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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...
  • Mass. Senate enacts bill to replace Electoral College with popular vote

    07/31/2010 2:34:58 PM PDT · by betty boop · 55 replies · 2+ views
    Mass ^ | July 28, 2010 | Associated Press
    BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate has enacted a bill that would give the state's Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The bill enacted by the Senate 28-9 Tuesday is part of a nationwide effort to secure the agreement of enough states so the winner of the national popular vote would be guaranteed to win the presidency. The bill will now be sent to Gov. Deval Patrick, who has said in the past he supports the bill.
  • Why the Electoral College Matters (A campaign to circumvent the Elector College is underway)

    07/30/2010 7:18:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/30/2010 | Rick Moran
    It's been called "undemocratic," "a relic," and worse. Every fifty years or so, a movement gets underway to eviscerate or eliminate it -- one of the creakiest compromises that emerged from our Constitutional Convention in 1788. I refer to the Electoral College -- that inelegant, less-than-perfect, but ultimately useful device by which we actually elect our presidents. Over the years, more than thirty constitutional amendments have been introduced in Congress to gut the college or eliminate it entirely. None have ever passed the legislature and been sent to the states for ratification. A few states have taken it upon...
  • Keep The Electoral College in Presidential Elections

    07/28/2010 5:43:12 PM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 21 replies · 5+ views
    All Voices ^ | July 28, 2010 | R.G. Yoho
    Several states have already begun the process to eliminate the Electoral College, stating that they prefer to elect the president by popular vote. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? I make no claims of being a Constitutional scholar, but I do know something about it. I also have no doubt there are others better qualified than I am to explain this. However, I will do my best.
  • Movement to Bypass Constitution in Presidential Elections

    07/27/2010 10:38:41 PM PDT · by chatter4 · 35 replies · 2+ views
    Youtube ^ | July 28,2010 | Chatter3
    The Massachusetts Legislature has approved a new law intended to bypass the Electoral College system, set forth in the Constitution. The system set up in the Constitution, requires that each state's electors, cast votes for the President and Vice President and present those votes to the President of the Senate for a final tally. What fouled this system up was that 48 States passed "winner-take-all " rules, meaning that if candidate X got 51% of the vote in the state, he is awarded all of that states electoral votes. This is why Al Gore lost the election to Bush in...
  • Mass Legislature approves plan to bypass Electoral College

    07/27/2010 2:40:29 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 130 replies · 4+ views
    Boston.Com ^ | 27 July 2010 | Martin Finucane
    The Massachusetts Legislature has approved a new law intended to bypass the Electoral College system and ensure that the winner of the presidential election is determined by the national popular vote. "What we are submitting is the idea that the president should be selected by the majority of people in the United States of America," Senator James B. Eldridge, an Acton Democrat, said before the Senate voted to enact the bill. Under the new bill, he said, "Every vote will be of the same weight across the country." But Senate minority leader Richard Tisei said the state was meddling with...
  • How Adopting the "National Popular Vote Initiative" Can Steal an Election 'By Hook' and 'By Crook'

    07/24/2010 8:33:10 AM PDT · by jbjd · 20 replies · 1+ views
    "jbjd" ^ | 07.24.10 | jbjd
    ...I assured you, enacting and enforcing state election laws to keep Constitutionally ineligible candidates off November’s Presidential (Electors) ballot would prevent Electors from exercising their discretion to elect a Constitutionally unqualified candidate in December because as long as people mistakenly think they vote for President in the general election, Electors would never dare to vote for someone whose name had not appeared on that state’s ballot. Scratch that. Because now, they might have to. That is, if John R. Koza’s National Popular Vote Initiative (“NPVI”) is adopted by the requisite number of states. And proponents of the NPV are poised...
  • Mass. Senate approves national popular vote bill

    07/21/2010 11:57:50 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 106 replies · 3+ views
    The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill that would give the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The bill approved by the Senate 28-10 last week is part of a nationwide effort to secure the agreement of enough states so the winner of the national popular vote would be guaranteed to win the presidency. The bill will not go into effect until states possessing a majority of Electoral College votes pass similar legislation. Maryland, Illinois, New Jersey, Hawaii and Washington state have approved the measure. The House passed its version of the...
  • In Defense of the Electoral College and America during this Celebration of Independence

