  • R.I. House finally Ratifies 17th U.S. Constitutional Amendment: direct election of U.S. senators

    06/05/2014 7:41:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Rhode Island Public Radio ^ | June 5, 2014 | Scott MacKay
    At the behest of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Cale Keable, D-Burrillville, the Rhode Island House has finally voted to ratify the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reqired direct election of U.S. Senators. Before the amendment took effect in 1913, senators were elected by state legislators. That system was widely criticized for breeding corruption as senate aspirants bribed lawmakers to secure the votes needed to win senate seats. The ceremonial resolution approved by the House doesn’t change anything, Keable acknowledged, but he said it does send a message ``that Rhode Island values democracy.’’ Rhode Island never ratified the 17th...
  • Zoeller favors major changes to U.S. Senate elections

    05/05/2014 7:04:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    nwi.com ^ | April 27, 2014 | Dan Carden
    INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers never again would vote in a primary election for U.S. Senate candidates if the decision were up to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller. Zoeller is among a growing number of state's rights conservatives who favor a so-called "soft repeal" of the 17th Amendment that would empower members of the General Assembly, instead of voters, to nominate each party's U.S. Senate candidates. Voters still would have the final say on who represents Indiana in the Senate. But Zoeller, a Republican, believes giving the General Assembly's control of selecting candidates could revive the idea that U.S. senators are ambassadors...
  • America Betrays Her Revolution

    04/07/2014 5:06:12 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    To Freepers, our statist government is a daily “fingernails across the chalkboard” experience. Why is Obama able to sweep judicial, and legislative powers into the executive? Why did our national government morph from one designed to protect our freedoms into one of increasing political and social oppression? Why did the federal government generally remain within its Constitutional bounds prior to WWI and not thereafter? Thank the 17th Amendment. Tomorrow is its one hundred and one year anniversary. It fundamentally altered the Constitution; it pulled the keystone from the arch of our Framers’ structure. The structure upon which our freedoms depend...
  • Ted Cruz tells ALEC to “Stand your ground”

    12/05/2013 2:22:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    salon.com ^ | December 05, 2013 | Elias Isquith
    Speaking to the attendees of the group’s policy summit in DC, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz rallied the ALEC faithful and urged them not to let the growing chorus of criticism get them down. “I first came to ALEC over a decade ago,” Cruz said. “When I was serving in the Bush administration, I’d been privileged to work with ALEC in the federal government. I’ve been privileged to work with ALEC when I was back in Texas with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, leading the 10th Amendment Center, and I’m proud to stand with ALEC today.” Referencing Sen. Dick Durbin’s earlier...
  • A Summary of Mark Levin’s Proposed Amendments

    08/25/2013 2:36:07 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 145 replies
    Amendment to establish congressional term limits. No more than twelve total years combined in house and senate. Amendment to repeal the 17th Amendment. Governors may fill vacancies to fill out remainder of terms. Upon two thirds vote, state legislatures may remove their senators. Amendment to establish twelve year term limits on scotus. On three-fifths vote, and within twenty four months of a ruling, congress or the states may override scotus decisions. These overrides are not subject to judicial review. Congress shall submit preliminary budget to president by first Monday in May for the next fiscal year. Should congress/president not adopt...
  • States: Once Proud, Now Poor Supplicants

    08/04/2013 11:03:24 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    The annual meeting of the National Governors Conference is underway in Milwaukee, WI. Scheduled meeting topics include employment for people with disabilities, health care changes, the National Guard, water infrastructure needs, comprehensive federal tax reform, education, homeland security, prison reform, cyber-security. Governors will also meet in private, off-the-record settings, where I presume the substantive, real discussions will take place. As a sort of sister organization, the National Conference of State Legislatures will meet next week. Navigating the Affordable Care Act, helping military veterans find jobs, improving the election process and regulating drones are among the wide variety of topics state...
  • Senate breaks standoff over ‘nuclear option’ (thanks again GOP-e)

