By Henry Decker

RNC’s Priebus Endorses Plan To Rig Electoral College

January 14, 2013 6:15 pm Category: Memo Pad 206 Comments A+ / A-
RNC’s Priebus Endorses Plan To Rig Electoral College

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

That appears to be Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus’ philosophy when it comes to rigging elections in the GOP’s favor. In 2012, the strategy was suppressing votes through voter ID laws, ending same-day voter registration, and clamping down on early voting, among other restrictive legislation. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 25 laws and two executive actions were passed in 19 states over the past two years with the aim of making it harder to vote.

In 2013, the plan appears to be changing the way that votes are counted. Priebus has stepped forward as the latest Republican to support a proposal that would split Wisconsin’s electoral votes by congressional district.

“I think it’s something that a lot of states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red ought to be looking at,” Priebus said of the plan, which would deliver two electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote in the state, and divide the rest based on who wins each district.

As Dave Weigel points out at Slate, in 2011 Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled statehouse gerrymandered the state’s districts to create five Republican seats and three Democratic seats. Under the Priebus-backed proposal, Mitt Romney would have won as many electors in Wisconsin as President Obama, despite winning 213,019 fewer votes.

Unsurprisingly, the victims of this plan would be the same urban voters whom an apparently shocked Paul Ryan blamed for the Republican defeat in 2012, and whom most voter suppression efforts in the last election targeted.

According to National Journal’s Reid Wilson, Republicans are already preparing electoral vote-splitting laws in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and hope to eventually expand the push to Florida, Ohio, and Virginia. If the GOP had successfully enacted the laws in all six states before the 2012 election, President Obama’s margin of victory would have shrunk from 322-206 to 270-268. Under two other proposed reforms — in which the overall statewide winner would not automatically receive two electoral votes — Romney would have been elected president, despite losing the popular vote by 4 percent.

“If you did the calculation, you’d see a massive shift of electoral votes in states that are blue and fully [in] red control,” a senior Republican who is actively involved in pushing the electoral split scheme told Wilson. “There’s no kind of autopsy and outreach that can grab us those electoral votes that quickly.”

So there you have it: instead of examining why voters overwhelmingly rejected their party in 2012 and adjusting their policies accordingly, some Republicans hope to simply steal the next one, and do it quickly. For voting rights advocates who warned that democracy was being threatened in 2012, there will be no rest for the weary.

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  • mvy

    Obvious partisan machinations like these should add support for the National Popular Vote movement. If the party in control in each state is tempted every 2, 4, or 10 years (post-census) to consider rewriting election laws and redistrict with an eye to the likely politically beneficial effects for their party in the next presidential election, then the National Popular Vote system, in which all voters across the country are guaranteed to be politically relevant and treated equally, looks better and better.

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. There would no longer be a handful of ‘battleground’ states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80% of the states that now are just ‘spectators’ and ignored after the conventions.

    When the bill is enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

    The presidential election system that we have today was not designed, anticipated, or favored by the Founding Fathers but, instead, is the product of decades of evolutionary change precipitated by the emergence of political parties and enactment by 48 states of winner-take-all laws, not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution.

    The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

    In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in recent closely divided Battleground states: CO – 68%, FL – 78%, IA 75%, MI – 73%, MO – 70%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM– 76%, NC – 74%, OH – 70%, PA – 78%, VA – 74%, and WI – 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE – 75%, ID – 77%, ME – 77%, MT – 72%, NE 74%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM – 76%, OK – 81%, RI – 74%, SD – 71%, UT – 70%, VT – 75%, WV – 81%, and WY – 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR – 80%, KY- 80%, MS – 77%, MO – 70%, NC – 74%, OK – 81%, SC – 71%, TN – 83%, VA – 74%, and WV – 81%; and in other states polled: AZ – 67%, CA – 70%, CT – 74%, MA – 73%, MN – 75%, NY – 79%, OR – 76%, and WA – 77%. Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

    The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states with 243 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions with 132 electoral votes – 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.

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    • Progressive Patriot

      Very impressive, mvy! What organizations are supporting this?

    • tman000

      I like the idea. If this was the voting law and implimented prior to the 2000 election, VP Al Gore would have been President instead of President George W. Bush… And, President Obama would have still won both his elections…

  • charleo1

    Whenever I see Republicans once again coming after Social Security, and Medicare.
    Protecting corporations from taxes, or fighting tooth, and nail for this special deal,
    or that 4 billion dollar subsidy the oil companies, and other corporate welfare.
    I remember something Texas Governor Rick Perry said of his beloved Aggies. He said,
    we Aggies never lose, just run out of time. He could have been describing his own
    Republican Party. They never see a defeat at the ballot box as an indication of the
    unpopularity of their agenda, or vision for the Country, and modify, or change that
    position. They immediately begin re-taking apart the process that caused the defeat.
    Were the polls open too long? Were our new voter laws too lax in preventing the
    targeted demographic from participation? The conclusion seems to be, since we
    can’t bring down the numbers sufficient to assure a win for the Party. Let’s look
    on the other side of the process, the counting, and see if we can find advantage
    there. As Perry said. We never lose, just run out of time. As Progressives we must
    meet that relentlessness with an equal resolve of our own. The stakes are just too
    high to do anything less.

    • Progressive Patriot

      Amen!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Laxrealtor Michael Peterson

      only way they can win is lie, steal and cheat

      • niucame

        The “Modern Republican Party” self righteous hypocrites who claim to own the Constitution and God. Lying, cheating and stealing for God. What a concept!

        • chrisconnolly

          Don’t forget killing. Killing for god while protecting the unborn.

          • Rapidriver

            GOP chant: Rudolf, Rudolf he’s our man. Killed a bunch of people then got caught eating out of a garbage can.

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            LOL ROTF!!! LMAO!!! Good One My Friend!!! LOL

          • stcroixcarp

            One way to make the NRA and GOP change its tune on reasonable gun control would be to declare deaths by gun violence the abortion of post born babies. It would then become a prolife issue. Anyway, stealing elections is a worthwhile project for the GOP.

          • bckrd1

            retroactive abortion

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/3Q6HODCQ7J5KZKLN6NGKTLS7PI Magnus

          Be blessed , and it’s like you knew what was in my mind? and how did you came out to interpret that?. Let’s say the truth, those fox are evils that lived with the humen. Any way, you was right in your just concluded comments on Republican hypocrites, NRA GOP’s or Romny and church conpanies that will be about yealding tax to America from the numbers of his members all over the world -contributes into Americans income bank. haaaahaaaaahhahaahhahhaha.

        • Rapidriver

          I’d say Aman brother but the GOP has just trademarked “Aman” and “God” and everytime we use those words we have to pay the GOP a dollar.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/VMMSUH74Z46AIUN3UPZUUHKLY4 Gilbert

        And even that didn’t work. How mch did the GOP spend on the election……….. $2 billion? A lo0t of good it did them. The fact that this guy is even talking about the election that way shows how pitiful these republicans are. What would Mitt Romney do? He couldn’t even stick to one story… his own story. He is a liar, a swindler, a tax cheat, and a damn hypocrite.

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          He Said He Didn’t Want To Be President No Way!!!! LMAO Got Damn LIAR!!! LMAO!!! After Running So Many Times I Lost Count This The Only Time He Got Even Close But Close Will Get You No Where!!! Shape Shifting Lying Asshole!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        And That Still Didn’t Work!!! All That Money Wasted LOL!!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/WXAQEVOSVCMLVOA66YIGQ7LGGA manfred

        and they do that to perfection!

      • bckrd1

        And they are not ashamed of that either. They seem to relish it.

    • CPANewYork

      Years ago, when I began to have close dealings with members of our firm from Texas, I was surprised at the prevalence of “Aggie Jokes.” It became increasingly evident that Texas A and M’s scholastic level was held in utter contempt by graduates of other Texas colleges.

      With that background, I’m not surprised to learn that Rick Perry is an Aggie.

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.burns.9461799 Robert Burns

      That’s hilarious. It’s funny how the “Unpopular” republican party’s agenda still gives them control of the House. Now how did that happen? I guess American’s still believe in their agenda after all.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/O3WEXULTDRKCEIVDCFIPKYHAMQ seche

        No Robert they rigged the race by redistricting in there states to make sure the majority of democrats in each district stays low enough to be beaten our by there counter parts the repuks.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

        Gerrymandering – that’s how. But not to worry, those traitors will be voted out in 2014!

