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Comparing Andy Biggs to Harry Reid: Sarah Palin blasts Arizona Senate president’s stand on constitutional convention

Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, gestures as if to wonder what was going on May 16 when a coalition of fellow Republicans and Democrats joined forces to approve the expansion of Medicaid strongly supported by Gov. Jan Brewer. Biggs was among the majority of Republican senators who opposed the Medicaid plan. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, gestures as if to wonder what was going on May 16 when a coalition of fellow Republicans and Democrats joined forces to approve the expansion of Medicaid strongly supported by Gov. Jan Brewer. Biggs was among the majority of Republican senators who opposed the Medicaid plan. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona’s Senate president is under fire from an unlikely source within his own political party: Sarah Palin.

The former vice presidential candidate took to Facebook on Tuesday to chastise Senate President Andy Biggs as the “only man standing in the way” of a vote on a measure to call an Article V Convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Palin notes that similar measures have already been approved in several states.  But she said thanks to Biggs, a Gilbert Republican and leader of the GOP in the Senate, Arizona’s opportunities to approve SCR 1016 are rapidly dwindling.  Legislatures in Alaska, Florida and Georgia have all approved efforts calling for a Convention of States, and other states are still considering the option.

The Article V Convention measure was struck onto SCR 1016 in the House, where it was approved 31-24 and now awaits action in the Senate.

“Unless he budges, the session will run out, and the bill will actually die this year after thousands of hours of grassroots work and effort,” Palin wrote on Facebook. “Make no mistake, if that happens, these grassroots patriots will start over again next year and will continue as long as it takes. But I encourage everyone in Arizona to call this state senator and voice your objections to these Harry Reid-like tactics.”

“Tell him to allow this bill to come to a vote, and from now on, please only elect local leaders who support this effort,” Palin added.

As of roughly 5 p.m. Tuesday, Palin’s Facebook post has been shared over 1,100 times. And among the hundreds of comments on the post, many include the number to Biggs’ office in the Senate and his email address.

Some commentators expressed outrage that Biggs won’t allow the bill to proceed by urging a recall of the Senate president. Other accused Biggs of being a RINO, a “Republican in name only.”

“Ahh Mr. Biggs. . . . proving that some Republicans are more like Dems than they are like Conservatives,” wrote Damon Landschoot.

Biggs has a history of fighting against calls for constitutional convention.  In 2012, the senator tried to defeat a similar Senate resolution by arguing that it could lead to a runaway convention where nearly any issue could be addressed, not simply to impose fiscal constraints such as limiting the increase of the federal debt.

 

12 comments

  1. Mr. Giles, thanks for the great article. However, Alabama has NOT passed the resolution for a Convention of the States. True, the resolution did pass the Alabama House of Representatives (February 13), but it died in the Alabama Senate. (See Alabama House Joint Resolution No. 49).

    You are correct, though. about Alaska (April 19), Florida (April 21), and Georgia (March 6) having all three approved their resolutions through both houses of their respective legislatures.

  2. Shame on you Sarah Palin. I am proud of Senator Andy Biggs. Hold your ground. We don’t need to destroy the Constitution. A lot of you are being deceived into believing that we need a Constitutional Convention to balance the budget or what whatever you have in mind to do. Changing the name does not make one bit of difference. Call it what you will. It is a Con-Con.

  3. Mr. Andy Biggs, You are right; DO NOT BRING the Convention of the States Bill upon the floor. Why after the corruption shown by the Speaker of the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid, would we want him and the other corrupt hate- America politicians to be in charge of the entire Constitution? The risk is too great. These globalist are just waiting for a chance to shove Islamic Sharia lAW DOWN OUR THROATS. We have made 27 Amendments to the U. S. Constitution before, but not by convention. Palin is either a shallow deer-like lady with auto headlights in her face or she is being used by the sinister forces to destroy our precious nation. Stand strong! Stand for freedom ! No to the floor!

