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Arizona Conservatives Launch State Battle Against HR 1 Democrats’ One-Party Rule Bill

The first bill Democrats introduced in their new slimmed-down House majority was H.R. 1,

which, as we explained in our article “Democrats Move To Consolidate Power” is a bill intended to put into federal law all the nefarious practices they used to steal the 2020 presidential election and the January 5, 2021 Georgia Senate runoffs.


As our friend election law attorney J. Christian Adams of the Public Interest Legal Foundation observed, “Democrats in Congress have announced their top legislative priority, and it isn’t health care, immigration, or taxes. Instead, they want to centralize power over elections in Washington, D.C. H.R. 1 is number one on the legislative agenda because it is the number one priority of House Democrats, leftist groups, deep-pocketed dark money, and those who use election process rules to help win elections — or at least to cause chaos.”


As per usual, the Washington, DC Republican establishment is in a state of confusion over what to do about H.R. 1, fortunately, conservative state legislative leaders are not.


Legislators in Arizona, led by principled limited government constitutional conservative State Representative Jake Hoffman, are organizing opposition – the first step being the introduction of HCR 2023, a resolution opposing H.R.1, that was introduced with an impressive 37 cosponsors.


The Arizona Resolution declares that H.R. 1 would obliterate the Constitutional arrangement between the states and the government of the United States by usurping the Constitutional power of states to manage, control and administer state elections by prohibiting various practices and mandating others such as forcing state to conduct an election over an extended period of time, prohibiting states from maintaining voter rolls free from error and obsolete information, forcing states to accept an elector who does not register to vote in advance, mandates related to mail voting, prohibitions against regulating ballot harvesting and scores of other intrusions into the power of this state to manage, control and administer Arizona elections.

The Arizona Resolution also recommits Arizona to the arrangement that gave rise to this nation, namely that states are sovereign and free from interference and the intrusion of power from the government of the United States absent clear Constitutional authorization.


If the Democrats’ power grab is to be stopped, and their march to create a one-party state is to be thwarted, then states, particularly states with Republican-controlled state legislatures must be at the forefront of the battle.


We urge CHQ readers and friends to contact their Republican state legislators. Tell them that if Congress enacts H.R.1 that is the first step in the creation of a one-party state, with Democrats in control of the federal government in perpetuity. Urge them to be prepared to fight this Democrat power grab by passing their own version of Arizona’s HCR 2023 opposing H.R. 1. Below is a model version that can be tailored by legislative counsel to fit the individual state’s drafting conventions:


BE it RESOLVED;


Whereas, the Constitution of the United States vests power with the states to manage, control and administer the state’s own election laws; and,


Whereas, this power was preserved in the states in the Constitution and not delegated to them by the federal government; and,


Whereas, rare exceptions in the Constitution such as the Elections Clause, the Fifteenth Amendment, the Nineteenth Amendment, Twenty Fourth Amendment and Twenty Sixth Amendment do not extinguish the Constitutional presumption that states have the Constitutional power to set the terms of administering the election, designating electors, and establishing other laws and protocols related to the election; and,


Whereas, the Elections Clause of the Constitution was intended to prevent the states from suffocating the existence of the government of the United States and no such contemplated effort has occurred; and,


Whereas, the Elections Clause was to be sparingly used to intrude on state power to manage, control and administer state elections; and,


Whereas, H.R. 1, a bill introduced in Congress would obliterate the Constitutional arrangement between the states and the government of the United States by usurping the Constitutional power of states to manage, control and administer state elections by prohibiting various practices and mandating others such as forcing state to conduct an election over an extended period of time, prohibiting states from maintaining voter rolls free from error and obsolete information, forcing states to accept an elector who does not register to vote in advance, mandates related to mail voting, prohibitions against regulating ballot harvesting and scores of other intrusions into the power of this state to manage, control and administer Arizona elections; and,


Whereas, H.R. 1 strikes at the very heart of the arrangement that gave rise to this nation, namely that states are sovereign and free from interference and the intrusion of power from the government of the United States absent clear Constitutional authorization;


Be It Resolved, that the Arizona State Legislature does inform Congress of the deep and zealous opposition to H.R. 1 and similar intrusions into the power of this state to manage and control Arizona elections free from federal mandates that nullify the powers of this state to govern itself and do hereby inform the Congress of our permanent and thorough opposition to this Bill and any subsequent enactment of the terms of this proposal, and do hereby direct and implore Members of Congress and the United States Senate to oppose the same.


  • Kelli Ward

  • Arizona GOP

  • H.R. 1

  • one-party rule

  • mail-in balloting

  • elections integrity

  • Voter ID

  • Arizona HCR 2023

  • ballot harvesting

  • state sovereignty

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