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Maryland Legislature Rescinds Call for Dangerous Constitutional Convention in the Face of Nationwide Special Interests Push

April 5, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Today the Maryland legislature voted to protect every Americans’ constitutional rights by rescinding its calls for a dangerous Article V constitutional convention. State lawmakers cited the threat of a “runaway convention,” which could result in major changes to the U.S. Constitution and its protections in a process bankrolled by special interests.

Gorsuch Nomination Moves Toward Historic Confrontation

April 3, 2017; Today In Democracy, Blog Post

Supreme Court appointments reverberate across the decades. But Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's choice for the Supreme Court, is likely to have a major impact even before he takes the bench.

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Abbott Invites Constitutional Chaos

January 8, 2016

Gov. Greg Abbott’s call today for a “convention of states” to amend the constitution is an invitation to constitutional anarchy. While Article V of the Constitution provides for such a convention, one has never been called. There are no limits on what a convention might do or provisions for how it would operate, how states would be represented or who would represent them.

On the Brink of a Constitutional Crisis

December 2, 2015

All but unnoticed by the public and press, balanced budget activists and an assortment of big money interests are close to triggering a political and governmental crisis in the form of a new constitutional convention, Common Cause argues in a report released today. “The Dangerous Path. Big Money’s Plan to Shred the Constitution,” examines a decades-old campaign on behalf of a convention under Article V of the Constitution. The unprecedented assembly could re-write the 238-year old Constitution, imperiling civil rights and the system of checks and balances at the heart of the nation’s charter, the report warns.

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