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Constitutional Amendment

Tax Revolt Could Haunt Texans

Kevin Price | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Kevin Price

People love tax cuts. They see them on the ballot and they will gleefully vote for them, often without thinking twice about their consequences. Rece...

A Simple Plan for America's 3 Most Complex Problems

Alex Law | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Alex Law

Term Limits, gerrymandering, and big money in politics. Think of how wonderful American government would be if we just fixed those three problems. We have been told it would be impossible to do something about all of these issues, but what if it wasn't?

Campaign Finance Reform: How Can Change Actually Happen?

Alex Law | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Alex Law

In my campaign, one of the biggest issues I discuss is campaign finance reform because I believe it to be the most fundamentally important reform that America needs right now. Without a change in how money is raised for political campaigns, it will make honest discussions about other reforms incredibly difficult.

The Next Amendment

Michael Golden | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Golden

Gregory Watson proved the power of what one man can do. Imagine the power of a huge cross-section -- millions of Americans -- coming together to make this priority a reality. To push our leaders to pass a measure that's waiting to be passed.

How Will Republicans React to Gay Marriage Decision?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Supreme Court decision, when it happens later this year, is quite likely going to set off an argument within the Republican Party -- or, at the very least, that subset of the party who are running for president.

Jesse Rifkin

Advocates See 2015 As Year Of The Balanced Budget Amendment | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supporters of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution believe they are in the position to win over enough state legislature...

O-Kern-Homa, Where the Hate Comes Sweepin' Down the Plain

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern (R) has introduced a bill to officially change the name of the state from Oklahoma to Okernhoma. Kern stated, "By putting my name in the state's name, the people in our great state will be reminded that my opinions are more important than any one person's individual rights."

Paul Blumenthal

Where Campaign Finance Reformers Actually Won On Election Day | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Midterm voters boosted Republican power in Arkansas by electing all Republicans to statewide office, enhancing the party's control of th...

Enough Already

Paula Gordon | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

At the end of a campaign, we should know more about our country, our fellow citizens and those who want to represent us. Instead we are awash in malicious advertising and name-calling.

Why We Need a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Ron Fein | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Ron Fein

Who do you think politicians are more responsive to: (A) ordinary voters, or (B) rich funders? If you chose option B, you'd be right. But we have a chance to fix that.

The Public and Proposed Constitutional Amendments: We Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Paul Herrnson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

Despite the public's overall belief in the Constitution as an enduring document, the data indicate that Americans are quite willing to use the amendment process to make policy changes.

Asking the Right Questions on Citizens United

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

If Republicans want to defend the rights of corporations and billionaires to spend unlimited, secret money in campaigns, then they should say so. But they do not get a free pass to defend unlimited, secret political spending by sidestepping the question and pretending that Democrats are attacking our nation's First Amendment.

Voting Yes for the Constitutional Amendment

Coreen K. Lee | Posted 11.10.2014 | Hawaii
Coreen K. Lee

With the implementation of the Early Childhood Education program, Hawaii will be able to define expectations of participating preschool programs including child outcomes, family engagement, curriculum aligned to state standards, etc.

Is There a Billionaire Cancellation Effect?

Robert Weissman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The Republicans have their billionaires, the Democrats have theirs. What's the big kerfuffle about campaign spending, right? Wrong.

Fighting for Our Political Voice

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Money isn't speech and corporations aren't people. Most people get that. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, however, political contributions by corporations and the richest Americans actually are free speech and entitled to special protection. Even when they're made in secret.

Paul Blumenthal

Is Washington The Only Place Where Campaign Finance Is A Partisan Issue? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Monday to debate a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision and allowing ...

Michael McAuliff

Dems Ramp Up Dark Money Fight With Bid To Amend Constitution | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats took the first step to try and stem the flood of unregulated dark money that's swamped politics since 2010, with a firs...

Can the People's Climate March on September 21 Ignite a Political Revolution?

Pearl Korn | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

I hope that all of this suggests that we are arriving at a tipping point and are ready to do the hard work necessary to take back our democracy and our government.

Sen. McConnell Makes the Case

Miles Rapoport | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

Sen. Mitch McConnell, long known as a champion of big money in politics, has made a stunningly compelling case for a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress and the states to restore sensible limits on political spending. We appreciate his help and his clarity.

Boehner's Constitution Of Convenience

Duncan Hosie | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Ironically, Speaker Boehner resorted to the American justice system to sue President Obama, the very system he has worked relentlessly to underfund for indigents. Instead of suing Obama, he should start fixing the system he and his colleagues broke.

Massachusetts Does Not Need More Money in Politics: Why State Legislators Should Not Increase Campaign Contribution Limits

John Bonifaz | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
John Bonifaz

If Massachusetts legislators want to double the contribution limits in state politics, they should, in the light of day, create a stand-alone bill to do that and try to pass it. But, they should not bury it in a disclosure bill and call it reform.

Is Fishiness Afoot in Redistricting Reform in Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Was there something fishy going on when the state board of elections raised questions about whether the redistricting reform campaign had enough valid signatures to get on the November ballot?

Run on the Supreme Court

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Putting term limits on The Supreme Court as an amendment is not a new idea. How do we flesh it out?

Amend the 13th Amendment

Rick McDaniel | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Rick McDaniel

I was in a recent meeting when Prison Fellowship president Jim Liske quoted it. I couldn't believe it but then I read the 13th Amendment and there it was..

Michael McAuliff

Harry Reid Declares Koch Brothers A Cult | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) found a new charge to level at the billionaire Koch brothers Thursday: They lead a cult. R...