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  • 2015 Proposed Constitutional Amendments, TEXAS

    09/15/2015 10:15:00 AM PDT · by Svartalfiar · 20 replies
    Carlos H Cascos - Secretary of State | self
    So, a couple days ago I received a letter in the mail from our SecState, explaining the proposed constitutional amendments that will be appearing on the Nov 3 ballot. Searching FR for 'Texas proposition' I got one hit for a single article about the 2014 proposed amendment. Throwing this up here to get some discussion from fellow Texans in time for the ballot here in a couple months. The letter adds some somewhat more normal English wording to explain each one, but that's a lot of typing (and a ton more formatting), so I just copied over the actual wording....
  • Sustainable Liberty

    09/13/2015 8:29:57 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 25 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/13/15 | Don Clifford
    To paraphrase the Declaration of Independence, when it becomes necessary for a people to alter a course of events deemed destructive to the preservation of liberty, any available legitimate means to accomplish this should be wholeheartedly embraced and pursued in all due earnest. The Constitution of the United States of America has been hollowed out. It is a dead letter. Even with its myriad of checks and balances the Constitution is not ultimately self-enforcing. But fortunately, the Founding Fathers in their great wisdom enabled “We the People” to reclaim our constitutionally secured rights in just such a situation as we...
  • Thoughts on Article V and the Second Amendment

    08/22/2015 10:01:22 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/22/15 | Rod & Sherri Dodsworth
    Article V of the Constitution is to the body of the nation what the Second Amendment is to our persons; both enshrine the right to self-defense. Their enumeration in the Constitution isn’t actually necessary, for both rights are derived from nature and nature’s God, existing long before the Constitution. They are thus unalienable, meaning we could not give them away if we wanted to. Still, it is hard to not regard both as bequests, as invaluable gifts from our Framers to every subsequent generation of Americans. Having pursued and ultimately failed at peacefully settling their differences with George III and...
  • A Minority View

    07/01/2015 7:22:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | July 1, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    The nation's demagogues and constitutionally ignorant are using the Charleston, South Carolina, AME church shooting to attack the Second Amendment's "right of the people to keep and bear Arms." A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama said, "I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations." That's a vision shared by many Americans, namely that the Constitution's framers gave us the Second Amendment to protect our rights to go deer and duck hunting, do a bit of skeet shooting, and protect ourselves against criminals. That this vision is so widely...
  • Leadership of Texas House forbids anti-toll amendments from being heard

    05/05/2015 10:17:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies ^ | May 1, 2015 | Terri Hall
    Yesterday, conservative lawmakers pushed to attach key toll road reforms to two transportation bills in the Texas House, but they were thwarted by Speaker Joe Straus and his parliamentarian Chris Griesel who would not allow them to present their amendments. Griesel told them the amendments weren’t ‘germane’ (or salient) to the bills, HB 13 and HB 20, and blocked Rep. Jeff Leach and Rep. Jonathan Stickland from even laying out their amendments. Straus and Griesel utilized the same technique as they did on a Stickland amendment to the open carry bill the week before. The two decided to reject the...
  • How Do We Get Back to Where We Were?

    01/31/2015 11:37:15 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 42 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/31/15 | Dr. Robert Owens
    As a Historian I always believe even a little history might help push back the darkness swirling around us It’s hard to be a conservative when there’s little left to conserve. The increasing pace of America’s progression from free markets to a command economy has reached such a pace and become so obvious that way back in 2009 the Russian Prime Minister used his spotlight time at the World Economic Forum to warn America not to follow the socialist path. The Russian newspaper Pravda,once the leading communist voice on earth published an article entitled, ‘American capitalism gone with a whimper’....
  • Bold Agenda: GOP’s Dominance in States Could Yield Crucial Constitutional Amendments

    01/04/2015 5:31:40 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 4, 2015 | by Mike Flynn
    The 2014 midterm elections gave state Republicans their largest political majorities of the modern political era. In Governor races, the GOP picked up a net 2 states, against expectations of a 2-seat loss. The party also holds 68 of the nation’s 98 partisan legislative chambers, a grip on state government not seen since the 1920s. In only seven deeply blue states do Democrats control both the legislature and the Governor’s mansion. Republicans hold or share control in every other state. Conservatives rightfully worry that Republicans in Washington will pursue a modest agenda with their Congressional majorities, but the states provide...
  • Mark Levin’s “Liberty” Amendments: Legalizing Tyranny

