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Convention of States update!

We've had a number of requests to post an update of our legislative status from around the country. Here's where we stand so far:

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If you don't have time to read the blog every day, the Convention of States newsletter is for you!

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West Virginia GOP Executive Committee endorses Convention of States Project

Great news from West Virginia! Last weekend, in Parkersburg, the West Virginia GOP Executive Committee formally endorsed the Convention of States Project in a unanimous decision after a powerful speech from Senator Tom Coburn. West Virginia Legislative Liaison Jay Taylor gave us a first-hand report, which we've posted below.

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Feds take aim at Pizza Hut

The regulatory behemoth in D.C. has turned its sights on the pizza industry. An FDA rule under Obamacare would require restaurants with more than 20 locations to post calorie counts for every item on their menu board, including every potential combination of pizza topping. One Domino’s franchise owner in Missouri guessed it would cost him $5,000 to build the boards.

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Prof. Rob Natelson on the Heartland Daily Podcast (listen)


In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, H. Sterling Burnett, managing editor of Environment & Climate News spoke with Rob Natelson. Natelson is a senior fellow at the Independence Institute and a former Constitutional Law professor at three different universities. He and Burnett spoke about the history and the practicality of an Article V [Convention of States].

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EPA withholds mine spill documents from Congress

The list of federal cover-ups continued today as reported that the EPA is refusing to release documents to Congress relating to the Gold King Mining disaster, which spilled deadly chemicals into the largest source of drinking water in the West.

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Lois Lerner used a second personal email address named after her dog

Get ready. There might be even more Lois Lerner emails to comb through.

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Term limits for the Supreme Court?

The following was written by Prof. Rob Natelson, the nation's leading expert on Article V. It was originally published on The American Thinker.

Term limits are among the reforms being proposed by advocates of curbing federal government abuses through the Constitution’s Article V amendment process.

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US drops in overall freedom ranking

Increased invasion of privacy, a decline in economic freedom, and increased government regulations have resulted in the United States being ranked the 20th freest nation in the world, according to a new study by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute and the Swiss Liberales Institut. The U.S. now ranks as less free than nations like the United Kingdom (9), Germany (12), and Chile (18).

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"POLICY BYTES: The growing support for an Article V Convention of the States"

The following was written by Dr. Merrill Matthews, resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation. Click here to read it in its original location.

One reason Donald Trump is finding support for his presidential bid is that so many people are fed up with Washington and its inability to get things done--that is, get things done the way the fed-up people think they should.

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Americans of every stripe see the government as out of control

The following is an excerpt from a recent article by Cal Thomas.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders represent two sides of the same coin. Both men have tapped into a deep anger — a discontent — in the public mood. Little seems to be going right. America appears in decline under a disengaged president. We can't seem to win wars, or know why we are fighting them. People are afraid of losing their jobs or unable to find one. While the Treasury takes in record amounts of money from working people, it outspends its income. Mr. Sanders and Hillary Clinton want to spend (and borrow) even more.

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Column: Repairing our broken federal government

The federal government is broken. Utterly, completely and hopelessly broken. No matter which party is in control, the federal government keeps growing and reaching further into our lives and our pockets. More waste, more fraud, more abuse. The monstrosity in Washington, DC will never be fixed from within Washington, DC. Never. Ever.

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The Washington establishment "cannot be relied on to fix the problems they have created"

The following excerpt is from a great letter to the editor written by Convention of States supporter Richard Williams and published on The Daily Courier.

The Daily Courier reported on the first meeting held in the Quad City area to gin up support for it. It's called a Convention of States. I am getting personally involved in this movement because I believe it is necessary to correct the erosion to our form of government. It is one of two ways to propose and pass amendments to our Constitution. Both ways are found in Article V of the Constitution of the United States. The first way is for Congress to propose Amendments, "whenever two thirds of both houses deem it necessary." After the first 10 Amendments, the Bill of Rights was passed, and the other Amendments were passed in this manner.

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USDA ‘creating jobs’ by buying snowmobiles, fire trucks

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it is creating jobs by spending millions on snowmobiles, fire trucks, studying a “gluten-free mill,” and other local initiatives.

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Louisiana leaders meet to discuss strategy

You may have been wondering what the Louisiana Convention of States team has been up to since the resolution was rejected in the Senate earlier this year. Some thought we’d roll over and give up after what happened, but not this resilient team! We took it upon ourselves to hold a statewide meeting for every Convention of States leader to discuss our strategy for the upcoming legislative season. I’m happy to report that the meeting was a huge success. 

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WATCH Michael Farris on The Washington Journal (video)

Michael Farris appeared on C-SPAN's The Washington Journal on August 17th to discuss the Convention of States Project as well as topics he believes would merit constitutional amendments.

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State leaders embrace Convention of States at ALEC 2015

Nearly 1500 conservative state legislators from across the country gathered in San Diego for ALEC’s annual conference this past week, and Article V was the talk of the town. Several groups advocating for a convention of states were present at the event, but one stood out among the rest.

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IRS says thieves stole tax info from additional 220,000

A computer breach at the IRS in which thieves stole tax information from thousands of taxpayers is much bigger than the agency originally disclosed.

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States’ convention can roll back overreach

This article was originally published on the Cheraw Chronicle.

In January, two bills were filed in the South Carolina legislature that I consider the most important legislation ever filed in Columbia.

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Failure to do Good is its Own Kind of Wrongdoing

This article was originally published on the Missouri Scorecard.

As a mother, I have tried to teach my children from an early age that wrongdoing always has consequences, even if we can’t predict those consequences at the time.

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