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Nick Dranias

Nick Dranias is a policy advisor and research fellow for The Heartland Institute and serves as Senior Litigation Counsel with the Government Accountability & Special Litigation Unit of the Arizona Attorney General.

Dranias also serves as an expert and Speaker's Bureau member with the Federalist Society, a Law and Civil Liberties Speaker for Students for Liberty, a Council of Scholars member with Compact for America Educational Foundation, as well as an Advisory Council member for Our America Initiative.

Previously, Dranias served as President & Executive Director of Compact for America Educational Foundation where he led national efforts to organize the states to propose and ratify a federal Balanced Budget Amendment. Prior to that, Dranias was General Counsel, Policy Development Director and Constitutional Policy Director at the Goldwater Institute. Dranias led the Institute’s successful challenge to Arizona’s system of government campaign financing to the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to that, he was an attorney with the Institute for Justice for three years and an attorney in private practice in Chicago for eight years, where he served as Young Lawyers Section co-editor of the Chicago Bar Association Record, authored numerous articles, and earned the Oliver Wendell Holmes Award for his service.

At the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he earned his JD, Nick served on the Loyola University Chicago Law Review, competed on Loyola’s National Labor Law Moot Court Team, and received academic awards for the top grade in his land use law, remedies and legal writing classes. He graduated cum laude from Boston University with a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy.

Dranias has written and published over one hundred articles in law and public policy, including law review articles, public policy reports, and opinion editorials. He has also appeared as an expert in constitutional law and policy on Fox News, MSN-NBC, NPR, and many other local and regional media outlets.

Dranias’ speaking topics include:

•Trump the Court: What a 6-3 Originalist Court Could Mean for the Second Amendment, Free Speech, the Administrative State and Civil Rights.

• A Disney World of Capitalism! How to Give Your Community the Power to Choose the State-of-the-Art in Limited Government and Free Market Public Policy Today.

• The “Dark Money” Witch Hunt versus Free Speech

• BBATF vs Compact for America vs Convention of States: What are the Actual Strengths and Weaknesses of the Various Article V Convention Efforts?

• Limitless Federal Debt: The Root Cause of All Federal Overreach

• States Take Charge: Washington is Broken, Can the States Fix It?

• Why State Sovereignty, not Historical Custom and Practice, is the Foundation of an Article V “Convention of States”

• A Stronghold for Freedom: How to Use Interstate Compacts to Lock Down Limited Government

• What Economic Liberty Is & How to Restore It

Recent Articles and Publications

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June 21, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway, Nick Dranias, David L. Applegate, Charles N. Steele, John A. Tatom
“States preferring to collect taxes from business owners in other states, unable to vote on those policies or benefit from the confiscated revenue, are the real winners in this case.” - Jesse Hathaway
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June 26, 2017
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, S.T. Karnick, Teresa Mull, Joseph A. Morris, Robert G. Holland, George A. Clowes, John McAdams, Josh Brown, Nick Dranias, Michael Warder
“The Supreme Court once again affirms the free exercise of religion ruling it is unconstitutional to deny a religious institution participation in a state program solely because of its religion.” - Lennie Jarratt
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November 9, 2016
By Peter Ferrara, Michael Hamilton, Jesse Hathaway, Dr. Donald J. Devine, Lennie Jarratt, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson, Robert Zubrin, Isaac Orr, Robert G. Holland, Heather Kays, Paul Driessen, Dan Miller, Larry Kaufmann, Donn Dears, Charles Battig, Brendon Swedlow, Jane M. Orient, M.D., Neal Schuerer, Bradley A. Smith, Twila Brase, Joe Cobb, Matt A. Mayer, Thomas A. Firey, Bernard (Bud) Weinstein, James H. Rust, Linda Gorman, Devon Herrick, Jason Bedrick, Nick Dranias, Lawrence H. White, Howard Segermark, James E. Enstrom, Mischa Popoff, Clifford Thies, Peter R. Cook, Charles N. Steele, Gerard Gianoli, M.D., Brian R. Forrest, M.D., Cedric Keith, Michael Schaus, Benita M. Dodd, Roger Stark, M.D., Kathy Hoekstra, Sandra Stotsky
In the November 8 election, Donald Trump won the presidency and Republicans retained control of the House and Senate. In state races, Republicans expanded their majorities in state legislatures and gubernatorial mansions.
March 30, 2016
By Nick Dranias
As the federal debt approaches $18 trillion, a balanced budget amendment has emerged as one of few viable options to curb government spending. The Article V process for amending the U.S. Constitution, however, is long and tedious.
March 21, 2016
By Nick Dranias
Policy brief examining common questions on the Article V Convention.
February 15, 2016
By Nick Dranias
A policy brief on Compact for America's Balanced Budget Amendment.
January 18, 2016
By Nick Dranias
Nick Dranias discusses the foundation and history of the Article V Convention.
October 22, 2015
By Nick Dranias
Those who oppose states using their power to originate amendments under Article V often start with the question, “Why amend the Constitution when nobody follows the Constitution as written?” This question is flawed in two respects.

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