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  • Scheme To Bypass Electoral College Quietly Advances

    05/16/2014 9:33:46 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 61 replies
    Klein Online/WND ^ | May 15, 2014 | Aaron Klein
    With little fanfare and nearly no national media attention, the National Popular Vote effort is now 61 percent of the way toward its goal of legally bypassing the Electoral College established in the U.S. Constitution. The NPV campaign seeks to obtain the consent of the majority of the 538 votes in the Electoral College to award electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote instead of the winner of the popular vote in each state. The group, the Center for Voting and Democracy, received original seed money in 1997 from the Joyce Foundation, a nonprofit that boasted President...
  • Breaking the Constitution – National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

    05/03/2014 6:53:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies ^ | May 3, 2014 | Hank Adler
    Just another group of New York lawyers: “Let’s see if we can find a loophole in the Constitution of the United States and amend the Constitution without a Constitutional Amendment.” “Let’s skip any vote required by Congress, let’s skip the required vote of the states and let’s skip a Constitutional Convention --- oh, and let’s not even ask the people of New York.” Looking for a loophole. That is what we just love about lawyers, isn’t it? Governor Cuomo has signed, on behalf of the people of New York, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. This Compact would result in...
  • Will popular vote elect president in 2020?

    04/27/2014 12:20:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2014
    The movement to change how presidents are elected is gaining steam and proponents of the long-stalled popular vote initiative are predicting victory by 2020. Eleven states/jurisdictions have enacted the National Popular Vote (NPV) bill, giving the proposal 165 electoral votes — 61 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed to trigger the new voting system. Legislatures that passed the law include California, Illinois, New Jersey. Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Rhode Island and Vermont. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a popular vote bill into law last week. All of these states, as well as the nation’s capital...
  • New York joins campaign to end Electoral College role in presidential elections

    04/18/2014 12:11:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:45 AM | Glenn Blain
    New York has joined the campaign to effectively end the Electoral College’s role in determining winners of presidential elections. Under the National Popular Vote Compact, which Gov. Cuomo signed off on Tuesday, the state has agreed to award its electoral college votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote. Currently New York’s electoral colleges votes go to the winner of the state’s popular vote. …
  • Group's ad slams McConnell for opposing a change to how presidential races are decided [EC]

    03/07/2012 8:50:43 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 17 replies
    cn2 Pure Politics ^ | March 06, 2012 | Ryan Alessi
    (UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL VIDEO) A national group that wants the popular vote — not the electoral college — to decide presidential races began airing an ad in Kentucky cable markets targeting U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate GOP leader. The 30-second spot paid for by the group Support Popular Vote urges Kentuckians to “send Mitch a message” because McConnell has opposed the concept of moving to a national popular vote system for the presidential race. The ad is airing in Time Warner markets across Kentucky. cn|2 is a division of Time Warner. During a December speech to the Heritage Foundation,...
  • 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.
  • Is a National Popular Vote Good for California and the GOP?

    08/15/2011 10:45:37 AM PDT · by Aunt Polgara · 39 replies
    CA Political Review ^ | August 10, 2011 | Jason Cabel Roe
    National Popular Vote is good for conservatives, the GOP, and public policy. Period. Having been active in support of the initiative for over a year now, I have met and talked to hundreds of conservative leaders, activists, and elected officials. I have found most of those who reflexively oppose it do so because they think it is a process to amend the Constitution, don’t understand how it works or how it would affect outcomes, or are convinced of some grand conspiracy to turn America into a permanent Democrat hegemony. The reality is the current system disenfranchises millions of conservatives from...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • National Popular Vote Bill Passes Nevada Assembly

    04/21/2009 10:44:42 PM PDT · by Repub4bush · 52 replies · 1,303+ views
    KXNT 840AM radio ^ | April 21st, 2009
    On April 21, the Nevada Assembly passed HB 413, the National Popular Vote Plan bill. The vote was 27-14. I heard this, this evening on Casey Hendrickson with Heather Kydd Live! The NV Assembly passed this with 27 Dems voting for and the 14 Repubs voting no. This vote just happened late this afternoon in Carson City! This bill says that in the General Presidential Election, Nevada's Electoral votes will not go to the Candidate who won in Nevada, but the the National popular vote of the nation. I can't find a news source to quote at this time. I...
  • Schwarzenegger Vetoes National Popular Vote Bill [popular vote winner gets electoral college votes]

