Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Note to statewide candidates

A huge sleeper issue in Alabama's 2006 general election is constitutional reform. Over the last five years, support for some kind of reform of the world's longest constitution -- either a new state charter or major changes to the current one -- has grown from 10 percent to 70 percent, thanks largely to the admirable grassroots efforts of Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform. Sixty-five percent of voters say they'd be likelier to support a candidate who backed the reform movement, and 68 percent say they'd vote for a constitutional convention if they got the chance.

The constitutional reform train is sitting on the tracks waiting for a big-name conductor. The first candidate to hop aboard could be going places in a hurry.


Blogger Altoid said...

I still don't buy into the fact that it is a legitimate issue; ALFA & Alabama Power will make sure it stays non-legit.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

It's indisputably a legitimate issue; the question is whether it's the kind of issue that decides an election. No major Alabama politician who I can remember has mounted a gubernatorial run with constitutional reform at the heart of the platform, so it would be interesting to see how such a campaign turned out.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I was told last week by my legislators not to worry my pretty little head about constitutional reform -- that the legislature would take care of any problems and it wasn't really all that pressing an issue anyway. Oh, and the people of Alabama are too stupid to choose delegates for a constitutional convention. I guess that last one may be true, given that we keep re-electing these jerks.

8:06 PM  

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