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Virginia is Halfway There!

Friends,

We finished strong in the Virginia General Assembly this year! As you know, HJ3 passed the House of Delegates two weeks ago despite heavy fire from aggressive, slanderous, ill-mannered opponents who made a spectacle of themselves during committee hearings in the House.

Now, just this morning, the Senate Rules Committee voted to carry the resolution over to the 2017 session. This delays action by the Senate, giving us several more months to secure those last few votes we need to pass in the Senate.

How can I adequately thank those of you who took days off work to attend committee hearings; stayed up late after a long day to compose an e-mail message to your legislators; called other supporters in your district to ask them to take action; helped to deliver the thousands of citizen petitions to legislators’ offices; gathered additional petitions; organized events in your districts; attended our rally in the freezing cold; or personally met with your legislator to seek support for our mission?

I feel quite incapable of thanking you adequately—I can only do it sincerely.

YOU are the very heart and soul of this movement. You have encouraged me personally, as well as our state and national leadership teams, with your willingness to stand up, show up, and speak up to assert your right of self-governance.

A lion has roared in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Of course, our work is not yet finished here. We will be calling on you to enlist your help in our strategy to expand our grassroots supporter base and gain the remaining Senate votes that we need.

Winston Churchill once said, “Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” Over the course of thousands of “small moments” for the rest of this year, I believe we will show the nation the character of a true American patriot—one who is willing to dedicate time and energy to doing the hard work of urging friends, neighbors, and elected officials to step out in courage and use the constitutional process given to us to preserve our liberty.

I am proud to labor alongside you, trusting in the hand of Divine Providence to lead the way.

Rita Dunaway (on behalf of the Virginia COS Action leadership team)


URGENT - Please contact YOUR delegate before the big vote!

 HJR 3, Convention of States, is headed to a vote by the full Virginia House of Delegates!

Virginia’s Convention of States resolution, HJR 3, is headed toward a floor vote--likely MONDAY!

Thanks to YOUR efforts (thank you!), HJR 3 passed through a Special Subcommittee and the full Rules Committee with flying colors this morning, which means that now every Virginia Delegate should have the opportunity to vote on it early next week—just in time for crossover.

Please contact YOUR Virginia delegate and ask him/her to vote in favor of HJR 3.

Here is where you can find the name and contact information for your Virginia delegate. Phone calls are great (and leaving a message over the weekend saying something like the message below works just as well as anything!), but if you would prefer to send an e-mail, here is a sample e-mail you can use if you like:

Subject:    Vote YES on HJR 3

Dear [Your Delegate’s Name],

As your constituent, I urge you to vote YES for HJR 3, Convention of States! 

Our country’s Founders gave you the power to rein in the over-reaching federal government.  I ask you to use the solution the Founders gave you in the U.S. Constitution’s Article V.  Please call for a Convention of States to propose amendments that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress

Please vote YES for HJR 3!

Sincerely,

[your name]

***

Thank you, once again, for taking this time to secure liberty for future generations of Americans.

The COS Action Virginia Team


URGENT - Committee Hearing on HJR 3! Your help needed!

Virginia’s Convention of States resolution, HJR 3, will be voted on this Thursday morning, February 11th in a Special Subcommittee of the House Rules Committee. The Hearing was just announced (I wish they would give more notice!)

If it passes in the Subcommittee, HJR 3 will then receive a vote in the full Rules Committee, which may occur immediately after the Subcommittee hearing!

Please contact the Committee members (listed at the bottom) and ask them to vote in favor of HJR 3.

Can you make it to Richmond?  We need to pack the Hearing room! 

When:  Thursday, Feb. 11th, 7:30 a.m.

Where:  6th Floor, House Speaker's Conference Room, GeneralAssemblyBuilding, Richmond Capitol

Please attend if at all possibleI completely understand this is very short notice.  Virginia’s legislative Session moves fast! 

I truly appreciate your help in getting HJR 3 passed through Committee. 

Can’t attend the Hearing?  You can still help get the Committee to pass HJR 3.  Before 7:30 a.m. this Thursday (2/11), call and email the Committee’s Delegates, below.  Ask them to vote “YES” for the Convention of States resolution HJR 3. 

