What do Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Commentators Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Charlie Kirk and Ben Shapiro, Lt. Col. Allen West, Dr. James Dobson, Florida Senator Mark Rubio, Texas Congressman Chip Roy, Ben Carson, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Governor and Governor Mike Huckabee have in common?
They all support a Convention of the States to fix an out of touch and overspending Washington DC.
America needs 34 states for a Convention of States Resolution, to call for a limiting of federal power, spending, and terms of office.
Currently, 16 states have now joined the call: Georgia, Alaska, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arizona, North Dakota, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Utah, Mississippi, and Wisconsin.
“Thank goodness our Constitution has given the states and the people a framework to step in and save the Republic when Congress will not. Today we sent a message that Wisconsin stands ready to rein in federal overreach,” said Wisconsin State Senator Kathy Bernier following the Badger State joining the first 15.
“Times like these are precisely why the Founders created the mechanisms in Article V,” agreed Wisconsin State Representative Dan Knodl. “Federal overreach has thrown our country into chaos, and it’s time for the states to exercise their authority as granted to them in the constitution to restore order, states’ rights, and limited, constitutional government. I’m incredibly proud that our state has officially thrown its support behind this movement.”
Senators in Nebraska are expected to take their final vote on the COS Resolution in a matter of days.
Once 34 states apply for a convention to propose amendments on the same issue (i.e., limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government), Article V requires Congress to name the place and the time for the convention. If it fails to exercise this power reasonably, either the courts or the states themselves can override Congressional inaction.
The coalition of Americans who have joined the Convention of States Action group indicate they have “built robust teams in all 50 states, some of which are tens of thousands of patriots strong.”
“Washington, D.C., is broken. The federal government is spending this country into the ground, seizing power from the states and taking liberty from the people,” the group emphasizes. “It’s time American citizens took a stand and made a legitimate effort to curb the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.The Founders gave us a tool to fix Washington, D.C. We must use it before it is too late.”
Many of their members and teams have secured a local or state elected position in various states. Some of the most noteworthy achievements include:
In Virginia, COS District Captain Karen Greenhalgh won a race against an incumbent candidate for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates.
In New Jersey, Convention of States Petition signer Edward Durr shocked the nation in 2021 when he ousted the longtime president of the New Jersey state senate, Steve Sweeney. .
In Texas, State Director Shelby Williams won a seat on the Plano City Council in 2019. Initially faced with two opponents, Shelby gained enough grassroots support to prevent the well-known incumbent from garnering the 50% of votes required to win outright in the May 4th election, thereby triggering a run-off election. Though ending 2.5 points behind on May 4th, in the final June 8th vote, Shelby pulled ahead to a 53-47% victory.
In Ohio, Mike Carey won a seat in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District on Nov 4, 2021, replacing resigned Rep. Steve Stivers. Mike signed the COS petition at the Madison County, Ohio county fair in July 2021.
In Wisconsin, former COS State Director Tom Peters was elected to the County Board in Brown County.
In Minnesota, John Heinrich won his election thanks in large part to Convention of States volunteers. In 2018, Heinrich faced four challengers in the primary, two of whom were against a Convention of States and two of whom were noncommittal.
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