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    Tag: Electoral College

    The District Method - History and Explanation


    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 02:20:27 PM EST
    Tags: 2012 Presidential Election (by congressional district), Electoral College, 3 USC 1 & 7, quadrennial presidential elections, states vs. people balance, small states vs. large states balance, popular support vs. distributed support, U. S. Constitution Article 2 1 clauses 2 thru 4, U. S. Constitution Amendment XII, original intention, Congressional District Method, Maine, Nebraska, Pennsylvania (pending), Ohio (pending), Virginia (pending), Wisconsin (pending), Michigan (pending), Florida (pending), potentially North Carolina and Nevada, National Popular Vote is constitutionally irrelevant, Maryland (wants out), New Jersey (wants out), Illinois, Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, Vermont, California, New York (not interested), Pennsylvania (not interested), Guarantee Clause, U. S. Constitution Article 4 4 clause 1, Massachusetts Variant, Maine Variant, New York Variant, Virginia Variant, Electoral District Method, Tennessee Variant (all tags)

    You may have heard of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an initiative being advanced by a Soros-funded group that intends to bypass the Constitution and obviate the Electoral College, handing the quadrennial presidential elections to whomever wins the plurality of the nationwide popular vote.  This article isn't the place to go into the details of the initiative (the link provides a usable starting point for further research), but suffice it that triggering the compact will realize something that has been a strategic objective of the progressives for quite some time.

    However, America is not a democracy; rather, the United States are a republic.  And that distinction isn't one of mere semantics.  In a republic, the voice of the people is more indirect the more non-local the matter is.  When it comes to elections, I can think of none more non-local than the presidential election.  Among the checks and balances the Founding Fathers included in the Constitution was the balance of the voice of the people with the voice of the states, thus the use of the Electoral College to elect the president every four years.


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    The NPVIC Will Rear It's Head . . . Again


    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 11:53:30 PM EST
    Tags: Electoral College, 3 USC 1 & 7, quadrennial presidential elections, states vs. people balance, small states vs. large states balance, popular support vs. distributed support, U. S. Constitution Article 2 1 clauses 2 thru 4, U. S. Constitution Amendment XII, original intention, Massachusetts Method, Maine, Nebraska, Pennsylvania (pending), Ohio (pending), Virginia (pending), Wisconsin (pending), Michigan (pending), Florida (pending), potentially North Carolina, National Popular Vote is constitutionally irrelevant, Maryland (wants out), New Jersey (wants out), Illinois, Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, Vermont, California, New York (not interested), Pennsylvania (not interested) (all tags)

    Today, for those paying attention, was a very important day in the timeline of the 2012 Presidential Election.  Today, on the first Monday following the second Wednesday of December, at such place and time as determined by the local legislature, the duly appointed and elected Presidential Electors met in their respective jurisdictions and cast their votes for President and Vice President of the United States - at least one of whom must not reside in the same jurisdiction as they do.  Though the 51 jurisdictions do not appear to have reported yet, 27 of them are expected to cast their votes one way, and 24 of them are expected to cast their votes the other way.

    And yet, for the past 41 days, perhaps because even as recently as the day before Election Day eleven states (at a total of 146 electoral votes) were considered to be in the "tossup" column, there has been considerable behind-the-scenes debate about a potential "reform" to the way that some states apportion their electoral votes, a reform that, had it been in place during this election, may have significantly impacted the outcome.  Actually, instead of "reform" I should be referring to this as a "back to the basics" approach to the Electoral College.


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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Can't Stick A Fork In Him Yet


    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 11:48:12 AM EST
    Tags: 57th Quadrennial U. S. Presidential Election, University of Colorado electoral prediction model, Berry-Bickers model, it's the economy stupid, Electoral College, perfect projection model thus far, upending the elite's chosen narrative, W. Mitt Romney, home state = Massachusetts, native state = Michigan, President James K. Polk, damn near locked down already . . . or not, Laura Ingraham (all tags)

    If you've been noticing an interesting trend in the polls recently, then you're probably not alone.  As recently a week ago, just about every presidential poll and poll aggregator had the Obama-Biden ticket with somewhere between a 75% and 92% chance of re-election, the only question being how far over 300 electoral votes BHO would finish on election night.  Much has changed.  After the rhetorical pounding that B. Hussein Obama took from W. Mitt Romney in Denver nine nights ago, the jackass POTUS ticket has watched their numbers go into a free-fall.  Currently, depending upon which aggregator you believe, BHO's re-election chances as of suppertime yesterday were between 66% and 84%, a bit of a dip in just over a week's time.