Phone numbers - House Rules Committee:

Howell, William (Chair), (804) 698-1028

Cox, Kirkland (Vice Chair), (804) 698-1066

Carr, Betsy, (804) 698-1069

Habeeb, Gregory, (804) 698-1008

Ingram, Riley, (804) 698-1062

Jones, Chris, (804) 698-1076

Kilgore, Terry, (804) 698-1001

Knight, Barry, (804) 698-1081

Landes, Steven, (804) 698-1025

Massie, James, (804) 698-1072

Orrock, Robert, (804) 698-1054

Plum, Kenneth, (804) 698-1036

Spruill, Lionell, (804) 698-1077

Toscano, David, (804) 698-1057

Ware, Lee, (804) 698-1065

Send the Committee members one short email.  I’ve provided below a short template you can block / copy and tailor with your personal message, OR you can simply click on the Subject line below to generate an automatic e-mail. 

Send your email to these addresses (block and copy the group into the "To" line):

DelWHowell@house.virginia.gov, DelKCox@house.virginia.gov, DelBCarr@house.virginia.gov, DelGHabeeb@house.virginia.gov, DelRIngram@house.virginia.gov, DelCJones@house.virginia.gov, DelTKilgore@house.virginia.gov, DelBKnight@house.virginia.gov, DelSLandes@house.virginia.gov, DelJMassie@house.virginia.gov, DelBOrrock@house.virginia.gov, DelKPlum@house.virginia.gov, DelLSpruill@house.virginia.gov, DelDToscano@house.virginia.gov, DelLWare@house.virginia.gov

Subject:    Vote YES on HJR 3

Dear Members of the House Rules Committee,

I urge you to vote YES for HJR 3, Convention of States! 

Our country’s Founders gave you the power to rein in the over-reaching federal government.  I ask you to use the solution the Founders gave you in the U.S. Constitution’s Article V.  Please call for a Convention of States to propose amendments that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress

Please vote YES for HJR 3!

Sincerely,

[your name]

 ***

Thanks again for taking a few minutes to secure the blessings of liberty for future generations.

Your COS Action Virginia team.


COS Resolution Pre-Filed in Virginia

I am excited to announce that our sponsor, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, has officially pre-filed the Convention of States resolution in Virginia for the 2016 session of the General Assembly! Our resolution will be known as House Joint Resolution 3, or HJ3, and you can read it here

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Fear-Mongering vs. Constitutional Knowledge

Have you seen the smear campaign from Dudley Brown's little "National Association for Gun Rights"? What's being smeared, you ask?

Just our Constitution.

In a stunning display of ignorance of constitutional law and history, Dudley Brown (a perennial thorn in the side of the NRA) is telling Virginians that an Article V convention for proposing amendments to rein in federal power is a "Constitutional Convention" that can't be limited and will result in some weird doomsday scenario. 

Perhaps the only thing worse than Dudley's insults to our Constitution and its drafters' intelligence is the fact that he's using them to make a buck by preying on the fears of honest, hard-working Americans who care about the plight of their country. Shame on him.

Repeating ridiculous falsehoods doesn't make them true, Dudley. 

Convention of States Action in Virginia was not about to take this lying down. 

So for the next week, I exposed Dudley Brown's fear-mongering falsehoods one by one, paragraph by paragraph. It's important that you read these e-mails so that you can stand up for truth, because it's going to take YOUR activism to put the muzzle on an out-of-control Washington, D.C. Our founding fathers gave us the tools to do this through an ingenious, carefully-designed process. (Doesn't that sound more like the founding fathers you know?) We owe it to them to learn about and USE that process to reclaim our government of the people, by the people, and FOR the people.

The content of my 5-part e-mail series--complete with a real Knockout Punch at the end, is pasted below. But make sure you also check out this open letter from Chuck Cooper, a Supreme Court litigator and one of the nation's fiercest defenders of the Second Amendment...responding to the Dudley Browns of the world.

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Winning the "War on Coal"

(Originally published on theblaze.com)

The Environmental Protection Agency’s “War on Coal” is a war that the states literally cannot afford to lose. With coal providing almost 40% of U.S. electricity and around a half-million American jobs, we all stand to suffer from proposed federal regulations that would force plants to close, drive our electricity bills up, and hinder the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers in the global market.

But this recent bureaucratic power grab is more appropriately described as a “battle” than a “war.” It is just one fight—albeit an important one—in the larger War on Federalism being waged day after day by a formidable national government in Washington, D.C.

 

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