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  • Trashing the 12th Amendment with the National Popular Vote

    02/17/2016 8:34:13 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/17/16 | Publius Huldah
    The compact for a National Popular Vote (NPV) is a destructive scheme. Yet it’s been approved by several States; and is pending in others. Since the text of the compact no longer seems to be set forth on the NPV website, we’ll look at the NPV bill now pending in Tennessee. In a nutshell, the compact seeks to evade the 12th Amendment to our Constitution (where the States elect the President); and substitutes a national popular vote where inhabitants of major metropolitan areas elect the President. The Constitution our Framers gave us The federal government created by our Constitution is...
  • '2016: Obama's America' Filmmaker Indicted for Violating Campaign Finance Laws

    01/24/2014 5:38:53 AM PST · by Phillyred · 57 replies ^ | 1/23/2014 | Paul Bond
    Dinesh D'Souza is accused of giving too much money to a candidate who sought to replace former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. Producer Gerald Molen tells The Hollywood Reporter the charges are politically motivated. Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, whose documentary 2016: Obama's America took a critical look at President Barack Obama and was a surprise hit in 2012, will be arrested in New York on Friday for allegedly violating campaign-finance laws, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Federal authorities accuse D'Souza of donating more than is legal to the campaign of Wendy Long, who ran in 2012 for the U.S. Senate...
  • Obama creates panel to recommend state election law changes

    03/28/2013 6:54:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/28/13 | Neil Munro
    The White House announced Thursday the formation of a nine-seat Presidential Commission on Election Administration tasked with recommending changes to states election laws by the end of September. The Commission shall identify best practices and otherwise make recommendations to promote the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay, and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles, said Obamas executive order, issued March 28. State elections are conducted by states, usually under state laws. However, the federal Congress has the constitutional authority to any...
  • Obama to sign order creating election reform commission

    03/28/2013 11:03:42 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 98 replies
    The executive order will direct the commission to produce a report for Obama within six months of its first public meeting, principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said. The panel will be tasked with considering "a variety of ways to shorten lines and promote the efficient conduct of elections" and its findings will be "intended to serve as a best practices guide for state and local election officials to improve voters' experience at the polls under their existing election laws."
  • Stronger voter ID laws are not enough

    01/28/2012 2:21:26 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 22 replies
    Renew America ^ | January 27, 2012 | Kevin Price
    The media has been up in arms recently over the move by many concerned Americans to try and require improved voter ID requirements in order to fulfill one of the most sacred aspects of government. It is simply unfair to have elections stolen by ghosts (AKA "dead people) and gangsters (AKA "community organizers). The United States government has, for years, put a premium on the act of voting. The idea has become, the more people voting, the better. Are you getting your license renewed? Apply for a voters registration! Are you applying for Food Stamps? Go ahead and register to...
  • Dan Walters: Voters may get second try at election reform

    04/27/2010 8:02:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 212+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/27/10 | Dan Walters
    The very liberal leadership of the California Democratic Party and the equally conservative hierarchy of the California Republican Party agree on virtually nothing, but they equally despise efforts to create some form of "open" primary election. Party activists leftist Democrats and rightist Republicans loathe the idea that voters who don't share their ideologies could choose candidates. Political reformers persuaded voters to approve one version in the 1990s. But it was in place for just one election cycle before being voided by the courts in a challenge by the two parties. By and by, however, courts endorsed another version...
  • No Country for Close Calls (Elections)

    04/19/2009 3:18:33 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 316+ views
    NYT ^ | Apr 18, 2009 | NATE SILVER and ANDREW GELMAN
    ELECTION junkies like us cant help but savor the excitement of races where the advantage shifts with nearly every click-refresh of the Board of Elections Web site. SNIP In truth, these nail-biters (the Minnesota Senate race and the New York 20th) have become, at least in elections to the House of Representatives, exceedingly rare. SNIP Why is it that there are fewer close elections than there once were? We can think of three reasons: POWERFUL INCUMBENTS The incumbency advantage has generally been increasing over time. . . . Since there are no term limits for Congress, and since most senators...
  • Rich Leftists Bankroll John McCain's Assault on Freedom