      • charleo1

        It’s called gerrymandering is how they managed to hang on to the House. So, no.
        Their policies do not enjoy overall support from the public. And why should they?
        They don’t govern for the majority. In fact, they haven’t shown they are capable
        of governing at all. But, laugh it up, and have a good time while you can.
        The days of crisis, threats, and hostage taking are almost over.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FKAQMTAUPQJSUROUZXWSEGNYEI Daniel

      Consider this: The electoral college is outdated by the means of communication which exist in the country today. The popular vote for the Presidential election:
      Obama: 59,725,608….. 303 electoral
      Romney: 57,098,650…… 206 electoral
      Therefore Obama had about 51% of the popular vote and Romney about 49%. Yet the electoral college did not accurately represent the popular vote, not even remotely. Why? Because many states do not follow the intent nor the letter of the law in the constitution when it comes to the electoral college and give 100% of the states electoral votes instead of by percentage. A far more perfect method of counting the vote would be to simply count the popular vote and not allow the antiquated electoral college to even exist. Its unnecessary in today’s modern world with modern communications. So, if you really want fairness in voting, demand a constitutional amendment which does away with the electoral college and relies solely on the popular vote.. that is the American way. Obama still would have won and there would not have been an unnecessary, antiquated, go between process in the middle which does not benefit the American people or our voting rights.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DKWSXHQIDBW5PUAPZ2HZAYYUY Baron Cormac

    Ah, the Afterthought speaks again, trying to find relevancy and once again slipping into jingoism. By the way, I don’t know about the rest of you but Reince Priebus doesn’t sound like a real American name to me!

    • http://twitter.com/Marysol_Velez Marysol Velez

      He was born in Kenya!

      • lexi001

        Good one!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TT6POTCLZCE74T76WAJIIIUAHU frida

        No he was not born in Kenya. He is an anchor baby. His parents came from Latin America, most likely Venezuela I suppose.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

          Who, Marysol? I thought so!

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/CVVR3SYDWGMOSYJBUXICDDK74A Doctor T

          Whatever. He is still a dirt bag no matter where he comes from.

      • lana ward

        Yes, princess omuslim was born in Kenya

        • http://twitter.com/jmprint Mary Martinez

          Lana, I believe your sight is Personal Liberty with Livingston. They love your comments. WE DON’T!

          • lana ward

            To bad. It’s the truth! omuslim is a princess queer. I didn’t and don’t like comments that are made about GW Bush either, but they still keep coming!!

          • Mikey7a

            When will you ever realize that you are insulting the POTUS? You are not talking about a neighbor, co-worker, church member, employer. You are disrespectful of the Office of the President of MY United States, and maam, you border on treason! I respect your right to coherent, intelligible, free speech. I DO NOT condone, nor respect the garbage you keep spewing about MY President. Oh, and for your information, although I rarely…ok NEVER agreed with ANY of G.W Bushes policies, not once did I EVER insult him personally, while he was the President! SHAME ON YOU!

          • lana ward

            Most dems insulted Bush CONSTANTLY!! Omuslim isn’t President, he is a dictator. I have O respect for anyone to purposely destroy America–and that’s just what this muslim is doing!!

          • Mikey7a

            Ok Lana, now I understand you, and I’m so very sorry. You are completely INSANE!

          • ALTreality

            Please don’t feed the illiterate, delusional trolls.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graham-John-Salmon/595446527 Graham John Salmon

            u sound like a racist lana you make a good republican tool oh and im from australia

          • ALTreality

            Since you are from Australia, let me explain something. We have something here called the First Amendment, which means that even racist, homophobic, delusional and illiterate people are allowed to spew their hate anywhere they choose, all the while pretending to be so-called ‘Christians’. Even though over 400k soldiers died during WWII to fight Nazis and white-supremacists, they are allowed to thrive here with impunity. My advice? Don’t feed the trolls.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graham-John-Salmon/595446527 Graham John Salmon

            u sound like a racist lana u make a good republican . im an australian citizen how do u feel about that

          • lana ward

            How do you feel about things that are said about GW Bush?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

        Go Kenya!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/O3WEXULTDRKCEIVDCFIPKYHAMQ seche

        I think he is a member of the taliban !

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CVVR3SYDWGMOSYJBUXICDDK74A Doctor T

        Undoubtedly a Muslim, too!

      • ALTreality

        No, he was born in New Jersey. His father was in 2 unions, SEIU and IBEW. His mother was born in Sudan. He interned with the NAACP before he sold out to the GOP.

    • lana ward

      And hussein omuslim does??

      • highpckts

        you always have such intelligent replys!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

        Yep. Sounds more American than Priebus! Go take your meds; it might help ease the discomfort of all that racial hate bubbling inside.

        • lana ward

          omuslim is a racist and a muslim, communist, traitor, queer, dictator–what more could we want in a President??

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

      Yeah, Baron. I want to see the long form of Priebus’ birth certificate! Now!

  • Progressive Patriot

    Those who have no regard for the rights and feelings of others are sociopaths. Win at all costs. Democracy be damned. They don’t even seem to have an ounce of shame about their baldfaced, efforts to sabotage our democracy. And of course their efforts to split electoral votes are aimed at neutralizing urban voters.
    We can’t ever turn our backs on these guys. Move To Amend!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Jones/827014412 Daniel Jones

    GOP does not equal GOD.

    I wish they’d get that through their collective granite-thick skull.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

      No, but the difference between a Tea Party zealot and a dictator is so thin it is almost invisible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    I would not be surprised if states like Florida, which went for Obama but have a Republican Governor and control the state’s legislature, follow Priebus guidance and do everything they can to rig future elections. This is not new, it is just getting a little more obvious and dangerous. What surprises is the lack of Federal government laws to prevent this sort of thing, and the ambivalence of the Supreme Court.
    The efforts that are underway to transform the USA into a plutocracy should not be ignored or underestimated. This is dangerous and the consequences are far reaching. The sad part is that we should be encouraging people to vote, become more involved in politics, and improve our democratic processes. Mr. Priebus should send his resume to Mr. Assad who, I am sure, would benefit from his nefarious expertise.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

      With a majority of Conservative Supreme Court Justices, there is no question of why there is no oversight to the Sleaze And Slime.

      The Justices were bought and paid for by Conservative administrations. Payback was, and is, expected.

    • johninPCFL

      They tried eliminating early voting (or cutting the hours down) and sending out incorrect voting location information. Dividing the electoral college count by their gerrymandered, safe districts doesn’t surprise me.

    • Mr Wiseguy

      People should go to prison, and are barred for life from public office for this kind of behavior, which is an attack on us all and attempted murder of what is left of our democracy. Until there are consequences, the GOP will never change and just try to get office without the people think they deserve it.

    • FredAppell

      Dominick, I believe this is the sole reason why the GOP wants the Federal Government out of the way. They don’t want any buffer between us and them and it is obvious that they are attempting to interpret the Constitution much too literally which is folly considering it was written over 230 years ago when words had much different meanings as they do today.
      I for one don’t support the Electoral College (even though it helped Obama tremendously) because it was put into place during a time when only the ruling elite had voting rights. There currently is a small bipartisan push to do away with the Electoral College completely of which I hope is successful. It is the main component that has led to all this redistricting nonsense by both parties. It doesn’t mean that the process will be without flaws, as long as the human element is involved nothing will be perfect but it is a start.

    • ChristoD

      Dominick, the popularity rating of Gov. Rick Scott (R), Florida is 38%. He barely won the last time and his POLICIES will sink him next time. Florida is a Purple state and WILL go Democrat next time assuming anyone other than a total dope runs against Scott. As a resident of Florida I, other Democrats and hopefully many, many Indpependents will not let the SOB forget that in the name of ideological purity he turned down $2BILL and 20,000 jobs in Fed funds in 2010 when the state was DESPERATE for jobs, no strings attached, to build a bullet train route from Tampa/St. Pete to Orlando. The Repugnant Gov. said it was not necessary neglecting to point out the signicant petrol to be saved in transfering commuters to this new transport system. This guy is the poster child for what Republican Governors’ in Purple states should NOT be. He is an ideological nitwit gone mad…..very similar to the Tea Party and the majority of the Republican electorate of today.

    • ALTreality

      There are now several groups in Florida trying to make us the 19th state to pass a recall amendment to our state constitution, BECAUSE of Gov. Rick Scott. A billionaire, Scott bought his way into office, the most corrupt politician in the most corrupt state in the country. While he was CEO of Columbia/HCA, the largest healthcare company in the U.S., they committed the largest Medicare and Medicaid fraud in history which caused the company to pay the highest ever fine of $1.7 BILLION. Perhaps because of his unpopularity and the rise of this recall effort, Scott changed his mind about out-right opposition to ACA , even though he is still riding the fence on this issue. Florida has embarrassed itself enough in every election since 2000, so moving to institute these electoral college changes would most likely meet with heavy opposition. Both Florida and Texas are well on their way to becoming Blue states in the near future, just because of population demographics.

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  • Eleanore Whitaker

    The problem with the GOP today? Male egos at bursting point. These hotchas actually think they can use Corporate-style tactics on the Constitution and voters. Think again oh Great Ones of Wondrous Stupidity.

    It may be time to put the spotlight on these tactics and punish those in the GOP who employ them. The day the popular vote becomes unimportant and only the electoral vote matters is the end of democracy. Only a truly hideously idiotic Republican would think we’d stand for that. If they can’t learn to work for the greater good of ALL Americans, we don’t need them interferring with America’s progress and advancement.

    • lana ward

      How’s your paycheck looking these days. The communist, muslim liar said he was going to help the middle class, instead he’s killing us

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TT6POTCLZCE74T76WAJIIIUAHU frida

        Iana ward;
        Who has allowed you to spit your poison here? Disable your keyboard and disappear.

