Republicans Devise Electoral Vote-Rigging Scheme

By: Monday December 17, 2012 9:15 am

The asymmetry in the ways Democrats and Republicans use power can be seen in their responses to Electoral College disadvantages. When Democrats are faced with an Electoral College gap such that their Presidential candidate can win the popular vote and lose the election, they do pretty much nothing. Joe Lieberman even remarked in an exit [...]

Pennsylvania Mulls Over Electoral College-Rigging Scheme

By: Friday December 7, 2012 2:13 pm

Pennsylvania backed down the last time they tried to change the electoral vote system to the benefit of Republicans, but maybe this time they’ll follow through: On December 3, Dominic Pileggi, the powerful Republican majority leader of the Pennsylvania state Senate, announced that he plans to introduce legislation that would change how the state allocates [...]

The Desperate Need to End the Sham That Is the Electoral College

By: Monday November 5, 2012 9:15 am

Today, the two major-party candidates for President are flying around the same battleground states they have since the beginning of the general election. All rallies in the past several months have taken place in just 10 states – and Pennsylvania, the 10th, was a late addition this weekend as part of a Hail Mary strategy [...]

Why We Must Abolish the Electoral College

By: Monday October 29, 2012 1:15 pm

Chris Hayes had the most thoughtful discussion of the National Popular Vote I’ve ever seen on cable television yesterday.  Every so often, it’s worth pointing out that it’s entirely unnatural to run a national political campaign through a handful of boroughs and counties in at most 9 out of the 50 states, which leads to [...]

Supreme Court Will Not Interfere With Ohio Early Voting Ruling

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 11:30 am

The Supreme Court will not step in to block early voting hours in Ohio, delivering a win to voting rights advocates and the Obama campaign, which needs the help as polling starts to turn away from them.

Signposts of Democracy: How Americans Get Taught About the Political System They Have

By: Monday October 1, 2012 10:36 am

I’ve tried really hard to avoid this brouhaha over Conor Friedersdorf’s article on why he refuses to vote for Barack Obama. It’s probably generated far more discussion than it merited, since it amounted to an unsurprising statement of support for a libertarian candidate from a right-leaning civil libertarian. That liberals pounced on it as an example of Naderite perfidy, though the circumstances are quite different, is something that I found revealing of liberals, and this post can stand in for my thoughts there.

You Can’t Have a Partisan Scheme to Boost Republicans Without Wisconsin’s Input

By: Wednesday October 12, 2011 1:40 pm

Pennsylvania Republicans still haven’t enacted the proposal, which apparently has the support of the Governor and legislative leaders, to apportion electoral votes by Congressional district, splitting the vote and distorting the 2012 election in favor of Republicans. Apparently some of their swing-district Republican Congresscritters object to it, fearing that they will be targeted by Democrats [...]

The Republican Electoral College-Gaming Plan in Pennsylvania

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 8:55 am

I wanted to circle back to this story which I mentioned in last night's Roundup, about a Pennsylvania proposal to apportion electoral votes by Congressional district. The way it works now, the presidential and vice-presidential slate that wins the state gets all of the electoral votes. In 2012, after redistricting, Pennsylvania will have 20 electoral [...]

Mark Penn Hides Filibuster Question in Poll on American Government

By: Friday July 9, 2010 2:47 pm

Mark Penn, maybe the singularly worst campaign strategist in recent American history, has joined the aristocrats at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and he cranked out one of his patented big poll without internal data sets that he used to such great effect on the Hillary Clinton campaign. This one concerned the state of the nation’s [...]

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