Thursday, August 04, 2005

Good news for the reformists

Fully 70 percent of Alabamians want the state constitution revised or rewritten, according to a recent survey. Sixty-eight percent of respondents said they would vote for a convention to write a new constitution if the issue came before them.

Time and again, legislators have rejected efforts to overhaul the 1901 constitution, which gives them far too much power over local matters and is filled with racist language to boot. (You can read more about the document's numerous problems here.) Time and again, Alabama's powers-that-be have claimed people don't want a new constitution, and besides, even if they do, they certainly don't trust a convention where anything could happen.

Scratch another excuse off the list.

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