        • cats33

          I asked you how

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

          lana ward thinks this is the faux news forums! lol!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

        Replying to lana ward –

        With the push towards “Right To Work” laws, the paychecks will become smaller and smaller.

        • Mr Wiseguy

          Lana is a paid troll who probably is really a democrat but needs the work as implied by here post.

        • lana ward

          omuslim is taxing the middle class, he said only the wealthy would be hit with this tax. He is purposely getting rid of the middle class!!

      • http://twitter.com/jmprint Mary Martinez

        Explain!

      • Mr Wiseguy

        My check is much more than I had under Bush. Oh and my Medical insurance is a lot better too.

        The reason you are unemployed is not because of President Obama. To some extent it may be the fault of the Congress who make the laws and refuse to do anything that helps ordinary people if it takes a penny away from the hyper-rich.

        But 99% of the reason is that you are too dumb to hold a job and Employers probably take one look at your misspelled resume and throw it in the trash.

        It is shameful how Republicans blame liberals, Obama, the UN, the jews or whoever for the lack of jobs created by a Republican regime that financially wrecked us. Yet the people who follow the party of “personal responsibility” can take no responsibility for their own failings.

        • lana ward

          Bush helped Americans, omuslim is destroying us, on purpose. His communist up bringing, Saul Alinsky, Cloward and Piven taught him how to destroy America and blame the GOP, and get away with it. He is the most dangerous thing EVER to happen to America

    • cats33

      How is asking you what your paycheck looks like under omuslim, spitting poison??

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

        I bet it looks better than it would have looked if Robmey won the election!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/XPL7LVHHKZXB3BKEJZNTKRMBYY Susan

      These men are old white guys who have always had everything their own way. They are terrified that they are losing their power and are playing every sleazy angle they can find to hold on to it. I imagine that Lana is married to one of them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BYDAIVJTZGBZ467TOPBA7MAE6E olafaux

    GOP? RNC? Keep trying. Turning back the CLOCK. Let’s go back to OVERT SLAVERY. OK? That too, will be in the favor of the GOP.
    What a racist sleazzzzzy gang?
    God bless the Commander In Chief!
    God bless America!

    • lana ward

      Princess Hitler omuslim is going to put us all in slavery. omuslim doesn’t believe in God. His god is allah

      • http://twitter.com/jmprint Mary Martinez

        You must not believe in God either, because you are a racist and are constantly criticizing and judging. You act like you have the power to be God. A lot of useless name calling.

        • metrognome3830

          Don’t waste your time answering Lana. She is mentally incompetent, so it is best to just ignore her and not pick on her. It’s probably best to just let her vent her racist rage here.

        • lana ward

          omuslim is a racist

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

        Spoken like someone with an IQ of 10! I thought you were seceding from the U.S.?

        • Mr Wiseguy

          I wish Lana would secede from the USA. Obviously he/she has seceded from the ranks of human beings.

        • lana ward

          omuslim won’t let us secede. He wants more to be able to dictate to.

      • Mr Wiseguy

        Hitler was white, he hated jews, loved guns, believed non-whites were inferior, started wars, prevented voting, was in bed with big business and more.

        Hitler sounds like he would have been a perfect

        But then again one like you who has no education and an inability to learn history, not to mention an inability to speak and spell in English will not get it. I feel pity for people like you who would vote GOP, out of racism just to spite the black guy, and in the process screw yourself and this country.

        • lana ward

          omuslim is a racist. He hates whites, jews, has guns to protect himself, started a race war in America, perfected voter fraud, and is in bed with big business while yelling against it. He is the complete opposite of what he claims to be, all that communist training he got while growing up paid off for him

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJ5BBSQIGTUMERPZFALES6HQNY Bill

        Hey dummy you forgot to add sociaist to his name. You never have anything to offer to the issue at hand why don’t you go and learn something valuable, like how to accept the fact that President Obama has 4 MORE YEARS to go.

        • lana ward

          America won’t be America in 4 more years!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TT6POTCLZCE74T76WAJIIIUAHU frida

    For GOP democracy means rigging. We witnessed the 2000 election (remember (Florida, Florida,Florida). They never stop since then. How can they tell other countries to practice democracy while themselves are doing quite opposite of it.

  • Tom_D44

    So let’s see – Obama won the popular vote, over Romney, 66 million to 61 million, give or take the few hundred thousand, which was a win of around 51% to 48%. A landslide according to all those on the left. But if you look at the electoral college voting, 332 to 206, Obama won the election with 60% of the votes and Romney got 40%. I would say that the electoral college voting clearly misrepresented the popular vote in terms of percentages – and this is pretty common. So what’s so wrong with trying to figure out a way to more properly and “fairly” break up the electoral college voting? OR do away with it altogether?

    Here’s another one to ponder – how many more conservatives in the solid blue areas of the country, like the north east and west coasts, would have come out to vote had they thought that their votes would actually count? And what would those numbers have done to the popular vote totals? Likewise, I am sure that there are many liberals in solid red states that don’t waste their time either – and I wonder how those numbers would have shaken out.

    I agree with MVY, we should do away with the electoral college completely and go with the popular vote. Have everyone with a valid social security number automatically receive a voting card once they turn the proper age, and have them register their card with their current address so that wherever they are they can pull up the ballot from their area. Then they should be able to vote anywhere in the country on a universal voting machine – the same machine that should be at every polling station. Then they should have an election week, not an election day, to allow people plenty of time to get to the polls without having to interrupt their work schedules and other activities. The polls should be open well into each evening to allow everyone time to get there and vote. Since the system would be computerized, it should be very easy to provide machines at overseas military bases for those who can’t vote locally to eliminate the confusion of mail in ballots. If you have a conviction, or haven’t paid your taxes, or other kinds of issues, you should not be able to vote and your card should be turned off through the system. You should have to produce some form of ID to prove that you are who you are prior to voting. The media should be prohibited, by law, from doing any play by play analysis or speculation on voting results until every polling station is closed, so as not to influence any voters in any way. Sounds fair to me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

      Replying to Tom_D44 –

      And, if the popular vote counted during the elections of the almighty George The Second, we wouldn’t be in the financial mess we are in today.

    • johninPCFL

      Yes, it was a larger popular vote difference than what GWB called his “landslide” and “mandate”. Why, only now, do you object to the terminology?

      FL just invested a few tens of $millions to replace the voting machines after the 2000 debacle. Yes, they bought the same machines and software that Ohio used, the same ones that Black Box Voting proved could be anonymously manipulated. I guess the new Canadian corporate owners preferred Obama to Romney.

      Your new voting card sounds suspiciously like a national ID card. What’s to keep the government from attaching other information to this new national database? How about in addition to your criminal history, they also attach you gun ownership records? That would make instant ID checks at gun shows possible, as well as criminal data and gun possession at traffic stops.

      • thebunt

        All sounds good to me

    • ALTreality

      You do not have to be a citizen to obtain a social security card. All alien residents holding a Green Card are able to get SS#, as well as foreigners that have work visas. In order to be a citizen and legally be eligible to vote, you must be a native-born American or a naturalized citizen. I agree that there should be more time to vote, and it should be mandatory for every employer in the country to give one day off for every citizen to vote.

      The problem with a universal voting machine is that it will be much easier to rig, since the companies that make all voting equipment are for-profit corporations, many of whom are closely aligned to the GOP.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AALIVPCF6X4UADNPXLQ3DSHJ4I Steven Weakley

