The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared yesterday on Local 8 News in Idaho Falls, Idaho. You can read the full article and watch the video here.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – If you ask Bob Reinisch, he’ll tell you the federal government has overstepped its bounds.

“Our federal government will get too big for their britches, and we need a way to rein them in,” said Reinisch.

The Idaho Falls man and aging veteran hit the greenbelt Thursday to hand out pamphlets calling for a Convention of States, which he said is allowed under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, provided certain conditions are met.

“(It) requires a minimum of 34 states to apply for a convention. They can get together, establish amendments to the constitution,” said Reinisch.

At least three states have already applied, including Georgia, Florida and Alaska. Reinisch is hoping Idaho will become the latest.

Should a convention be convened and the Constitution amended, Reinisch said those amendments would then have to be ratified by all 50 states, essentially bypassing the federal government.

Jacqueline Fonnesbeck said she was skeptical upon being approached by Reinisch, but soon warmed to his proposal.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea. We need to localize government more and have more control,” said Fonnesbeck.

Read the rest of the article here.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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