    07/04/2010 11:46:14 AM PDT · by jim byrd · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | 07/04/2010 | Jim Byrd
    Just like their insect cousins the cicadas, every couple of years some intellectual infirmed with delusions of grandeur, armed with self-anointed enlightenment measurably superior to the profoundly educated Founding Fathers, will emerge from his or her burrow to denigrate, then call, for the sake of humanity, for a simple majority democratic vote, then for the systematic dismantling of the Electoral College.
  • Rx for national vote-count chaos

    06/29/2010 2:34:23 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 29, 2010 | MICHAEL M. UHLMANN
    The state Senate may be clueless about how to fix New York's fiscal mess, but it's absolutely confident that it knows how to reform the nation's electoral system. It just endorsed the so-called National Popular Vote plan, which would radically alter the nation's presidential election system without bothering to amend the Constitution. The Assembly and the governor should kill this scheme. The idea is to prevent a repeat of the 2000 election, when Al Gore won the popular vote but George W. Bush won the electoral vote and the presidency. Sounds reasonable -- but this "solution" would only bring greater...
  • Attacks on the Electoral College Gain Momentum

    06/25/2010 9:31:17 AM PDT · by Solson · 78 replies
    The National Review -- Corner Online ^ | June 23, 2010 | Tara Ross
    Attacks on the Electoral College Gain Momentum    [Tara Ross] You won’t hear about it in the mainstream media, but the Electoral College is on the verge of being eliminated. One important legislative vote could occur Thursday. Two others could occur in the upcoming days and weeks. A California-based group, National Popular Vote, is lobbying hard for a dangerous piece of anti-Electoral College legislation. My NRO article on the mechanics of the legislation is here. Five states have already approved NPV, but now three additional states are dangerously close to joining them: Delaware, Massachusetts, and New York. Another trio...
  • Palin’s Path To Power?

    06/22/2010 10:14:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | June 22, 2010 | The Editors
    So what are New Yorkers to make of the fact that the New York State Senate has just passed a measure that, had it been in effect in 2004, would have required the state’s delegates to the electoral college to cast their votes for George W. Bush — even though New Yorkers voted overwhelmingly for Senator Kerry? What were the senators thinking by suggesting that we should have in place a system that would have, had it been in force, required the state to give its electoral votes to a candidate New Yorkers didn’t want to be president? It turns...
  • (Vanity) Is there a threat to the electoral process?

    06/03/2010 1:02:32 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 32 replies · 434+ views
    6/3/2010 | Me
    I heard something on the talk-radio news today, but could not hear it completely. It sounded as if someone in Congress is sending up a bill to eliminate the Electoral College process for presidential elections? I cannot find this anywhere yet. Does anyone know of this or similar story? I got really angry when I thought I heard they want to delete it and really are trying.
  • Liberal Groups Keeping Close Eye on Dean (Backbone Campaign .. LMAO)

    02/25/2005 11:11:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 563+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/05 | Malia Rulon -AP
    WASHINGTON - A year ago, an activist group from the Seattle area gave Howard Dean (news - web sites) a thin, golden statue of a backbone. The Oscar-like award honored the former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont governor for standing up against the Iraq (news - web sites) war and other Bush administration policies. Now, as Dean settles into his new role as head of the Democratic Party, that golden spine has come to represent, for many liberal Democrats, Dean's potential to develop a tougher, take-no-prisoners attitude among the party faithful. "There's no gut-check required for Dean. Dean just needs...
  • It's Time to Junk the Electoral College We don't need an amendment to do it. (Soros' son)

    01/10/2010 4:32:50 AM PST · by mgist · 59 replies · 1,988+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/18/08 | Jonothan Soros
    By JONATHAN SOROS (Georgie's son) In his victory speech, Obama said he would be a president for all Americans. But as a candidate he didn't campaign with equal vigor for every vote. Instead, he and John McCain devoted more than 98% of their television ad spending and campaign events to just 15 states which together make up about a third of the U.S. population. Today, as the Electoral College votes are cast and counted state-by-state, we will be reminded why. It is the peculiar mechanics of that institution, designed for a different age, that leave us divided into red states,...
  • Poll On Electoral College

    05/25/2009 6:57:29 PM PDT · by South40 · 59 replies · 1,866+ views
    Click image or here to vote
  • House bypasses governor’s veto to claim Oklahoma’s sovereignty