    I think that the behind-closed-doors truth is that the chances are so bad for the DNC to hang on to both the White House and the Senate that all Joe Biden had to do last night was be competent for 90 minutes (something that he seems to have done), and I can guarantee you that today's headline theme will be along the lines of: "Surprisingly Strong Debate Performance By VP Gives Prez Opportunity To Stop Bloodbath In Polls" . . . mark . my . words . . . Mind you, Biden didn't have to score a rhetorical upset, or even play nice; he just had to be competent for 90 minutes.

    I do find it interesting, though, that the mainstream media polling is starting to line up with a prediction model published by two University of Colorado professors just over seven weeks ago, the update of which was released a week ago, that has not been wrong even once in the eight presidential elections that it's projected.  That cannot portend well for the MSNBC anchor crew, though apparently I'm still at risk of losing a six pack to my nephew-in-law up in Houghton Lake.

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    Is 2012 Already In The "R" Column?


    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 06:33:10 PM EST
    Tags: 57th Quadrennial U. S. Presidential Election, Electoral College, W. Mitt Romney, home state = Massachusetts, native state = Michigan, University of Colorado electoral prediction model, it's the economy stupid, perfect projection model thus far, upending the elite's chosen narrative, President James K. Polk (all tags)

    Of the 56 quadrennial presidential elections to date in the United States, only twice has the electoral winner failed to carry his home state.  (Woodrow Wilson lost New Jersey in his 1916 re-election bid and James K. Polk lost Tennessee in the 1844 election.)  More common, occurring nine times thus far, is a president failing to carry his native state and still win the election, such as George W. Bush losing Connecticut or Abraham Lincoln losing Kentucky.  (President Polk has the dubious distinction of being on both lists, as he also failed to carry his native state of North Carolina in 1844.)

    However, if we are to believe a report out of the University of Colorado from last month, W. Mitt Romney may just be joining that club this year.


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    The Real Eleventh Amendment


    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 06:21:51 PM EST
    Tags: Electoral College, presidential elections, Congressional Apportionment Amendment, Article the First, Apportionment Act of 1911, Reapportionment Act of 1929, Apportionment Act of 1941, U. S. House of Representatives, decennial census, apportionment methodology, LaVergne v Bryson et al - Docket # 12-1171, U. S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, potentially Amendment XXVIII (all tags)

    What do you do with a duly ratified amendment to the U. S. Constitution that has not actually been added to the Constitution?  What do you do if that amendment potentially renders unconstitutional a long-standing federal statute (that has been in place for about 91 years)?  What do you do if that amendment, which was properly ratified 220 years ago, may have prevented the federal statute in question from having been enacted in the first place?


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    NPV Whackjobs Still At It.


    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 02:00:05 PM EST
    Tags: NPV, National Popular Vote, Stupid Ideas, Electoral College, Republicans, Elections Committee, Soros, Progressives, Socialists, Constitution (all tags)

    The price of liberty as has been said, is "eternal vigilance."

    Never turn your back on the enemy.  Especially if the end result of all their efforts is to relieve you of your part in the decision making process.  The electoral college, as well as the establishment of the Senate was designed to protect state's interests in the face of ever wavering "POPULAR OPINION".  The masses as we see all too often with reactionary effect respond to media driven impulses.

    And media as we have known it can no longer be trusted.

    It has become heavily manipulated by leftists with wads of cash. Like JON SOROS (George Soro's Son):

    "The Constitution is no longer in line with our expectations regarding the role of the people in selecting the president.  ... Under the proposed National Popular Vote compact, state legislatures would agree to choose electors who promise to support the winner of the nationwide popular vote."

    Which would have meant Al Gore in 2000.

    Soros has bankrolled the NPV movement, and we have Republicans in this state who actually think its a good idea.

    That AlGore should have won?

    Let that sink in, and go below.

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    No NPV


    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 08:51:09 AM EST
    Tags: NPV, Governors, Perry, Boehner, McConnell, Anuzis, National Popular Vote, Electoral College, Presidential Selection (all tags)

    Republican leadership in the United States house and the Senate and apparently Rick Perry have drafted a letter to the governors regarding popular vote.

    The letter is very clear about the protections afforded smaller states with regard to the electoral college.  It also touches on the spawning of the recent movement trying to advance NPV. The letter is in support of the electoral college as it is.  In fact as it concludes:

    "It Underscores the importance of federalism to the founders and it embodies the balance they aimed to achieve through deference to states with smaller populations and by insuring that the interest of these states be reflected in national decision-making."

    Sorry Saul, and/or any others who wish to join with the progressive left on such a reckless abuse of our presidential selection process.

    Ain't gonna happen.

    Image of the document below the line.

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