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Because the GOP cannot win the Presidency honestly, they are turning to state legislatures to change the rules so they can fix the outcome in their favor.

First the new GOP majorities in state legislatures across the United States came for control of Congress, and using the power of drawing Congressional maps they secured a GOP majority in the House of Representatives even though Democratic candidates for Congress receivedover 500,000 more votes than Republicans did.

Miffed at the outcome of the President Obama’s victory, now GOP leadership are looking to change the rules to allocate how Electoral Votes are counted—rigging the outcome of the Presidential election and disentrancing the will of American voters.

RNC Party Chair Reince Preibus has now thrown his support behind a schemeto “change the way [battle ground states] allocate their Electoral College votes."

First reported by the National Journal, GOP operatives are looking to change how Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin—states with GOP controlled legislatures and governorships but voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012—allocate their Electoral College votes, making it easier for a GOP candidate to win an Electoral College majority but lose the popular vote.

Democrats are calling this scheme “an obscene power grab."“This is the sort of thing that, you know, someone like Robert Mugabe does in Zimbabwe - they fix elections,” saidPennsylvania Democratic State Senator Daylin Leach. “In America, we don't fix elections.”
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Originally posted to DLCC on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Dear F**king God (1+ / 0-)
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    wwjjd

    Now we have to fight this war going forward? How many different ways to Republicans need to be crushed before they finally grow up? And since Republicans control these states, can they be stopped?

  •  The 2010 midterms..................... (2+ / 0-)
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    Statusquomustgo, a2nite

    were the gift that keeps on giving; at least to the Rethug party.

    I fear that history will point to that day as major step toward the destruction of democracy in this country.   Of course, since history is written by the winners, it will somehow be touted as a victory for "freedom."

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:07:47 AM PST

  •  I think it would only pass in Wisconsin... (2+ / 0-)
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    JGibson, a2nite

    and maybe PA.

    But even then it's a long shot because it removes states from being swing states.  Most states want to be swing states because they get attention, visits and a lot of money.  They pass something like that and all that goes away because 2 EV's would be up for grabs in each respective state.  

    And the bald politics of it would be galling as well.  Which is why Kasich and Snyder wouldn't even try.  Florida moves it's primary date around to be a major player - they're not going to do something like this and relegate themselves to the same EV value as Idaho.  

    Not to mention why would Florida go for something like this when they have Rubio and Bush as GOP contenders in 2016 - they'd be taking away any GE advantage the eventual candidate and party would have as either candidate from the state would certainly lock down the state and thus all the EV's for the GOP.  

    McDonnell has national aspirations - he's not going to do it.  Cuccinelli might if he's elected though I guess.  

    Also they should consider that Christie should play really well in the rust belt - a stupid move now could actually hurt them in 2016 and beyond.  

    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

    by Jacoby Jonze on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:36:26 AM PST

  •  Yup the evil Rs want to do it in Ohio, monsters (0+ / 0-)

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