    05/06/2009 7:39:50 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 55 replies · 2,675+ views ^ | May 5, 2009 | MICHAEL MCNUTT
    Although Gov. Brad Henry vetoed similar legislation 10 days earlier, House members Monday again approved a resolution claiming Oklahoma’s sovereignty. Unlike House Joint Resolution 1003, House Concurrent Resolution 1028 does not need the governor’s approval. The House passed the measure 73-22. It now goes to the Senate. "We’re going to get it done one way or the other,” said the resolutions’ author, Rep. Charles Key, R-Oklahoma City. "I think our governor is out of step.” House Democrats objected, saying the issue already had been taken up and had been vetoed, but House Speaker Pro Tempore Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, ruled the...
  • The States Can Do It. They can restore the Constitution

    05/06/2009 2:28:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies · 2,486+ views
    Sterling H. Saunders | May 5, 2009 | Sterling H. Saunders
    The States still have the power and the means to bring the Federal Government into compliance with the intent of the Founders, but to do so they must be willing to kill the Sacred Cow of American politics - democracy. Mostly unheralded and unknown, the Founding Fathers feared and rejected it. Examination of Farrand's Records, (The minutes and journal of the 1787 convention) clearly reveals the Founders' intent. For instance: Gerry, "The evils we experience (in the confederation) flow from an excess of democracy." Madison describing Randolph: "the General Object (of the Convention) was to find a cure for the...
  • Schneller v. Cortes: Sen. Specter Improperly Nominated as Elector

    04/30/2009 8:43:08 AM PDT · by Phil_GA · 16 replies · 1,695+ views
    The Right Side of Life ^ | April 30, 2009 | Phil_GA
    James Schneller, Plaintiff pro se in Schneller v. Cortes, released the following statement regarding Pennsylvania’s Senator Arlen Specter being appointed as an Elector in the Electoral College: SCOTUS OBAMA CASE NOTES SPECTER’S IMPROPER NOMINATION AS PENNSYLVANIA ELECTOR IN NOVEMBER 2008 ELECTION Wednesday, April 29, 11:20 PM (EST) Contact: Jim Schneller | 610-688-9471 | WASHINGTON, DC - Pennsylvanian James D. Schneller raises in his petition for writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court, filed on April 6, 2009, regarding failure of eligibility of Barack Obama for office, the fact that Senator Arlen Specter was appointed as a Pennsylvania...
  • WA: Referendum filed to repeal (national)popular vote law

    04/29/2009 9:33:01 PM PDT · by llevrok · 15 replies · 696+ views
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A Shaw Island man has filed a referendum to repeal a new law that has Washington state join a compact with other states to cast its presidential electoral votes for the national popular vote winner. David Anderson filed the referendum Wednesday, one day after Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the bill. The new law doesn't take effect until enough states sign on to account for 270 electoral votes - the number it takes to win the White House. Washington has 11 electoral votes. Anderson would have to gather more than 120,500 signatures by July in order to qualify...
  • Sacrificing Nevada's voice in favor of mob rule (electoral college "reform")

    04/26/2009 5:22:03 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 13 replies · 910+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 26 apr 09 | Vin Suprynowicz
    On a party-line vote, the Democrat-dominated Nevada Assembly on Tuesday backed a bill designed to neuter the 538-member Electoral College, guaranteeing the presidential candidate who wins the national popular plurality will always be declared president. The purpose of Assembly Bill 413 is to see to it that Nevada's five electoral votes go to the presidential candidate who wins the most popular votes nationwide, regardless of which candidates carries the majority of Nevadans. The scheme, being promoted by an outfit called the National Popular Vote, offers a way for states to circumvent the constitutionally required Electoral College, without going to the...
  • Bonfire of the Platitudes

    04/10/2009 8:31:45 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 21 replies · 1,654+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 10 April 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    President Obama’s trip to Europe last week offered several more opportunities to observe his speeches. I listened to several of them, to see if they had changed at all. They had not. On my desktop I have stored two Doonesbury cartoons from decades years ago. Back then, when many of Doonesbury’s characters were still the same ones we both knew in college, I admired his work. (That was before his politics turned vicious and non-factual, shall we say._ The best of a cartoonist’s skill is to skewer his subject with a handful of words and a few strokes of the...
  • Group gains against Electoral College

    04/07/2009 12:05:23 PM PDT · by BGHater · 24 replies · 978+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 06 Apr 2009 | Valerie Richardson
    Seeks power of popular vote A movement to bypass the Electoral College and elect the president based on the popular vote is gaining steam, racking up almost one-fifth of the support needed to trigger the plan. National Popular Vote, a California-based group formed in 2006, has won commitments from four states to award their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote. Those four states — Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois and Hawaii — have 50 electoral votes among them. The goal is for states with a total of 270 electoral votes to enter into a compact in which they...
  • Activists celebrate blows to Electoral College

