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Andy Biggs, Nick Dranias, and Dustin Romney Debate Article-Five Amendments Convention

Posted: November 21, 2014 at 9:00 am   /   by

On November 20, 2014, the Scottsdale, AZ Tea Party hosted a discussion/debate on the merits of using the US Constitution’s Article V (Clause 2) amendments convention process to rein in runaway spending, borrowing, and regulation in Washington. See this link for the WesternFreePress.com introduction to Article V.

Nick Dranias, who spoke first, is President and Executive Director, Compact for America Educational Foundation, Inc. Dranias argued FOR using the Article V process, and sketched briefly his organization’s approach to do that via interstate compacts to achieve a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution. More information is at this link.

 

Dustin Romney spoke second and argued FOR using the Article V process. He is Arizona Coalitions Director, Convention of States. Supported by Citizens for Self-Government, the goal of Romney’s organization is to build a nationwide grassroots initiative to urge state legislatures to properly use Article V to call a convention for a particular subject — reducing the power of Washington, D.C. More information is available at this link.

 

Senator Andy Biggs spoke third, and he argued AGAINST using the Article V process at this time. Sen. Biggs is President of the Arizona State Senate, and as you’ll hear, his primary concern is over the risk that the process might go awry and deliver the wrong kind of amendments to the Constitution.

 

Finally, the evening discussion also included a lively Q&A session with all three speakers.

 

David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 45 years. He is currently a volunteer science teacher at AzScienceLab.com. In his 40-year career he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at Bell Labs, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, he wrote mainly for technical journals including Scientific American. He began writing for WesternFreePress.com in 2011.
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Andy Biggs, Nick Dranias, and Dustin Romney Debate Article-Five Amendments Convention