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  • Why We Should Lower the Voting Age to 16

    03/04/2018 9:25:53 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 164 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 2, 2018 | Laurence Steinberg
    The young people who have come forward to call for gun control in the wake of the mass shooting at their high school in Parkland, Fla., are challenging the tiresome stereotype of American kids as indolent narcissists whose brains have been addled by smartphones. They offer an inspiring example of thoughtful, eloquent protest. Unfortunately, when it comes to electing lawmakers whose decisions about gun control and other issues affect their lives, these high schoolers lack any real power. This needs to change: The federal voting age in the United States should be lowered from 18 to 16. Skeptics will no...
  • Lawsuits challenge Electoral College system in four U.S. states

    02/21/2018 2:40:45 PM PST · by SMGFan · 78 replies
    Reuters MSN ^ | February 21, 2018
    A coalition that includes a Latino membership organization and a former Massachusetts governor filed lawsuits on Wednesday challenging how four U.S. states allocate their Electoral College votes in presidential elections. The lawsuits were filed in federal courts in Massachusetts and California, states that went for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, and South Carolina and Texas, where a majority of votes went to Republican U.S. President Donald Trump. The lawsuits challenge the winner-take-all system used in those states to select electors who cast votes for president and vice president in the Electoral College after a presidential election. Forty-four other states...
  • Using Democrat Methodology, the Patriots Should Have Won SBLII

    02/12/2018 8:17:14 AM PST · by impetrio1 · 12 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 2/12/18 | Bob Parks
    How many times have we heard Hillary Clinton and her defenders repeatedly assert she should have won the 2016 presidential election because she won the popular vote over Donald Trump. This is why more of her followers should have been somewhat familiar with the rules of football because in that sport, the winner is determined by which team scores more points over the other; not which team piles up more yardage. If that were the case, the New England Patriots should have been declared the winner of Super Bowl LII because they won the total yardage in a record-breaking effort....
  • National popular vote for president the goal of new California proposals

    12/31/2016 5:02:00 PM PST · by RC one · 42 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 30, 2016 8:00 AM
    California would step up efforts to bring about a system of electing U.S. presidents by popular vote instead of the electoral college under new legislation... The proposals follow Dec. 19 electoral college meetings that certified the Nov. 8 victory of Republican Donald Trump... It is the second time in 16 years that the candidate who won the popular vote nevertheless lost the presidency – Republican George W. Bush defeated Democrat Al Gore in 2000 despite losing the popular vote by about 540,000 votes. State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, gives a thumbs up to a colleague in 2014. Hill is...
  • Should We Reform the Electoral College?

    02/05/2018 9:04:48 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 67 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | March/April 2013 | Robert A. Levy
    Article II of the Constitution gives states broad authority to decide how their electoral votes are selected and divided among the candidates. In 48 states, the candidate who gets the most votes wins all of the state’s electoral votes. But the Constitution doesn’t require that rule. Maine and Nebraska have implemented district- by-district voting. One electoral vote goes to the winner in each congressional district, and the remaining two electoral votes are awarded to the winner of the statewide popular vote. Assume, however, that a state enacts a law giving all its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins...
  • Constitutional Ignorance -- Perhaps Contempt

    01/17/2018 5:21:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | January 17, 2018 | Walter E. Williams
    Hillary Clinton blamed the Electoral College for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoirs, "What Happened?" Some have claimed that the Electoral College is one of the most dangerous institutions in American politics. Why? They say the Electoral College system, as opposed to a simple majority vote, distorts the one-person, one-vote principle of democracy because electoral votes are not distributed according to population. To back up their claim, they point out that the Electoral College gives, for example, Wyoming citizens disproportionate weight in a presidential election. Put another way, Wyoming, a state with a population...