    09/30/2008 9:51:07 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 8 replies · 617+ views
    Office of the Governor press release ^ | September 30, 2008 | Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger
    [Veto message follows] To Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill 37 without my signature. As I stated in vetoing similar legislation in 2006, I believe strongly in democracy and in honoring the will of the people. This bill represents a significant departure away from letting each individual state choose how to award its presidential electoral votes and towards a national vote for president. Because California’s endorsement of a national popular vote would significantly change the debate on the matter, enactment of this bill would represent a major shift in the way not only Californians but...
  • Calif. could throw support to popular vote winner

    08/14/2008 3:46:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 45 replies · 98+ views
    California legislators have approved legislation to circumvent the Electoral College. But the measure could face a veto from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bill by Senator Carole Migden, a San Francisco Democrat, would ratify an interstate agreement in which states award their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. That would avoid a repeat of the 2000 election, when George Bush won the presidency but not the popular vote.
  • States consider plan to bypass Electoral College for popular vote

    02/10/2008 11:12:38 PM PST · by Def Conservative · 73 replies · 803+ views
    | If John Koza gets his way, American voters will never again have to worry about the inner workings of the Electoral College and why it decides who sits in the White House. Koza is behind a push for states to circumvent the odd political math of the Electoral College and ensure that the presidency always goes to the winner of the popular vote. Basically, states would promise to award their electoral votes to the candidate with the most support nationwide, regardless of who carries each particular state. "We're just coming along and saying, 'Why not add up the votes...
  • Plan Would Sidestep Electoral College

    02/10/2008 6:30:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 100 replies · 200+ views ^ | February 10, 2008 | NGUYEN HUY VU
    If John R. Koza gets his way, American voters will never again have to wonder about the workings of the Electoral College and why it decides who sits in the White House. Koza is behind a push to have states circumvent the odd political math of the Electoral College and ensure that the presidency always goes to the winner of the popular vote. Basically, states would promise to award their electoral votes to the candidate with the most support nationwide, regardless of who carries each particular state. "We're just coming along and saying, 'Why not add up the votes of...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger vetoes national presidential vote bill (Electoral College)

    09/30/2006 5:54:23 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 34 replies · 1,019+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | Sep. 30, 2006 | SAMANTHA YOUNG
    SACRAMENTO - California's electoral votes for president should not be awarded based on the national popular vote, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Saturday as he vetoed a bill that would have changed the way the state's electoral votes are awarded. Rushing to beat a midnight bill-signing deadline, the Republican governor signed 110 bills including a bill to require labeling of Sonoma wine and another that boosts Internet security. He vetoed 73 bills, including a mandate for alternate fuels. Schwarzenegger said a national popular vote bill by Assemblyman Tom Umberg, D-Santa Ana, disregards the will of a majority of Californians. The bill...
  • Vanity: Liberals attempt overthrow of US Constitution

    09/22/2006 11:15:24 AM PDT · by Thanatos · 2 replies · 741+ views
    Vanity | 9-22-06 | Thanatos
    Who are "They"? They are 5th Columnist who have invaded and taken over the Democrat Party and who declare themselves "Progressives", "Moderates", and "Liberals", "They" are socialist who want the destruction of the US Government, Anti-American international forces who hate the idea of an American Super-Power and the will to defend Freedom and Liberty. "They" are those who are from the Left-Side of the Spectrum, "They" are people who are so far to the left that Communist and National Socialist look like Far Right Wingers. What are they doing? They are attempting to "Bypass" the constitution and not allow states...
  • CA: Innovator Devises Way Around Electoral College (Veto this Arnold!)

    09/21/2006 11:26:10 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 108 replies · 1,853+ views
    NEW YORK TIMES ^ | September 22, 2006 | Rick Lyman
    In his early 20’s, John R. Koza and fellow graduate students invented a brutally complicated board game based on the Electoral College ... Now, a 63-year-old eminence among computer scientists who teaches genetic programming at Stanford, Dr. Koza has decided to top off things with an end run on the Constitution. He has concocted a plan for states to skirt the Electoral College system legally to insure the election of whichever presidential candidate receives the most votes nationwide. The first fruit of his effort, a bill approved by the California legislature that would allocate the state’s 55 electoral votes to...