April 29, 2018
Victories around the Nation:
Defeating the Numerous Article V Constitutional Convention Resolutions
By Janine Hansen, Eagle Forum National Constitutional Issues Chairman

The battle to save our Constitution rages across the country.  Although “conservatives” control no City Councils, County Commissions, State Legislatures, and certainly not the U.S. Congress, ”Pie in Sky” Convention of States advocates dream that they can control an Article V Constitutional Convention. The delegates from EVERY state will most likely be proportional based on population and apportioned according to the Electoral College. This puts small states and especially “conservatives” at an incredible disadvantage.

Between 2014 and 2017, twelve states made application to the Congress to Call an Article V Constitutional “Convention of the States” including: Alaska, Arizona, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

However, the “Convention of States Project” applications, including delegate bills which are the gateway to Article V Conventions, have failed this year to pass in a single state and have failed in fourteen states including: Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

In addition to the Article V Convention of States Projects the Left has their own Article V Constitutional Convention resolution which is promoted in Legislatures around the country by Wolf PAC which is financed by George Soros. This Article V which repeals the Supreme Court Decision in Citizen United would severely undermine our First Amendment right to Freedom of Speech. It has passed in five states including California, Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

This year the Wolf PAC Article V Constitutional Convention has also failed to pass in any state. It has been defeated in Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Washington, West Virginia and most recently in Colorado.

Deb Marks, Colorado Eagle Forum President, writes of the recent David vs. Goliath battle in Colorado.

“Article V is an issue that crosses party and ideological lines.  Colorado Eagle Forum themselves worked with ‘ strange bedfellows’ on this issue during the last 2 weeks. We are thankful to the expert guiding hand of Janine Hansen, who patiently trained CO EF to stand for battle in the CO State Legislature.

“Our steps were divinely orchestrated to educate our state legislature and the public through a series of forums on the east slope of Colorado April 17-19, culminating in giving testimony on two bills, one in the Senate and one in the House State Veteran & Military Affairs committees on April 25th.

“Anita Stapleton and Rosina Kovar gave excellent testimony on behalf of CO EF. During testimony, CO EF found themselves on the same side along with groups like CO League of Women Voters, Common Cause, CO Fiscal Institute and America Votes. Additionally, the state director for America Votes stated in her testimony that these organizations opposed the Article V bill: American Federation of Teachers (AFT), CO AFL-CIO, CO Educators Association, NARAL and even Planned Parenthood.

“The final vote on SJM18-005 – bill failed 3 to 2 across party lines. In the House, HJR18-1015 failed 8 to 1 also across party lines.

“What a miraculous outcome on both bills! Hallelujah – Praise the Lord!

“Colorado Eagle Forum is grateful to Eagle Forum founder, Phyllis Schlafly for laying the excellent groundwork for all of us in the trenches today.  We hope to walk in her footsteps. …”

Adding to the credibility of our arguments was the op-ed by two Constitutional law professors entitled “Gambling with our Constitution” distributed by Eagles from the Denver Post 4/20/2018.

Eagle Forum has been a major force in opposing the numerous Article V Constitutional Convention resolutions around the nation. Our victories this year have been remarkable as more and more citizens and Legislators recognize the threat the multiple Article V Constitutional Convention resolutions and organizations pose to our Constitution.