Little/Newton Push Constitutional Reform
No high profile Alabama politician has gotten behind such an effort as they are loathe to upset the status quo. And I know I am in the minority, but I think the public would respond well to a politician willing to embrace reform. There are legions of activists and organizations already in existence who would immediately line up behind a candidate advocating constitutional reform.
I think any of the credible gubernatorial candidates (with the possible exception of Roy Moore) could give their campaigns a boost by adopting such a platform. Baxley could use a big idea to jettison her image as being unable to take a stand. Siegelman needs a new stump speech after pushing the lottery for twenty years. Even Bob Riley could engage the issue and find a platform for a second term. While Roy Moore's constituency is probably relatively hostile to constitutional reform, if presented in the right way I think he could sell it to them. Such an issue might help Moore make the leap as a mainstream candidate as well. Even someone like Harri Anne Smith could use constitutional reform to propel her candidacy from a dark-horse to a serious contender.
Will a high profile Alabama politician be brave enough to embrace constitutional reform in 2006? Probably not. But sooner or later constitutional reform will come to Alabama. And the politicians with the courage to lead will be rewarded.