Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:19 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
The stealing of the next Presidential election, and Michigan’s evolving role
A week or so ago, in a post about partisan redistricting, I noted that rumors were beginning to circulate concerning a Republican push to change the way Michigan’s electoral college votes are cast in presidential elections. Presently, as I suspect you know, Michigan has 16 electoral votes, and all of them go to the candidate who wins a majority of the state’s popular vote. Last November, for instance, when Obama took 54% of the popular vote in Michigan, he was awarded all 16 of our electoral votes, making him the sixth straight Democratic candidate for President to do so. And, as you can probably imagine, this doesn’t sit well with Republicans...So, it wasn’t hard for me to believe that the Republicans in Lansing, emboldened by the fact that they got away with murder during the lame duck session, may attempt to change the “winner take all” system in earnest, replacing it with a scheme in which electoral votes are divided among the state’s Congressional districts and allotted accordingly....
But there’s good news… Governor Snyder says that, if this this were to happen, it would be some time off, as it’s not something that he’s pushing. But, then again, he also said that right-to-work legislation wasn’t ‘on (his) agenda,’ and we all saw what happened there...
Based on how right-to-work went down, I think we need to assume that something similar will happen here, and plan accordingly. We need to assume that the Republicans will do whatever they can, no matter how loathsome, to see their agenda furthered… And, if you don’t believe me, just ask the people of Virginia, where, just a few days ago, Republicans in their legislature, taking advantage of the fact that one of their Democratic colleagues was in D.C. for Obama’s inauguration, giving them the slight edge that they needed vote-wise, pushed a contentious redistricting bill through the legislature without debate, and advanced a plan that would see their electoral votes for President distributed by Congressional district, as outlined above...
The bottom line is that we need to kill this before it gets off the ground, folks. Any ideas as to how we do that?
It feels like there's a slow-moving coup happening at the state level....
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Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:31 AM
Fire Walk With Me (38,893 posts)
1. Michigan is indeed a petri dish for those bastards' experiments: "emergency managers" installed
through "austerity", "right to work", etc. We need to fight off this crap, inch by inch as needed, so they will know it shall not be tolerated elsewhere.