    12/29/2014 10:00:53 AM PST · by Ray76 · 119 replies
    Publius Huldah ^ | Apr 25, 2014 | Publius Huldah
    For 100 years, the federal government has usurped powers not delegated to it in our Constitution. What should we do about it? Should we reclaim our existing Constitution and put an end to the usurpations? Or should we “modernize” the Constitution by changing it so as to delegate to the federal government the powers it has usurped – so as to legalize what is now unconstitutional? Mark Levin begins “The Liberty Amendments” by saying he doesn’t believe the Constitution requires “modernization through amendments”. But he then proposes a series of amendments, six of which modernize our Constitution to delegate to...
  • It is time for a Convention of the States

    12/17/2014 8:35:06 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 99 replies
    Absolute Rights Blog ^ | 12/17/2014 | Posted by: Jon Dougherty
    We have some bad news for American conservatives: The leaders of our party, the once Grand Old Party, are trying to figure out a way to win elections without us, and if or when they do, they will abandon us like yesterday’s trash. If you have any question about this, you need not look any further than this National Journal story from yesterday, reporting that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has “announced” on his Facebook page that he is “actively exploring” a presidential bid in 2016. Spoiler alert: Jeb Bush is not your dad’s conservative. We’re not sure if “actively...
  • Georgia’s Proposed Constitutional Amendments – November 2014

    10/11/2014 4:48:51 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 5 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | October 11, 2014 | Larry Walker II
    A Yes-No Proposition- By: Larry Walker II -There are two Proposed Constitutional Amendments on Georgia’s ballot this November 4th. They are as follows:A. To prohibit an increase in the state income tax rate in effect January 1, 2015 (Senate Resolution 415). "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to prohibit the General Assembly from increasing the maximum state income tax rate?"B. Adding reckless driving penalties or fees to the brain and spinal injury trust fund (House Resolution 1183). "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow additional reckless driving penalties or fees to be added to the Brain and...

    10/08/2014 6:25:40 AM PDT · by GailA · 15 replies
    YES ON 1 ^ | 10/8/14 | na
    YES on 1, TN is #3 in out of state abortions. Why Yes on 1 Who We Are YES on 1 is a community-based outreach to raise awareness of the proposed pro-life constitutional amendment slated for public vote in 2014. Local committees in support of YES on 1 are being developed in communities, counties, churches and campuses across the state. Because of a radical 4-1 ruling by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2000, Tennessee now boasts a broader right to abortion than that recognized by Roe v. Wade or the U.S. Constitution. Background Basic commonsense protections passed by the Tennessee...
  • The Craziness of a ConCon [Constitutional Convention]

    09/21/2014 4:06:15 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 134 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | Sept. 21, 2014 | Karl Denninger
    I keep getting asked about this and people keep advocating it, so let's talk about it. The issue is a Constitutional Convention, with the expressed intent being to return the United States to its Constitutional Roots. Sounds like a good idea, yes? Well, it quite arguably is, if you'd like to see the government return to its Constitutional boundaries. The problem is that this "remedy" isn't a remedy and if it comes to pass what you want won't happen. I know this for a fact and, if you think about it, so do you. I know what you're going to...
  • Mark Levin distorts the Great Compromise of 1787

    05/23/2014 7:36:45 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 47 replies
    5-23-14 | johnwk
     On this evening’s show, 5/23/2014, Mark Levin talked about the Great Compromise of the Convention of 1787, but he never mentioned how the apportionment of both taxation and representation became the moving parts of the Great Compromise. So, let me fill in the parts Mark Levin left out. During the framing of our existing Constitution the question of how each State would be represented in Congress became a matter of heated debate and deciding upon rules which fixed each State’s representation created an impasse during the Convention. On July 2nd of the Convention Sherman of Connecticut remarked: “We are now...
  • Mark Levin’s liberty amendment flip-flop on balancing the annual budget

