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The Article V Information Center is a non-partisan resource that promotes truthful, unbiased information as a non-partisan organization. We believe that with correct information available, unreasonable anxieties and fears will be dissipated, thereby motivating greater citizen participation.

Article V Convention Posts

  • Fake News: How Leading Liberal Newspapers Spread the “Runaway Convention” Story

    Fake News: How Leading Liberal Newspapers Spread the “Runaway Convention” Story0

    • June 11, 2017

    Although there were scattered antecedents, “runaway convention” claims and certain associated myths were first distributed widely during the 1960s and 1970s. In a previous Article V Information Center study, I documented how those stories were publicized by leading opinion-molders in national liberal establishment. Their goal was to disable the Article V convention process to prevent

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  • The Convention of States in American History

    The Convention of States in American History0

    • June 1, 2017

    In this short essay, constitutional historian Rob Natelson thumbnails the three-centuries long history of “conventions of the states.” When delegations from the states assemble in Phoenix, Arizona later this year, they will be basking in a long and rich American tradition. As far back as 1677, British colonies in North America sent “commissioners” (delegates) to

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  • Convention Rules for a Convention of the States

    Convention Rules for a Convention of the States0

    • May 28, 2017

    The convention of the states meeting in Phoenix, Arizona in September will need a set of rules. Moreover, that convention will be engaged in further rule-writing because the Arizona Legislature called it partly to suggest rules for a prospective Article V Convention for Proposing Amendments. I suggest the planners start with the Model Rules provided

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  • Scalia Probably Favored An Amendments Convention — But Does It Matter?

    Scalia Probably Favored An Amendments Convention — But Does It Matter?0

    • April 12, 2017

    A majority of state legislatures have voted to trigger the U.S. Constitution’s most important procedure for reforming the federal government. This is the gathering that Article V of the Constitution calls “a convention for proposing amendments”—more popularly known as a “convention of states.” Advocates of a convention of states rely on a supportive statement made by the

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  • Using a Convention of States to Bypass Congress

    Using a Convention of States to Bypass Congress0

    • April 9, 2017

    Convinced that Congress is unlikely to cure federal dysfunction, most state legislatures have triggered the Constitution’s most important reform mechanism: They have applied for what the Constitution calls “a convention for proposing amendments”—a kind of convention of states. This year, Wyoming became the 29th state to apply for a convention to propose a balanced budget

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  • A Burst of New Article V Progress

    A Burst of New Article V Progress0

    • March 24, 2017

    For a few weeks earlier this year, it looked like the Article V movement might have stalled. Some state lawmakers thought the election of President Trump would be a sufficient solution to federal dysfunction. Wyoming’s passage of a balanced budget application was offset by rejection in conservative Idaho and rescission in liberal New Mexico. The

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