  4. Sen. Andy Biggs: In Mar. 1987, the power elite tried the same quiet, sneaky strategy in Montana; the bill was HJR 10. They just knew that they had that state in the bag; it would have been the 33rd state falling for the Con Con and Conn. was waiting in the wings to be the 34th state. A large group of Freedom Fighters marched on the Capitol in Helena, presented the plot to change our form of government, and it failed. Only five men in black suits were for the bill. Wake up Dumb-Dumbs, remember the great transformer hates our U.S. Constitution. Being a chameleon in personality, we would find ourselves with Islamic Shariah Law and our beloved Rule of Law would be transformed into a totalitarian police state. Don`t aid and abet the enemies of freedom.

  5. For those of you who are supporting Biggs because you fear a “runaway convention”, please educate yourself. There are multiple layers of protection to ensure that cannot happen. I would suggest that instead of listening to the John Birch Society and Eagle Forum Article V misinformation campaign, you instead listen to the leading constitutional scholars in the country. Professor Rob Natelson is a nationally acclaimed constitutional scholar and is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading experts on Article V. Read his article on the bogus “runaway convention” claims: http://constitution.i2i.org/2013/02/15/a-response-to-the-%E2%80%9Crunaway-scenario%E2%80%9D/ He has published many other very informative articles on the Independence Institute Constitution website pages debunking the false claims coming from the fear mongers who are paralyzing our country into inaction and derailing the process our Founding Fathers wisely provided for us to rein in our out of control federal government.

  6. I’d be more concerned with having a particular version of Christianity be made the state religion than Sharia law being imposed.

  7. For over 4 years, I have been working for an Article V convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and I was disappointed when I was not able to have my bill, HCR 2017 or any of the other 3 Article V AZ House bills heard on the Senate floor this year. Although Senate President Andy Biggs and I do not see eye to eye on some issues, including Article V, I have the highest respect for Biggs’ as a constitutional conservative and as a leader. I do not agree with Sarah Palin or anyone questioning Biggs’ patriotism or his commitment to Reagan conservative values. Regarding Article V, Biggs and I will agree to disagree, and I look forward to our continued, respectful debate of ideas.

  8. For over 4 years, I have been working for an Article V convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and I was disappointed when I was not able to have my bill, HCR 2017 or any of the other 3 Article V AZ House bills heard on the Senate floor this year. Although Senate President Andy Biggs and I do not see eye to eye on some issues, including Article V, I have the highest respect for Biggs’ as a constitutional conservative and as a leader. I do not agree with Sarah Palin or anyone questioning Biggs’ patriotism or his commitment to Reagan conservative values. Regarding Article V, Biggs and I will agree to disagree, and I look forward to our continued, respectful debate of ideas.

  9. To propose an amendment and to “Ratify” an amendment are two different things altogether. Please do your research before you go in a witch hunt. Our framers, our founders, our fore fathers; added this revision on purpose. There is NO CHANCE of a “Runaway” convention. This is NOT a “Constitutional convention” where they rewrite the entire Constitution.

    Amendments get MUST be added in 2 (Two Steps)

    1. Each amendment PROPOSED either by DC or by the State Legislators MUST HAVE 2/3 (Two Thirds) support of the ALL THE STATES’ JUST TO EVEN PROPOSE IT.

    Our founders didn’t care if the vote happened in DC or in the individual states houses. Potatos/Patatos The folks in DC just represent each state.. they are not any less or more powerful than the states they represent. BUT because they sort of consolidate power, they might be corrupt or paid for.

    2. THEN if and ONLY IF, a proposed amendment has this 2/3 support would/could it EVEN BE PUT UP for ratification (i.e. written into the Constitution). This would take a 4/5 (Four Fifths majority) to be ratified.

    That’s 38 out of our 50 states would have to agree that the amendment is in the best interest of the county. 4/5ths!! Please tell me where there is a risk of a RUNAWAY convention here!?

    Do you think there is even a small chance that putting term limits on the people in DC is a good thing? Do you think it would break up the good ol’ boy network they have going? People in DC used to leave their farms and go to congress. They didn’t make a career out of being a Politician. When they are there for 30/40/60 years, they run the show not you.

    Let’s put term limits on them and put a cap on how much $$ they can borrow from China to fund things we don’t need or want.

    If you have ONE good reason why we should not use this 100% legal tool, then please let me know!

    stevejhorton@gmail.com
    Twitter: @stevejhorton

    http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/constitution/

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