    05/23/2014 6:44:45 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 41 replies
    5-23-14 | johnwk
    Isn’t it interesting to recall that on November 18, 2011 Mark Levin said he was “happy the balanced budget amendment didn't pass the House because it was a fraud”, and now Mark Levin promotes a fraudulent balanced budget amendment with one of his “liberty amendments” which would make it constitutional for Congress to not balance the annual budget? The two of sections of Mark’s fraudulent balanced budget amendment making it constitutional for Congress to not balance the annual budget are: SECTION 6: Congress may provide for a one-year suspension of one or more of the preceding sections in this Article...
  • Mark Levin’s socialist liberty Amendment

    05/22/2014 8:52:08 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 49 replies
    5-22-14 | johnwk
      Mark Levin loves to TALK ABOUT SOCIALISM and how it attacks rights associated with property ownership, and how government force is used under socialism to take and then transfer the property of one group of individuals to another group selectively determined by those who hold political power. This transfer of property is primarily accomplished through a socialist tax on profits, gains, and other “incomes” which seeks out the most productive hard working citizens, taxes them, and then redistributes the property they have earned to those who enjoy riding in government’s free cheese wagon who are expected to return the favor...
  • Mark Levin may get his evil wish to convene a Constitutional Convention

    05/13/2014 5:52:30 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 214 replies
    5/13/14 | johnwk
    SEE: Did Michigan just trigger 'constitutional convention'? Bid gains steam In the wake of the vote, California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter pressed House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday to determine whether the states just crossed the threshold for this kind of convention. Like Michigan lawmakers, Hunter's interest in the matter stems from a desire to push a balanced-budget amendment -- something that could potentially be done at a constitutional convention. If Duncan Hunter wants to balance the annual budget, then why does he not “push” for and demand the apportioned direct tax which is in our Constitution be used to...
  • The NRA Quietly Backs Down On Domestic Violence

    04/23/2014 4:05:41 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 39 replies
    HuffPo ^ | 4/22/2014 | Laura Basset & Christina Wilkie
    WASHINGTON -- For nearly a decade, the National Rifle Association successfully blocked a bill in Washington state that would have required alleged domestic abusers to surrender their firearms after being served with a protective order. Only those actually convicted of felony domestic violence, the nation's largest gun lobby argued, should be made to forfeit their gun rights. This past year, the NRA changed its tune. As the bill, HB 1840, once again moved through the state legislature, the gun lobby made a backroom deal with lawmakers, agreeing to drop its public opposition to it in exchange for a few minor...
  • 34 States Call for Constitutional Convention - and Possible Rewrite

    04/13/2014 5:05:22 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 114 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 11, 2014 | Andrea Billups
    Even with Michigan recently becoming the 34th state to call for a Constitutional Convention, it's not at all certain that a rewrite of the nation's founding document is close at hand... Unless called to deal with a specific issue, some legal experts warn a "runaway" convention could create chaos. "Let's assume that we get Congress to call for a convention, and we are deliberating about one item. Maybe that would stick. But how can you be confident that once you open the door to a constitutional convention, even if for one narrow amendment, that it won't just become a runaway...
  • What Are Justice Stevens’s Proposed Six Amendments?

    03/06/2014 5:05:02 PM PST · by Bogey78O · 32 replies
    Josh Blackman's blog ^ | 3-6-2014 | Josh Blackman
    After my previous post on the Justice Stevens’s new book, I requested a review copy from the publisher, which I have now received. Here are his six proposed Amendments. I’ll avoid commenting until I read the entire book (a fairly breezy 133 pages, followed by the Constitution as it stands now, and a list of all JPS clerks). The “Anti-Commandeering Rule” (Amend the Supremacy Clause of Article VI) This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States,...
  • Convention of States Project Scholarship Contest winners

    02/03/2014 6:48:48 PM PST · by GILTN1stborn · 3 replies
    Facebook ^ | 02/03/2014 | Convention of the states project
    Check out his month's COS Project Scholarship Contest winners! The picture we posted is the Viral Award winner in the 12-17 age division. The Staff Choice winner in the 12-17 division --> The Viral Award winner in the 18-22 age division --> And the Staff Choice winner in the 18-22 age division -->
  • Harry Reid's Obstructionism [MSM has noticed]

