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    Aug 23, 2016, 10:11AM
    Under National Popular Vote, every voter, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election. Every vote would matter in the state counts and national count. National Popular Vote would give a voice to the minority party voters in presidential elections in each state. Now they don't matter to their candidate. In 2012, 56,256,178 (44%) of the 128,954,498 voters had their vote diverted by the winner-take-all rule to a candidate they opposed (namely, their state’s first-place candidate). And now votes, beyond the one needed to get the most votes in the state, for winning in a state, are wasted and don't matter to candidates. With National Popular Vote, presidential campaigns would poll, organize, visit, and appeal to more than 7 states. One would reasonably expect that voter turnout would rise in 80%+ of the country that is currently conceded months in advance by the minority parties in the states, taken for granted by the dominant party in the states, and ignored by all parties in presidential campaigns.
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    Aug 23, 2016, 10:10AM
    There have been hundreds of unsuccessful proposed amendments to modify or abolish the Electoral College - more than any other subject of Constitutional reform. 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. Instead, by changing state winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), without changing anything in the Constitution, using the built-in method that the Constitution provides for states to make changes, the National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country. Every vote, everywhere, for every candidate, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps of pre-determined outcomes. No more handful of 'battleground' states (where the two major political parties happen to have similar levels of support among voters) where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 38+ predictable states that have just been 'spectators' and ignored after the conventions. The bill would take effect when enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes—270 of 538. All of the presidential electors from the enacting states will be supporters of the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC)—thereby guaranteeing that candidate with an Electoral College majority. The bill has passed 34 state legislative chambers in 23 rural, small, medium, large, red, blue, and purple states with 261 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 11 small, medium, and large jurisdictions with 165 electoral votes – 61% of the 270 necessary to go into effect. http://www.NationalPopularVote.com
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    Aug 22, 2016, 05:05PM
    Couldn't agree more about Clintons doing what is good for Clintons over country first. That said, can't believe you are resorting to the long debunked talking point that Obama had a filibuster proof majority and therefore could have passed immigration reform or anything else with ease. He may have had a simple majority but the republicans/McConnell et. al. made it perfectly clear that they would (and did) filibuster every measure that Democrats proposed, not to mention the fact that with DINOS like Bernie and Lieberman, the Dems never could have a filibuster proof majority (thank god). I'd have far preferred that Obama focused om infrastructure and immigration initially over the disastrous Obamacare but lets not pretend he had much choice considering the lines drawn by both sides long before the real battles began.
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    Aug 22, 2016, 07:22AM
    anarchists have no respect!
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    Aug 20, 2016, 11:45PM
    I did do that, Alan, just not in the sentence in question.
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    Aug 20, 2016, 10:20PM
    Oh goodness no! Heaven forbid that you should ever identify the number one killer of young black men.
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    Aug 20, 2016, 09:48PM
    For the record, I didn't say the part about blacks murdered by other blacks, toward the end. I said simply blacks getting murdered.
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    Aug 20, 2016, 08:50PM
    Good article. You ask, toward the end, if BLM hates cops more than it cares about blacks murdered by other blacks. They may care deeply, but, if so, they've figured it's tactically necessary to hide it...... No, they don't care. Their goal is to inflame, and the goal of that is whatever Soros wants, whether they know it or not. Thing is, anybody to the left of FNC shows about the same degree of caring about blacks murdered by other blacks. Thing is, for an Accredited Victim Group, to be seen as victimized is a deposit in the moral authority bank. Thus the inflation of cop shootings. Being seen to victimize is a withdrawal. So Roderick Scott gets off by reason of self-defense, Chris Cervino is still dead and nobody has a clue who either of them are, nor why they've been stuffed down the memory hole. Except the guardians of the moral authority account who are nothing if not alert and active.
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    Aug 20, 2016, 04:12PM
    Completely agree. I suspect Raymond Cummings is correct that Hillary will be viciously attacked when she knocks off Trump. But so what? All presidents are. And as she might say, when speaking honestly, "I'm not a woman, I'm a president."
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    Aug 20, 2016, 03:45PM
    Political Cartooning is as old as democracy it's self and has historically been seen as the "Workingmen's" medium for discourse. For 200 years most American's couldn't read and visual satire was their primary source of "objective" and subjective information. "The Emperor Has No Balls" is essentially our century's Thomas Nast cover for Puck Magazine and as such is a landmark work within an essential American tradition, one which allowed the common American to engage in our Democratic electoral process.
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    Aug 19, 2016, 03:41PM
    What a load of chickenshit.
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    Aug 16, 2016, 11:29PM
    Chris, many in the trans-community have been in a deep slumber. There are more like Stefonknee, but not as well known. Blaire is 100 percent correct in her assessment, and has given many of us a voice of dissent. Thank you Blaire!