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  • ‘Obamaha’? In Case of a 269-269 Electoral Split

    02/29/2012 6:19:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 02/29/2012 | Jake Tapper
    Nebraska may be a reliably red state, but the Obama campaign has had staff on the ground in Omaha since October, and the campaign has an office opening there planned for March 15, campaign sources say. Why? Because Nebraska is one of two states (the other is Maine) that awards electoral votes according to congressional district. And in case of any 269-269 electoral college tie, the campaign is taking no chances. Scoff if you like — but the campaign did this in 2008, and won Nebraska’s 2nd congressional district. The Obama campaign jokingly referred to the strategy – and the...
  • Could Next Tie Doom Electoral College?

    02/19/2012 5:11:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 69 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 19, 2012 | Salena Zito
    WASHINGTON – The politics behind who governs here dabbles in the absurd so often that absurdity is practically normal. So it is not ridiculous to consider that the next presidential election could end in an electoral tie. If so, it would be the fourth time that has occurred – and likely would bring to its knees the controversial math that ultimately decides the presidency. For more than 200 years and 44 presidents, the Electoral College has been the mechanism to make certain that the American president has sufficient popular support throughout the country to govern effectively. Our presidents are elected...
  • Vanity: In polls, what about electoral college?

    02/03/2012 6:35:28 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 63 replies
    Drudge ^ | 2/3/12 | raccoonradio
    The headline news item on Drudge report says "RASMUSSEN: Obama 45% Romney 45%... Developing... " What I'm wondering is why is this significant overall, because...what about the electoral college? Obama could just barely beat Romney or Gingrich in the popular vote, yet lose the election. Just ask "President Gore". "Gore Got More" was one of the sayings, and he did. According to Wikipedia, Al Gore got 50,999,897 votes. 48.4 per cent. Bush got 50,546,002 votes or 47.9 per cent. If this country elected a President on popular votes, Gore would have been sworn in on 1/20/01. But we use electoral...
  • Why the Electoral College?

    02/02/2012 12:11:30 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 102 replies
    Why the Electoral College? In 1789 our elected Executive, the President, was unique among nations. We recently won a costly revolution against a King who was armed with extensive executive powers. They were not unlimited, but enough to take his country to war. Most of our Declaration of Independence consisted of accusations against the British King. Beginning largely with “He has . . . ,” the Declaration specified twenty-seven charges. The Framer’s generation was understandably cautious and suspicious of executive power. Peruse Revolutionary era State Constitutions and you’ll find the people dominated their governments through elected, representative Assemblies. Given the...
  • Fred Thompson Promotes ‘National Popular Vote’ Initiative In Harrisburg

    01/30/2012 8:06:46 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 165 replies
    CBS Philadelphia ^ | October 5th, 2011 | Tony Romeo
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - The state capitol was the scene of two events promoting distinctly different ways of changing the way Pennsylvania’s presidential electoral votes are awarded. Actor and former Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is part of a bi-partisan effort to create a compact agreement among states to award all of their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, no matter who wins the state vote for president.
  • Deciding the president by popular vote is a flawed idea

    01/25/2012 5:32:51 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 58 replies
    Wa Po ^ | 1/23/12 | Charles Lane
    Last Thursday’s GOP presidential debate was a doozy. Some of the commercials weren’t bad, either. My favorite was the ad from the National Popular Vote movement, promoting legislation in the 50 states to guarantee that the people, not the electoral college, choose our president. Mind you, I’ve always found it kind of fallacious to worry that our current system elevates popular-vote losers to the presidency: that’s because popular votes cast in a state-by-state contest for 270 electoral votes do not reflect the national will. Rather, they reflect the results of a competition in which candidates tailor their messages and deploy...
  • 'We The People': NPR Readers Would Ratify Four New Amendments

    12/24/2011 7:53:36 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 68 replies
    National Progressive Radio ^ | December 20th | Debra Rosenberg
    In "Reconstituting The Constitution: How To Rewrite It," we invited readers to share their own thoughts on how we might change the founding document for 2011. Now the people have spoken. As of Dec. 20, you've chosen to abolish the Electoral College, to limit campaign contributions from corporations, to deny corporations the rights of citizens and to prohibit members of Congress from lobbying once they leave office. In our un-scientific sampling, "ratification" required the support of two-thirds of voters. (You can still add your selections here.)
  • Jim Messina's Five Scenarios [for obama's electoral college victory]