    07/16/2013 10:47:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 16, 2013 12:40 PM | Michael O’Brien and Kasie Hunt
    Senate leaders struck a deal on Tuesday to avoid the “nuclear option,” as Republicans relented and allowed a series of President Barack Obama’s stalled nominees to move forward toward confirmation. As a sign of a break in the stalemate, Republicans allowed a vote Tuesday morning to advance the nomination of Richard Cordray to permanently lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, passing 71-29. In exchange, Democrats backed off their threat to unilaterally change Senate rules—the so-called “nuclear option”—to allow for presidential nominees to be confirmed by a simple majority vote, an historic rules change which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,...
  • How to Repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments

    07/07/2013 5:42:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 7, 2013 | Theodore Koehl
    Americans may be able to regain control over their federal government by moving their respective individual state legislatures to invalidate the 16th and 17th Amendments to the United States Constitution. Essentially, this is a vote to reverse ratification of an Amendment without a Constitutional Convention. Repeal of the 16th Amendment starves the federal beast by depriving it of its consumption of money from the states and the taxpayers through income. States could exercise better control over how or even if their money is spent. Repeal of the 17th Amendment makes United States senators directly appointed by the state legislatures, as...
  • Founders Quote - Mason on Senators

    05/01/2013 4:22:59 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 34 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | 1788 | George Mason
    "Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state." --George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
  • Robber Barons, Reformers and the 17th Amendment

    04/28/2013 6:12:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Cape Cod Today ^ | October 11, 2012 | Citizen Kane
    With the Autumnal Equinox now behind us, We, the People of Massachusetts, are reminded that in less than a month’s time we’ll be called upon to elect (or re-elect) a Senator to represent our interests in the upper house of the United States Congress. T’was not always thus. Those among my readers who stayed awake during Mrs. McGuffey’s 9th Grade History class will recall that, until the 2nd decade of the 20th Century, U.S. Senators were (per Art. 1, Sec. 3 of the Constitution) chosen by state legislatures, not elected directly by the people as at present. The most contentious issue facing the...
  • Repeal the 17th Amendment!

    04/16/2013 6:41:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    Salon.com (yeah, yeah,I know . . .) ^ | August 16, 2012 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    America, weÂ’re told from a young age, is all about democracy, and democracy is all about choosing whom you want to be your representatives and holding them accountable. This seems like an entirely uncontroversial idea, but a surprising number of Republican politicians would like to do away with this right, and return the country to an older era when Americans didnÂ’t directly elect their representatives in Washington.Until 1913 and the ratification of the 17th Amendment, Americans didnÂ’t actually elect senators, state legislators did. The change seems unquestionably positive, but Rep. Jeff Flake, the front-runner for the Republican nomination for a...
  • Surprised? Republican Sen. Collins will support Manchin-Toomey gun compromise

    04/14/2013 12:51:17 PM PDT · by politisite · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/14/2013 | Gregory Wallace and Kevin Bohn
    Not thinking anyone is surprised about This but CNN is reporting that: Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, became the second Republican senator not involved in negotiating a bipartisan background check measure to say she will support it, according to a statement Sunday. She described the bill as a responsible compromise between two senators - Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia - who have strong ratings from the National Rifle Association. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, has indicated his support for the deal.
  • FASCISM: Mark Levin says a powerful Republican Congressman trying to silence his show

    04/13/2013 2:47:31 PM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 118 replies
    Mark Levin opened his show tonight saying that a certain Republican Congressman who doesn’t like what he’s saying is trying to get the local affiliate in their district to stop running the Mark Levin Show. And apparently they are trying to do it behind the scenes. But Levin says EVERYTHING gets back to him and he will not tolerate fascism. He gives this unnamed Republican Congressman a warning below noting that if they succeed in getting him silenced, he will expose them: Click excerpt link for audio!
  • The 17th Amendment and Mark Levin

    04/13/2013 9:42:21 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 61 replies
    April 11th, 2013 | Mark Levin
    Mark is working on another book. Every night it seems, he wants to bust out and talk about it, but his publishers have put the ixnay on too much disclosure. Still, he shows a little leg now and then. That happened in the second hour of his show last Thursday, April 11, 2013. With the help of sixteen rinos, Dingy Harry got 68 votes to proceed with a gun control bill that few, if any Senators had read. After wailing on the lack of process and regular order, Mark focused on the nature of the Senate and how it differed...
  • Repeal the 17th Amendment to Restore the 10th.

