Seeing as our “democratic” president has declared himself a Reagan-era Republican, seems like the Repubs have have already won the battle.
Posted by Kate Maver on Jan 14, 2013 at 8:52 PM
Posted by Cynthia Terrell on Jan 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM
“For more than two decades, I’ve been told that fundamental electoral reform isn’t possible here”—that’s what they’re counting on. They have assessed the situation and have concluded that we the people won’t put up enough fuss to stop their gaming of the system so long as the changes they put through maintain the appearance of some sort of due process. Their determination is matched by their shamelessness, but if high profile public personalities don’t make a visible show of protest and ask people to follow their lead, the right wingers will succeed in gaming the system in such a way as to make permanent their empowerment no matter how small a public faction they represent.
The losers are winning by stacking the deck of rules so they can never lose.
Posted by AlnMikeTurn on Jan 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM
Personally, I believe that any and all further damage the GOP sellouts to the 1% of this country dump on themselves by way of racist, ‘vaginist’, and debt ceiling hari-kari should be a welcome derogatory stigma to our Republican foes. As a result of which, they have about as much of a chance of achieving reelection in the next three-or-four presidentials as a camel passing through the eye of a needle! . . . Keep up the good work!
Posted by stover.p919 on Jan 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM
...or visit fairvote.org.
Both organizations support NPV, which is a good first step in improving the Presidential election system. But it only promises to elect the candidate with the most votes, not the one with a majority.
The second, long-term, solution is a national popular vote with instant runoff. Admittedly this is a much bigger lift, with the hurdle Richie mentions above: that there are at least 13 state legislatures that would not consider ratifying an amendment that they perceive as a threat to their power.
Posted by rtk25301 on Jan 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM
Another related action needed:
Email your United States Senators and Congressman to urge them to repeal the 1967 prohibition on multi-member Congressional districts in order to allow proportional representation. If you have never done this, it’s easy. Click and look for “contact”:
If you want specifics on how a federal statute might appear, see:
Though it isn’t likely that many states would initially choose this option, they ought to have the choice. In fact, a “states’ rights” argument should be made for this federal legislation.
Posted by rtk25301 on Jan 26, 2013 at 2:16 PM