Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Same old, same old

Want a new Alabama Constitution any time soon? Too bad.

State Rep. Demetrius Newton, D-Birmingham, on Tuesday withdrew his bill calling for a public vote on convening a constitutional convention after it became clear that House members wouldn't approve a budget isolation resolution to permit its consideration. In plain English, we didn't even get to the point of a vote on allowing a vote to allow a vote.

Despite public support for a badly needed new constitution, the bill's demise was easy to see coming. Our current charter gives legislators an inordinate measure of power over county affairs, and politicians rarely give up power without a serious fight. Until citizens start voting reform opponents out of office and replacing them with supporters, the cycle likely will continue.

In the meantime, you'll still have the right to learn the name of a tiny town 200 miles away from you, and then weigh in on whether the people there get to play bingo.


Anonymous bamaslama said...

I'm going to risk sounding stupid and just ask why we can't get a list of everyone who was 'elsewhere' when that vote was called. Don't they do a roll call like they do in Congress?
I see it as a slap in the face to everyone who elected them, and I for one would be willing to spend a fair amount of time making such a list known where it would do the most good.

2:45 AM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

The new avoidance mantra is "article-by-article rewrite". Don't worry your little head about it, dear. Yes, we need a better constitution, and the legislature will take care of it for you. Just as soon as pigs fly. We promise.

Actually, it isn't new; I've been hearing it from my state senator for years. He's just taught it to the other legislators because he's afraid their constituents' support for a convention might actually have some influence.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Post something!

4:45 PM  

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