    12/25/2017 3:21:07 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 80 replies
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    In their infinite wisdom, the founders of our country created a structure called the "Electoral College" as a control system and to ensure the individual states were fairly represented. Otherwise one or two densely populated areas would speak for the whole of the nation. It was not created as a device to favor Democrats, Republicans, Whigs, Tories or any other political affiliation. It was created as a system of "checks and balances" to guard against any small vocal area, with a specific agenda, speaking for the whole of the nation. The following list of statistics should put an end to...
  • A Senate of the States: September 6th, 1787

    12/18/2017 12:51:00 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 18th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Presidential Elections. Little over a week before the close of the federal convention, the senate was still responsible for appointing a president should no one obtain a majority, or if two with a majority had an equal number, of electoral votes. While their electoral college system minimized the possibility of “pre-bought” presidents, our Framers nonetheless cast a suspicious eye at the senate. The convention intended a ‘high-toned’ second branch to check the house, but had they gone too far? Their senate had the power to appoint the president, name his officers, appoint judges, make treaties and try impeachments. This constituted...
  • Surprisingly, Republicans and Conservatives Shouldn’t Fear a National Popular Vote

    12/11/2017 10:14:06 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 86 replies ^ | Dec 11, 2017 | Rachel Alexander
    Republicans are hesitant to switch from our winner-take-all state laws allocating electors to the electoral college to using the National Popular Vote. The National Popular Vote Plan would award all of a state’s electors to the candidate who wins the most popular votes in all 50 states. There is a fear that such a move will benefit Democrats, since Democrats won the popular vote even though they lost the elections in 2000 and 2016. But the truth is, Republicans are likely going to lose their ability to win the necessary swing state of Florida in the future, and they can...
  • Gloria Steinem: Trump Is Not The President Because 'He Lost By 10 Million Votes'

    12/10/2017 11:29:55 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 121 replies ^ | Dec 10, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Yeah, not to get your blood pressures to spike over the weekend, but some on the feminist Left just need to accept that 2016 happened and they lost. It doesn’t matter that Hillary Clinton got more popular votes either; that’s not how you win the presidency. We all know this. Now, as we enter the 2018 midterm season, we still have some who just can’t stand that Trump won, that he’s president, and that Hillary Clinton will never be president—ever. Enter Gloria Steinem who says she doesn’t think Trump is president because he lost by 10 million votes. No,...
  • Getting the Facts Straight on the Electoral College

    11/13/2017 5:27:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | November 13, 2017 | Ray Haynes
    The most misunderstood institution in our constitutional government is the Electoral College. Most recently, the Chair of the Democratic National Committee claimed that “the Electoral College is not in the Constitution.” Others on the right of the political spectrum claim that the process by which the members of the Electoral College are selected is our “founders’ vision for our Republic” and constitutionally mandated. Both are dead wrong. Let’s begin with the actual words of the Constitution: “Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors equal to the whole number of Senators...
  • Kremlin-Connected ‘Troll Farm’ Organized Facebook Event To Protest Donald Trump

    10/31/2017 2:36:34 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 46 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/31/2017 | Bre Payton
    Days after Donald Trump won the presidential election in November 2016, thousands flocked to the streets of New York City to demonstrate against the president elect in a protest organized by a Kremlin-connected Facebook page called BlackMattersUS, The Hill reports. Between 5,000 and 10,000 people attended the protest organized by the Facebook page, which, according to an archived screen grab, had more than 99,000 likes.“Join us in the streets! Stop Trump and his bigoted agenda!” the Facebook event page reads for the protest, which was called “Trump is NOT my President. March against Trump.” “Divided is the reason we just fell,” it reads. “We must...
  • Liberals Claim Electoral College Is Biased. Here Are the Facts.

    10/31/2017 2:56:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 24, 2017 | Tara Ross
    In 1824, Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams were both members of the same political party. But in every other election with a discrepancy between the electoral and popular votes, the losing candidate has been the Democrat. Odd coincidence? Or is the Electoral College biased against the Democratic Party? Democratic President Barack Obama seemed to imply just that in a December 2016 press conference: “The Electoral College is a vestige,” he told reporters. “It’s a carry-over. … [T]here are some structures in our political system, as envisioned by the Founders, that sometimes are going to disadvantage Democrats.” It’s a funny...
  • Trump’s Katrina? Influx of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria could tip Florida toward Democrats.