    01/14/2014 5:22:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | January 14, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    ".............Reid’s tight control of the amendments process has become a point of contention in the debate over unemployment benefits, which he’d like to extend without providing funding for the program. After signaling that he would not allow any Republican amendments on a bill to temporarily extend the benefits, Reid appears to be backing down, however begrudgingly. “I am open to considering a reasonable number of relevant amendments to [the bill], if that’s what it takes to end Republican obstruction,” he said Monday on Twitter. Allowing a “reasonable number of relevant amendments” from the minority party has not always been considered...
  • Laptop searches by agents at border OK, U.S. judge says

    01/02/2014 4:34:13 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 50 replies
    CBC News ^ | Jan 02, 2014 | AP
    U.S. border agents should have the authority to search laptop computers carried by news photographers and other travelers at international border crossings without reasonable suspicion, a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled this week. In a written decision on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman granted a government motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by civil rights attorneys who claimed the practice was unconstitutional and sought to have it halted.
  • Yes, the Constitution and its amendments are outdated.

    10/09/2013 1:16:05 PM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 25 replies ^ | 10/7/13 | Twitchy staff
    In Arkansas a class of sixth graders were asked to prune the Constitution and its amendments. Glenn Beck decried the notion of an outdated Constitution in his radio program. Like a true patriot he defended it, but he was wrong. The Constitution is outdated as are many of its amendments. Here are some amendments that need instant pruning or decapitation: The 16th amendment allowing the federal government to collect income tax. If that were abolished, so would Obamacare, according to Chief Justice John Roberts. The 17th amendment establishing the direct election of United States senators. The Founders were correct in...
  • Mark Levin still promoting an Article V convention. Why?

    09/25/2013 9:05:21 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 114 replies
    9/25/2013 | johnwk
    I heard Mark Levin this evening once again encouraging the call for an Article V convention purportedly to restore our constitutionally limited system of government. What Mark Levin does not caution his listening audience about is, that “we the people”, ordinary productive American Citizens, would not be in charge of that convention. In fact, Mark Levin’s Article V Convention if called would be controlled by the very people who now cause our miseries which are the various state Legislatures and Governors who work in concert with our federal government to enslave and plunder the wealth which Americas businesses, industries and...
  • In defense of Mark Levin’s attack on a wealth based tax

    09/24/2013 4:43:53 AM PDT · by JOHN W K
    9/24/2013 | johnwk
    About a year ago two professors of law at Yale wrote an article titled Why (and how) to tax the super-rich which appeared in the LA Times. Mark Levin immediately responded to the article which proposed an annual “wealth tax” and identified Bruce Ackerman as a “Left wing disgusting professor at Yale Law as is Anne Alstott” ___ the two professors who wrote the article. I agree! But what I cannot understand is why Mark Levin now proposes to perpetuate a tax upon wealth under one of his “Liberty Amendments”, especially when our founding fathers rejected an unrestrained tax upon...
  • Why does Mark Levin perpetuate FDR’s slavish Victory Tax with a Liberty Amendment?

    09/14/2013 3:33:06 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 65 replies
    9-14-2013 | johnwk
    In one of Mark Levin's Liberty Amendments he promotes keeping alive taxes calculated from profits, gains and other incomes. If one wants to judge the motives and character of those who advocate changes to our Constitution, there are two specific issues which give us a clue: (a) the manner in which Congress fills our national treasury; and (b), what our nation uses for “legal tender”. In other words, “its all about the Benjamins”. So, let us take a look at issue (a) and ask ourselves why does Mark Levin offer to perpetuate taxes calculated from profits, gains and incomes which...
  • A continuing series of discussions of Mark Levin’s new book (debunking the straw men)

    09/02/2013 11:02:07 AM PDT · by Kolath · 5 replies
    RightScoop ^ | 09/02/2013 | K-Bob
    I took the above time and provided several links to articles that I hope you at least scan, because the above is necessary to understand my answer to the first two important questions that have arisen since the publication of Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments. Our questions this week are: What happens if we try an Article Five convention of the states, and we fail to accomplish our objective? Why should we expect the federal government to honor these new amendments, should they pass, when they ignore so much of the Constitution now? An Article Five convention for proposing amendments sounds...
  • Phyllis Schlafly: An Article V convention in our future?

