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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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • Obama’s Sesame Street Bus Tour

    08/18/2011 12:09:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Palisades Hudson Financial Group, LLC ^ | August 18, 2011 | Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP®
    You could call it the Trailways tour, or the non-campaign tour, or the I-hope-I-run-into-Sarah-Palin-at-a-truck-stop tour. But I’m going to call President Obama’s bizarre three-day road trip around the upper Midwest his Sesame Street tour. Sesame Street, as in “brought to you by the number 270 and the letters G, O and P.” With America’s rural population at a record low (only 16 percent of us live outside urban areas), and with sky-high commodity prices making the farm sector one of very few vigorous parts of the U.S. economy, Obama’s decision to spend three precious days of his term talking about...
  • California Votes To Bypass Electoral College

    08/09/2011 4:02:37 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 95 replies · 1+ views
    National Journel ^ | 8/9/11 | Matt Loeb
    Golden State legislature says it will give its states electoral votes to the national popular vote winner. Providing a significant boost to an effort to end-around the Electoral College, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Monday that would award the Golden State’s 55 electoral votes to the presidential candidate garnering the most votes nationwide. California, which has more electoral votes than any other state in the nation, is the eighth state to join the National Popular Vote compact, an effort to end the Electoral College's role in picking presidents.
  • Bill Roundup: California Joins “National Popular Vote” Movement

    08/08/2011 6:28:40 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 30 replies
    California Capitol Network (via KPBS) ^ | August 8, 2011 | Ben Adler
    California could eventually award its presidential Electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote. It's one of several election-related bills Governor Jerry Brown signed today. Right now, nearly every state awards its Electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins that particular state. California's 55 Electoral votes nearly always go to a Democrat these days, so candidates typically don't campaign here much. The National Popular Vote movement seeks to change that dynamic. With the governor's signature, California now joins eight other states that have pledged to award their Electoral votes to whoever gets the most votes nationwide. But...
  • RNC stomps Electoral College switch (re plans afoot for popular vote)

    08/05/2011 9:58:30 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 60 replies
    WashTimes ^ | 8-5-11 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    A move to change the way America elects its president got a clear thumbs down in a vote by members of the Republican National Committee on Friday. A resolution opposing the National Popular Vote initiative won support of every voting RNC member but one who voted "present" instead of "yes." *snip* The initiative has been gaining momentum in state legislatures at what for opponents is an alarming rate, with Republican lawmakers being told top officials of the RNC support it. Members' emotion against abandoning the electoral college was running so high that dozens of members lined up behind two microphones...
  • A popular idea for making California's votes count

    07/17/2011 11:24:59 AM PDT · by thecodont · 121 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Saturday, July 16, 2011 | Marisa Lagos,Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Columnists
    It's a complaint that arises every four years, then quickly fades: the disproportionate power a small number of states have over the presidential contest. California lawmakers want to do something about it - in fact, they've tried for years, but were blocked by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. So just as they did in 2006 and 2008, legislators this week approved a proposal to make California relevant. Here's how it works: California's electoral votes are awarded in a winner-take-all manner. If a presidential candidate wins the majority of popular votes in California, he or she gets all the state's 55 electoral...
  • Fred Thompson to appear in Richmond on behalf of National Popular Vote initiative

    07/11/2011 11:40:58 AM PDT · by Baladas · 93 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/11/2011 | Anita Kumar
    Fred Thompson, the former U.S. senator, Republican presidential candidate and actor (Law and Order, etc.), will be in Richmond next week to support an effort to ensure the presidency goes to the winner of the most overall popular votes in all 50 states. Thompson, along with former Illinois governor Jim Edgar (R) and former Iowa governor Chet Culver (D) are part of a bipartisan coalition that has endorsed the National Popular Vote that would go into effect if states representing 270 electoral votes pass legislation. The National Popular Vote bill has been signed into law in seven states — Maryland,...
  • Why Are Conservatives Supporting the National Popular Vote?

