As State Legislators, we have a solemn obligation to defend the rights of the people and protect the sovereign authority of our states, but the powers in Washington D.C. have made that almost impossible. Decades of out of control spending and a slow erosion of the balance of power between the states and the Federal government have all but destroyed the constitutional federalism that our founding fathers established.

The drafters of our Constitution knew this could happen and so they gave us the tools to keep the genius of Federalism functioning, but we have to use those tools.

The stronger we are, the sooner we can take the credit cards away from Washington and put our nation back on track.

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This Month…
  • Who is Responsible for Toothless Federalism?
  • This Presidential Candidate Once Said He Supported a BBA
  • Heritage Releases its Extensive ‘Blueprint for Balance’
  • This Plan Proposes to Balance the Federal Budget in 6 Years
  • Brookings Writer:  Myths About Fed Debt Leave No Answer
  • Blue Dogs are Gaining Influence While Supporting a BBA
  • US Rep. Schiff Offers Proposed Constitutional Amendment
  • Article V Opposition Campaigns Rely on Disinformation
  • Fake Article V Web Site Surfaces
  • Economist Chides Colorado for Weakening Its TABOR Law
  • Natelson Offers Insight on What Is a Constitutional Crisis

This Month…
  • Solutions Proposed to Deal with the National Debt Crisis
  • If the Republicans Won’t Do It, Maybe Democrats Will
  • Sen. Grassley: Deficits are Not Due to Decreased Revenue
  • Mischaracterized Views of Antonin Scalia Debunked
  • A Digest of Some Especially Good Related Reads

This Month…

  • Much Talk but No Action on $22 Trillion Debt
  • Illinois Dems Propose a BBA for Their State Constitution
  • Dozens of Article V-related Bills Wend through States
  • The ERA – It’s Not an Article V Issue, But It Is Related
  • National Popular Vote Not Likely to Use Article V
  • Federalism Explained through The Parable of the Bicycle
  • Actions of Pro-Convention Groups Mystify FoAVC Leader

This Month…

  • Convention of States Project Gets 13th State
  • New Federal Budget Calculator Offered by America Off Balance
  • Writer Says Article V is Only Way to Save Federal Government
  • Address Constitutional Changes with ‘Citizens’ Convention’?
  • Federalism in the News
  • Updated Article V Campaign Info Now Available
  • Guldenschuh Issues First A5 Progress Report for 2019
  • Article V Proposed as a Way to Legalize Cannabis
  • Other Reports on Article V State Legislation

Enclosed is your initial 2019 “President’s Day” edition of The Article V Convention Legislative Progress Report.   I have refined the report this year to limit it to only those groups which have passed multiple Article V resolutions.

Congratulations are in order for the Convention of States Project which got off to a fast start by passing their resolution in Arkansas. That makes 13 states where the COS resolution has now passed.

As you can see, US Term Limits and Wolf PAC /Free & Fair Elections have cast a broad net in multiple states.

Over the past year, Loren Enns has assumed leadership over the BBA effort. Loren has been working Article V for over a decade. He is President of the Center for State-led National Debt Solutions (CSNDS), the 501(c)(3) arm of the BBA effort. The BBA effort has some very targeted states this year starting with South Carolina.

My review of the legislative landscape shows that there are numerous rescission efforts underway. Some are geared at getting rid of old applications; others appear due to a change in leadership in the state legislatures and the continuing “runaway” myth. I suspect this will continue to be a focus of effort for all the groups as we move forward.  Everyone needs to build a strong flank to resist the opposition.

So far this year, approximately 75 pieces of Article V legislation have been dropped in 27 states.  That’s less than years past, but to be expected as the low hanging fruit gets picked and the process gets more targeted and difficult.  I predict that we’ll top 100 items and two-thirds of the states before this legislative year is finished.

That’s it for your initial update. If I can ever be of assistance to any of you, please don’t hesitate to ask.

David F. Guldenschuh

Editor and Publisher

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This Month…

  • Former US Comptroller General Says Now is Time to Act
  • Editors Call Nation’s Fiscal Wellbeing ‘Precarious’
  • Developments Toward Government Fiscal Restraint
  • Stivers Rule Retained by Dem-Controlled US House
  • Need Seen for Congressional Term LimitsGetting Traction
  • Convention of States Project Reports Growth
  • Other Recent Article V-related Developments
  • AV Caucus Adds 3 State Leaders to its Steering Committee
  • Article V – Not a Path to Senate Reapportionment

This month…

  • Feature Article:  An Interview with Attorney John Cogswell  On Why Enough Article V Applications Already Exist to Justify the Calling of an Article V Convention
  • When SCOTUS Started Killing Federalism
  • A Progressive View of Calling an Article V Convention
  • Roman Buhler Pushes ‘Regulation Freedom Amendment’
  • ERA… The Proposed Amendment that Will Not Go Away
  • Two New Books by Constitutional Scholars
  • News Related to a BBA/Federal Fiscal Restraint
  • Divide and Be Defeated… or Follow Madison’s Words

This month…

  • Indiana Voters Easily Approve a State BBA
  • ALEC Task Force Adopts a Resolution Aimed at Pushing
        Congress to Call a BBA-focused Article V Convention
  • Progress for the Congressional Term Limits Effort
  • Prominent Ds & Rs Call on Congress to Fix the Debt
  • Is Congress Now Incapable of Solving the Debt Crisis? 
  • AP Story Claims Article V is Just for Conservatives
  • Failure to Enact a Federal BBA Could Endanger Medicare
  • Article V Expert Produces 2 New Papers

This month…

  • Judge Brennan:  Long-time Article V Advocate Passes Away
  • Air Force Vet Stresses Extent of US National Debt
  • Columnist:  ‘It’s Only Money… the Kids will pay it back’
  • BBA Only Merits ‘Yawn’ from a US Senator
  • Indiana Voters to Consider a State BBA
  • Economist Warns of Upcoming Federal Budgeting Proposals
  • State Senator Sets Record Straight on an Article V
  • The Limitations of Article V
  • Election Reform Groups Seek Use of Article V in NE US

This month…

  • Do Constitutional Principles Matter Anymore?
  • Constitution Day and the ‘Gift’ of Article V
  • ALEC Statement Calls for Use of Article V
  • The Constitution’s Text: ‘authoritative, exclusive, & supreme’
  • Natelson:  Supreme Court Will Not Defend Federalism
  • Federal Interest Costs Could Exceed Military Spending
  • Political Candidates Are Signing LetUSVote Pledges
  • CoSP Gets Major Endorsement, Keeps Moving Forward
  • Wolf-PAC Leader Writes to the Article V Caucus
  • Caucus Website:  A Handy Source of Accurate Article V Info