    Should we be surprised? They lie , cheat,insult, and when they don’t win they seek revenge on the American people.I’m so tired of thier whining!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    whats wrong with this pic ? the Republican and the GOP ding-dong’s cant seem to win fairly any thing so thy try to rig things . PEOPLE of the country should see these things and know just what the Republican party and the GOP ding dongs are planing how thy want to do every thing thy can to steal the elections . the PEOPLE have to know how thy want these sits . and every election it should be posted in ads and all should see the evil ways thy are and think ppl. do you want these lieing evil Republican GOP,S to run our country ? is that what is going to happen to out world ? where the Republican GOP ding-dongs truly only care about the 2% greedy bastards of our country . and the 98 % of our ppl. can keep making these greedy bastards 2 % richer off our blood sweat and tears off the back,s of the 98%. the Republican and the GOP ding-dongs are riding with the greedy bastards 2%. thy are taking away the EDC.. SCHOOLING is only bring out country next generation . seems to be the Republican’s and the GOP ding-dongs dont care much about anything thjat has to do with this country after the are in their graves from old age. what kind of ppl. would only care first about just 2% of the country and the 2% thy tend to only stand up for are just greedy bastards that dont need the help . the only thing thy realy have it’s the illness and sickness of greedy . for you Republican and GOP ding-dongs do you belive in the good book the Bible ? its all in there the evil of greedy . if your beliver’s of the good book its the words of GOD that tell that story . and here you are feed the evil of greed over the ones in need . the greed that dont even need . and you want to take away from the one that truly need. with out this country the 2 % greedy bastards could’nt of gotten to where thy are at today . and here you are with all the brains your schooling and even maybe some of you that do belive in GOD and you seem to be taking the other side . so would that make you taking the other side of GOD? and to me it sounds like you are . so that being what dose that make you ? hmmmm taken the other side of GODS word . well you call it what you want . but think of what you are doing . the world isnt going to end when you all pass of old age and you lie in your grave . the world and country will move on . but thing of you in your grave and that you went against the words of GOD . and where that will put you . a grave is dug so i guess being against the words of GOD if you belive then it puts you closer to your final resting place . by the words of the GOOD BOOK. the Republican party and the GOP ding-dongs are not trying to help the country . what thy are doing is taking away from the very ppl. that made and helped them get to where thy are today . talking about biting the hand that feeds you . now that your all feed and fat from the feeding you want to take away from the ones that got you to where you are today. taking away the medacade health ins. SSI cutting these things is only going to make things all the things harder for the next generation . whats wrong with you ppl. ? with out the 98% of the country and it’s ppl. the greedy bastard 2 % will never make it . heck with only the 2 % greedy bastards left the smallest country of the world could take over you . you wont be able to buy enough ppl. to fight and die for you . at some point you will be out of money . and where then would you be ? hmmm maybe in the 98% bracket . to cut all the things that make this country strong isnt the way to make it . cutting the things that make the country strong is just hanging your self in due time .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    That appears to be Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus’ philosophy when it comes to rigging elections in the GOP’s favor. In 2012, the strategy was suppressing votes through voter ID laws, ending same-day voter registration, and clamping down on early voting, among other restrictive legislation. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 25 laws and two executive actions were passed in 19 states over the past two years with the aim of making it harder to vote./// you know something Republican’s and GOP ding-dongs ? that could been why you lose votes all these things you tryed to block could be the very things that keep the Republican’s away from voting . thy had to reg. and show ID’S and all those things too . and your own Republican ppl. just might of thought like you GOP ding-dongs that you had it in the bag . OOOOPS think of it Republican’s not going to vote because thy didnt want to deal with all the B/S of showing ID’S and not being able to same day reg. LOL you ding=dongs just might of fell by your own hands . its great that the 98% stood strong and stayed and waited in line for there rights and voted and your own Republican ppl. proib. took for granted that it was in the bag . well it was kind of in the bag and you was left holding the bag a bag of what you might ask ? a bag of waste . think of it you may have been so brain dead you didnt even see you was destroying your self’s from with in . then that could be the reason why it seem’s the Republican party looks like thy only use 2% of there brain .

  • 426tt_64

    What a shame what the GOP has turned in to. The Grand Old Party with their mascot, the Elephant were once Patroit Americans with good memories about how our Nation got to the top. The Teapublicans are just not into America, they are in to being paid on the side to follow the leader, they are like a flock of Sheep. Matter of fact SHEEP would be a good mascot for them, after all we all know that sheep really are followers!

  • smilelaugh

    These republicans will never stop at anything. I have never seen such a bitter bunch of people. They really need to stop and take a good look at themselves, they are really acting like kids.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    In 2013, the plan appears to be changing the way that votes are counted. Priebus has stepped forward as the latest Republican to support a proposal that would split Wisconsin’s electoral votes by congressional district//// here’s something that may work for you also . try working for all the ppl. of the country and helping the whole country out . and stop putting so much efford into trying to sneak and pull evil ways to get ahead . tell the truth . hmmm then every one would know just how evil you all are . well change your ways to helping the whole country and all the ppl. and not just some and when you have that plan down then tell the truth and help all the land maybe being good to the whole country and ppl. would work for you? ya ya i know you’ll be walking on new ground . but even though it will be better ground and will help more of the country . why not give it a try ? be nice i dont think it can hurt ? well for you it might hurt to be nice for a little while but could be something you can get use too

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

    Sleaze and Slime are alive and well in the ranks of the GOP.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    “I think it’s something that a lot of states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red ought to be looking at,” Priebus said of the plan, which would deliver two electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote in the state, and divide the rest based on who wins each district.//// Republican National Committee and the GOP ding-dongs thats where your already losing by (DIVIDING ) theres more power when you grow then to
    (DIVIDE) bring together . cant you see what all your (DIVIDING ) will do ? havent you learned yet ?

  • tman000

    RNC should be working towards getting issues worked out with the Senate, Congress and the Administration rather than planning and developing gimmicks to win an election… “Doing the RIGHT things for American’s would do a lot more for these guys than planning ways to prevent American’s from voting”…

  • bw134

    These guys are losers and the only way they can win is to cheat. They have no chance of winning a general election so they have to resort to things similiar to the old Soviet Union. This is a strike against democracy. Republican Comrads need to get a grip on themselves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/debbie.kieselryan1 Debbie Kiesel-Ryan

    Once again, the republicans can’t win fair, so let’s change the laws so we can steal the elections. I don’t understand, are they looking for a rebellion in America? It appears to me they are, and I don’t think the people will sit down on this one. When you have a record number of people who showed up to vote in the presidential elections, because of the republicans trying to keep us from voting, you will hope those same people will stand up and protest to keep their right to vote and not have the republicans gerrymandering the districts just so they can give control of our country to corporations and banks. Our forefathers are rolling in their graves. They fought to keep the bankers from taking over, but the republicans don’t care one iota about that!!!!!!!!! They didn’t want companies making the decisions for the American people as well, but if the let the republicans move ahead on their plan, we are all going to sugger. White collar crime is increasing, but no one is going to jail. You think there isn’t a plan out there from the republicans to take over our country? WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    As Dave Weigel points out at Slate, in 2011 Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled statehouse gerrymandered the state’s districts to create five Republican seats and three Democratic seats. Under the Priebus-backed proposal, Mitt Romney would have won as many electors in Wisconsin as President Obama, despite winning 213,019 fewer votes/// winning fewer votes and winning isnt what the ppl want . we vote to be heard . and less votes should win thy should lose . here you all are still trying to sneak and steal your way into the house . the Republican National Committee and the GOP ding-dongs just dont seem to get it . maybe thats a good thing for the ppl. of the country seem to get it . and with the Republican National Committee and the GOP ding dong’s staying with their brain dead ways it may just go faster that all of them are out . witch is great for the country and us ppl. to move forward . and get us to better standards

  • latebloomingrandma

    Republicans apparently have never learned from the disgrace of Nixon. Nixon would have been impeached and removed from office had he not resigned. It was not just for a burglary alone, but for the plotting to usurp the democratic process by attempting to rig the vote. Nixon just felt he alone was VITAL to the success of the United States and the oppositition detrimental. It’s all about the power. Nothing about “we the people” and self government. Today’s Republiican party still seems to have that problem with the democratic process. Sad. And dangerous.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    , President Obama’s margin of victory would have shrunk from 322-206 to 270-268. Under two other proposed reforms — in which the overall statewide winner would not automatically receive two electoral votes — Romney would have been elected president, despite losing the popular vote by 4 percent./// i thought one only needed 270 anyways ? despite losing the popular vote by 4 percent. eather way the one thaty wins the popular vote of the ppl. should win the election . whats next GOP ding-dongs you want to pull an IRAN trick next ?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    Republicans hope to simply steal the next one, and do it quickly. For voting rights advocates who warned that democracy was being threatened in 2012, there will be no rest for the weary./// there you go you Republicans and GOP ding-dong’s thats your anwser stealing ? ok then its ok if i need a car ill just go steal one or money ill steal it from a bank or the Republicans and the GOP ding-dongs mother as thy walk to the market to go shopping and paying their bills . i can say its ok thats how the Republicans and the GOP ding-dong party do things so it must be good for me too .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KYK6RLLARKU3CZT5VBTTAXTG3I Felix

    Some Republican may believe that Romney could win the election and that is their opinion, Romney never spoke to the real people that people that go out to work every day and sometimes have to go to another job to be able to pay bills.

    The Republican Party went too far to the right White liberals, Blacks, Latinos, women and Asian could not understand the Republican message. Asian mostly vote Republican and what happened in this election was they were pushed aside by those that believe they are only the one that should live in this nation.

    Romney was not ready to lead this country and he was the only man the Republicans found to run against Obama a man with a message for the middle class and for those that their parents brought to this country and are Americans or want to become Americans.
    Ideassoul

  • Annemb

    Here they go again!!! If at first you don’t succeed …

    And this is allowed? Isn’t this unconstitutional? Isn’t this illegal? Why aren’t the antics of the Repubs/TPs stopped? They are a menace to American society. Where’s the Department of Justice?

  • CPANewYork

    Does anybody know anything about this creep? He sounds like Grover Norquist, another strange character with a weird name that crawled out of the woodwork.

    • johninPCFL

      He’s the deep redstate answer to Michael Steele when Steele became too moderate a voice in the party.

  • CPANewYork

    I think that he was born on Mars.

  • CPANewYork

    The Electoral College should be abolished by Constitutional amendment. That would end all of these whacko Republican schemes to gerrymander the elections.

