We need to move to popular vote and be done with it. That would stop all this shady business real quick...
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/a...-election.htmlThey just won't quit, will they? The New Castle News (where I get most of my information these days*) is reporting that Harrisburg legislative powerhouse Sen. Dominic Pileggi has yet another scheme in which Pennsylvania would award a number of electoral votes to the losing candidate under a system not used in any of the other 49 states.
As you may know, the losing candidate in every presidential election in Pennsylvania since 1988 has been a Republican. In 2012, President Obama got just under 52 percent of the popular vote and all 20 electoral votes. That's because Pennsylvania -- like 47 other states and D.C. -- awards those electoral votes on a winner-take-all basis. (Two smaller states -- Nebraska and Maine -- award some of their votes by individual congressional district.)
At this particular quirky moment in American history, there are a surprising number of states that have Republican legislatures and governors but are trending solidly Democratic for president, including Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, Florida...and Pennsylvania. As if by magic, lawmakers in each of these states showed up for the new year with schemes to pick presidential electors on a variation of the Maine-Nebraska method. Because the Democratic vote has been so overwhelming in some urban congressional districts, with the Republicans winning more suburban and rural districts by by smaller margins, the swing in electoral votes could be dramatic.
Never to early to start.
"We should move to popular vote" is brilliant ...
"We should award electoral college votes in proportion to popular vote" gets a face palm.
ďIím somewhat disappointed that more African Americans donít think for themselves and just go with whatever theyíre supposed to say and think."
- Dr. Benjamin Carson
Under Bush that wouldnt be a problem. Under Obama its the first steps towards totalitarian rule. So its going to require a Republican in office just to get it passed. Then again, at that point, the GOP wont see why they need to pass the bill at all.
I love how people think just switching to a popular vote is the fix for everything. You all skip 2 major points.
1) Middle America will be pissed because their voices wont weigh the same as populated metropolitan centers. Their agendas wont advance (not an alltogether bad thing from my standpoint. Im all for cleaning up subsidies)
2) Why does it matter? As long as we limit ourselves to two parties, were always going to elect someone beholden to the special interest groups and lobbies, and not to US
Again, totalitarian rule, etc etc etc.