• The resolutions passed in NYC and LA are not to abolish corporate constitutional rights altogether but to scale them back to the extent necessary to undo Citizens United. (By all means, confirm this by reading the actual words rather than headlines and spin.) That may seem disappointing, but there are very good reasons why counsel to the city councils of two major US cities worded it that way. They know what they are doing. It’s called crafting words that work within the lay of the legal land.

    That’s not how it’s being spun, but if the amendment movement is ever to advance beyond the stage of slogans and political theater and get taken seriously by a swath of the public wide enough to actually amend the Constitution, advocates are going to have to explain things better than they’ve done to date. There are now enough written models to compare and contrast as legal proposals, not as nifty sound bites. Let’s get cracking.