    • theoots

      To abolish the Electoral College would need a constitutional amendment, and could be stopped by states with as little as 3% of the U.S. population.

      With the National Popular Vote bill, every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. There would no longer be a handful of ‘battleground’ states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80% of the states that now are just ‘spectators’ and ignored after the conventions.

      When the bill is enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

      The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states with 243 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions with 132 electoral votes – 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.

      NationalPopularVote
      Follow National Popular Vote on Facebook via NationalPopularVoteInc

    • ALiberal

      Only for the presidency. The Republicans managed to gerrymander their way into a greater House majority. More voters voted for Democrats then Republicans in both the House and the Senate, and the Republicans act like they have a mandate from heaven in the House as well as the country. State by state, the Republicans – like the statue of Stalin – need to be hauled down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mj-Zuzich/100001345397053 M.j. Zuzich

    Gerrymandering by any other name is… Gerrymandering.

  • highpckts

    IQ = zip

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colleen-Klemp/100002683878543 Colleen Klemp

    It doesn’t surprise me that the Republicans want to change the rules, the only way they can win is to cheat. They never seem to run out of ideas to scam the system. They never admit that their policies are unpopular with the average Joe. Hey, Righties that’s why you lost the Presidential election!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z3Y5JBWFPPJAPEIUAHRIE6U57Q Ronnie L

    I consider them terrorists. If they can’t have their way, they destroy. I believe we had better begin to think in those terms. They are truly nuts.

  • bstockinger

    Do away with the electoral college and simply allow all citizens to vote. Candidate getting the majority wins and becomes President. Last I heard that was democracy.

    • johninPCFL

      That would require a Constitutional amendment. That’s not possible with the current government.

      • theoots

        National Popular Vote IS possible. It’s 49% of the way to go into effect.

        Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. There would no longer be a handful of ‘battleground’ states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80% of the states that now are just ‘spectators’ and ignored after the conventions.

        When the bill is enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

        The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states with 243 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions with 132 electoral votes – 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.

        NationalPopularVote
        Follow National Popular Vote on Facebook via NationalPopularVoteInc

        • johninPCFL

          Yes, I’ve read the plan. Of course, that awards a disproportionate number of electoral votes to the states with lowest populations, since they get two senate electoral votes independent of the population of the state.

  • weary_jane

    It appears the Republican Party is copying the gangsters of the 30’s. They will do anything, right or wrong, to get what they want no matter what kind of disarray it causes. The majority of the population cannot let them do as they propose. We need another Eliot Ness and company to put an end to these shenanigans, and to set the right path for the Republicans or they need to be eliminated permanently as a party in these races.

  • Jim Lou

    Desparation leads to desparate acts.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4HKCTSVHCQJCJUU2VYCERLWWDE Richie T

    We lost, we have to rig the next elections, it’s the ONLY way we’ll ever win.

    MORE proof of why every single one of them has to be thrown out of office the next time they come up for reelection.

    They keep screaming about the Democrats and the Constitution, THEY’RE the ones shredding it.

    If the Democrats tried to pull this kind of B@ they be screaming. We can do anything WE want to, you can’t.

    Article 5 in the Constitution;
    How Amendments are added. Citizens can do it without Congress sticking their nose in. It was set-up that way for a reason. When the Government gets out of control, they KNEW it was going to happen, we can reign them in. It’s never been done
    Look it up.

    Congress TERM LIMITS.
    At this point 14 members of Congress have been in office over 35 years.

    Federal Election, Federal should not be not State Jurisdiction
    WHY do the States have the rights to decide proof of citizenship?.
    A person’s not a citizen of a State, they’re a citizen of The United States.
    That HAS TO CHANGE

    We need to deal with this gay right to marry, and the abortion saga. It has nothing to do with the employment disaster, or the economy, the real reason they kept pushing it in everybody’s faces? They don’t have a clue how to fix either of the real problems, they just won’t admit it.

    The National Debt.
    Everybody can scream all they want,
    Just over $3 trillion is the interest on the money they’ve already pi$$d away.
    We owe other countries over 5.5 billion
    Borrow money to give to away.
    What’s wrong with that concept?

    Constitution;
    Voting rights
    The 15th Amendment
    Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
    Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation
    The 19th Amendment;
    “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation”.
    The 26 Amendment
    “Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

    “Abridge” is old English for “limit”

    Nov 4, 2014,
    We have to take this country back
    Less people voted in 2012 then in 2008.
    That one’s not their fault.

    • ALTreality

      Google ‘Compact For America The Balanced Budget Amendment’. GOP & money currently in the process of subverting the Constitution by way of a shortcut that eliminates ANY input from the citizens of this country. Balancing the budget by forced elimination of the social safety net, while guaranteeing that taxes cannot be raised on the rich. Truly scary stuff.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

    Bring it on GOP. We’ll be ready for you. Hysterical how the only way you can try to win is cheat. In the end you will lose again! LOL!

  • http://twitter.com/TarekMMD Tarek

    This is incredible. Trying to determine the government based on size of open land, not based on people? This split will always give more power to a minority of people, just because the land space they occupy is bigger. Totally opposed to this. The power in a country is where the people are. Not the size of your property.

    • johninPCFL

      Good point, and the reason that the Electoral College exists in the first place.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/O3WEXULTDRKCEIVDCFIPKYHAMQ seche

    Priebus was born Reinhold Reince Priebus He is of German and Greek descent probably of
    Nazi Germany, also known as the Third Reich

  • Lisztman

    The Electoral College was, in the 18th c., a meeting of responsible, ethical, trustworthy people, who would be sent from the hinterlands to the Capital, for the purpose of electing a President. There was no realistic way for candidates to campaign to the corners, or to reliably report vote counts from the corners.

    If we fast-forward a couple of hundred years, the Electoral College lives in a time warp. There really is no need for it; every voter in the nation knows who the candidates are, and the votes are efficiently and rapidly (well, in most places, anyway) counted.

    If we wish the Electoral College to fall by the wayside, so be it. It has pretty much outlived its usefulness — and has actually created a newer problem, that of concentrating the campaigns into the tossup states. But should we decide to tinker with the Electoral College, let it be done on a nationwide basis — because as surely as there are states wherein tinkering with the EC system will yield a few GOP votes, there are red states wherein the same tinkering will yield Democrat votes.

    Which is, in effect, closer to a popular vote. So why not just trash the EC and let the whole thing go to a popular vote?

    • johninPCFL

      Because floating a Constitutional amendment is impossible in this political climate.

      • ALTreality

        Not if you have a lot of money and you have bought GOP governors, because we are on track to have a new amendment added to the Constitution, maybe as early as this summer. It is called “The Balanced Budget Amendment” and it is being brought to you by Compact For America.

        This may sound like a really great and necessary thing, until you start reading the actual wording of the thing. This is actually a vehicle to enact automatic austerity measures and lock out the possibility of raising taxes on the rich. This will in essence freeze the debt ceiling, forcing the GOP agenda to severely cut the social safety programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, SNAP and FEMA. This will immediately plunge the country into a Depression, which may very well exceed the Great Depression.

        For all of the ignorant people who believe that balancing the budget is such a great thing, the majority of these programs pay out the most in Red states, not Blue States. And for all those delusional idiots that believe that Climate Change is a left-wing hoax, the only 2 states that did NOT receive FEMA funding in the past 2 years were Michigan and South Carolina. The other 48 states needed it for hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires and floods. Think about that when you have no electricity, no clean water and damaged homes or crops.

        • ALTreality

          Sorry, I omitted drought. Over 50% of all counties in the U.S. needed a FEMA bailout for drought relief.

        • johninPCFL

          Once again, all you have to do is look at recent history. Reagan, GHWB, Clinton, and GWB had no budget entries for military or war spending. All of it was done “off budget” with explicit spending bills from Congress, not from any legislative action derived from budgets.

          Given that, there’s $650B this year that doesn’t have to be budgetted, so the deficit is “only” $400B.

          And speaking of “off budget” items, I see that the GOP House passed a hurricane aid bill. I guess they don’t want Christy running against Congress in 2016…

          • ALTreality

            Funny how the GOP is suddenly obsessed with ‘balancing the budget’, when they had no problem running up trillions in debt for 2 illegal wars during Bush’s 8 years in office, especially since Bush was handed a balanced budget AND a surplus when Bill Clinton left office. The GOP also keeps harping about ‘smaller government’ after George W. Bush expanded it 20 times its size under his administration. There are now 112 separate agencies that fall under covert affairs and Homeland security. Why didn’t we hear these memes BEFORE a Democrat got elected to the White House?!?

            They also go on, ad nauseum about the Constitution, and how they are the ‘defenders’ and purists of that document. That’s a joke, since so much of the so-called budget and “off-budget”, like you mentioned, is illegal and prohibited, according to the Constitution.

    • theoots

      To trash the Electoral College would need a constitutional amendment, and could be stopped by states with as little as 3% of the U.S. population.

      The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC), without needing a constitutional amendment.

      Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. There would no longer be a handful of ‘battleground’ states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80% of the states that now are just ‘spectators’ and ignored after the conventions.