    12/13/2011 10:04:46 PM PST · by matt1234 · 20 replies
    NationalJournal ^ | December 13, 2011 | Marc Ambinder
    While Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are looking at each other, President Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, is looking at the electoral college. Briefing reporters this morning, Messina laid out five mathematical scenarios where President Obama could under-perform his 2008 watermark and still wind up back in the White House. Messina assumes a base of John Kerry's electoral votes -- 19 states plus DC.With reapportionment, the Kerry electoral base drops down to 246, from 251. The Western path assumes victories in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Iowa, giving Obama 272 electoral votes. The Florida path adds that state's 29 electoral...
  • Warning! Progressives’ NPV Plan for White House Control, 2012 & Permanently

    10/21/2011 11:46:20 AM PDT · by unspun · 23 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | October 21, 2011 | Jacquerie of Wake Up America
    By Jacquerie Wake Up AmericaWhile the lamestream media holds public attention on GOP candidate rivalries, a "progressive" strategy is underway to eliminate the role of the states in electing a U.S. President. By transferring electoral votes to a "national popular vote" this "Compact"  would  usurp the role of the states as safeguarded by our Constitution. In doing so, it could also neutralize Obama's critics -- totally. This may be the most vital - and time sensitive - expose WAM has ever uncovered and shared! And it's happening now, under the radar, with the general public in the dark. This "ultimate vote fraud" is...
  • The Five "Easy States" The GOP Nominee Needs To Flip To Acquire 271 Electoral Votes.

    10/18/2011 7:38:12 PM PDT · by The_Obama_Gerbil · 34 replies
    For those of you who keep track of the State by State polling in respect to Obama's approval and odds against any GOP candidate {let's take Romney for example}, We all know what States Obama is in serious trouble in. Can we all agree that these are the five easiest States that the GOP Nominee needs to flip from the 2008 election to show Obama and McMichelle the door in 2013? 1) Indiana 2) Ohio 3) Pennsylvania 4) Virginia 5) Florida Now that's not even including Iowa,NH,NC,Michigan,New Jersey,Colorado and Nevada which are all States that Obama could lose easily. If...
  • Group wants to retire the Electoral College - Targeting Gov. Rick Perry

    10/14/2011 7:39:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    radio Iowa ^ | October 14, 2011 | Dar Danielson
    The national spokesperson for group that seeking to take the selection of the president out of the hands of the Electoral College says the movement is gaining steam. Tom Golisano of the “National Popular Vote Initiative” was in Des Moines Thursday talking about the effort. The group needs states that have 270 — or half of the electoral college votes — to approve the change to make it happen. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm around our position now, it’s more a feeling of when and no if it’s going to happen,” Golisano. He says 10 or 11 states have signed...
  • GOP Subverting Framers' Intent In Pennsylvania

    10/11/2011 5:43:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 11, 2011 | GEORGE F. WILL
    Republicans supposedly revere the Constitution, but in its birthplace, Pennsylvania, they are contemplating a subversion of the Framers' institutional architecture. Their ploy — partisanship masquerading as altruism about making presidential elections more "democratic" — will weaken resistance to an even worse change being suggested. Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled Legislature may pass, and the Republican governor promises to sign, legislation ending the state's practice — shared by 47 other states — of allocating all of its electoral votes to the candidate who wins the statewide popular vote. Pennsylvania would join Maine and Nebraska in allocating one vote to the winner in each congressional...
  • For the Campaigns, It’s Already About Electoral College Math

    09/12/2011 6:44:32 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 9, 2011 | Larry J. Sabato
    Straw polls, real polls, debates, caucuses and primaries — these comprise the public side of presidential campaigns 14 months before Election Day. But behind the scenes, strategists for President Obama and his major Republican opponents are already focused like a laser on the Electoral College. The emerging general election contest gives every sign of being highly competitive, unlike 2008. Of course, at this point in 1983 and 1995, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, respectively, were in trouble; and in 1991 George H.W. Bush still looked safe. Unexpectedly strong economic growth could make Obama’s reelection path much easier than it currently...
  • When will Sarah Palin Announce? (I think I may Actually Know)

    09/21/2011 11:33:07 AM PDT · by parksstp · 152 replies
    Vanity ^ | 09-21-2011 | Parksstp
    Watching Palin, you know that when she does something, she only does it at 110% or more. And like most politicians, she doesn’t like to lose (see her 2008 night of the election – yeah, she was angry McCain wouldn’t let her speak, but I’m also sure deep down she was bitter over the fact that the American voters bought the whole “hope and changey” platitudes.) And obviously, she wants to fix that bitter taste from 2008. How she accomplishes that (runs, doesn’t run, etc) has been a matter of debate. The biggest hinderance you hear about Palin running for...
  • The GOP is trying to rig the electoral college (Gigantic Barf and Hurl Alert!!!)