    09/28/2017 9:58:55 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 45 replies
    WaPo ^ | September 28, 2017 | James Hohmann could be quite politically significant that tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans, maybe more, are expected to permanently move into Florida as the result of Hurricane Maria. Their citizenship entitles them to vote, and they tend to overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates. Florida-based Republican operative Rick Wilson thinks the hurricane might be a game changer. “If you put an influx of 100,000 Puerto Ricans who vote Democratic eight times out of 10 in the Orlando area, there you go,” he said. “Nobody can afford a big change in the registration pattern or a change in the voting pattern that offsets...
  • Lawsuits aim to change winner-take-all Electoral College system by 2020 presidential race

    09/28/2017 8:42:23 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 51 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 27, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    The votes have been counted and President Trump has moved into the White House, but the campaign to upend the Electoral College is far from over. Lawsuits aimed at striking down the winner-take-all system and giving electors more freedom to change their votes have been in the works since Mr. Trump won the Electoral College vote but not the popular vote on Nov. 8. The idea is not to eliminate the Electoral College, which would require a constitutional amendment, but to require states to implement a system in which electors cast ballots based on the percentage of the popular vote.
  • Hillary Clinton: Time to abolish the Electoral College

    09/13/2017 8:04:29 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 128 replies
    CNN ^ | September 13, 2017 | Dan Merica
    Hillary Clinton told CNN on Wednesday that it is time to abolish the Electoral College, part of a sweeping interview where the former Democratic nominee sought to explain why she lost the 2016 election. Clinton, in the interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, displayed her animus for fired FBI Director James Comey, reflected on her love for the people -- namely former President Bill Clinton -- who helped her get through the crushing loss and blasted the arcane election body that she believes helped Donald Trump win the presidency.
  • Journalists Treated to Luxury Resort Vacations by Electoral College Bypass Group

    09/06/2017 7:53:08 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 6, 2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    Ah! Life is good. Just luxuriating poolside in a tropical setting at a four star resort while sipping on an endless supply of mai tais while munching on ceviche. All that is required is to listen to a five hour pitch. Not for time share condos. Instead this pitch is made to journalists about how and why the Electoral College can be bypassed.  This revelation about how an obviously well-funded group called the Institute for Research on Presidential Elections is providing vacations for journalists comes to us via reporter Tim Alberta of Politico Magazine.  Alberta relayed the posh pitch in Is...
  • Could The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact Reduce Bad Policy-Making In Our Elections?

    08/11/2017 7:52:50 AM PDT · by Mafe · 20 replies ^ | August 10, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Okay—I’m going to step back a second on the Electoral College. In general, I think the institution has served us well for over 200 years. No, I don’t think that the five times a president was elected by winning the 270 electoral votes, but not the popular vote, constitutes a harbinger for the destruction of our republic. Liberals whine about Bush’s 2000 win. They whine about Trump’s 2016 win, albeit with more froth around the mouth. There were a solid couple of weeks worth of hot takes about how the Electoral College is archaic, racist, and anti-Democratic and yet we’re...
  • Slavery

    07/19/2017 8:54:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | July 19, 2017 | Walter E. Williams
    Too many people believe that slavery is a "peculiar institution." That's what Kenneth Stampp called slavery in his book, "Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South." But slavery is by no means peculiar, odd or unusual. It was common among ancient peoples such as the Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites, Greeks, Persians, Armenians and many others. Large numbers of Christians were enslaved during the Ottoman wars in Europe. White slaves were common in Europe from the Dark Ages to the Middle Ages. It was only after A.D. 1600 that Europeans joined with Arabs and Africans and started the Atlantic slave trade....
  • (Russ) Feingold starts group with aim of abolishing the Electoral College

    04/12/2017 6:01:53 AM PDT · by RC one · 60 replies
    WKOW ^ | 3/22/17 | Greg Neumann
    MADISON (WKOW) -- Just months after losing his bid to return to the U.S. Senate, Middleton Democrat Russ Feingold is starting a new political organization with a stated goal of abolishing the U.S. Electoral College. Feingold announced the creation of LegitAction Wednesday in a press release, calling it "an organization committed to restoring our country’s democratic legitimacy." Under that premise, LegitAction will "focus on four central pillars of our democracy." - Protecting the Right to Vote - Reforming our campaign finance system- Empowering the national popular vote by abolishing the Electoral College- Protecting the independence and credibility of the Supreme...