      When the bill is enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

      The presidential election system that we have today was not designed, anticipated, or favored by the Founding Fathers but, instead, is the product of decades of evolutionary change precipitated by the emergence of political parties and enactment by 48 states of winner-take-all laws, not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution.

      The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

      In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in recent closely divided Battleground states: CO – 68%, FL – 78%, IA 75%, MI – 73%, MO – 70%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM– 76%, NC – 74%, OH – 70%, PA – 78%, VA – 74%, and WI – 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE – 75%, ID – 77%, ME – 77%, MT – 72%, NE 74%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM – 76%, OK – 81%, RI – 74%, SD – 71%, UT – 70%, VT – 75%, WV – 81%, and WY – 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR – 80%, KY- 80%, MS – 77%, MO – 70%, NC – 74%, OK – 81%, SC – 71%, TN – 83%, VA – 74%, and WV – 81%; and in other states polled: AZ – 67%, CA – 70%, CT – 74%, MA – 73%, MN – 75%, NY – 79%, OR – 76%, and WA – 77%. Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

      The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states with 243 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions with 132 electoral votes – 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.

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      • Lisztman

        TY, theoots. I’m not a “Constitutional scholar”. But I know/knew what it said. While I was not familiar with the NPV initiative, it makes perfect sense.

        But I DO have a very large question: does it leave an election, an election at some time in the future, perhaps a single, crucial, election, open to a “rogue” delegation who decides, at the last minute, to vote for “their” candidate? And, if so, even should they be held responsible at the appropriate level in their state, would that obviate the EC vote? I’m not sure…

        Personally, long-term, I’d be happier with the Constitutional amendment.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I7DT7A7RP2YJSSWVPNYZYAHWRU martin

    that’s if they maintain GOP governors in those states,BEWARE GOVS voters remember.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3Q6HODCQ7J5KZKLN6NGKTLS7PI Magnus

    Whom God lifted up , let no man add destraction. What was said to be , is to be and has been in a good place, I love people that are concerns all in these issues of rigging or fair elections , it show the typical democracy they has been teaching us. We knew every thing and can….if only a chance is given,

  • elw

    The number one Republican policy has become if you cannot win legally, find a way to cheat. It would take a Constitutional Amendment, but it time to work on eliminating the Electoral College. It made sense at the time it was conceived, but with computers and the advancements in communications since that time period it no longer seems necessary, except for a way for unethical politicians to cheat. It seems only logical to now pick our Presidents by popular vote only, instead of by the vote of a group of people chosen by the power that “be” in each State.

    • theoots

      We don’t need a constitutional amendment to guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC). The National Popular Vote would accomplish that, and it’s 49% of the way to go into effect.

      Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. There would no longer be a handful of ‘battleground’ states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80% of the states that now are just ‘spectators’ and ignored after the conventions.

      When the bill is enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

      The presidential election system that we have today was not designed, anticipated, or favored by the Founding Fathers but, instead, is the product of decades of evolutionary change precipitated by the emergence of political parties and enactment by 48 states of winner-take-all laws, not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution.

      The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

      In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in recent closely divided Battleground states: CO – 68%, FL – 78%, IA 75%, MI – 73%, MO – 70%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM– 76%, NC – 74%, OH – 70%, PA – 78%, VA – 74%, and WI – 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE – 75%, ID – 77%, ME – 77%, MT – 72%, NE 74%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM – 76%, OK – 81%, RI – 74%, SD – 71%, UT – 70%, VT – 75%, WV – 81%, and WY – 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR – 80%, KY- 80%, MS – 77%, MO – 70%, NC – 74%, OK – 81%, SC – 71%, TN – 83%, VA – 74%, and WV – 81%; and in other states polled: AZ – 67%, CA – 70%, CT – 74%, MA – 73%, MN – 75%, NY – 79%, OR – 76%, and WA – 77%. Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

      The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states with 243 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions with 132 electoral votes – 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenneth-Heffley/100002250740914 Kenneth Heffley

    I just have one question is preeibus a American or a communist. I have to say a communist just like the rest of the republicans.

  • Rapidriver

    The real problem I have with the GOP is how they feel they are always in the right and deserve to win no matter how many people are against them. It has truly become the party that asks its supporters to not think, question, or do anything unless the party leaders say that it’s okay to do so. The sad part is that so many republicans do not mind having someone do their thinking for them. It’s no longer the grand old party of Lincoln and TR but rather that of Wilson and his henchmen who threw people in jail for 20 years for speaking out against the war (the Great War that is). The Republicans are getting closer each passing minute to being known as the American Nazi Socialist Party. They are one scary group of people. If you do not believe me then please read “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” The parallels are quiet stunning and very frightening indeed. As Ignatius J. Reilly might say “Oh my word. The complete horror of it all.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.gordon1 Elisabeth Gordon

    The “Republican” party will NEVER steal an election and get away with it….there would be rioting in the streets and the USA would look like a scene from Les Miserables (which is exactly what would be happening if the Romney/Ryan ticket was voted in)….thankfully, the majority of Americans saw the Repugs for exactly what they are….misguided liars who would throw everything that this amazing Democracy was built on under the bus for their own greedy agendas….OBAMA – forward!

  • thebunt

    Get rid of the electorial college. Amend the constitution. And don’t wait for the poliiticians to lead the way. Make sure it is on the ballot in every state. Sign petitions. Study just what has to be done to amend the constitution and get started. Don’t expect ANY help from the politicians.

    • theoots

      To abolish the Electoral College would need a constitutional amendment, and could be stopped by states with as little as 3% of the U.S. population.

      There’s another way, 49% of the way to go into effect.

      The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC), without needing a constitutional amendment.

      Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. There would no longer be a handful of ‘battleground’ states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80% of the states that now are just ‘spectators’ and ignored after the conventions.

      When the bill is enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

      The presidential election system that we have today was not designed, anticipated, or favored by the Founding Fathers but, instead, is the product of decades of evolutionary change precipitated by the emergence of political parties and enactment by 48 states of winner-take-all laws, not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution.

      The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

      In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in recent closely divided Battleground states: CO – 68%, FL – 78%, IA 75%, MI – 73%, MO – 70%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM– 76%, NC – 74%, OH – 70%, PA – 78%, VA – 74%, and WI – 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE – 75%, ID – 77%, ME – 77%, MT – 72%, NE 74%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM – 76%, OK – 81%, RI – 74%, SD – 71%, UT – 70%, VT – 75%, WV – 81%, and WY – 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR – 80%, KY- 80%, MS – 77%, MO – 70%, NC – 74%, OK – 81%, SC – 71%, TN – 83%, VA – 74%, and WV – 81%; and in other states polled: AZ – 67%, CA – 70%, CT – 74%, MA – 73%, MN – 75%, NY – 79%, OR – 76%, and WA – 77%. Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

      The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states with 243 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions with 132 electoral votes – 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EQ5LTH2XTZCVP7G4FGK6Z2YTJE ignore the facts

    When you can’t win by popularity for your ideas, sure, go ahead and FIX it. Just another repugnican plan to take our rights away. Sickening isn’t it. Do you have ANY idea how hated you are? If Romney was president now, we could all say goodbye to ending the war in Afghanistan, getting gun control of any kind, taking ALL rights away from women….on and on. A disgusting group and Americans need to stand up and stop it.

  • alumahead

    American conservatism is on life support because of dishonest little dweebs like Preibus. The man gives me the creeps and I wouldn’t leave him alone with my children for a second.

  • http://www.facebook.com/namrongarrett Norman Garrett

    i have never seen a party wining,moaning ang groning that if this or that how winning wpuld have been on their side even with way over with a difference of about 5million votes

  • mjw1952

    The solution is to just get rid of the electoral college. It is a relic from the past.

  • Pamby50

    I have no problem with getting rid of the electoral college totally. Popular vote only. The republicans are not popular therefore they would stop winning. We would just have to keep fighting against voter suppression. That is a better fight.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJ5BBSQIGTUMERPZFALES6HQNY Bill

      I haven’t seen any negative comments form the usual right wingnuts – Obozomustgo, onedonewrong, 13 observer. Well lana ward wrote her usual trash caling President Obama “princess Hitler omuslim” but she is from that alternate reality world “Teaparty bubble”. I can’t see how any teaparty people would be in favor of changing the Electoral College since it was in the original constitution and we know they don’t want to change that.

    • theoots

      To abolish the Electoral College would need a constitutional amendment, and could be stopped by states with as little as 3% of the U.S. population.

      The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC), without needing a constitutional amendment.

      Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. There would no longer be a handful of ‘battleground’ states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80% of the states that now are just ‘spectators’ and ignored after the conventions.

      When the bill is enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

      The presidential election system that we have today was not designed, anticipated, or favored by the Founding Fathers but, instead, is the product of decades of evolutionary change precipitated by the emergence of political parties and enactment by 48 states of winner-take-all laws, not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution.

