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  • Don't let Florida fall for the big con (Anti Convention of States fear tactics here)

    03/20/2015 7:25:15 AM PDT · by GILTN1stborn · 58 replies
    National Association for Gun Rights ^ | 03/20/2015 05:03:38 am | Dudley Brow
    If only the Founders were as smart and trustworthy as today’s politicians, then we wouldn’t have all the problems we see nowadays.” No, that’s not a talking point from anti-gun nanny staters like BILLIONAIRE anti-gun activist Michael Bloomberg or even President Obama. I’m afraid it’s pure snake oil being peddled by professional “conservative” charlatans -- with help from a handful of political celebrities who should know better -- demanding a state-initiated Article V Constitutional Convention. I’ve ignored the Constitutional Convention con (more aptly named "Con-Con") job until now -- hoping and praying it would just fall flat before it gained...
  • A Rebirth of Democracy in Virginia

    02/05/2015 10:52:58 AM PST · by Publius · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5 February 2015 | Ken Cuccinelli & Michael Farris
    It takes a fair amount of audacity for a pair of political bloggers to call a group of lawyers that includes professors from Princeton and Georgetown Law School, two former Supreme Court law clerks, a White House Counsel, a law school dean, an attorney with actual Article V litigation experience and a former attorney general of Virginia “a posse of supposed conservative constitutional scholars.” What could merit this kind of sneering vilification from the local political bloggers? We merely contend that the states should use the explicit text of Article V of the Constitution to stop the abuse of power...
  • Cuccinelli Endorses Convention Of The States

    02/02/2015 7:19:05 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    One of the most unique and important discussions among constitutional conservatives is taking place right now in Virginia’s General Assembly. It is the debate about whether the states (including Virginia) should exercise their rights to call an Article V Convention of States. Principled limited government constitutional conservative former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has come out in favor of two bills currently before the Virginia legislature calling for a constitutional convention of the states. Speaking through his e-newsletter “The Cuccinelli Compass” Cuccinelli argued in favor of a position shared – and opposed – by many principled limited government constitutional conservatives....
  • (Virginia General Assembly) Article V Con Con Legislation Up TOMORROW! (Today, January 27th)

    01/27/2015 8:27:31 AM PST · by Perseverando · 40 replies
    The Marshall Message | January 26, 2015 | Delegate Bob Marshall
    Dear Friends: On Tuesday Jan. 27thSpeaker Howell’s Rules Committee will hear HJ 497 and HJ 499, applications asking Congress to call a Convention to amend (change) our U.S. Constitution. Please contact the following delegates to OPPOSE these measures. The Hearing will be in House Room 1, around 1:00 pm if you can attend. delwhowell@house.virginia.gov, delslandes@house.virginia.gov, delslandes@house.virginia.gov, delkcox@house.virginia.gov, deltkilgore@house.virginia.gov, dellware@house.virginia.gov, delcjones@house.virginia.gov, delborrock@house.virginia.gov, delbknight@house.virginia.gov, delringram@house.virginia.gov, deljmassie@house.virginia.gov, delghabeeb@house.virginia.gov, deljjoannou@house.virginia.gov, delkplum@house.virginia.gov, deldtoscano@house.virginia.gov, After all of the sacrifices made by our Founders to birth our nation and form our government, I am troubled that the Constitution is blamed for the ills facing America, when really...
  • 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...
  • Former Supreme Court Justice: Amend 2nd Amendment

    04/21/2014 4:09:49 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 45 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 21, 2014 | Susan Jones
    Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, in his new book, recommends six rewrites to the U.S. Constitution. He would restrict gun ownership to militia members; ban the death penalty; and allow government to set "reasonable limits" on campaign financing, among other things. But Stevens says he's no radical: "I think every one of my proposals is a moderate proposal," Stevens told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week." One of Steven's proposals would add five words to the Second Amendment, which would then read: "...the right of the people to keep and bear...
  • Article V...Constiutional Convention

    04/15/2014 4:35:55 PM PDT · by SgtBob · 57 replies
    April 15th, 2014 | SgtBob
    U. S. Constitution
  • Did Michigan Just Trigger 'Constitutional Convention'? Bid Gains Steam

