Heartland Institute to Launch New Center for Constitutional Reform at Dallas Event

Published August 13, 2015

August 26 event will include former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), former Rep. Allen West (R-FL),

Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast, and other speakers

CHICAGO – The Heartland Institute, a 31-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, will launch its new Center for Constitutional Reform at an evening event on Wednesday, August 26, at the Marriott City Center in Dallas, Texas.

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), former U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-FL), and Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast will be among the evening’s speakers.

Explaining why a Center for Constitutional Reform is needed, Bast said, “America is facing a constitutional crisis. Limits on the size and power of the national government intended by the Founding Fathers and placed in the Constitution have been violated repeatedly and with devastating consequences. The national government has grown to the point that it is now a clear and present danger to American life, liberty, and happiness.”

Kyle Maichle, project manager for the new center, said, “State legislatures across the nation are considering constitutional reform measures as a solution to stop Washington, DC’s endless thirst for power. Article V conventions, nullification, and state compact agreements are solutions lawmakers can introduce to rein in the federal government.”

The Heartland Institute’s new Center for Constitutional Reform was created to highlight individuals and organizations working to find solutions to the nation’s constitutional problem. It will not endorse one particular path to constitutional reform, seeking instead to support and seek constructive debate on all efforts to restore constitutional order.

There is no charge for attending the launch event, but registration in advance is required. For media inquiries, please contact Director of Communications Jim Lakely at [email protected] and 312/377-4000.

Where: Marriott City Center 
650 North Pearl Street 
Dallas, Texas
When: August 26, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Who: Joseph Bast, president and CEO of The Heartland Institute
  Tom Coburn, senior advisor of the Convention of the States Project; former United States Senator from Oklahoma
  Allen West, CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas, Texas; former United States Representative from Florida; Lt. Col. U.S. Army (ret.)
  Nick Dranias, president of the Compact for America Educational Foundation; policy advisor and research fellow with The Heartland Institute; member of the Federalist Society
  Peter Ferrara, senior fellow for entitlement and budget policy at The Heartland Institute; served in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Ronald Reagan and as associate deputy attorney general of the United States under President George H.W. Bush.
  David Guldenschuh, attorney and constitutional reform policy advisor for The Heartland Institute

The Heartland Institute is a 31-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our Web site or call 312/377-4000.