    04/08/2013 4:57:56 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 28 replies
    Happy Anniversary! Today marks one hundred years of the horrible 17th Amendment. Its Progressive purpose was to democratize the Senate, and boy, did it! In a complete about face from the philosophy, experience and warnings from the Framing generation, the States no longer participate in the federal government. One hundred years ago today, the republic ceased being federal, and overnight became a single un-confederated republic that spanned a continent. It also created a temporary, partial power vacuum, and set the stage for total consolidation of authority in the national government. Once State agency was removed, all that was left were...
  • The 17th Amendment and Administrative Government

    04/08/2013 3:52:44 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 16 replies
    Happy Anniversary. Today marks one hundred years of popularly elected Senators. Can’t you feel the democratic love? The 17th Amendment, which replaced State Legislatures as Senatorial electors with the general voting public, just doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Without it, Obama could not rule as the despot he is. Background. A wave of Populist/Progressive change began in earnest in the late 19th Century. Intellectuals such as Professor Woodrow Wilson rejected the Natural Law basis of our revolution and Declaration of Independence. Congress was too cumbersome, slow, restrictive and inattentive to the changing needs and demands of an emerging industrial...
  • The 17th Amendment, Gateway to Despotic Government

    04/08/2013 2:26:47 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Happy Anniversary! Today is the 100th Anniversary of the horrible 17th Amendment. In 1787-1788, Anti-Federalists warned that history’s lesson regarding republics would result in a despotic American government. Because republics rested on the will of the people, republics demanded among their communities a certain commonality of interests, traditions and morals. Absent commonality, society was certain to disintegrate into warring factions bent on besting and oppressing each other. Only an authoritarian government of force could keep the peace and control these hostile groups. Government could be one or a few men at the top lording over the many, or it could...
  • The 17th Amendment, State Laws and the Independent Judiciary

    04/08/2013 1:00:14 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    Albany Law Review ^ | 2003 | Donald J. Kochan
    Oh Happy Day! Today is the hundredth anniversary of the 17th Amendment!Lets Make a Deal. When consumers purchase goods, they expect the products to last. Everyone expects some durability to their purchases. Legislation is also a product. Retail consumers of Congressional law can only catch a glimpse at the give and take of brief public hearings and meager open debate. What we do not see is more important. An incredible amount of personal and monetary capital goes into major legislation. Various interest groups invest tremendous sums in lobbyists, polling, media, etc to get their pet interests passed by Congress. Within...
  • The 17th Amendment and Republican Freedom

    04/08/2013 12:00:11 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 46 replies
    Happy Anniversary! Today marks 100 years of the 17th Amendment.To Freepers, our statist government is a daily “fingernails across the chalkboard” experience. What will the likes of Senators Schumer and Durbin or Representatives Hoyer, Lee and Pelosi try to pull next? Why did our national government morph from one designed to protect our freedoms into one that promises increasing oppression? More to the point, why did the federal government generally remain within its Constitutional bounds prior to WWI and not thereafter? Thank the 17th Amendment. It fundamentally altered the Constitution; it pulled the keystone from the arch of our Framers’...
  • The Seventeenth Amendment (Amendment XVII) to the United States Constitution

    06/16/2010 8:28:33 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 1 replies · 210+ views
    per Wiki | 6/16/2010 | BC
    Originally, although a Senator was elected by a state legislature, he was expected to represent the people of that state (rather than the legislature alone) in the Senate (See Federalist No. 62 through No.66).[Need quotation on talk to verify] Also it was believed that while an unqualified candidate might win a popular-vote majority through demagoguery or superficial qualities, the legislature, which could deliberate on its choice, and whose members had been selected by their constituents and had experience in politics, would be safe from such folly. Finally, election by the legislature was expected to insulate Senators from the distraction of...
  • Repeal the 17th Amendment

    11/26/2002 10:43:12 PM PST · by RhythmStep · 1 replies · 228+ views
    After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the federal government announced that it would preempt all state jurisdiction over airport security. The federal government preempted state powers without regard to balancing federal and state responsibilities so that these responsibilities, and related costs, could be distributed across federal, state, and local governments. To carry out this preemption, the federal government recently reported that it will employ more than 47,000 federal recruits in the fight against terrorism as newly trained security screeners at 424 airports nationwide.
  • Repeal the 17th Amendment! It made the Senate more democratic — and that’s not good