    08/26/2013 9:41:56 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 22 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 8-27-13 | Phyllis Schlafly
    [snip] The authority for such a procedure is Article V of our Constitution, so they are calling their plan of action an Article V convention. However, they are fooling themselves when they suggest that Article V creates a path to bypass Congress with a “convention of states.” [snip] If Congress ever decides to act, Article V gives Congress exclusive power to issue the “Call” for a convention to propose “amendments” (note the plural). The Call is the governing document that determines all the basic rules such as where and when a convention will be held, who is eligible to be...
  • 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...
  • Mark Levin's 'Liberty Amendments' includes one that would promote judicial supremacy

    08/19/2013 10:03:35 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 44 replies
    America's Party News ^ | August 20, 2013 | Steve Schulin
    One of the proposed Constitutional amendments in Mark Levin's new book specifies that Congress can overturn a Supreme Court opinion. But the amendment also specifies that if, within 24 months, Congress doesn't so overturn a Supreme Court opinion, then the opinion becomes definitive. It's that last part that seems a big step in the wrong direction to me. Under the current Constitution, a Mayor, County Executive, Governor or President's duty to support the Constitution would not be defined by a court opinion or by Congress. But under Mr. Levin's proposed amendment, executives would have to let these other branches tell...
  • Mark Levin talks about his new book with conservative panel on Hannity

    08/16/2013 9:34:27 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 36 replies
    The Right Scoop via Fox News ^ | 8/16/2013 | Hannity
    Mark Levin was on with Hannity and a great conservative panel tonight for the full hour to discuss his new bestseller, The Liberty Amendments. Great questions from the panel and great discussion from Levin. Watch below:
  • 'Liberty Amendments': "Levin’s Strategy is the Only Way for the American People to Have a Say..."

    08/16/2013 6:29:31 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 29 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 August 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    "We are spectators to a game show in Washington.   We might be able to vote a few of the contestants off the show,  but we have NO control over the rules of the game..." "Levin aims to change the rules of the game…  or, more properly, reset them, to restore the brilliant system  put in place by America’s Founders" Some highlights from Mr Hayward's glowing endorsement of the Levin plan for conquering the leviathan establishment state, as spelled out in his new book 'The Liberty Amendments'... The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic is one of the most focused,...
  • Mark Levin’s “Liberty Amendments”

    08/15/2013 4:14:41 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 22 replies
    Human Events ^ | 8/15/2013 | John Hayward
    Radio host Mark Levin’s new book, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, is one of the most focused, accessible, and aggressive political books you’ll ever find. Levin’s thesis is that the balance of power between the three branches of the federal government, the states, and the American people has been distorted beyond the ability of conventional politics to repair. After all, if the power of the legislature has been diminished relative to the executive, the executive has dispersed its disproportionate power into unelected bureaucracies, and the states are increasingly powerless vassals of Washington, then there is no way for...
  • Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments Hits #1 on Amazon

    08/13/2013 8:50:26 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 8/13/13
    On the first day of its release, Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic reached the #1 spot in sales on just for political books, but all books. Levin appeared on Hannity on the Fox News Channel on Monday evening to discuss the book, and his proposals to restore the Framers' vision for limited government through an Article V convention that would propose eleven new constitutional amendments to restrain the runaway power of the federal government. "I'm simply saying, I think it's time, if Americans want to remain free, to start reacquainting ourselves with the Constitution, and...
  • Mark Levin calls for second constitutional convention ?!