    04/11/2014 1:32:11 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 96 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/2/14 | Barnini Chakraborty
    Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes. At issue is what's known as a "constitutional convention," a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first – which has been used for all 27 amendment to date – requires two-thirds of both the House and Senate to approve a resolution, before sending it to the states for ratification. The Founding Fathers, though,...
  • Did Michigan just trigger 'constitutional convention'? Bid gains steam

    04/02/2014 12:25:48 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 76 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4-2-2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes. At issue is what's known as a "constitutional convention," a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first – which has been used for all 27 amendment to date – requires two-thirds of both the House and Senate to approve a resolution, before sending it to the states for ratification. The Founding...
  • The Inside Story of How Oklahoma Beat the Constitutional Convention

    03/16/2014 5:13:58 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 60 replies
    The New American ^ | 16 March 2014 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Oklahomans committed to liberty united to defeat the the money spent by con-con supporters.The Inside Story of How Oklahomans Beat the Con-Con 16 March 2014 “Whenever our affairs go obviously wrong, the good sense of the people will interpose and set them to rights.” — Thomas Jefferson to David Humphreys, 1789 Jefferson would be proud of the constitutionally minded citizens of Oklahoma and their recent defeat of the forces pushing for a second constitutional convention. As we reported last week, the Oklahoma State House of Representatives decided not to vote to apply for a constitutional convention (con-con) under the...
  • Oklahoma Won't Apply for Constitutional Convention, Votes Not There | Article V

    03/13/2014 5:42:36 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 31 replies
    The New American ^ | 13 March 2014 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    The Oklahoma state House of Representatives decided not to apply for a constitutional convention. Oklahoma Won't Apply for Con-Con, Votes Not There 13 March 2014 After a close battle that featured several late nights, the Oklahoma State House of Representatives has decided not to vote to apply for a constitutional convention (con-con) under the authority of Article V of the Constitution. Put simply, the votes needed to approve the con-con application were not there, and it's now dead for this year's legislative session in Oklahoma. This is a crucial victory in the struggle to protect the Constitution and the...
  • Constitutional Convention: Mark Levin vs. Phyllis Schlafly and the Madison Coalition

    11/18/2013 2:54:40 PM PST · by Moseley · 16 replies
    The Virginia Free Citizen ^ | November 15, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    The next session of Virginia’s General Assembly needs to pass important legislation as well as sending an amendment to the Virginia Constitution to the voters for ratification. This may be the most important priority in generations. And it might attract bipartisan support, so Republicans need to try it and not simply assume Democrats won’t be on board. Battle of the Titans: Mark Levin vs. Phyllis Schlafly • Mark Levin, insists: Amend the US Constitution independently from Congress by States calling for a Constitutional Convention, in his new book The Liberty Amendments. This is the only pathway left, Mark Levin argues,...
  • Tom Coburn calls for a national Constitutional Convention

    08/22/2013 1:05:12 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 247 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | AUGUST 22, 2013 AT 1:20 PM | By CHARLIE SPIERING
    Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., explained to a town hall of his constituents that he wanted to call a national Constitutional Convention after reading Mark Levin’s new book, The Liberty Amendments. “I used to have a great fear of constitutional conventions,” Coburn said according to the Tulsa World. “I have a great fear now of not having one.” As the Tulsa World notes, a national convention is called by two-thirds of the state legislatures and is one of two ways the U.S. Constitution can be amended. Coburn made his remarks in Muskogee, Okla.
  • Occupy Wall Street Prologue to Mayhem in 2012(Suspend Elections?)

    10/20/2011 6:45:46 AM PDT · by Watchdog85 · 41 replies
    Mark America ^ | 20 October, 2011 | Mark America
    Wednesday evening, hat-tip to Drudge linking to a CBS report that the organizers of the Occu-Pest fiasco in New York and around the country are planning a bigger event for next summer in Philadelphia from July to October. It’s being called a “National Assembly” and the aim is clear: They intend to intimidate Americans and US institutions. Mayor Nutter said: “I understand national Occupy would want to be in Philadelphia — this is birthplace of freedom, liberty, and democracy for the United States of America — so I look forward to a conversation.” One would think Mayor Nutter was talking...
  • Revolutionary Communist Party Proposes New Continental Constitution

    11/22/2010 6:21:38 PM PST · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    New American ^ | 11-22-10 | Joe Wolverton, II
    A few weeks ago the Revolutionary Communist Party USA (RCPUSA) announced that they had completed a draft proposal for a new national charter. In truth, the document’s aim is to be the guiding legal code for a multi-national territory and is appropriately styled the “Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America.” In order for the new constitution to take effect, the “present capitalist-imperialist system” in the United States would have to undergo a little historical liposuction. First, the part of the union that was once a part of Mexico would be returned to that country. The RCPUSA wants...
  • "Should We Fear a Constitutional Convention?"

