I think this has been going on for a long time at the state level. I believe organizations like Indivisible, Moveon.org, Organizing for Action, etc need to increase action at the state level. My Indivisible group is now beginning to pay more attention to a Republican member of the state Senate. We need local groups of national and state organizations to focus more on what is happening is state government.
No big surprise here - it's exactly how the 'Aparteidists' took over the government of South Africa several years ago – they started with city councils and school boards, and worked their way up until they dominated an entire nation. The Koch Brothers and their allies in the Repooplican Party have a BIG head start, but maybe — just MAYBE — we can "cut 'em off at the pass." Thank You, Mr. Hightower for the reminder: "Those who do not remember History are condemned to repeat it."
Rolling back the effects of the continuing decades-long attack on America’s ideal of the common good will take some work. To get started, check out Center for Media Democracy at www.prwatch.org/cmd.
This very article is about how they don't need to redo the US Constitution. They're building a new federalism that carries bad ideas from one state to many. They own state legislators, who are, as a rule, easier to corrupt than those with federal visibility. A constitutional convention would be just as hard for ALEC and the Kochs to control as it would be for the party bosses. Stop fretting about what they might do (and are unlikely to) and address what they're doing now. Find out whether your state legislators are in their pockets, and let those servants know that you demand they work for you.