    07/11/2013 6:10:36 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 63 replies
    7-11-13 | johnwk
    On last evening`s show [7-10-2013], Mark Levin has called for a second constitutional convention. But it is baffling why Mark Levin, who I have grown to admire as a constitutionalist would call for a second constitutional convention for proposing amendments to our Constitution, when, just like the call for immigration reform, the fault is not a defect in our law, but a failure to enforce existing law. Indeed, the fault is not in our existing Constitution, Mr. Levin, but an unwillingness and failure of the States and people therein to enforce the existing Constitution and its defined and limited powers....
  • Mark Levin's new book - "The Liberty Amendments: Restoring The American Republic"

    07/10/2013 12:39:11 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    Mark Levin's new book - "The Liberty Amendments: Restoring The American Republic"
  • 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...
  • Endangered: The Constitution Part 6

    04/28/2013 9:09:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | April 28, 2013 | Mark Baisley
    Among the many thoughtful details that the founders bequeathed to the rest of us is the purposeful naming of our nation; The United States of America. A single moniker like “America” would have neglected the composure of independence and cooperative defiance necessary to earn the crucial signatures on the Declaration of Independence and, soon afterward, the Articles of Confederation wherein the new country’s name was made official. The basic tenet behind the name is captured plainly in the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. The Ninth of our Bill of Rights reads, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not...
  • Getting Rid of the 2nd Amendment

    01/09/2013 12:30:05 PM PST · by BillM · 15 replies
    US Government | 2013/01/09 | US Government
    Article V of the Constitution spells out the processes by which amendments can be proposed and ratified. To Propose Amendments •In the U.S. Congress, both the House of Representatives and the Senate approve by a two-thirds supermajority vote, a joint resolution amending the Constitution. Amendments so approved do not require the signature of the President of the United States and are sent directly to the states for ratification. •Two-thirds of the state legislatures ask Congress to call a national convention to propose amendments. (This method has never been used.) To Ratify Amendments •Three-fourths of the state legislatures approve it, or...
  • MT:Columbia Falls lawmaker proposes constitutional amendments on gun rights

    01/04/2013 7:44:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 4 January, 2013 | TRISTAN SCOTT
    COLUMBIA FALLS – A state lawmaker in the Flathead Valley is proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution to offset the effects of new firearms restrictions, which if passed, he says will erode civil liberties and infringe on state’s rights. Rep. Jerry O’Neil, R-Columbia Falls, says he will work with the Montana Legislature in an effort to adopt two new constitutional amendments to the U.S. Constitution to protect firearm ownership and national sovereignty. He said the issue is pressing due to the call for gun restrictions in the wake of last month’s school shootings in Newtown, Conn. He is most concerned...
  • Mass. groups to call for constitutional amendment

    07/24/2012 10:16:40 AM PDT · by massmike · 14 replies ^ | 07/24/2012 | Associated Press
    A Massachusetts group has submitted thousands of petition signatures in support of a non-binding public policy question asserting that corporations are not entitled to the same rights as people on the November ballot. The Democracy Amendment Coalition of Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it has submitted 20,000 signatures from registered voters to Secretary of State William Galvin’s office. The ballot question would instruct Massachusetts lawmakers to pass a resolution asking Congress to propose a Constitutional amendment regarding the rights of corporations and placing limits on political contributions and spending. If approved by Galvin’s office, voters in six state Senate districts and...
  • Justice Roberts Explains Justice Roberts: Politics, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Change

    07/08/2012 12:38:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 8, 2012 | James W. Lucas
    ...... Just as Justice Owen Roberts' switch was attributed to the political storm of Democrat opposition to the Court's reversal of New Deal legislation, there is a widely cited report....that Chief Justice John Roberts had originally sided with the conservative dissenters in the ObamaCare decision, but changed his vote because of concerns about the political prestige of the Court in the eyes of the media and Washington elites. Owen Roberts destroyed his judicial papers. However..... He acknowledged that the Supreme Court's pro-New Deal decisions "reduce the states to administrative districts rather than coordinate sovereigns" and that his switch reached "a...
  • Gay-marriage backers seek to turn tide in votes in 4 states

    06/18/2012 4:53:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 17, 2012 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Gay marriage dominates the list of “social-issue” ballot measures going to voters this year, with amendments for and against same-sex unions up in four “blue” states: • In Minnesota, voters will be asked to amend their state constitution to say that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Amendments like this have already passed in 31 states, including North Carolina in May. The Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment was put on the ballot by lawmakers in 2011, a few months after Republicans took over the state Legislature for the first time in 38 years. • In Maine, gay-marriage...
  • Comparison of Proposed Corporate Personhood Amendments