    11/19/2009 2:52:04 PM PST · by hoguenews · 39 replies · 1,548+ views
    Hogue News ^ | November 19, 2009 | Nick Kump
    When we were young, we learned about the best and brightest minds in the nation coming together to create the foundation of a new country and fundamentally change the role of government in the lives of the people. Now there is a proposal to have a similar Constitutional Convention in California, but without those great minds, how are we to be sure that we get a document that rewrites the Constitution for the better and not make our state’s problems even worse? It is important to note that according to recent article in the Ventura County Star by Timm Herdt,...
  • California ponders opening up constitution

    04/23/2009 3:08:15 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 9 replies · 629+ views
    http://www.ktar.com/ ^ | (April 23rd, 2009 @ 3:58pm) | By BETH FOUHY
    SAN CARLOS, Calif. (AP) - Fed up with the budget crises and partisan battles that have paralyzed California for years, some influential voices believe it's time to tear open the state constitution and start anew. Once dismissed as a hokey gimmick, support for a proposed constitutional convention has been building in the nation's most populous state. Even Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has indicated he would back an effort to retool the document to make state government function more smoothly. Opponents of the step say it's just a ruse to raise taxes and could expose the constitution to a host...
  • California ponders changes in constitution (Liberals want to perform surgery on the CA constitution)

    04/24/2009 8:07:56 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 32 replies · 995+ views
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | By BETH FOUHY | Apr 23 07:22
    SAN CARLOS, Calif. (AP) - Fed up with the budget crises and partisan battles that have paralyzed California for years, some influential voices believe it's time to tear open the state constitution and start anew. Once dismissed as a hokey gimmick, support for a proposed constitutional convention has been building in the nation's most populous state. Even Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has indicated he would back an effort to retool the document to make state government function more smoothly. Opponents of the step say it's just a ruse to raise taxes and could expose the constitution to a host...
  • Wyoming: Don't mess with U.S. Constitution

    03/24/2009 7:19:16 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 30 replies · 1,601+ views
    WND.com ^ | March 24, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    The state of Wyoming has adopted a resolution to inform Washington bureaucrats and bureaucracies of its opposition to any plans to hold a Constitutional Convention that would recommend changes or alterations to the nation's founding document. House Enrolled Joint Resolution 3 was signed recently by Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal. The Wyoming Family Coalition said the measure, sponsored by state Rep. Bob Brechtel, R-Casper, is intended to announce the state's opposition to "any attempts to dismantle the United States Constitution which has generally served the country well for nearly 230 years." WND reported earlier when Wyoming legislators expressed alarm at the...
  • Schwarzenegger backs California constitutional convention

    03/13/2009 10:56:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 2,320+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/13/09 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed a California constitutional convention – last used in 1878 – as a way to fix what he described Thursday as the state's "dysfunctional" system. Speaking at the Commonwealth Club of California, the Republican governor took dead aim at potential foes of budget-related measures he wants voters to pass May 19 while embracing several political changes not on the ballot. Schwarzenegger said legislative term limits should be extended so state lawmakers have time to build sufficient experience. He said the initiative process should be changed to prevent well-heeled groups from pitching bond measures the state can't afford....
  • Schwarzenegger is getting his second wind as a reformer (King Arnold wants Const'l Convention)

    02/26/2009 12:30:58 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 16 replies · 640+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 26, 2009 | George Skelton
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he "absolutely" loves the idea of holding a constitutional convention to overhaul state government. California hasn't had such a confab in 131 years. ... The Republican governor would like the convention to consider, among other things, eliminating some statewide offices -- like treasurer, controller, superintendent of public instruction and, especially, lieutenant governor, all currently held by Democrats. "It makes no sense that the governor is surrounded by constitutional officers who are trying to derail him," Schwarzenegger says. "Look at the way the nation runs: The president appoints those Cabinet positions." ... Meanwhile, two blocks from the...
  • Latino group backs state constitutional convention summit (CC ALERT)