    03/01/2013 7:06:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/01/2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    In our grubby, unhelpful political lexicon, certain words exist solely to end conversations. The most prominent such word is “racist.” Less popular, but by no means less potent, are “democracy” and “rights.” When welded together as “democratic rights,” the pair becomes all-powerful — strong enough to send grown men spinning for the exits and to render eloquent speakers mute.For a good example of this principle in motion, witness the orthodox reaction to anyone who calls for the repeal of the 17th Amendment. (Direct election of senators, if you’re wondering.) Removing this ugly violation from the Constitution it so corrupts...
  • Georgia state House seeks to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment

    02/26/2013 7:20:37 AM PST · by FatMax · 43 replies
    The US Report ^ | Feb. 26, 2013 | Chris Carter
    One hundred years ago, the United States ratified an amendment to the Constitution that changed the way America chose its senators. The amendment's supporters said that senators directly elected by the people would not only be more democratic, but also less corrupt and less susceptible to special interest influence. Instead of reducing corruption, however, changing the method of Senate selection provided entirely new avenues of political exploitation by fundamentally transforming our federal government. Most importantly, the amendment destroyed the federalist structure that the Founding Fathers installed to protect state sovereignty. Today, members of the Georgia House of Representatives seek to...
  • Georgia Legislators Propose Ending Direct Election of Senators—Why Not Just Get Rid of the Senate?

    02/17/2013 10:14:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 101 replies
    Mother Jones (yeah, I know, I know) ^ | February 15, 2013 | Tim Murphy
    It is a matter of public record that the United States Senate is a terrible place where serious policy issues are ignored; routine votes are occasionally delayed over concerns about non-existent terrorist groups; and proverbial cans are proverbially kicked down the proverbial road of sadness, gridlock, and despair. What's less clear is why the Senate is such a congress of louts. Is it the endless pressure to raise money? The never-ending campaign? The fact that Americans hold lots of substantive disagreements on important things and are themselves—it's been said—somewhat dysfunctional? Actually, according to Georgia state Rep. Buzz Brockaway, the biggest...
  • How would Senate look if we repealed 17th Amendment today?

    02/08/2013 3:21:06 PM PST · by FatMax · 142 replies
    The Victory Institute ^ | Feb. 8, 2013 | Chris Carter
    The Founding Fathers knew that in order to ratify a Constitution and preserve the fledgling United States, it was essential that the states have representation in the new Federal government. The legislative branch would be split; the people represented by the directly elected members of the House of Representatives, and each state represented by two officials appointed by the state legislatures. In the new system, the House would represent the people and the Senate would represent the states. Without a federalist system of divided, enumerated, and checked powers between the federal and state governments, no union would be possible -...
  • Gay Marriage Amendment Fails in Senate [from 2006; better time to revive?]

    08/14/2010 5:42:59 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 8, 2006 | Shailagh Murray
    A constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, backed by President Bush and conservative groups, was soundly defeated in the Senate yesterday after proponents failed to persuade a bare majority of all senators to support the measure. Although most states have acted to prevent same-sex partners from marrying, seven Senate Republicans were wary of wading into the politically risky issue and voted against bringing the proposed amendment to a final vote. ..... Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.) and other GOP leaders had sought the vote as a way to help galvanize their party's conservative base at a time of flagging...
  • Long past time to repeal the 17th Amendment

    11/21/2012 6:14:03 PM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 69 replies
    "What's wrong with the people choosing their own Senators? For starters, this amendment strips power from the states, which ultimately strengthens the federal government. This Amendment removes an important check and balance between the federal government and the states."
  • On Repealing the 17th Amendment Part I: Agreement