    01/17/2012 6:44:07 PM PST · by Son House · 3 replies
    Battleground Blog ^ | January 17, 2012 | Rick Staggenborg
    There are many amendments that have been proposed whose sponsors claim will abolish corporate personhood and/or declare that money is not free speech. Here is a discussion of the problems with the four types that have been introduced in Congress and of two that are being promoted by various groups and individuals to address these problems. EDWARDS-STYLE AMENDMENTS TO GIVE CONGRESS THE POWER TO REGULATE CORPORATE “FREE SPEECH” The Donna Edwards amendment is the prototype of a group of amendments that would if passed give Congress the power to regulate corporate money in campaigns. Others falling into this group include...
  • 'We The People': NPR Readers Would Ratify Four New Amendments

    12/24/2011 7:53:36 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 68 replies
    National Progressive Radio ^ | December 20th | Debra Rosenberg
    In "Reconstituting The Constitution: How To Rewrite It," we invited readers to share their own thoughts on how we might change the founding document for 2011. Now the people have spoken. As of Dec. 20, you've chosen to abolish the Electoral College, to limit campaign contributions from corporations, to deny corporations the rights of citizens and to prohibit members of Congress from lobbying once they leave office. In our un-scientific sampling, "ratification" required the support of two-thirds of voters. (You can still add your selections here.)
  • Detainee Fight Goes to Senate

    11/28/2011 7:39:18 AM PST · by Kackikat · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11//28/11 | BY EVAN PEREZ
    A showdown begins Monday in the Senate over the handling of terrorism detainees, with the Obama administration pushing to scuttle a bipartisan proposal that would generally put detainees before a military tribunal. A proposal seeks to largely close the door to civilian trials for detainees, such as those at Guantanamo Bay. The proposal, part of Congress's annual spending bill for the Pentagon, represents the latest escalation of a battle between President Barack Obama and lawmakers over detainee policy that began soon after he ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba........
  • 2011 Constitutional Amendments [Texas]

    10/19/2011 11:27:21 AM PDT · by Windflier · 20 replies
    Empower Texans ^ | October 7, 2011 | Empower Texans
    On November 8th, 2011, Texans will have the opportunity to vote on 10 proposed amendments to the state’s constitution. Texans for Fiscal Responsibility offers our views and recommendations. PROPOSITION 1Ballot reads– “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.” In other words – A surviving spouse of a deceased veteran will become exempt from all property taxes as long as they don’t get remarried, the property is the primary...
  • The Constitution of the United States - Sept. 17, 1787

    09/16/2011 7:42:42 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 51 replies
    America's Party ^ | Sept. 17, 1787 | We the People
    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.Article. I. Section. 1. All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. Section. 2. The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the...
  • Seven ways Rick Perry wants to change the Constitution

    08/19/2011 9:12:24 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 82 replies
    The Ticket via Yahoo ^ | 8/19/2011 | By Chris Moody
    Rick Perry has many ideas about how to change the American government's founding document. From ending lifetime tenure for federal judges to completely scrapping two whole amendments, the Constitution would see a major overhaul if the Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate had his druthers. Perry laid out these proposed innovations to the founding document in his book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington. He has occasionally mentioned them on the campaign trail. Several of his ideas fall within the realm of mainstream conservative thinking today, but, as you will see, there are also a few surprises.
  • Dozens of Republicans Vote for Handouts to Big Labor

    06/14/2011 1:25:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    RedState ^ | June 14, 2011 | Daniel Horowitz
    Yesterday, the House passed the largely non-controversial Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations (MilCon) bill for FY 2012. Unfortunately, it is these non-controversial bills which provide a safe haven for meretricious policy initiatives through the rapid fire amendment process. While everyone was focused on presidential politics, the House passed an amendment forcing government contractors to use labor unions on federal construction projects. Oh, and like most bad legislation, this amendment passed by one vote, with the help of 27 Republicans. In 2009, Obama used his signature power grab tool; an Executive Order, forcing all private companies to sign a project labor agreement...