    02/22/2009 4:51:01 AM PST · by blueplum · 11 replies · 548+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Feb 22nd, '09 | John Wildermuth
    Tuesday's Sacramento summit on a possible new state constitutional convention is picking up some interesting support, including the William C. Velasquez Institute, a think tank on Latino affairs. "The disastrous state of California's government is of concern to us all," according to a news release from the institute, which is based in Texas and has offices in California and Florida. "Within a generation, Latinos will soon be the majority in California and, as such, we have a vested interest in California's future."
  • U.S. now only 2 states away from rewriting Constitution

    12/12/2008 2:05:34 AM PST · by Man50D · 27 replies · 2,266+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | December 12, 2008 | Bob Unruh
    A public policy organization has issued an urgent alert stating affirmative votes are needed from only two more states before a Constitutional Convention could be assembled in which "today's corrupt politicians and judges" could formally change the U.S. Constitution's "'problematic' provisions to reflect the philosophical and social mores of our contemporary society." "Don't for one second doubt that delegates to a Con Con wouldn't revise the First Amendment into a government-controlled privilege, replace the 2nd Amendment with a 'collective' right to self-defense, and abolish the 4th, 5th, and 10th Amendments, and the rest of the Bill of Rights," said the...
  • U.S. Two States Away from Constitutional Convention

    12/19/2008 10:47:21 PM PST · by blueplum · 35 replies · 2,930+ views
    American Policy Center ^ | Dec 19th, '08 | Tom DeWeese
    "Thirty-two (32) other states have already called for a Con Con (allegedly to add a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution). 34 states are all that is required, and then Congress MUST convene a Convention." snip - "You may have heard that some of those 32 states have voted to rescind their calls. This is true. However, under Article V of the Constitution, Congress must call a Constitutional Convention whenever 2/3 (or 34) of the states apply. The Constitution makes no provision for rescission."
  • U.S. Two States Away from Constitutional Convention

    12/15/2008 12:01:52 PM PST · by Exmachina · 19 replies · 2,076+ views
    Christian Worldview Network ^ | 12/11/2008 | Tom DeWeese
    The Ohio state legislature is expected to vote as early as Dec. 10th, to call for a Constitutional Convention (Con Con). If Ohio calls for a Con Con only one more state need do so and Congress will have no choice but to convene a Convention, throwing our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights up for grabs. Ohio's vote today poses a grave threat to the U.S. Constitution. Please immediately call the Ohio lawmakers listed below. … Thirty-two (32) other states have already called for a Con Con (allegedly to add a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution). 34 states...
  • Archdiocese backs constitutional convention [Hartford, CT]

    10/21/2008 5:35:03 AM PDT · by CT-Freeper · 4 replies · 1,462+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | October 21, 2008 | Paul Hughes
    HARTFORD -- The archbishop of Hartford sent the word out at Sunday Masses: Vote "yes" for a constitutional convention on Election Day. Every parish bulletin in the Archdiocese of Hartford included a statement of support from Archbishop Henry J. Mansell and the state's other Catholic bishops last weekend. The Catholic dioceses of Bridgeport and Norwich and the Ukranian Catholic Diocese of Stamford are also planning appeals in their parishes, said Michael C. Culhane, executive director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference. Every 20 years, a ballot question asks voters in Connecticut if they want to rework the state constitution. If a...
  • Poll: Voter Alienation Fuels Backing For Constitutional Convention (CT)

    10/30/2008 4:07:26 AM PDT · by raybbr · 10 replies · 603+ views
    Courant.com ^ | October 30, 2008 | MARK PAZNIOKAS
    A new poll suggests that voter alienation is prompting support for proposed revisions to the Connecticut Constitution, not opposition to gay marriage. Voters favor amending the constitution to allow citizen ballot initiatives, but they reject the anti-gay-marriage sentiments prominent in calls for a constitutional convention. The poll found that 50 percent of voters support a convention to amend the state constitution and 39 percent are opposed. But 55 percent oppose a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Instead, the poll found a correlation between a poor opinion of the General Assembly and support for the ability of citizens to legislate by...
  • Constitutional Convention: Article V Ambiguity a Timebomb? (Vanity)

    07/09/2005 5:47:02 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 68 replies · 1,330+ views
    Various Constitutional reference sources | July 9, 2005 | Travis McGee
    U.S. Constitution, Article VThe Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be...
  • Is it time for a constitutional convention called by the people re: illegal immigration?

