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Contesting the U.S. Constitution through State Amendments: The 2011 and 2012 Elections
SEAN BEIENBURG examines attempts at amending state constitutions in the 2011 and 2012 elections and ﬁnds that they were efforts to inﬂuence the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. He argues that some elected state ofﬁcials see themselves as legitimate challengers of Supreme Court decisions. In addition, he ﬁnds that national interest groups use state constitutions as platforms for federal constitutional politics, and that such efforts were predominantly, though not exclusively, conservative in the last two election cycles.
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