      The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

      In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in recent closely divided Battleground states: CO – 68%, FL – 78%, IA 75%, MI – 73%, MO – 70%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM– 76%, NC – 74%, OH – 70%, PA – 78%, VA – 74%, and WI – 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE – 75%, ID – 77%, ME – 77%, MT – 72%, NE 74%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM – 76%, OK – 81%, RI – 74%, SD – 71%, UT – 70%, VT – 75%, WV – 81%, and WY – 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR – 80%, KY- 80%, MS – 77%, MO – 70%, NC – 74%, OK – 81%, SC – 71%, TN – 83%, VA – 74%, and WV – 81%; and in other states polled: AZ – 67%, CA – 70%, CT – 74%, MA – 73%, MN – 75%, NY – 79%, OR – 76%, and WA – 77%. Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

      The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states with 243 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions with 132 electoral votes – 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RNVP22S7HIHE6NDJ75UHMKMGLU Willie

    When I read this I remember my father’s explanation for the Nazi’s win in Germany. THEY RIGGED THE VOTES just like the fascist Republican party has attempted to do for this year’s election. God help us with these creeps.

  • Mikey7a

    Hates whites??? President Obama’s mother is white, you incredibly ignorant buffoon!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZEDCQ4URHFFCKH5THB4DT3G54M Brian

    Declare fatwah on priebus!

  • Mimi2kool

    If you can’t win your argument on merits, dazzle them with B.S. That is what the GOP has been doing for years. Here we go again!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GCXB2EABXANRR2IK7QHS3TAPOU ROBERT C HASTINGS

    We can’t get rid of the Electoral College because, like today’s Republican Party, the Founding Fathers did not trust the electoral judgement of everyman (although at that time, every man did not [could not] vote). In the first election, fewer than 50,000 male landowners voted, period. The demographics for eligible voters has really changed since then, and it is much closer to universal suffrage, when the Electoral College SHOULD be eliminated.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJ5BBSQIGTUMERPZFALES6HQNY Bill

      Robert it’s interesting that the teaparty people always go back to the time of the Founding Fathers and claim that we can only use the original constiutiution as a source of law making. I guess that any woman, nonwhite or non-property owning white would not be able to vote according the original constitution. The Electoral College was originally created to protect the less populated states from the heavily populated states. Now Priebus wants to use congressional districts to determine the Electoral College vote. We know that the Republicans don’t want to use the popular vote, just look back at 2000.

  • ALiberal

    Some Republicans are decent, sincere folks who love America – including the people in it. Unfortunately, this sum isn’t defined by the best of its parts. The Republican Party is is a right wing freak show that makes Frankenstein look like a super model. Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity – a Medusa’s head of crassly lying, two-faced snakes, part Himmler and part cash register, scaring their base with perpetual outrage and apocalyptic warnings of doom, while hawking gold, gun safes, and back packs chock full of freeze dried survival food guaranteed to be mouth-watering and delicious for 20 years to their gullible and loyal audience of frightened and hoodwinked sheep. Sheared and fleeced to the sneering amusement of their betters. An Orwellian nightmare of the Two Minutes Hate gone 24/7.

    A plan to rig the Electoral College? What a freaking shock!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CVVR3SYDWGMOSYJBUXICDDK74A Doctor T

    Your “truth” is bullshit based on personal hate. Get over yourself birdbrain!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CVVR3SYDWGMOSYJBUXICDDK74A Doctor T

    And your “proof” of this?????

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CVVR3SYDWGMOSYJBUXICDDK74A Doctor T

    Check yourself into a psyc ward Ward! You are a real mental case.

  • onedonewong

    Really the libs are upset over this?? In 2007 CA and a number of left coast states passed laws that their electoral votes could only go to the winner of the national popular vote. The State Run Media was 100% behind that legislation.
    And now when republicans state a similar agenda its wrong. Its too bad that we have a president who is quick to get us involved in wars but then suppresses the military vote like he did in 2012

    • ALiberal

      State Run Media? Now that’s hysterical. In 2007, Bush was the president. Right wing rant radio has reeled in another.

      • onedonewong

        Your not really trying to say that the media is unbiased are you. Only a moron would pretend that the Media isn’t in collusion with the WH

        • ALiberal

          In 2007, the White House was occupied by a Republican, and the Governor of California was a Republican. So, according to your brilliant assertion, a Republican “state run media” gave “100% approval” to an electoral scheme to favor Democrats. That was your assertion – what you were trying to say. What I said was – and not what I was trying to say – is that your assertion that the media is “state run” is asinine and ridiculous. I said nothing about the media not having a bias. But it gets even better. Now you’re asserting that the media is in collusion with the White House, regardless of the party in power, apparently colluding with Democratic presidents as well as with Republican presidents. And, while there is a presidential campaign going on, the media must collude with the incumbent president, which would include George W Bush in 2004. Imagine that, the media has been colluding with Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H W Bush, and George W Bush for the entire time that they were in office, and not one Republican or Conservative except for you and Rush Limbaugh realized that the “state run media” was on their side. I think you ought to nominate yourself for the Sherlock Holmes “Mind Like a Steel Straight Jacket Award for Good Noticing”. You’d win in a landslide – even without rigging the voting.

    • theoots

      There is no equivalency between the congressional district method and the National Popular Vote bill.

      Dividing more states’ electoral votes by congressional district winners would magnify the worst features of the Electoral College system.

      If the district approach were used nationally, it would be less fair and less accurately reflect the will of the people than the current system. In 2004, Bush won 50.7% of the popular vote, but 59% of the districts. Although Bush lost the national popular vote in 2000, he won 55% of the country’s congressional districts.

      The district approach would not provide incentive for presidential candidates to campaign in a particular state or focus the candidates’ attention to issues of concern to the state. With the 48 state-by-state winner-take-all laws (whether applied to either districts or states), candidates have no reason to campaign in districts or states where they are comfortably ahead or hopelessly behind. In North Carolina, for example, there are only 2 districts (the 13th with a 5% spread and the 2nd with an 8% spread) where the presidential race is competitive. Nationwide, there have been only 55 “battleground” districts that were competitive in presidential elections. With the present deplorable 48 state-level winner-take-all system, 80% of the states (including California and Texas) are ignored in presidential elections; however, 88% of the nation’s congressional districts would be ignored if a district-level winner-take-all system were used nationally.

      Awarding electoral votes by congressional district could result in third party candidates winning electoral votes that would deny either major party candidate the necessary majority vote of electors and throw the process into Congress to decide.

      Because there are generally more close votes on district levels than states as whole, district elections increase the opportunity for error. The larger the voting base, the less opportunity there is for an especially close vote.

      Also, a second-place candidate could still win the White House without winning the national popular vote.

      A national popular vote is the way to make every person’s vote equal and matter to their candidate because it guarantees that the candidate who gets the most votes in all 50 states and DC becomes President.

      Most Americans don’t care whether their presidential candidate wins or loses in their state or district . . . they care whether he/she wins the White House. Voters want to know, that even if they were on the losing side, their vote actually was directly and equally counted and mattered to their candidate. Most Americans think it’s wrong for the candidate with the most popular votes to lose. We don’t allow this in any other election in our representative republic.

      With National Popular Vote bill, every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. There would no longer be a handful of ‘battleground’ states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80% of the states that now are just ‘spectators’ and ignored after the conventions.

      When the bill is enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

      The presidential election system that we have today was not designed, anticipated, or favored by the Founding Fathers but, instead, is the product of decades of evolutionary change precipitated by the emergence of political parties and enactment by 48 states of winner-take-all laws, not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution.

      The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

      In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in recent closely divided Battleground states: CO – 68%, FL – 78%, IA 75%, MI – 73%, MO – 70%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM– 76%, NC – 74%, OH – 70%, PA – 78%, VA – 74%, and WI – 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE – 75%, ID – 77%, ME – 77%, MT – 72%, NE 74%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM – 76%, OK – 81%, RI – 74%, SD – 71%, UT – 70%, VT – 75%, WV – 81%, and WY – 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR – 80%, KY- 80%, MS – 77%, MO – 70%, NC – 74%, OK – 81%, SC – 71%, TN – 83%, VA – 74%, and WV – 81%; and in other states polled: AZ – 67%, CA – 70%, CT – 74%, MA – 73%, MN – 75%, NY – 79%, OR – 76%, and WA – 77%. Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

      The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states throughout the country with 243 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions with 132 electoral votes – 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.

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      • onedonewong

        The National popular vote scheme would limit the national election to 15 states. There would be no reason for candidates to go anywhere other than the most populous states.
        The national vote would mimic the Clinton election where a candidate that received 40% of the popular vote got elected a travesty in anyone’s estimations

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CVVR3SYDWGMOSYJBUXICDDK74A Doctor T

    Please shut your pie hole!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CVVR3SYDWGMOSYJBUXICDDK74A Doctor T

    Again–enough of your ranting. Where is your proof? Facts please other than froth-at-the-mouth lunacy.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CVVR3SYDWGMOSYJBUXICDDK74A Doctor T

    Somehow I don’t believe you are part of the middle class. You are way too ignorant. Please do us all a favor and either get laid or buy a vibrator.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CVVR3SYDWGMOSYJBUXICDDK74A Doctor T

    She can’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graham-John-Salmon/595446527 Graham John Salmon

    i love inviting my american friends to my country ( australia ) but i hope my govt is not stupid enough to let you in my country . u r the reason why america has not such agood name on the world stage. people cant stand your type lana

  • acmavm

    I’m pushing for a new rule. If you propose something that makes you sound like a big old whiney baby you get your podium and microphone taken away and put in permanent time out.

