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Tea party to host debate

1/13/2014

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

Two attorneys will debate a movement to amend the Constitution at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Thirsty's Brew Pub and Grill, 2704 Vine.

David Schneider, Wichita, and Richard Fry, Olathe, will discuss whether a constitutional convention should be held to address issues facing the nation. The Big First Tea Party is hosting the Great Debate of 2014 program.

One clause in Article Five of the Constitution allows the document to be altered if two-thirds of states vote to hold a convention. Any changes must be approved by three-fourths of states.

Convention of States, an advocacy group pushing the initiative, describes one of its goals on its website, www.conventionofstates.com.

"We want to call a convention for a particular subject rather than a particular amendment," the website states. "We want to call a convention for the purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government."

Roger Ewing, a member of the Big First Tea Party, said the group organized the debate to bring the issue to light and examine both sides.

"People need to know, to wake up and know what's going on in the country," Ewing said.

A $5 donation will be requested at the door. Space is limited, and RSVPs with attendees' names and cities can be emailed to roger@bigfirstteaparty.org.