    04/07/2009 8:21:38 AM PDT · by GoldStandard · 82 replies · 3,441+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 04/07/2009 | Drew Zahn
    Activists seeking to eliminate the Electoral College in favor of a popular vote to elect the president boast that their movement is almost one-fifth the way to its goal. Four states – Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland and New Jersey – which represent 50 of the 270 electoral votes needed to declare a presidential election winner, have committed to an agreement whereby they would grant their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, a move that – if adopted by enough states – would reduce the Electoral College to irrelevancy. With most of the nation's states considering similar bills...
  • Save the Electoral College

    03/09/2009 4:19:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 500+ views ^ | March 9, 2009 | Paul Greenberg
    For about as long as some of us can remember, there have been proposals around to junk the Electoral College and find some other way to elect a president of the United States. Whether a new system should be devised was a national debate question when I was in high school, and that was a long, long time ago. Yet for all the dissatisfaction with the Electoral College over the years, no one has been able to sell the American people on an alternative. The alternatives do change from time to time, and their very prolixity is another sign that...
  • Iowa Looking to Break From Electoral College

    02/12/2009 2:36:49 PM PST · by callthemlikeyouseethem · 69 replies · 1,852+ views
    KCRG-TV9 Cedar Rapids, Iowa ^ | Feb 11, 2009 at 1:38 PM CST | KGRG
    DES MOINES (AP) - Iowa lawmakers are considering changing the way the state's presidential votes are counted as part of an effort to break from the Electoral College system. The proposal is moving through the state Senate and so far has generated little opposition. It calls for Iowa to join with other states and pledge its electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, no matter who wins in Iowa.
  • Today, A proposed amendment to the Constitution.. Abolishing the Electoral College!

    01/12/2009 12:00:00 PM PST · by thatjoeguy · 45 replies · 1,554+ views
    S.J. Res. 4. A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the electoral college and to provide for the direct popular election of the President and Vice President of the United States; to the Committee on the Judiciary. Excerpt: "S.J. Res. 4"
  • Congress to Certify Electoral College Vote Today - LIVE discussion thread

    01/08/2009 6:21:34 AM PST · by Jack Black · 92 replies · 6,743+ views
    Freepers today is the big day. I'm assuming it's going to be on C-SPAN. I did not find a discussion thread so I'm starting one for us.
  • Senator Bill Nelson Will Again Introduce Amendment for Direct Election of President

    12/23/2008 4:37:28 PM PST · by CalifScreaming · 59 replies · 1,533+ views
    Ballot Access News ^ | December 23, 2008 | Richard Winger
    According to this story in the Tampa Tribune of December 22, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson will again introduce a constitutional amendment in January, to abolish the electoral college. Nelson had introduced it in June 2008 as SJR 39, but it made no headway. SJR 39 is worded this way: “Sec. 1. The President and Vice President shall be jointly elected by the direct vote of the qualified electors of the several States and territories and the District constituting the seat of Government of the United States. The electors in each State, territory, and the District constituting the seat of Government...
  • Alan Keyes Press Conference: Unlawful Occupation of Presidency and Invalid Electoral College Process

    12/14/2008 8:24:26 PM PST · by The Conservative Yogini · 155 replies · 4,084+ views
    The Gadfly ^ | The Gadfly
    This was passed on to me from Joe Thunder at Please let your CA conservative friends know! The Alan Keyes Legal Team will hold a press conference tomorrow Mon. 12-15-08 12:30 PM at the CA State Capitol in Sacramento, CA. Please help spread. Attendance is needed for media coverage. Official Info is as follows: Location: CA State Capitol - Corner of "L" and 11th Streets, Sacramento, CA 12:30 PM 1. Attend 2. Bring signs with out sticks. 3. Bring your birth certificate and show it to the media. Official Press Release Follows: RE: AIP/Electoral College Capitol Press Conference set...
  • Indiana electors back Obama

    12/15/2008 9:19:30 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 8 replies · 942+ views
    the herald bulletin ^ | 12/15/2008 | The Associated Press
    ... Lewis-Burks said she received 14 such e-mails and more than a dozen letters — including a half-pound package mailed from Alaska — making that claim despite Obama’s birth certificate showing that he was born in Hawaii. She said the anti-Obama messages might arise from racism among people who can’t accept a black president, but she believes it’s more likely the senders are misinformed. “I think it’s ignorance,” she said. “I understand ignorance and it’s not bliss — it’s sad.” ....