    If we had that we’d have been rid of this guy a long time ago.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LESBNHCDEREFVT5WFN6WD7BAIQ DanielM

    this is the republican party
    vote democratic

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X2KKGDYW2F5T5XUT6233KBNWSI robert

    The Republican motto for 2016: Any whicha way you can! Steal it, peel it, roll your belly like a reptile! Pop it like a salt shaker!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Godfrey/100000665142650 Gary Godfrey

    Colby sems to think Romney would have solved all the “problems.” Just having a Republican would have been the solution we all needed. The only problem with this is just what did the Republicans do when they had GWB for eight years? Also, the balanced budget ammendment would make us a third world country, as would the gold standard.

  • blueskies13

    Democracy? When there’s no such thing as a lobbyist, and when special interests are not allowed to donate millions to the candidate of their choice, and when winning an election doesn’t cost a hundred million dollars or more, then maybe we’ll have a democracy. Oh, that’s right, I forgot. Corporations are people. D’oh!!

  • truthhunter13

    God help us!!. Republicans know they are on the endangered list. There’s no way they can win an election with their current extreme ideology. Will they change?. Not likely. They truly believe that America belongs to them. They would rather destroy the country, than to allow a person of color lead us. They obviously weren’t prepared to see a black person as our President. Heck, they never will be.
    I don’t doubt for a second that they will cause serious harm to our country just to hold on to power. Look at what they did in Michigan. That is just the beginning!!.

  • Dukester

    Assuming the republicans are in favor of this scheme because it would be more “fair”, they should be pushing to do away with the electoral college altogether.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wayne-Cox/100003182500516 Wayne Cox

    I would just love to bitch slap this asshole every time he opens his arrogant face. I can see why the republican party booted out Michael Steele as RNC chairman, he’s too moderate and sensable.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H6SCYJAEFGJKW26WIC2XNSCKYQ Charles

    The Republicans know they can never win an election based on their ideas, because the only ideas they have for those of us either poor or who work for a living is to have us shoulder the load while they give their rich buddies every tax break in the world. If it means those of us either on Social Security or about to be have to take benefit cuts, too bad for us, we should have done a better job of saving for retirement. If we vote against their ideas, it’s not because their ideas plain suck, it’s because we’re too stupid to see how good they are.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FKAQMTAUPQJSUROUZXWSEGNYEI Daniel

    Consider this: The electoral college is outdated by the means of communication which exist in the country today. The popular vote for the Presidential election:
    Obama: 59,725,608….. 303 electoral
    Romney: 57,098,650…… 206 electoral
    Therefore Obama had about 51% of the popular vote and Romney about 49%. Yet the electoral college did not accurately represent the popular vote, not even remotely. Why? Because many states do not follow the intent nor the letter of the law in the constitution when it comes to the electoral college and give 100% of the states electoral votes instead of by percentage. A far more perfect method of counting the vote would be to simply count the popular vote and not allow the antiquated electoral college to even exist. Its unnecessary in today’s modern world with modern communications. So, if you really want fairness in voting, demand a constitutional amendment which does away with the electoral college and relies solely on the popular vote.. that is the American way. Obama still would have won and there would not have been an unnecessary, antiquated, go between process in the middle which does not benefit the American people or our voting rights.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FKAQMTAUPQJSUROUZXWSEGNYEI Daniel

    Consider this: The electoral college is outdated by the means of communication which exist in the country today. The popular vote for the Presidential election:
    Obama: 59,725,608….. 303 electoral
    Romney: 57,098,650…… 206 electoral
    Therefore Obama had about 51% of the popular vote and Romney about 49%. Yet the electoral college did not accurately represent the popular vote, not even remotely. Why? Because many states do not follow the intent nor the letter of the law in the constitution when it comes to the electoral college and give 100% of the states electoral votes instead of by percentage. A far more perfect method of counting the vote would be to simply count the popular vote and not allow the antiquated electoral college to even exist. Its unnecessary in today’s modern world with modern communications. So, if you really want fairness in voting, demand a constitutional amendment which does away with the electoral college and relies solely on the popular vote.. that is the American way. Obama still would have won and there would not have been an unnecessary, antiquated, go between process in the middle which does not benefit the American people or our voting rights.

    • charleo1

      Getting rid of the Electoral College is an idea that continues to be batted around, usually
      after an election. But then it’s quickly forgotten until the next election. But it’s not a
      wild idea without merit at all. Many who understand a lot more about our voting process
      than I will ever know, support using the popular vote to elect the President. The only
      office in government that is decided by the entire electorate. But, the first problem becomes,
      in order to change the system, it necessarily requires those who have won their office using the old system, and so are naturally hesitant to change something that is working for them.
      Plus, it would change the money game. As it is, there are a few so called battle ground
      states, in which a ton of money is spent to sway the 2 or 3 percent up for grabs. While
      the rest of the States or regions are calculated either red, or blue. So what these States
      get for being loyal, and dependable is taken for granted. And, a lower turnout. If one favors the reds in a blue state, they figure why should I waste my time? The Democrats always win
      anyway. And vise versa. So, it seems to me, having a direct vote for one’s choice,
      would motivate more people to get out, and vote. And it’s always been my contention,
      the higher the participation, the better the entire process, and democracy itself is served.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FKAQMTAUPQJSUROUZXWSEGNYEI Daniel

    “examining why voters overwhelmingly rejected their party in 2012″ – are you serious? Approximately 49% of the country voted for Romney. Come on people, wakeup and lets see if we can find common ground instead of continuing to allow them to keep us at each other’s throats. Those people we send to government are sent there to work for all of America, not 51% of America, or 49% of America. Demand it.

  • jebediah123

    When the hell is this country going to wake up and abolish the “electoral” vote. In a national election it should be “one man, one vote”——pretty hard to rig or undermine that by gerrymandering.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JQSXEIQNDPVMLG7X5TFGPT6YRA empaty1

    Well, so much for being QUALIFIED for the most important job in the world – just figure how to steal votes from honest voting people. OMG

  • http://twitter.com/Kevin_byDesign Kevin byDesign

    It looks like Reince Priebus is doubling down on fraud… & his chins.

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  • bckrd1

    I am speechless but not surprised. They are truly just scum.

  • bckrd1

    I wonder if anyone knows if lay citizens can make citizens arrests of our politicians? I am looking at them for being sedicious. Congress seems to be the biggest threat to this country and we the people should be able to stop them before they destroy us instead of only getting the chance to get them out come election day. I wonder if anyone has any knowledge of what we can do. Is there anything in our Constitution that gives the people any power over our elected officials besides elections.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.karpfinger John Karpfinger

    It seems to me history is trying to repeat itself. When the Berlin Wall fell I thought it was the end of ultra conservative thinking. Gerrymandering districts of the house of reprehensibles, I mean house of representatives, smacks of the old communist party in the USSR, taking away voting rights redistricting to steal elections is against the constitution, if the GOP is so afraid of losing their majority, they should examine their collective concenciens( phonic spelling). When the GOP had the presidency senate and the house majority money was no object.two wars,lies of weapons of mass destruction, in Iraq giving surplus to the wealthy Passing Medicare plan D with no means to pay for it, taking away our right to privacy, giving wall street the green light to self govern. It brought America to its knees. Are you proud of your roll in destroying the American lifestyle. You should be tried for treason!! You did more to hurt the USA than all the bank Robbers in jail…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W44FFOLZRS2L4ADF5P4CRB3N54 free2bme

    It wasn’t an attempt steal the 2012 election – the GOP was successful in subverting the will of the majority of voters who voted for a Democratic House by more than 1.1M votes. Now they propose to successfully steal the presidential election by the same successful method. How do we stop them?

  • http://www.facebook.com/gfredericks1 Gloria Fredericks

    Funny how republicans can only think about ways to steal votes instead of changing their tone, their message, their policies, their general attitude towards the middle class, the working class, and the poor, and stop looking down on minorities Latinos, Asians, and everyone who is not wealthy. Wonder whether their planning session will again take place on the night of the President’s second inauguration celebrations? These people are only apologies masquerading as “lawmakers,” and are allegedly the intelligent ones in our society. The world is watching America’s “smart leaders.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/lara.kaplan Lara Kaplan

    Called changing the Constitution to suit their needs, like the Second Amendment

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Anderson/1309721121 Mark Anderson

    What did you expect from the bitter losers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1559501264 Rick Althouse

    The GOP needs to change some of its platform if they ever hope to win a national election. With the economy the way it was in November, they should have easily beaten Obama, but fumbled the opportunity by alienating young people, women and minorities. Oddly enough, they’ll do anything (including bashing Romney) but admit they’re a little out of date.

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