U.S. Constitution

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On Thursday, the Kansas Senate narrowly turned back a push by conservatives to re-write portions of the U.S. Constitution.

Supporters wanting Kansas to join a list of states calling for a constitutional convention needed a two-thirds majority, or 27 votes. They got 22.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka, was among the 16 senators voting “no.”

“A convention of the states to amend the Constitution would put unelected, unaccountable delegates in charge with the potential of re-writing our entire Constitution,” Hensley says.

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In the summer of 1776, the Second Continental Congress officially declared independence from the British crown, but it also drafted the Articles of Confederation.