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Convention of States llama?? Volunteers get creative in North Carolina

When it comes to saving the country, Convention of States volunteers pull out all the stops. Senator Jim DeMint traveled to North Carolina this week to encourage state legislators to vote for the Convention of States resolution, and volunteers in the Tar Heel State made sure state representatives would never forget his visit. As the News & Observer reports: 

Former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and a llama visited the legislature Tuesday to push for a convention of the states to propose constitutional amendments.

DeMint, a Republican from South Carolina, is among the best-known supporters of the Convention of States Project, which wants the N.C. House to vote on the issue before this year’s session ends. Supporters also brought along a llama wearing a hat and a red, white and blue bow, which posed for pictures outside the Legislative Building and attracted attention to the cause.

In April, the Senate passed a resolution calling for a convention of the states in a 29-20 vote, but the House hasn’t taken any action.

DeMint said North Carolina should become the 13th state to pass a resolution.

“What we're looking for is a way to restrain the federal government,” DeMint said. “There is no way to stop Washington except the way the founders gave us.”

Term limits and a requirement for a balanced budget are among the goals of constitutional convention supporters. DeMint said he’s hopeful enough states will pass similar resolutions by next year to create a “tipping point.”

“Very few congressmen and senators are even relevant to the process,” DeMint said. “State legislators can push back in a way that can change the country.”

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