    09/21/2011 11:55:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | September 20, 2011 | Harold Myerson
    Like Poe’s purloined letter, the Republican plan to heist the 2012 presidential election sits before us in plain view. And going Poe one better, it is perfectly legal. The first part of the strategy has been unfolding for months. Since the 2010 elections brought Republicans to power in numerous swing states, officials in many of those states have made it harder for minority, poor and young voters to cast their ballots. GOP governments have been curtailing early voting (in Ohio and Florida) and requiring voters to produce official photo-identification cards (in Wisconsin). In South Carolina, the poll tax lives again:...
  • Washington Post Column: The GOP is trying to rig the electoral college

    09/21/2011 9:37:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/20/2011 | Harold Meyerson
    Like Poe’s purloined letter, the Republican plan to heist the 2012 presidential election sits before us in plain view. And going Poe one better, it is perfectly legal. The first part of the strategy has been unfolding for months. Since the 2010 elections brought Republicans to power in numerous swing states, officials in many of those states have made it harder for minority, poor and young voters to cast their ballots. GOP governments have been curtailing early voting (in Ohio and Florida) and requiring voters to produce official photo-identification cards (in Wisconsin). In South Carolina, the poll tax lives again:...
  • In Defense of the Pennsylvania Electoral College Plan ( John Ziegler )

    09/19/2011 3:16:05 PM PDT · by Joy Angela · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/19/2011 | John Ziegler
    ...For those who don't yet know about it (if the plan gets close to fruition, it will be one of the biggest political stories of the year), Pennsylvania is considering allocating their Electoral College votes in 2012 the way that Maine and Nebraska already do so by giving two to the winner of the state and one each to the victor of every congressional district. The reason why this proposal is getting so much attention is because President Obama is expected to win Pennsylvania, just as the Democratic candidate has in every presidential election since 1988, which would give him...
  • Pennsylvania Ponders Electoral College Revamp

    09/16/2011 2:32:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 16, 2011 | Tom Curry
    Pennsylvania Ponders Electoral College Revamp Would choosing electors by congressional district help or hurt the Republican nominee? By Tom Curry 9/16/2011 Democracy may get a whole new look when it comes to presidential politics in 2012. The Electoral College will still bring the next commander in chief to the White House, but tweaks to the system could change the rules of the game. After the 2000 election recount drama, polling showed that most Americans wanted to replace the electoral vote system with direct popular election of the president. But Americans generally don't pay much attention to the mechanics of how...
  • The GOP's Genius Plan to Beat Obama in 2012

    09/15/2011 7:15:39 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 67 replies · 1+ views
    Mother Jones, via Hot Air ^ | 14 Sep 2011 | Nick Baumann
    Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania are pushing a scheme that, if GOPers in other states follow their lead, could cause President Barack Obama to lose the 2012 election—not because of the vote count, but because of new rules. That's not all: There's no legal way for Democrats to stop them. The problem for Obama, and the opportunity for Republicans, is the electoral college. Every political junkie knows that the presidential election isn't a truly national contest; it's a state-by-state fight, and each state is worth a number of electoral votes equal to the size of the state's congressional delegation. (The...
  • Quotes of the day (Electoral College change)

    09/15/2011 8:08:41 AM PDT · by wmfights · 47 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 14, 2011
    “Under the Republican plan—which has been endorsed by top GOPers in both houses of the state Legislature, as well as the governor, Tom Corbett—Pennsylvania would change from this system to one where each congressional district gets its own electoral vote… “[I]f the GOP presidential nominee carries the GOP-leaning districts but Obama carries the state, the GOP nominee would get 12 electoral votes out of Pennsylvania, but Obama would only get eight—six for winning the blue districts, and two (representing the state’s two senators) for winning the state. Since Obama would lose 12 electoral votes relative to the winner-take-all baseline, this...