    06/24/2011 7:57:17 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 108 replies
    Fightin Words ^ | June 24, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    Attracting some of the hardest of hardcore politicos to a cold and rainy pavilion in South Saint Paul, the Republican Liberty Caucus hosted a town hall style forum Wednesday evening. The subject was a state-by-state initiative to establish a National Popular Vote for the office of President of the United States. This is a controversial issue among conservatives and libertarians which I have come down on the unpopular side of. I haven’t wholly endorsed NPV. I have urged Tea Partiers to take an objective look at what it could do for Minnesota. However, before we can seriously analyze the idea,...
  • How states are rigging the 2012 election

    06/19/2011 7:51:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/19/11 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    An attack on the right to vote is underway across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. If this were happening in an emerging democracy, we’d condemn it as election-rigging. But it’s happening here, so there’s barely a whimper. The laws are being passed in the name of preventing “voter fraud.” But study after study has shown that fraud by voters is not a major problem — and is less of a problem than how hard many states make it for people to vote in the first place. Some of the new laws,...
  • **Disgruntled Obama Voter Switches to Herman Cain** (Hilarious Animated Video Just Out)

    06/20/2011 1:11:42 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 12 replies
    "Obama, The Stupid Communist" (YouTube) ^ | 19 June 2011 | Hollywood4Cain
    ENJOY! (CLIP HERE)
  • GOP splitting over U.S. role in Libya and Afghanistan

    06/19/2011 10:19:55 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 47 replies
    LA Times ^ | 19/6/11 | C. Parsons
    The debate was on public display Sunday as two of the GOP's leading figures on defense and foreign policy, Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, criticized Republican presidential hopefuls and congressional leaders who question the country's military intervention around the world. "There has always been an isolationist strain in the Republican Party," McCain said on ABC's "This Week," "but now it seems to have moved more center stage.... That is not the Republican Party that has been willing to stand up for freedom for people all over the world." Graham said on NBC's "Meet the...
  • Obama wants big 2012 campaign map, GOP wants small

    06/20/2011 1:30:01 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 20, 2011 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    Republicans hope voters' fears about jobs and the economy will help them reclaim a handful of Mountain West and Southern states that were crucial to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential win. Obama's campaign appears just as determined to hold those states next year and force Republicans to spend precious resources defending places they'd like to consider safe. Every four years, political operatives fixate on the dozen or so states that always decide close presidential elections. This time, Obama hopes to play on as big an Electoral College map as possible, and his team insists it will compete for the first time...
  • Dissenters in GOP rethink Electoral College [Fred Thompson joins those trying to destroy it]

    06/03/2011 7:25:02 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 174 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 2, 2011 | Valerie Richardson
    Popular-vote pact picks up steam A once-sleepy movement that would upend the Electoral College, reverse two centuries of constitutional practice and elect presidents by direct popular vote has quietly picked up momentum in recent days, with Republican Party leaders scrambling to stanch a steady stream of defections by GOP state lawmakers to the plan. *snip* Under the idea introduced in 2006 by Stanford University consulting professor John Koza, states that join the NPV compact pledge to give all of their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote - even if a majority of the state’s...
  • Electoral College should be scrapped [BARF ALERT]

    05/22/2011 10:38:05 AM PDT · by thecodont · 53 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Sunday, May 22, 2011 | John Diaz
    The Electoral College system never seemed fair to me. The possibility that someone other than the candidate with the most votes could end up president of the United States seemed undemocratic on its face - and all the more indefensible considering that one of the very reasons for its creation was the framers' wariness about delegating such a critical decision to the unwashed masses. Other rationales for this indirect election of the president included the protection of all states' active participation at a time when travel and communications restraints made a truly national campaign impractical. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/20/INEF1JHP1B.DTL#ixzz1N6S4FNRP
  • 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
    Pravda.ru ^ | 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...