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  •  is it really legal (0+ / 0-)

    to create a state system that clearly favors one party over another.... is there an election lawyer(s) finding the statutes that prohibit RIGGING THE system for one party over another in PA or elsewhere?

    there should be asap challenge

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    by anyname on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 02:33:26 PM PDT

    •  Nothing illegal about this (eom) (1+ / 0-)
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      by David Nir on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 03:11:30 PM PDT

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      •  I posted further down the thread (0+ / 0-)

        an article saying same thing;

        the article says there is GOP political opposition to the idea

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        by anyname on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 03:20:00 PM PDT

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        •  Yep (1+ / 0-)
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          I noted in the post that there is some opposition. We'll see if it's enough.

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          by David Nir on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 03:27:44 PM PDT

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          •  do you know when the vote? (0+ / 0-)

            on the bill will be held - I'd like to take a closer look at this PA thing;

            2012 It's not about Obama it's about your Moma. ~ Rev. Al Sharpton

            by anyname on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 03:41:09 PM PDT

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          •  Mother Jones article (0+ / 0-)

            http://motherjones.com/...

            UPDATE, September 14, 4:15 p.m. EST: The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact has come up a lot in the comments as a potential way to blunt the impact of the proposed Pennsylvania rule changes. Under the compact, which is an idea Akhil Reed Amar (quoted above) helped develop, states pledge to give all of their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of the outcome in the state. It could work—if enough states adopted it. But so far, only nine states (including DC) representing just 132 electoral votes have signed on—and they're all solidly blue. Bills to join the compact are at various stages in a number of other states, but the problem is this: if Republican legislators are seriously considering the Pennsylvania plan, why would they turn around and embrace a proposal that has essentially the opposite effect? NPV is a powerful idea. But right now, it doesn't have the bipartisan support to counteract the Pennsylvania plan.

            *Correction: This sentence previously referred to Nevada and then New Hampshire. Those were both wrong. It's actually much, much worse for Obama than I originally thought. I also said 2012 where I meant 2008 and said both houses of the legislature in Mississippi were controlled by Dems. That was wrong too. I'm really sorry about the mistakes. (Return to the first corrected sentence.)

            2012 It's not about Obama it's about your Moma. ~ Rev. Al Sharpton

            by anyname on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 04:18:50 PM PDT

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