So yesterday, the Courage Campaign - a wonderful progressive organization - emailed its members and asked to vote on whether or not the Courage Campaign should call for a Constitutional Convention for the State of California. Here is the page where you can weigh in. I did weigh in. Here is what I said:
California's system of government is broken. Requiring a 2/3rds vote to pass a budget is the height of insanity. And the governor should not be allowed to slash the wages of state employees just because he feels something is wrong with the legislature. We need a brand new system that ensures equal protection under the law, forces our politicians to balance the budget, sets up a progressive tax system, etc. A new Constitution/amendments need(s) to seriously update our system of governing by initiatives. It should take a lot more signatures than 7% of voters to get things on the ballot. We also need to reform our system of recalling people from office (a much higher threshold than the current system) and to ensure that the state's Constitution cannot be amended through the whim of a contemporary majority - it should require a 2/3rds vote in each house of the legislature to place one on the ballot, and a 2/3rds or 3/4ths vote from the people.Please vote and if you agree with me, ask for the Courage Campaign to call for a Constitutional Convention for the State of California.
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