    08/02/2008 2:00:33 PM PDT · by average american student · 26 replies · 229+ views
    Stiff Right Jab ^ | February 11, 2008 | Steve Farrell
    If you are not yet alarmed and outraged by radical Republican John McCains bipartisan campaign finance reform package, which is in no way bipartisan, Mondays revelation from the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) should put an end to your complacency. In its latest report, Whos Buying Campaign Finance Reform? (1) the ACU unveils the secret that some conservatives have suspected all along: The campaign finance reform movement has, contrary to its anti-big money agenda, raised and spent more than $73 million since 1996; has, contrary to its bipartisan claims, been funded by wealthy Democratic Party soft-money donors, ultra-liberal foundations and...
  • Democrash! Electronic voting is a good idea - just not yet

    09/25/2006 8:08:46 AM PDT · by tang0r · 15 replies · 454+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 9/25/2006 | Justin Hartfield
    Computer technology, as a science, is still in its infancy. Far more is known about the automobile, for example, than the computer. Since the personal computer has only been in existence for thirty years, our experiences are limited simply due to lack of historical perspective. So computers of today are equivalent to the cars which were made in the 1930s; they were able to deliver you from point A to point B, but in terms of reliability there was more to be desired. There are shockingly few best practice guides on the market for designing bug-free software, because there just...
  • Count Every Vote Act

    05/15/2006 4:53:13 PM PDT · by AmericanDave · 16 replies · 418+ views
    THOMAS(Library of congress) ^ | 5/15/2006 | congress
    SEC. 701. VOTING RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS CONVICTED OF CRIMINAL OFFENSES. (a) Short Title- This title may be cited as the Civic Participation Act of 2005. (b) Findings and Purpose- (1) FINDINGS- Congress makes the following findings: (A) The right to vote is the most basic constitutive act of citizenship and regaining the right to vote reintegrates offenders into free society. The right to vote may not be abridged or denied by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, gender, or previous condition of servitude. Basic constitutional principles of fairness and equal protection require an equal...
  • The case for unsafe election districts

    09/27/2005 1:22:28 PM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 16 replies · 428+ views ^ | September 27, 2005 | By John H. Bunzel,
    IT IS NOTHING less than a scandal that 90% of the seats in Congress and the California Legislature are not competitive. It is also why Democrats, who have long championed a level playing field in elections as an important progressive goal, should be leading the call for an end to the "incumbent protection racket." Democrats strongly supported the concept of "one person, one vote" established in 1962 by the U.S. Supreme Court in Baker vs. Carr, a ruling that also required equal representation in all legislative bodies in order to reflect the interests and wishes of the people in a...
  • McCain Clueless on Impact of McCain/Feingold (on the Internet and bloggers)

    09/23/2005 7:56:49 AM PDT · by OESY · 18 replies · 784+ views
    Patterico Pontifications ^ | September 21, 2005 | Patterico
    Oh, Lord. John McCain doesnt even know what his own law is doing. Paul from Power Line reports on a dinner he and about 40 others had with John McCain. Heres what I found interesting: I asked Senator McCain about the impact of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act on bloggers. He replied that he wanted no government regulation of the internet. I followed-up, politely I hope, by noting that a court decision in litigation undertaken in his name was serving as the basis for proposals to regulate the bloggers. McCain responded that he was not aware that the litigation...
  • Defects In 2004 Balloting Described (Jimmah and James Baker)

    04/18/2005 9:53:33 PM PDT · by bitt · 1 replies · 309+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 19, 2005 | Brian Faler
    It did not feature much in the way of butterfly ballots, hanging chads or protracted Supreme Court fights. But the first hearing yesterday of the Commission on Federal Election Reform made it clear that the 2004 election was not without problems. Former president Jimmy Carter and ex-secretary of state James A. Baker III, who co-chair the commission, invited a dozen experts to American University to recommend ways to improve the nation's voting system. The commission will consider those suggestions, along with others expected at a second hearing in June, and submit its own recommendations to Congress. Former president Jimmy Carter,...
  • More problems in Valley vote (Washington)

    04/17/2005 12:35:51 PM PDT · by rockrr · 23 replies · 855+ views
    King County Journal ^ | 2005-04-15 | Mike Archbold
    More reports of dead people receiving ballots or voters receiving multiple ballots for Valley Medical Center's all-mail election have some voters again shaking their heads in frustration. Four people reported to the Journal this week that their dead relatives were mailed ballots for the special election. They joined another man upset last week when his son who died two years ago was mailed a ballot. Already inundated by reports of election malfunctions in King County from last November's governor's race, voters are much more sensitive to any irregularities, especially when they show up in their mailboxes.
  • Real Reform Rally (Olympia, WA - April 11)

