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  •  YES! And see similar efforts such as (1+ / 0-)
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    California's March for Democracy to demand that the CA legislature call for a Convention to get money out of politics and

    Wolf PAC's effort to organize nationally to ensure we get the 34 calls necessary to hold a Convention to produce the Amendment, then the 38 signatures needed to ratify the Amendment.

    I'm thrilled with Reid's call for a hearing, but I really want to see the language of the Amendment.

    Consider this:

    Something to keep in mind (from Wolf PAC):

    Near the turn of the 20th century the states wanted a direct election of senators, and Nebraska was the first state to call for an Article V. Convention in 1893.  By 1913 the movement had come within one state of reaching the necessary 2/3 threshold that would force a convention.  When it became clear to Congress that the 17th Amendment was going to happen one way or another they decided to preempt a convention  by passing it themselves.  The threat of a convention is the strongest message we can send and the most effective way to restore our democracy in the United States.  This can and must be done in a far shorter time period then it took for the 17th Amendment, then again, they didn't have the power of the internet and other technology we will be using in this battle.

    I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

    Trust, but verify. - Reagan
    Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

    by Words In Action on Thu May 15, 2014 at 01:50:13 PM PDT

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    •  I agree about seeing the language... (2+ / 0-)
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      mkor7, Robiodo

      in our zeal to pass this needed reform amendment, we need to be careful about unintended consequences, and other weasel tactics that our politicians have become known for. I don't want them sneaking anything in, or conversely, leaving a gaping hole in the amendment.

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