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Arkansas #13 in the Convention of States

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Little Rock, AR, February 14, 2019 – Convention of States Action, the largest Article V grassroots organization in the country, is pleased to announce that today Arkansas became the 13th state to call for an Article V convention to propose constitutional amendments that impose fiscal restraints on Washington, limit its power and jurisdiction, and set term limits for federal officials.

We are very excited that Arkansas has become the 13th state to pass the Convention of States resolution,” said Mark Meckler, President of Convention of States Action. “This success is the result of incredible grassroots effort in conjunction with great legislative champions. It’s a great way to start the year!”

Senator Gary Stubblefield

Almost seventy percent of the people of Arkansas favor this Article V convention,” said Sen. Gary Stubblefield, referring to a study conducted by the Trafalgar Group. “This isn’t a Democrat issue or a Republican issue. It’s an American issue.”

We are fortunate to vote for a resolution that provides a solution as big as the problem,” said Rep. Austin McCollum, a primary sponsor along with Sen. Stubblefield. In addition, the efforts of House Majority Leader Rep. Marcus Richmond were invaluable to final passage.

The wonderful people of Arkansas recognize the need to correct the direction in Washington, and their legislators have responded,” said former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, a COSA Senior Advisor.

Convention of States Arkansas volunteers called, emailed, visited, and sent hundreds of handwritten letters to legislators urging them to pass the resolution.

Bud Cornwell, Mark Meckler, and Randy Alexander

Convention of States volunteers and Arkansas legislators stood their ground today to show we are the ones who decide,” said Randy Alexander, Legislative Liaison for Convention of States Arkansas.

The liberty bell rings loud in Arkansas,” said Bud Cornwell, State Director for Convention of States Arkansas. “The passion in Arkansas exceeded any partisan divide. The oath I took as a Marine to protect and defend the Constitution 37 years ago came true today passing the Convention of States legislation.


The Problem

  • The federal government is spending away our children’s livelihood
  • We are facing a regulatory crisis
  • Congressional attacks on state sovereignty
  • Federal takeover of decision making

Our goal: to have you join us by signing the petition to urge and empower state legislators to call a Convention of States to propose amendments to the Constitution to curb the abuses of the federal government.

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We always have a need for volunteers in Arkansas! A couple of our current needs are for a State Legislative Liaison and a State Grassroots Coordinator, and there are also House districts that are looking for a District Captain. Click here for a more complete list of positions.

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 The grassroots are the key to victory -- high numbers ensure success. So are you ready to talk to your friends about the Convention of States Project?

District Captains build the grassroots army by carrying out the following 3 tasks:

1. Welcome New COS District Supporters 

When an individual that lives in your House district signs the Convention of States petition, they will receive an email from the Follow-Up Team (FUT). As District Captain, you will receive a copy of that email. The name of that new individual will also show up on your district roster in the Citizen Builder tool. You will contact each new individual by telephone (usually 3 per week or less) and cover the following bases in your conversation:

Thank them for signing the COS petition!

Tell them about Cascade Calls and encourage them to contact their legislators about supporting COS legislation next spring.

Tell them that you will notify them of any COS events nearby or at the State Capitol and encourage them to attend when they are able.

Ask them if they would like to volunteer for COS and give them some examples of ways they could do that. Ask them what kind of skills and interests they have that might fit one of our volunteer options.

2. Contact Your Legislators

You will contact your Senator and Representative on a regular basis and encourage your volunteers to do the same.

3. Help Promote State-Wide & Regional Events

For a state-wide event such as a rally at the State Capitol, you will assist the State Event Planner by publicizing the event to interested people living in your district. You might also help organize car pools for people who live in your district to facilitate their attendance. You would typically not have any responsibilities related to planning the event.

For a regional event such as a rally to be held at a larger city near you, you will assist the State Event Planner by publicizing the event to interested people living in your district. You might also help organize car pools for people who live in your district to facilitate their attendance. Depending on your proximity to the event location, your skill set and interest, and your available time; you may be asked to assist with event planning and scheduling as a helper. You would not play a leadership role in the planning.

Join our team as a District Captain!

Get involved today by reaching out to your state legislators. Don't know what to say?

Download talking points here.

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Physicians for COS

The diagnosis is clear.

We have a growing cancer today known as the Obamacare. As a result physicians are no longer free to practice medicine.

No profession feels the full force of the federal government more than physicians. The medical profession is the most highly regulated profession in the United States. The practice of medicine is controlled, taxed, and regulated to the point of being destroyed by the heavy hand of the federal government.

Physicians are told how to bill, how much to charge, and how to treat patients. They are mandated to use expensive electronic medical records. The federally enacted HIPPA (Health Information Privacy and Portability Act) makes the communication between physicians and atients burdensome, inefficient,and expensive. Every physician is required by federal mandate to register with the government to obtain an NPI (national provider identifier.) We are required by federal law to obtain and pay for a license to prescribe medication through the DEA, which is separate from our state licensure.

This heavy hand of government not only oversees the largest federal health bureaucracy ever created, but by extension reaches into every state, every city, and every small town to regulate how every licensed physician practices the art of medicine and how citizens obtain care.

The treatment is also clear.

The prescription for a cure was written into our constitution by our founders. Article V of our constitution allows for the states to call for a convention of states to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government through the proposal of constitutional amendments. Physicians should be the strongest supporters of this brilliantly-crafted states’ rights tool placed into our constitution by our founders.

I urge my fellow American physicians to join with me in supporting an Article V Convention of States to take back control of the practice of medicine. It’s the only way that we can return the practice of medicine back to the intimate relationship between a doctor and patient without interference by the heavy hand of a distant, national government.

Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D. Family Physician Newport Beach, CA
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