    04/10/2005 6:13:13 PM PDT · by Seattle Conservative · 8 replies · 508+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | April 10, 2005 | Evergreen Freedom Foundation
    I, unfortunately, have to work tomorrow, but for those of you who have the day off and/or live in the Olympia area, you might be interested in going to this: GRASSROOTS WASHINGTON ACTION ITEM: There will be a Real Reforms rally on Monday to urge House leaders to pass meaningful election reform legislation. We need you to be there! Real Reforms Rally This Monday, April 11 10 a.m. on the Capitol steps. Invited guests: Bob Williams, Evergreen Freedom Foundation Chris Vance, Republican Party State Chair Lt. Bryan Suits, Iraq War hero and disenfranchised military voter Mike Siegel, KTTH radio host...
  • Kerry: Election Reforms Should Be Pushed

    04/10/2005 3:04:11 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 54 replies · 796+ views
    AP ^ | 4/10/05 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    BOSTON (AP) - All Americans must demand their right to vote and refuse to be intimidated, former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry told a voters' group Sunday. "Last year too many people were denied their right to vote, too many who tried to vote were intimidated," the Massachusetts senator said. "There is no magic wand. No one person is going to stand up and suddenly say it's going to change tomorrow. You have to do that." Kerry supporters charged that voting irregularities in largely Democratic areas made it difficult for voters to cast ballots in the November presidential election. A...
  • CA: Democratic values - San Diego council may take two steps back

    04/02/2005 9:44:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 389+ views
    Returning today from its two-week spring recess, the San Diego City Council may be poised to take two giant steps backward for democratic values. In the first action, the council will be reviving the still-simmering passions from last fall's fiercely contested election for mayor. Before the council is a proposed ordinance that would ban write-in candidates for mayor, council or city attorney in general elections. It's a direct spinoff from Councilwoman Donna Frye's last-minute and nearly successful entry into the November election for mayor against incumbent Dick Murphy and challenger Ron Roberts. In the other action, the council will consider...
  • Truth held hostage: Day 9 (WA State Elections)

    03/07/2005 9:14:46 PM PST · by Seattle Conservative · 6 replies · 610+ views
    Sound Politics ^ | 3-07-05 | Stefan Sharkansky
    Today's update on King County's magical binder of precinct-by-precinct reconciliation worksheets, which the lunatic-fringe blogs tell us are "sitting down there at KC Elections for anybody to inspect". The punchline is: the lunatic-fringe bloggers are living in a sick fantasy world (but you knew that). The binder is not now, nor has it ever been, available for public inspection. King County is perpetrating a cover-up. Two things happened today: First, County Councilmember David Irons confirmed to me that he's been asking for these documents for the last six weeks but that the Elections office has still not made them available...
  • Democrats offer election reform plan (Still bitter in Ohio)

    03/02/2005 11:20:51 PM PST · by Columbus Dawg · 6 replies · 406+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | March 2, 2005 | Mark Niquette
    Democrats in the Ohio Legislature today unveiled an election reform plan that would allow early voting and have a hired elections officer run all state elections instead of the secretary of state. The plan came in the form of three bills the party will introduce in the Ohio House and Senate. One bill would institute specific changes in election law, such as allowing early voting, eliminating Election Day challengers and allowing provisional votes to be cast anywhere in a voter's home county. Another would create a six-member, bipartisan state election board that would hire a chief elections officer to run...
  • Clinton and Boxer, Representative Tubbs Jones and Others to Unveil Major Election Reform Bill

    02/20/2005 5:12:34 AM PST · by lowbridge · 59 replies · 1,108+ views
    February 17, 2005 Senators Clinton and Boxer, Representative Tubbs Jones and Others to Unveil Major Election Reform Bill Legislation Would Enact Sweeping Reforms by Next Major Election Cycle in 2006 WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today unveiled comprehensive voting reform legislation to make sure that every American is able to vote and every vote is counted. Senators Clinton and Boxer announced the legislation today in a press conference joined by Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), who will sponsor the legislation in the House of Representatives, and voting rights advocates. "Voting is the most...