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  • California Assembly approves electoral vote change

    05/19/2011 6:11:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 147 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/19/11
    Lawmakers have taken a step to make California more relevant in presidential politics, voting to give the state's electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote. The state Assembly passed AB459 on Thursday on a 43-18 vote, sending it to the state Senate. . . .
  • Liberal attempts to abolish Electoral College takes back door route thru State Legislatures

    05/18/2011 2:30:54 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 23 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-18-11 | Mataharley
    Just as every Christmas brings the same tired argument over nativity scenes, Christmas trees and Santa Claus, every election cycle brings forth a fresh attempt to ignore the Constitutional establishment of the Electoral College, and allow the city centers to run roughshod over rural Americans. The 2012 election is no different, but it does bring a fresh approach to the age old problem of a "popular vote" Presidential election... by having the state legislators pass a law, obligating their EC votes to the national popular vote winners. Under this scheme, state legislatures would pass legislation that would bind them to...
  • Tea Partiers Should Take a Good Look at National Popular Vote

    05/17/2011 7:47:56 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 91 replies
    Fightin Words ^ | May 17, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    As Tea Party members, it is imperative that we continue to study and understand the U.S. Constitution and the Founders’ intent. That means questioning the status quo, and the existing assumptions of either party. Case in point, H.F. 495 the National Popular Vote bill. This legislation would guarantee the presidency to the winner of the most popular votes in all 50 states. It would do so by allowing states to enter into an interstate compact with one another and would only go into effect when enough states representing 270 electoral votes enter into the agreement. Why should the Tea Party...
  • [VANITY] Electoral College Breakdown (or: Why Opinion Polls Don't Matter)

    05/16/2011 7:51:02 AM PDT · by kevkrom · 16 replies
    2011-05-16 | Self
    First of all, 2012 polling at this stage is laughably pointless, as history shows that it is highly unlikely to be in line with the actual results, this far out from the election. But even more so, most of these polls are taken at a national level, e.g., "Obama leads <insert candidate's name here> 47-44, according to XYZ Survey". This means nothing. The 2012 election is going to be decided, as most Presidential contests are, by a relatively small handful of states. By my reckoning, five. How a candidate will fare in those states matters far more than anything else,...
  • The Map: The Crystal Ball’s First 2011 Take on 2012’s Electoral College

    04/22/2011 6:20:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Map The Crystal Ball’s First 2011 Take on 2012’s Electoral College Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics April 21st, 2011With 18 months to go until November 2012, there is exactly one use for a current projection of the 2012 Electoral College results. This is merely a baseline from which we can judge more reliable projections made closer to the election. Where did we start–before we knew the identity of the Republican nominee for president, the state of the economy in fall 2012 and many other critical facts?And so, with that enormous caveat in mind, here is...
  • America Moving Towards Abolishment of Electoral College

    04/14/2011 8:07:12 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 97 replies
    Conclub ^ | 04-14-11 | Zazu
    The Electoral College, the means by which Americans chose their President throughout the nations history, is facing its most serious challenge yet. Polling shows that 75% of Americans no longer see the value of the institution, and want to switch over to direct democratic elections where the winner of the national popular vote also wins the Presidency. There are two ways of achieving this end. The first, a Constitutional Amendment, is a long and difficult process that requires the approval of 3/4 of the states. However, there exists an alternative method that goes around the Electoral College by abolishing it...
  • CALIFORNIA: Bill aims to add state to popular-vote movement

    04/04/2011 7:43:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 49 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/4/11 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    California is a population powerhouse that's home to 1 out of 8 American voters and a political ATM that pumps millions into presidential campaign coffers. But the state's solid-blue status and election rules make it "irrelevant" in the presidential sweepstakes every four years, state Assemblyman Jerry Hill says.Hill, a San Mateo Democrat, and Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert (Riverside County) want to change that. The legislators are part of a growing crowd of bipartisan backers of a nationwide campaign to elect presidents by popular vote. The drive has some powerhouse supporters, including Tom Golisano, the billionaire philanthropist and...
  • Electoral vote split survives (Nebraska)