    08/29/2012 9:32:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Tenth Amendment Center ^ | August 25, 2012 | Joel Poindexter
    There recently appeared an article at Salon critical of the idea of repealing the 17th Amendment. In it, author Alex Seitz-Wald explains how the desire to return the selection of U.S. Senators back over to the state legislatures, as opposed to direct election now, developed, and why it would be harmful if tried. In this piece, the first of two on the subject, I’ll summarize the argument, argue the benefits of repealing this amendment, and correct a few points made by Seitz-Wald. His overview is that the idea had been a “hobbyhorse of the fringe right” for quite some time,...
  • Missouri GOP Senate candidate favors 17th Amendment repeal

    05/29/2012 7:37:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    MissouriWatchdog.org ^ | May 29, 2012 | Johnny Kampis
    ST. LOUIS — U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, a candidate for U.S. Senate from Missouri, provided a new twist on a recent argument when he said during a Friday debate he would favor repealing the 17th Amendment. That 1913 addendum to the U.S. Constitution allows state voters to elect U.S. senators rather than having state legislatures appoint them. “I’m very concerned about states’ rights, and if I were to lean one way or the other it would be leaning going back to repeal,” Akin said during a debate sponsored by Springfield television station KY3. The repeal of the 17th Amendment...
  • O’Malley signs hundreds of bills that will tint Maryland a deeper shade of blue

    05/23/2012 7:51:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2012 | Aaron C. Davis
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law a package of tax increases Tuesday targeting six-figure earners, tobacco users and companies engaged in real estate transactions to cover record spending on education. In a two-hour ceremony, it was easily the most recognizable measure O’Malley (D) signed but hardly the most popular. Rather, union members, minorities and interest groups crowded the State House to celebrate more than 200 lesser-known and often narrowly tailored bills. They passed the General Assembly with little fanfare but, taken together, will color the state’s social and political identity a slightly deeper shade of blue. The bills included...
  • Virginia GOP Senate candidates share thoughts on 17th Amendment repeal

    05/03/2012 1:44:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Examiner ^ | May 1, 2012 | Richard Sincere
    Three of the four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Virginia agree that efforts to repeal the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – which authorizes the direct election of senators – are impractical at best. In post-debate interviews in Roanoke on Saturday, where all four candidates participated in a forum sponsored by the Republican Party of Virginia, the candidates expressed their views on the 17th Amendment in response to questions posed by the Charlottesville Libertarian Examiner. ‘Repeal Amendment’ alternative Jamie Radtke said that she does not think the repeal efforts are viable, “so I’ve been...
  • One Chart to Rule Them All (For Obama to be right, the Declaration of Independence has to be wrong)

    04/28/2012 12:05:16 AM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 7 replies
    Doug Ross Journal ^ | April 27, 2012 | DRJ
    I spotted this chart (courtesy Larwyn, of course) at The Jacksonian Party. It explains a great deal about our current situation; one in which the people find themselves pitted against their elected officials. Prior to 1902, Congress had never reached a 70% reelection rate. Jacksonian argues that when the Senate became a directly elected body and no longer represented Statehouses, taxation and other federal usurpations of Constitutional bounds became rife. In other words, the federal government could and did use its power to begin punishing the states, regulating local affairs and interfering in every sort of arcane transaction. That change triggered...
  • Utah's Liljenquist Pledges to Work to Repeal NDAA and 17th Amendment

    04/25/2012 4:09:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The New American ^ | April 25, 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II
    Candidate for Senate Dan Liljenquist (left) pledged to The New American that should he be elected to the U.S. Senate he will offer legislation explicitly repealing the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). In a press conference held on April 24 at 2:00 p.m. (MDT), the former Utah State Senator and current GOP challenger to six-term Senator Orrin Hatch described the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA as “an overreach and a violation of the Bill of Rights.” He said that had he been in office when Congress voted to pass the NDAA he would have...
  • What did pass the Maryland General Assembly

    04/11/2012 5:15:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2012 | Greg Masters
    Although negotiations over a package of tax increases and a proposed casino collapsed Monday night, the Maryland General Assembly passed a lot of bills this session — 791, to be exact. Of those, 96 percent were passed in the last week, including hundreds in the hours and minutes before midnight on Monday. Here are some highlights from the 90-day session’s last day: STORMWATER FEE The Senate spent much of the session’s waning hours fiercely debating a stormwater fee bill that was on few people’s radar earlier in the session. The bill requires localities to fund projects to reduce polluted runoff...
  • Maryland lawmakers want — finally — to ratify the 17th Amendment

