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Article V

Four amendments that almost made it into the Constitution

March 23, 2014 By NCC Staff

This weekend marks the 42nd anniversary of congressional approval of the Equal Rights Amendment, which almost became part of the Constitution in the 1970s. But it wasn't the only amendment that came close.

Did George Washington tell a lie about state control over Article V amendments?

February 26, 2014 By Nick Dranias

In this commentary, Nick Dranias from the Goldwater Institute looks at the current debate over who would actually control an Article V convention to amend the Constitution, and why the Founders wanted states to control the process.

Article V: Mode of Amendment

February 21, 2014 By NCC Staff

Article V of the Constitution defines how the Constitution can be amended.

Fulfilling the promise of Article V with an Interstate Compact

December 6, 2013 By Nick Dranias

Nick Dranias from the Goldwater Institute looks at myths about the ability of state legislatures to change the Constitution through a convention process.

Constitution Check: Would a new U.S. constitution cure Washington gridlock?

November 6, 2013 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston looks at an online editorial that considers dumping the Constitution after last month’s gridlock, and if the Constitution can lead us back to a functioning government.

Four amendments that almost made it into the Constitution

March 22, 2013 By NCC Staff

March 22 marks the 41st anniversary of congressional approval of the Equal Rights Amendment, which almost became part of the Constitution in the 1970s. But it wasn't the only amendment that came close.

Constitution Check:  Has America’s basic document made American politics much worse?

May 31, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

Constitutional law professor Sanford Levinson says our Constitution is badly in need of an overhaul. Lyle Denniston evaluates the need for more conversation - or maybe a national convention.

Constitution Check: Has the time come to limit congressional terms?

March 15, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

It has been 17 years since the Supreme Court ruled that the states have no authority under state law to impose term limits on those who seek seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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