    03/10/2011 10:46:08 PM PST · by Impy · 5 replies
    Nebraska World Herald ^ | 3-10-11 | Martha Stoddard
    LINCOLN — Nebraska will keep its split electoral vote system for at least another year, thanks to a split vote in a legislative committee. The Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee was divided 4-4 in a straw vote on changing the system, State Sen. Bill Avery of Lincoln, the committee chairman, said Thursday. The informal vote marked the latest defeat for Republican efforts to return Nebraska to a winner-take-all system of awarding electoral votes. Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha introduced the latest proposal, Legislative Bill 21. Since 1991, three of Nebraska's five votes have been decided by congressional district. The...
  • Latino Numbers Soar in Texas, Promising More Political Clout

    02/28/2011 9:31:40 AM PST · by triumphant values · 130 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 18, 2011 | ANA CAMPOY And MAURICE TAMMAN
    DALLAS—Latinos accounted for 65% of Texas's population growth over the past decade, and for 95% of the increase among its rapidly expanding under-18 population, numbers likely to amplify the group's political clout for years to come in the second most-populous state. Data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that Texas, long associated with cowboys, cattle and the wide-open range, became more urban and more Latino from 2000-2010. Non-Hispanic whites ceased being the majority, shrinking to 45.3% of the population from 52.4%. Texas was already big, with nearly 21 million people counted at the turn of the century, and...
  • Making Obama a One Term President

    01/27/2011 3:11:36 AM PST · by Scanian · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 27, 2011 | Richard Baehr
    We are slightly more than 21 months away from the 2012 presidential election. The election in 2012 will be not a simple referendum on Barack Obama (for which an approval score is a proxy), but a choice between two candidates. While many potential GOP candidates are exploring a run, it is not possible at this point to even select a favorite from the bunch, since the field is so uncertain, and some candidates designated by some pundits as second-tier would diminish the prospects of others considered as first-tier if they ran. An example of this would be if Michele Bachmann...
  • Direct Election of President Considered by Founding Fathers

    01/26/2011 5:09:06 AM PST · by MichaelNewton · 68 replies
    What Would The Founders Think? ^ | 1/26/11 | Michael Newton
    Many today want to get rid of the electoral college method of choosing our president. For example, there is a book called Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America. It has quite a lot of good information in it, though the author draws the wrong conclusion. Or search Google for “electoral college failure” and browse through some of the 333,000 results. Attacks on the electoral college system accelerated after the 2000 election in which Al Gore won more popular votes but George Bush won the electoral college. The Founding Fathers considered, debated, and voted on different methods of choosing...
  • Ignorant Government Officials

    01/20/2011 7:37:24 AM PST · by estrogen · 18 replies
    Fox News | 1/18/11 | poll
    Amazing we have a government at all
  • Reapportionment and the Electoral College

    12/21/2010 12:51:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 95 replies · 2+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 21, 2010 | Sean Trende
    The U.S. Census Bureau today announced its long-awaited final population and reapportionment numbers. The official population of the U.S. as of April 1, 2010 was 308,745,538, up from 281,421,906 in 2000. The Northeast grew 3.2 percent, the Midwest grew 3.9 percent, the South grew 14.3 percent and the West grew by 13.8 percent. Overall, it was the slowest growth in the country since the 1930s. The apportionment winners were: Texas (4 seats), Florida (2 seats), Arizona (1 seat), Georgia (1 seat), Nevada (1 seat), South Carolina (1 seat), Utah (1 seat), Washington (1 seat). The losers were: New York (2...
  • Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment

    11/10/2010 7:26:53 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    Nationa Review Online ^ | November 10, 2010 | Todd Zywicki
    Joe Miller, Alaska’s Republican nominee for the United States Senate, recently expressed support for an idea that is rapidly gaining steam in Tea Party circles: the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment. Miller subsequently backtracked from his statement, but he shouldn’t have: Repealing the Seventeenth Amendment would go a long way toward restoring federalism and frustrating special-interest influence over Washington. Ratified in 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment replaced the election of U.S. senators by state legislators with the current system of direct election by the people. By securing the Seventeenth Amendment’s ratification, progressives dealt a blow to the Framers’ vision of the...
  • American military officers against Obama

    10/13/2010 8:28:02 PM PDT · by Rabin · 13 replies ^ | October 13, 2010 | Mark S. McGrew
    Regarding the current cases pending in the Supreme Court of the United States, US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is on record answering a question about Obama's eligibility, "We're evading that one."
  • The Electoral College Takes Another Hit

    09/22/2010 7:48:28 AM PDT · by Fury · 65 replies · 2+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 09/22/2010 | Tara Ross
    And so the dominoes continue to fall. The D.C. Council yesterday approved the National Popular Vote plan that has been pending before several state legislatures. D.C.’s approval comes less than two months after Massachusetts approved the plan. Two procedural steps remain before NPV is officially enacted in D.C.: The mayor must sign the legislation and Congress has 30 days to review it. If these two hurdles are overcome, then D.C.’s approval will bring the total number of entities supporting the bill to seven: Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Washington. These six states and D.C. together hold 76 electoral...
  • Americans Want to Scrap Electoral College

    08/16/2010 4:55:02 AM PDT · by Princeverdi · 158 replies
    Most people in the United States would like to eliminate the Electoral College system to elect presidents, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 64 per cent of respondents share this view, and think that whoever gets the most votes should be elected president. In the U.S., the president and vice-president are elected in a single ticket to a four-year term by an Electoral College, whose members represent each state of the union with a previously determined number of electoral votes, in accordance with the results of the popular vote in each state. The members of the Electoral...
  • Electing president by National Popular Vote a bad idea

    08/14/2010 9:21:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Stoneham Sun ^ | August 14, 2010 | Mass. State Senator Richard Tisei (R-3rd Middlesex District, Minority Leader)
    Election Night 2012. President Barack Obama has easily won the backing of Massachusetts’ voters for a second term in office, but Republican Sarah Palin, riding a national wave of anti-incumbent sentiment, captures a narrow lead in the popular vote. As a result, Massachusetts’ 12 electoral votes go to … Sarah Palin, and with those 12 votes, Palin is elected president. Sound impossible? Not under a National Popular Vote system, which Massachusetts is one step closer to implementing now that Gov. Patrick has signed legislation authorizing the commonwealth to join a multi-state compact to change the way we elect the president....
  • Plot to Eliminate Electoral College: States to Award Votes to National Winner, Not to State Winner

    08/01/2010 3:37:51 AM PDT · by geraldmcg · 35 replies · 8+ views
    WebToday ^ | 8-1-10 | WebToday
    Is a Grand Scheme for One-Party Domination Unfolding? When a political party passes legislation against the pronounced majority of the people, it reeks of an ulterior motive far from that of serving the public. This, in turn, brings critics such as political commentator and former Colorado Congressman, Bob Beauprez (R), to a different plane of examination—and fuels a suspicion that this party is, above all else, concerned with maintaining power. Just weeks after Obama took office, the White House commandeered the Census Bureau from the Commerce Department—picking the lock to the door of voter districts. A year later came the...
  • Massachusetts for Palin?

    07/31/2010 8:13:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 4+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 1, 2010 | Jeff Jacoby
    IT IS Election Night, 2012. The polls have closed. State by state, the votes are being counted, and gradually it becomes clear, to the bottomless horror of some voters and the unbridled delight of others, that Sarah Palin, the Republican presidential nominee, has bested President Barack Obama in the popular vote nationwide. In Massachusetts, where Obama crushed Palin in a 79 percent landslide — the most lopsidedly anti-Palin vote of any state — “bottomless horror’’ doesn’t begin to describe the political reaction. For in 2010, Massachusetts joined the National Popular Vote compact, making a commitment to cast all of its...