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  •  And I guess that one issue was abortion (9+ / 0-)

    So there you are. That's 20% of the population. That's what they'll have.

    I think our goal has to be to make the Democratic Party the Centrist party of the coming 3 party system, not the Leftist one.

    Romney economics: Feed our seed corn to the fattest pigs and trust them to poop out jobs.

    by blue aardvark on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 10:06:25 AM PDT

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    •  If you have a three party system.... (14+ / 0-)

      ....try to make sure it's the right that's divided and not the left, OK?

      Otherwise you get a situation where the right can win elections with less than 40% of the vote, as in Canada, where there are four parties of the center and left, and one of the right.

      "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

      by sagesource on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 10:26:08 AM PDT

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      •  Even better. Instant Recount Voting (6+ / 0-)

        Everyone gets to designate a 1st and 2nd choice. The jurisdiction sets the minimum % required to win. The 1st votes of everyone that selected a candidate with the lowest votes are discarded and the 2nd vote is counted. Continues until one candidate has the majority.

        What I like about this is a really good Independent or Green candidate has a chance of getting the vote without a recount. Builds smaller parties.

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 11:28:19 AM PDT

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        •  I think it's called (4+ / 0-)

          Instant Runoff Voting, Ginny, but you got the essence of it.

          A petty criminal is someone with predatory instincts but insufficient capital to form a corporation. --Clarence Darrow

          by stlsophos on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 12:10:43 PM PDT

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        •  How about a mixed party primary? (1+ / 0-)
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          Where the top two recipients of votes face off in the election.

          That way, the majority of any district can pick between two left or two right or two centrist or any combination based on the real political make up?  

          Additionally, extreme right or left candidates cannot appeal to the craziest elements of their base in the primary leaving no choice in the general election.  I think it would force a more moderate congress in general who would have to be willing to compromise with each other.

          "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

          by Buckeye Nut Schell on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 01:07:59 PM PDT

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          •  Has that been done anywhere? (0+ / 0-)

            Seems like it would involve a rather subjective determination of philosophical ID. If you have two from one party and another of the same spectrum, it's a three way.  Could be a 4 way. If you are doing lib, centrist and con, that is three primaries with a 3 way for the final. Unless I am totally not understanding how it is set up.

            Instant Runoff Voting has been done in several countries and I think a few isolated cities here. It involves a slightly  more complicated ballot and fancier software, plus the initial learning curve for voters. It can be done at the primary as well as final election.

            "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

            by Ginny in CO on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:10:06 PM PDT

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    •  In my very red district of Texas... (19+ / 0-)

      That one issue is THE issue behind not voting for the Democratic Party. End of story. It doesn't matter if the voters here vote against their own best interest every single time, they will not vote Democratic because of the abortion issue.

      It is so hard for them get past the idea of allowing women the right to choose how to best manage their health care. I'm not being facetious here, I'm completely serious. When ask how allowing women to make their own choices directly affects their lives---No answer or well it's all about the innocent baby. Right. The same babies they don't to have to access to medical and support programs after said baby is born.

      I'm waiting to see how much of a ruckus is raised when there's a big jump in pregnant women applying for Medicaid in Texas because they were no longer able to get affordable birth control or abortions without humiliation and shame.

      I wouldn't be surprised to see Perry and the rest of looney bin Texas GOP lead a chorus to blame the huge success of Fifty Shades of Grays on the baby makin' issue in Texas, not lack of birth control access.

      One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors - Plato 427-347BC

      by left over flower child on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 10:28:13 AM PDT

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      •  In my very blue county in Texas, south of... (5+ / 0-)

        ...the Nueces river, there is only ONE issue this November. We need to beat the Repubs so that we can get the white-right off our backs. You know, so that we may be respected, our kids be able to go to school and get decent medical care, and our men and women go to work without fear.

        "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

        by chuco35 on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 04:27:38 PM PDT

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      •  Easy, just eliminate Medicaid for pregnant women (1+ / 0-)
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        and you've solved the jump in applications from pregnant women. States will have to do that, since the Republicans have vowed to drastically cut Medicaid at the Federal level, preferably to zero.

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