    03/27/2006 5:46:36 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 430 replies · 7,976+ views
    <p>Just heard O'Reilly say that even though over 75% of the American people are opposed to illegal immigration, the Congress is unwilling to do anything about it. Now we all know that it is highly unlikely that representatives of either party are willing to commit to any meaningful immigration reform, so is it time for we the people through our state legislatures (requires two thirds of the states) to call for a convention to propose a constitutional amendment defining the federal government's role and responsibility for defending our borders? If so, how should such an amendment be worded and how would we go about getting two thirds of the state legislatures to act?</p>
  • Con Con Is a Terrible Idea

    12/16/2008 3:15:47 PM PST · by Greystoke · 13 replies · 942+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Tuesday, December 16, 2008 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The mind-boggling amounts of the bailouts Congress has passed and is still debating, plus shocking Wall Street frauds, seem to have plunged some lawmakers into a silly season. Ohio state legislators this month held a surprise hearing on a resolution calling for a national constitutional convention, and then canceled a vote after dozens of citizens showed up to speak against it. We already have a U.S. Constitution that has withstood the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune for more than two centuries, and we don't need a new constitution. There is nothing wrong with the one we have except that...
  • Con Con Update Victory -- With More Action Needed

    12/18/2008 10:57:02 AM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 14 replies · 578+ views
    American Policy Center ^ | Dec. 12, 2008 | Tom De Weese
    Calling a Con Con is not only wholly unnecessary to the purpose of a balanced federal budget, but will unquestionably result in an outcome as unimaginable to most Americans as it will be lethal to our nation. The American Policy Center became the Con Con proponents' worst nightmare with Wednesday's Sledgehammer. But they will now be expecting our next salvo, so it is imperative we redouble and greatly expand our efforts to again carry the day. Please do all you can to help us in this most important fight. The United States stands at the edge of a great, dark...
  • New anti- gay marriage strategy

    06/26/2006 12:41:10 PM PDT · by balch3 · 22 replies · 854+ views
    Pittsburg Tribune Review ^ | June 25, 2006 | Robert Novak
    By Robert Novak Sunday, June 25, 2006 WASHINGTON Supporters of a constitutional amendment to keep the courts from legalizing homosexual marriage, stunned by poor support in the recent Senate vote, are beginning a campaign for a constitutional convention. The provision of the Constitution's Article V requiring such a convention if called by two-thirds of the state legislatures has never been used. Fear of throwing the Constitution open to general amendment has overridden support for specific issues. However, key advocates of barring gay marriages believe the constitutional convention strategy will keep the issue alive. A recent memo circulated within the anti-gay...
  • Do We Need A New Constitutional Convention?

    01/25/2006 5:15:45 PM PST · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 107 replies · 1,120+ views
    LessonPlanPage.com ^ | 1/25/2006 | Andrew Costly
    Title - Do We Need A New Constitutional Convention By - Andrew Costly Do We Need A New Constitutional Convention? by Constitutional Rights Foundation (www.crf-usa.org) Article V of the Constitution provides two methods for adding Amendments. Congress introduces amendments by one method; the states initiate them under the other. The only method ever used is the congressional method. It lets Congress pass constitutional amendments by a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Such amendments must then be ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures or special state conventions, as Congress determines. Over 10,000 amendments...
  • Virginia Withdraws Con-Con Application

    03/26/2004 4:30:20 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 11 replies · 140+ views
    http://www.thenewamerican.com ^ | April 5, 2004 | Virginia
    Virginia Withdraws Con-Con ApplicationVirginia has joined the ranks of states that have withdrawn their applications to Congress calling for a constitutional convention (con-con). The measure originated in the state’s House of Delegates, passing with widespread support, 82-10. Senate passage was by voice vote. Final action occurred on March 10, when the House voted on the resolution a second time due to minor changes added to the final resolution by the Senate. The victory is the product of diligent teamwork by members of the John Birch Society.A con-con is a never-before-used method of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Article V...