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Constitutional Convention

Constitution Day: Celebrate the Bill of Rights

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

James Madison's political courage and determination cannot be overstated. He was insistent, compelling, unyielding and ultimately triumphant.

Generating "Radical" Ideas for Government Innovation -- A Starter List

Lenny Mendonca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Lenny Mendonca

Though the ambitious effort to reform California's broken system of government through a constitutional convention was stymied this year, the spirit of reform is alive and well in California and elsewhere.

Disclose Act Isn't Nearly Enough, With or Without the "NRA Exemption"

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

If Congress fails to act on the constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United ruling, there's another option: a constitutional convention.

Were the Founding Fathers Alcoholics?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

I want to talk about how much the founding fathers drank. Quite a bit. Just think what would happen if a politician today drank anywhere near as much as they did at that Constitutional party.

Rhode Island's David Segal's Call for a Constitutional Convention

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

It is impossible for any fair minded soul, whether Democratic or Republican, to look at the current state of the American democracy and not believe that something has gone profoundly wrong.

A Call for a Convention

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

The problem in our democracy is not diversity; the problem is a Congress dependent upon the fundraisers. The problem is not corporate speech. The problem is the fundraising Congress.

Diversionary Dangers of Amending the Constitution

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

Post Citizens United vs. FEC, Americans should be less concerned with who spends money on campaigns and more concerned by ill-informed citizens who enable that spending to have a profound effect.

Shake the System

Gavin Newsom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gavin Newsom

If we're going to put California back on the leading edge, we have to fix our broken system. Please join me in supporting a California Constitutional Convention and help participate in shaping it.

New Constitution Called For As Albany Disgust Rises

New York Times | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY - Few New Yorkers would disagree that state politics are broken. Even fewer are the number of proposed fixes - from term limits for lawmakers t...

Small States with Big Power

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Is it fair that the key gang of six negotiating health care in the Senate Finance Committee represent less than 3% of the nation's population?

California Rising

Jim Selman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Selman

In many ways, California has always been an 'early adapter' in terms of social and technological trends. It has also been early in having its share of the problems we are now facing everywhere.

Every Illinois County Voted Against The Constitutional Convention

Progress Illinois | Josh Kalven | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Progress Illinois analysis of the 2008 general election results found that every county in the state voted heavily against the proposed 2010 constit...

Bar Association To Appeal Con-Con Ruling

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Bar Association says it will ask the Illinois Supreme Court to examine the process that put a constitutional convention referendum on the ...

Constitutional Convention Rejected By Voters

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois voters decided against a constitutional convention referendum Tuesday, but the question may live on in the courts. With 92 percent of precin...

Are Citizens 'Too Stupid' For A Constitutional Convention?

SouthtownStar | Kristen McQueary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

T here they stood, like an old Archie and Edith. Gov. Jim Edgar and his 1992 gubernatorial opponent, Dawn Clark Netsch, side by side in the Thompson C...

What the Framers Knew and Alan Greenspan Didn't

Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes

The Framers did not ask people to rise above self-interest but instead expected them to pursue it. Pitting interest against interest, as Madison put it, is a way of ensuring liberty.

Vote NO on a Constitutional Convention

Greg Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Greg Harris

If the roof in your house sprung a leak, would you fix the roof or burn down the house and start over? That is essentially the choice Illinois voters will make this year when we decide whether or not to have a constitutional convention.

Constitutional Convention: Debating The Merits

Illinois Issues | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In Illinois, the very first question on the ballot November 4 -- even before the question of who shall be president -- will ask voters whether Illinoi...

Who Wants A Constitutional Convention?

Gapers Block | Ramsin Canon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The pro and con sides of an unconventional Constitutional Convention controversy lined up, and in a balmy room at the UIC campus, they acted out a pur...