State Senator Chris Kapenga is our man in Wisconsin, and has told us he’ll take care of getting our Resolution passed. Last year he got through the House, but was a vote short in the Senate. Turnover in the Senate led us to believe that we now had a majority there, and all was well. We’ve been waiting for the uncommunicative Kapenga to push it through.
He’s also one of the principals in the Assembly of State Legislatures, and has determined that bipartisanship is critical to its existence and effectiveness. Thus four of the nine members of the ASL board are Democrats. They are involved, in my opinion, because of their desire to use Article V to overturn Citizens United, and their involvement with the group pushing it, Wolf-pac. Kapenga wishes to be as accommodating as possible to these Democrats, and apparently intends to introduce, and pass, an “open” Article V resolution, which would be intended to aggregate both with our current 27 Resolutions and Wolf-pac’s three or four.
The Heartland Institute’s Kyle Maichle spent a few days in Madison with Dave Guldenschuh and gave the Task Force a detailed report today.
On a related note, we learn that Kapenga is opposed, for some reason, to ratification by Convention, and is therefore assuming that any proposal that came out of an Amendment Convention would need ratification by a Democratically controlled chamber of a state legislature. As a result, he thinks any proposal should get a 2/3 vote at the Convention. His reasoning is that since we’ll need bipartisanship to ratify, we may as well require bipartisanship to propose. This is Kapenga’s proposed Convention Rule, which he hopes the ASL will approve at its Nov. 11th meeting in Salt Lake.
The Task Force is unanimously and vociferously opposed to this proposed Rule. If it is adopted it would kill us in some of our target states. We hear again and again the fear that somehow the Democrats would wind up in control of the Amendment Convention. Our response is simple: if it’s majority rule, the D’s have no power. 31 states are Republican controlled. 26 is a majority. Let the majority rule. Fruth, Biddulph and the rest of us are going to do all we can to get legislators to the Salt Lake ASL meeting to vote down this proposal.
The Task Force is in favor of ratification by Convention, but it’s Congress’s call. If they want it ratified quickly they’ll choose Convention. If they want to be cautious, they’ll choose legislative ratification.
Which can be accomplished. It is my belief that a lot of the Democratic opposition to an Article V BBA is political, not substantive. Let’s face it, the BBA is a Republican issue, and a winning one. D’s just want it to go away, because it hurts them politically. But if an Amendment Convention is held, and a BBA proposal comes to a Democratically controlled chamber for ratification, the political calculation changes. They almost certainly have to put it up for a vote. And at that point, if you’re a Democrat from Minnesota, or Washington, or Kentucky, serving in the state legislature, with your constituent’s eyes on you, what’s in your best political interest?
Which leads me to Delaware, where we’re worried about rescission.The Senate is 12 D’s, 9 R’s, so we’d need to get two Democrat State Senators to vote no on rescission. These guys are up for reelection a year from now. This will be an issue. Do they really want to make this vote? For what? For who? What do they get out of it?
Which brings us to the Wisconsin Center for Media and Democracy, another Soros front group, like the one that killed us in Montana. These people aren’t that bright. They pulled some stuff on us in Montana that blew up in their face, and gave us the opening we needed. But then they got to the Governor, and that was the end of that.
These people are on us. They may even read this blog. Hi.
We’ll be looking for help in Delaware from my cousin, Sen. Brian Pettyjohn. There are a lot of Pettyjohns in Delaware. We were originally from Virginia. My branch moved to Delaware, then Ohio, and points west. The first American Pettyjohn, James, was born in Northampton County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in 1633. On July 4th, 2033, I will be 87 years old. If I’m still kicking, my sons have promised me that they’ll get me back there for a 400th birthday party. There are probably 5-10, 000 named descendants of James Pettyjohn. They’re all my cousins.
I hope to see some of them there.