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Another bid by the N.C. General Assembly to overhaul the Constitution (but this time, from the left)

Looks like North Carolina lawmakers from both the left and right want to see a reconvening of a Constitutional Convention of the States – but for very different reasons, as you’d imagine.

For those in need of a U.S. history refresher, the Convention of the States last met in 1787 and the Constitution has language to reconvene the group to amend the Constitution if enough states are on board.

Several Democratic ( and one Republican) state lawmakers filed a resolution today that would seek a reconvening of the long-dormant constitutional convention  to  plug the floodgates of campaign money from corporations that have flowed into elections since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. (Hat tip to @CarolinaMercury for first reporting on the resolution. )

You may recall we reported in late May about a similar resolution by a group of Republican House members also interested in resurrecting this group, but in order to limit the federal government’s spending.

The anti-Citizens United resolution introduced today was sponsored by state Rep. Marcus Brandon, Nathan Baskerville and Marvin Lucas, all Democrats, as well as state Rep. Robert Brawley, a Mooresville Republican who made waves earlier this session when he left the Republican caucus over a split with leadership.

“The removal of those [campaign finance] restriction has resulted in the unjust influence of powerful economic forces, which have supplanted the will of the people by undermining our ability to choose our political leadership, write our own laws, and determine the fate of our state,” the resolution states.

It remains unseen if either resolution will go anywhere during this year’s short (and fast-moving) legislative session.

Below is a copy of the resolution, and then scroll down even further watch video of N.C Policy Watch director Chris Fitzsimon’s recent appearance on MSNBC about the federal spending resolution.

Resolution Citizens by NC Policy Watch


Fitzsimon on Al Sharpton’s PoliticsNation:

5 Comments

  1. LayintheSmakDown

    June 5, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    This might make it through, if we can get the huge contributors out of the game things will be much better. Although, you do know spending by your progressive friends the unions and Soros dwarfs the Kochtopus that is always referenced in whacko liberal circles.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    June 5, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    And alan/ml here is the link for your perusal, because I know you love proof. This dark money is a true blue democrap thing for sure.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/371275/biggest-all-time-donors-american-politics-are-jim-geraghty

  3. Alan

    June 5, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Ah…, National Review, that well known source of “the truth”, hardly The Economist.

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    June 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    If you actually dare to do this thing called “research” you can find similar listings of donations. Don’t kill the messenger just because his view may be different from yours.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    June 6, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    And you can go to open secrets and get the same information…which is where the chart came from in the first place. Methinks you protest because the democraps are the heavy hitters with dark money despite the media spin to the contrary. Looks like the Kochtopus straw man does not hold up.

    https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php