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The War Against the 17th Amendment

Max J. Skidmore | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Max J. Skidmore

A widespread sentiment among more extreme conservatives -- including a surprising number of prominent Republican candidates, former candidates, office holders, and former office holders -- is that the 17th Amendment should be repealed.

If It Were Up To This GOP Candidate, Voters Wouldn't Get A Direct Say In Electing Senators

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

If it were up to Nevada Lieutenant Governor candidate Sue Lowden (R), Americans might not have to worry anymore about voting for their senators at the...

Amanda Terkel

ALEC Drops Proposed Legislation Chipping Away At The 17th Amendment | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council has chosen not to endorse proposed legislation that would chip away at the curren...

Emily Swanson

Even Republicans Don't Like The Right-Wing Plan To Stop Electing Senators By Popular Vote | Emily Swanson | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics

Repealing the 17th Amendment -- and returning to the days when U.S. senators were elected not by the people but by state legislatures -- is an idea th...

Amanda Terkel

ALEC Weighs Bill That Would Erode 17th Amendment | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council is wading back into election issues, as it considers supporting a bill that would...

A Senatorial Centennial: How Congress Was Reshaped 100 Years Ago This Week

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

It was exactly one hundred years ago that the 17th Amendment was enacted to shift the election of senators from state legislatures to the voters of each state. This is a largely forgotten episode of American political history, but its effects still resonate down until today.

GOP Lawmaker Pulls Pre-1913 Bill, Delays Vote After Criticism

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

A vote on Tennessee legislation to require U.S. Senate candidates to be nominated by the state legislature was delayed Monday by the bill's own Republ...

John Celock

GOP Congressman Backs Ending Century-Long Practice | John Celock | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

Republican state legislators in Georgia who want to cease direct elections of United States senators apparently have an ally in one of the state's Rep...

GOP Lawmakers Seek To Repeal Century Old Practice

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

A group of Republican state lawmakers in Georgia wants to end direct election of United States senators and return the power to state legislatures. ...

Republican Seeks Return To 19th Century

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Tennessee is seeking a partial repeal of the direct election of U.S. senators in the state, but not before a fellow Repu...

Conservatives Seek to Celebrate the Constitution by Undermining It

Doug Kendall | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Doug Kendall

As long as conservatives believe they can win elections by changing the ground rules, the battle over voting rights will continue. And as long as conservatives are weaponizing the Constitution for political purposes, progressives must aggressively tell our own story about the Constitution.

WATCH: Colbert Lambasts GOP Candidates Who Want To Repeal 17th Amendment

Posted 08.21.2012 | Detroit

After a campaign marked by scrutiny and criticism, Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra got a painful scorching Thursday when Stephen Colbert dedicated a se...

GOP Candidate Makes Bizarre Call

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics

A Republican Senate candidate in Arizona told party activists late last week that he is in favor of repealing the direct election of U.S. senators. ...

12 Laws Tea Partiers Would Repeal if they Could

Kent Greenfield | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Kent Greenfield

While individual supporters of the Tea Party may differ on specific proposals, the leaders of the movement have articulated a commitment to rolling back decades of legislative and constitutional changes.

The Next Amendment

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

While these are all good suggestions that I hope will someday be the law of our land, there's a problem we need to get to first: the desecration of our national anthem.

Antonin Scalia -- The Tea Party's Court Justice

David Gans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Gans

It's time Justice Antonin Scalia -- and his ideological soul mates in the Tea Party -- honored the whole Constitution, including all the Amendments that make the Constitution the great and enduring document it is today.

A Short and Clear Guide to What a Midterm Vote Really Means

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

When you pull a lever on Tuesday, you may think you are voting for one candidate or another, but, in the big picture, the vote won't be for a person. Instead, you will be voting based on these opposing principles.

Constitutional Conservatives?
8 Self-Proclaimed Lovers Of The U.S. Constitution That Want To Amend It

AOL News | David Knowles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Does the U.S. Constitution grant Americans citizens too many rights? That seems to be the conclusion reached by some tea party activists and the cand...

The 17th Amendment is Good for America

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

There's a movement afoot to repeal the 17th Amendment of the United States Constitution which allows for the two US Senators from each state to be "el...

Repeal the 17th Amendment

Tony Blankley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Blankley

The continued lack of enforcement of the 10th Amendment has been one of the failures of the conservative movement. The best way to revive this amendment is to repeal the 17th Amendment.

House Candidate Geoghegan: Senate Appointments Violate Constitution

New York Times | Thomas Geoghegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

IN 2009 four new senators will slip into office -- all in violation of the Constitution, which requires a special election to fill a Senate vacancy. C...

Burris Flap Tosses Glare on Virtual Lily White Senate

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Senate's glaring diversity problem goes far beyond the white out of African Americans. The paucity of openly gay members, minorities and women among the 100 senators is just as glaring.

How the 17th Amendment was Supposed to Save Us from Being Blago'd.

James Boyce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Boyce

Senators were originally selected by the members of the House, but a Constitutional Amendment, the 17th, changed that.