    01/17/2012 8:25:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | January 16, 2012 | Annie Linskey
    Two Democratic lawmakers in Annapolis want to spur a debate about the influence of money in politics and send a rebuke to tea party leaders by having the General Assembly ratify the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which required that U.S. senators be elected directly by voters instead of by state legislatures. The amendment became the law of the land in 1913 after three-quarters of the states approved it. Maryland was not one of them. Attacking the amendment has become a cause among some conservatives who believe it transferred too much influence from the states to Washington. It is the...
  • Frankly, Scott has a better idea on highway funding

    09/29/2011 1:01:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    nj.com (Star-Ledger) ^ | September 29, 2011 | Paul Mulshine
    The other day our sister newspaper, the Gloucester County Times, reported on a raid at a fraternity house at Rowan University where — get ready for a shock — some college kids were drinking. About 100 of the kids were underage and will face charges. Believe it or not, that incident has its roots in the same problem that led to the controversy over the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska. That problem lies in the way the federal government distributes highway funding: poorly. It’s obvious in the case of the bridge that would have connected the city of Ketchikan,...
  • Dems Summoned to White House for Post-Limbaugh Show Meeting

    07/20/2011 3:30:53 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 36 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 7/20/11 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Folks, big news here. Forbes.com: "Obama Calls Democrat Leaders to White House." They have a meeting to take place shortly before three p.m. In other words: Obama has summoned Democrats only to a post-Rush show meeting at the White House. Obama has told the Democrats in Congress, the leaders: Come to the White House for a meeting after the Limbaugh show. That's what it means when you got a meeting that starts at three o'clock. That means you're meeting after the Rush show. Now, what could their problem be? You figure they got a problem. They're not...
  • Lawmakers kill bill to repeal 17th Amendment

    03/01/2011 7:21:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    KTVB.com ^ | March 1, 2011 | The Associated Press
    BOISE -- A resolution supporting repeal of the amendment that gives voters the right to pick U.S. Senators has died in a House committee. The House State Affairs Committee voted 13-6 to defeat the measure encouraging the repeal of the 17th Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. The loss is a blow for Mountain Home Rep. Pete Nielsen, who claimed such a step was necessary to get the U.S. Senate more in tune with the needs of states. But several lawmakers said they were concerned with wording in measure, including a reference calling Congress an "arrogant bureaucracy."
  • Lamb: Should States Have a Voice in our Federal Government?

    01/10/2011 8:03:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | January 10, 2011 | Henry Lamb
    <p>The states created the federal government; they designed it carefully to be sure that the federal government could never gain unlimited power to govern as a tyrant. Today, however, the federal government recognizes no limitations on its power, it issues edicts to states and individuals alike, with no fear of retribution. It has gained the power to rule as a tyrant – and does.</p>
  • Is Any Part of the Constitution Unconstitutional?

    01/04/2011 4:11:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 52 replies
    American Spectator ^ | December 2010 - January 2011 issue | Andrew P. Napolitano
    The short answer to the question above is: Yes. Here is the back story. The elections this past November were truly historic for those who love freedom. The Tea Party, a grassroots libertarian insurgency cobbled together from disaffected Republicans and libertarians, managed not only to strike fear into the Establishment, but actually to throw off the Establishment's hand-picked candidates in favor of those supporting limited government. The Republicans were able to ride this wave, taking control of the House and achieving a filibuster-positive number in the Senate. What many voters may not have known, though, is that if the Constitution...
  • A lesson for Sean Hannity on the 17th amendment

    12/16/2010 1:04:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 15, 2010 | Greg Halvorson
    A recent exchange between Sean Hannity and one of his listeners provides an opportunity to educate the public on the 17th amendment of the United States Constitution. Sean, defending the 10th amendment - which grants those powers not specifically delegated to the United States to the States respectively - did not agree with the caller’s wish to see the 17th amendment repealed, and seemed confused as to the amendment’s implications. The 17th amendment, for the edification of Sean, was enacted in the magical year, 1913 - the year that gave us the income tax and the Fed! - and stripped...