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Have there ever been serious attempts to pass an amendment to the constitution to better define when impeachment may occur?

Every time impeachment has come up (Nixon, Clinton, and Trump) the difficulty of defining what was impeachment worthy has come up. This seems to be because the constitution gives very little ...
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Can federal courts overrule North Carolina's vote ID constitutional amendment?

North Carolina voters approved a voter ID amendment to the state constitution; I assume that carries more weight than the voter ID laws that have already been overturned, but can the federal court ...
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Why did Nebraska ratify the Twenty-seventh Amendment 24 years after it came into force?

The Twenty-seventh Amendment came into force in 1992 after enough states ratified it. On April 1, 2016, Nebraska chose to ratify this amendment as well, despite it having been in force for 24 years. ...
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What is the point of the twenty-second amendment?

The twenty-second amendment ensures that American presidents can get at most two terms. What is the point of this rule? Was there ever a documented reason at the time it was put in place?
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Did the Founders discuss the idea of someone amending the Constitution to destroy it?

Did the Founding Fathers (or anyone participating in hammering out the Constitution of the United States) explicitly discuss the possible issue that, at some point, an Amendment can be passed that ...
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Why was the prohibition of intoxicating liquor enacted through a constitutional amendment?

It seems to me that a constitutional amendment is a rather heavy-handed tool to outlaw alcohol. Why wasn't it outlawed through an act of Congress? It seems to me that this is perfectly possible, ...
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Effect of 15th and 19th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution on Representation

What effect did the ratification of the 15th Amendment (prohibit the denial of the right to vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude) and the 19th Amendment (prohibit the denial ...
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What makes a law proposal eligible for voting by the public?

For example, in Florida they are voting for: Amendment 3 · Tax exemption for totally and partially disabled first-responders Results expected after 7 PM EST Amendment 5 · Tax exemption for low-income,...
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US Constitution: who participates in Constitutional Conventions?

I am trying to understand the process of amending the U.S. Constitution. I believe I understand the usual process of amendments (2/3 of Congress, 3/4 of state legislatures), but I don't quite get how ...
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What is the furthest an amendment has gotten to 'fix' the elastic and commerce clauses?

There exists a strain of political thought in the United States roughly as follows: Most of the day to day government action (ie: not national defense) should be handled by state governments. ...
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Can an 11% minority actually pass a Constitutional amendment?

I was trying to work out the smallest majority required to pass a Constitutional amendment. I expected the answer to be 2/3rd or 3/4ths, but came up with 11%: NOTE: in the below, I am referring to ...
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What is the origin of the “two-tiered” theory of the First Amendment?

In Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire1, Justice Frank Murphy says the following: [I]t is well understood that the right of free speech is not absolute at all times and under all circumstances. There are ...
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For US Constitution amendments, does state legislature incl governor?

Per the US Constitution, states can pass amendments by first having 2/3rds of the state legislatures propose the amendment, and then having 3/4ths of the state legislatures ratify it. In this case,...
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Mark Levin and The Liberty Amendments: Process

Article V of the United States Constitution says the following: The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the ...