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New York Values

Probably one of the most memorable and talked-about moments in Thursday's Republican debate was Ted Cruz's unflattering reference to "New York values." The conservative favorite slammed front-runner Donald Trump, attempting to undermine his credibility with Republican voters by tying him to New York's overwhelmingly Democrat politics.

The exchange, and the subsequent media firestorm that erupted, highlights the desire of Americans to be in the driver's seat when it comes to making decisions that impact their own lives, and those of their families and communities…without the criticism or interference of outsiders. The Convention of States Project is working to take such decisions out of the hands of unelected bureaucrats in Washington, and put them back where they belong: with state and local governments. Elected officials who actually  interact with their constituents on a regular basis because they live in the same community, not political appointees and career bureaucrats who have never even set foot in their neighborhood. 

We support the right of the people of New York to make their own decisions, to express their values in and through the elected officials they choose. We also support that right for the people of Oklahoma, California, Alaska, and Illinois. Our initiative isn't about a conservative or liberal agenda. It's about decisions being made as close to home as possible. It's about New Yorkers, along with every other American, being free to express their New York Values.