California Constitutional Convention?

Critics call it an excuse to hike taxes. But what are the implications of Prop 8, which amended the state constitution and restricted marriage only to opposite-sex couples? “Fed up with the budget crises and partisan battles that have paralyzed California for years, some influential voices believe it’s time to tear open the state constitution and start anew. Once dismissed as a hokey gimmick, support for a proposed constitutional convention has been building in the nation’s most populous state. Even Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has indicated he would back an effort to retool the document to make state government function more smoothly.” [AP]