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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:50 PM

Republicans are Seriously Considering a Plan to Rig the Electoral System

January 23, 2013
Jamelle Bouie

Rather than change their ideas, the GOP is considering a plan to change the rules to win elections.

If Virginia, Ohio, Florida, and other states had gone in a different direction on November 7th, yesterday would have been the first day of President Mitt Romney’s term, and Republicans would have been on the road to repealing Obamacare, approving the Keystone pipeline, sanctioning China, and implementing the Ryan plan.

As it stands, the combination of changing demographics and a good-enough economy gave President Obama a solid win, and another four years in the White House.

For some Republicans, this defeat is an opportunity to reevaluate the party’s message and better appeal to key demographics like Latinos and women. Others have taken a different approach. Instead of changing their posture or reevaluating their policies, these Republicans are making a push to change the rules, so they can have their cake (win the next election) and eat it too (keep their Tea Party policies).


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This would take the existing malapportionment of our political system—rural states have more representation relative to their populations—and amplify it by an incredible extent. A state like Pennsylvania would move from reliably Democratic to solidly Republican, since the majority of voters are packed into a small number of urban congressional districts. It’s a full-scale assault on the principle of “one person, one vote.”

http://prospect.org/article/republicans-are-seriously-considering-plan-rig-electoral-system

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Cali_Democrat Jan 2013 OP
uponit7771 Jan 2013 #1
Cali_Democrat Jan 2013 #2
NightWatcher Jan 2013 #3
annabanana Jan 2013 #4
oldandhappy Jan 2013 #5
Faryn Balyncd Jan 2013 #6
Flying Squirrel Jan 2013 #7

Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:52 PM

1. They cant win any other way

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:57 PM

2. Rachel Maddow has been on top of this

This should be HUGE news. They want to change the way the United States selects a President. The GOP essentially wants to dilute the voting power of African Americans and give it to rural whites.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 09:00 PM

3. Why not try running a decent candidate and platform?

Oh wait. I forgot who I was talking about.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 09:00 PM

4. "Considerg a plan"...Hell

They are feverishly plotting how to put it into effect with the least amount of notice....

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 09:03 PM

5. Addresses

for the Republican party in each state are east to find online. Please write. Bags of mail to speak. We must let them know they cannot hide. We cannot let this happen. We can work together and prevent this travesty. We want to remain a democracy!!

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 10:32 PM

6. important

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:07 AM

7. National Popular Vote is now at the halfway point.

http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/

If/when it succeeds, what they're doing in PA and elsewhere will be moot. Until then, vigilance and speaking out are necessary.

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