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Electoral College – Electoral Votes – The New Plan for 2012

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 4, 2008

(Yes, I know everyone should vote… everyone’s vote counts,… etc…) electoral_college

I live in New York. I vote in New York. New York votes Democrat (with or without me). ...So if I vote for Obama, New York’s 31 Electoral Votes go to Obama. If I vote for McCain, well, New York’s 31 Electoral Votes still go to Obama.

Let’s get everyone voting. Let everyone feel their vote counted; Every last vote mattered.

Here’s the new plan…

  • If a candidate gets 57% or more of the popular vote in the state, the candidate will get 100% of the state’s electoral votes.
  • If a candidate gets less than 57% of the popular vote in the state, the candidate will get 80% of the state’s electoral votes.

This plan will (a) have states without a dominant preference, contributing 80% of its electoral votes to the candidate  and 20% to the other candidate, and (b) states with dominant preferences (greater than 57%) will have all of their electoral votes given to the candidate.

From a psychological perspective, let’s look at my situation of living in New York. (In each scenario I realize NY is an Obama state.)

  • Scenario (a): If I plan on voting for Obama, I rush out and vote hoping to contribute to New York awarding 100% of the electoral votes to Obama.
  • Scenario (b): If I plan on voting for McCain, I rush out and vote hoping that I can contribute to New York only contributing 80% of the electoral votes to Obama. (and 20% to McCain).

Hypothetically, if Obama gets 55% of the NY popular vote, he would get 24.8 electoral votes and McCain would get 6.2 votes. (Yes, we need to account for fractions and the point there is more than 2 candidates… plus other details.)

Interesting idea?  This plan keeps the electoral college process in place but also accounts for the popular vote. It also has everyone feeling their vote does count.
(photo nationalpopularvote.com)

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Bill please be quiet – Let Hillary tell us she is exiting the race

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 2, 2008

Perhaps not having “Billary” in The White House will be a benefit to us. He can’t seem to take a back Bill Hillary Billary Clinton democrats presidential candidatesseat and let Hillary have the uninterrupted spotlight. It’s her campaign, let her tell us she is exiting the race.

But no!!!

Bill Clinton today: “I want to say also that this may be the last day I’m ever involved in a campaign of this kind,” former president Bill Clinton told a rally of his wife’s supporters in South Dakota, ABC and NBC reported.” (Courtesy of article called “Bill hints it’s the end for Hillary Clinton”, from the heraldsun.com.au)

Ok. Now we know. Why did Bill have to say anything?

If Hillary did win, could you imagine what we would have in store for us for the next 4 years?

Scenario #1: Hillary approves the CIA assassination of a known terrorist; scheduled for tomorrow. Bill Clinton would tell the press today: “I want to say also that this may be the last day I’m ever involved in the assassination of a known terrorist of this kind,”
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Scenario #2: Hillary approves the moving of a spy submarine off the coast of a middle eastern country. Bill Clinton would tell the press today: “I want to say also that this may be the last day I’m ever involved in the moving of a spy submarine off the coast of a middle eastern country of this kind.”

Hillary, Sorry to see You go.

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What’s the big deal? California Superdelegate Wants $20 Million for vote

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 9, 2008

What’s the big deal? California Superdelegate Wants $20 Million for vote

Superdelegeates seem to be the key to the Democratic Presidential nomination contest between Obama and Clinton.

Steven Ybarra, a California lawyer in Sacramento, says he wants $20 million for his endorsement. He says it is not for him but to register Mexican-Americans voters in various states. He also says that registering these people can assist the Democrats in the General Election.
Stephen Ybarra and Obama

Given that Mr. Ybarra does use the money for that purpose and does not pocket it, why is this news? Politicians do this type of politicking all the time. They vote for a bill because it is good for his district or state.

The only difference here is Mr. Ybarra asked for cash for the purpose.

As long as Mr. Ybarra believes that either Obama or Clinton would be good candidates, he is not really selling out.

Next story.

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