So… It turns out that the presidential election isn’t the only thing on the books this year.
This November, voters in Connecticut will be asked: "Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the Constitution of the state?"
I certainly hope not.
Connecticut’s Article 13 provides for the voters to be asked every 20 years if they want to hold a special session of the General Assembly, to revise the state constitution. But holding a convention in Hartford isn’t change. The Convention’s membership is determined by the state’s General Assembly. So it’s politics as usual. State legislators decide who goes to the convention, not voters. So it will be a convention of lobbyists, politicians and special interests.
The public has no say on what the lobbyists propose to do to the constitution, and the amendment that the Right really wants is the right to perform referenda in every election: denying education to immigrants, banning marriage for gay people, outlawing abortion in the state and narrowing people’s rights. It’s a tactic the right has used in California, Colorado and other states, and it’s been hugely successful. Big businesses will use it to give themselves special tax breaks, overturn environmental laws and take away workers’ rights and benefits.
So vote no on the Constitutional Convention.