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Most people here know that several critical states are trying to rig the rules to favor Republicans in presidential elections via a combination of gerrymandering and changing how electoral votes are cast.

We've seen these ideas losing popularity in Florida and Virginia, mostly because of the hot bright light we have been shining on them.

I beg for the torches to shine on Michigan.

Michigan is trying to do the same thing, according to Business Insider:

Michigan state Rep. Pete Lund, a Republican, is considering re-introducing a bill similar to one being advanced in Virginia that would revamp the way Electoral College votes are allocated in the state.
You may have noticed the words "re-introduce."  Why did it fail before with the R government?  According to the Detroit Free Press:
"I believe it's more representative of the people — closer to the actual vote," said Lund, who proposed a similar bill in 2012.  ."It got no traction last year. There were people convinced Romney was going to win and this might take (electoral) votes from him."
(Bolding mine.)

Michigan's governing bodies are pretty much against listening to their population and respecting their rights, as is evidenced by their emergency manager laws.  But that's another (important) story.

We need to shine the light on this.  Other ideas welcome, too.

Tired of politics?  Need to escape?  Try my Greek mythology based novels, either the story of Oedipus from the point of view of Jocasta, or a trilogy about Niobe, whose children were murdered by the gods - or were they?

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  •  Rachel Maddow had an interesting take on this (4+ / 0-)

    She pointed out how this scheme is collapsing everywhere else (it's dead in VA and FL; PA and OH are backing off, etc.), but that MI might be the one state that actual makes a serious push for it, given the state GOP's recent track record. While personally I don't think it'll go very far there either (the state GOP rammed through the right to work bill during the lame duck session because they knew they wouldn't have the votes come January; I doubt they'd have anywhere near the votes for this either), I wouldn't be on them trying it.

    I'm also starting to think Synder's not going to run for reelection. He wouldn't be so hellbent on destroying his popular standing if he was planning on running again. Hell, even Rick Scott is trying desperately to make nice.

  •  100% of the electoral votes need to (1+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan

    go with the winner of the popular vote.  

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

    by dkmich on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:11:52 AM PST

  •  Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania (3+ / 0-)

    Three states that haven't voted for a Republican for president since 1988.  All three currently have R governors and legislatures, so they can do this if they want.  The other states where this move is being contemplated all are more swingy than these three.  It is hard to imagine any Democrat winning nationally if he/she didn't win at least two out of three of MI, WI, and PA.  

    The question that rises above all others is, what would this move do to Republican legislators--both state and national.  If the move wouldn't hurt them in standing for re-election, I expect almost all Rs would support giving their national candidate a better chance.  The dissenters in Florida and Virginia realize that it could cost them more than it would help their presidential candidate.  

    While I find the move despicable, I also think it is short-sighted, because it would cost Republicans votes as soon as 2014 (2013 in VA) and could flip state legislatures.  Redistricting loses punch as the years go along and I expect demographic changes to benefit Democrats more in 2014 and even more each succeeding two years.

  •  Thanks for the info (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Elections (0+ / 0-)

    Isn't it time to amend the Constitution and get rid of the Electoral College ?? Never saw it as a real detriment before, but now, with the constant assault of the GOP on voting rights, THIS may be the moment.

  •  we need to change for sure (0+ / 0-)

    No state will do this it's political suicide if democrats keep up the pressure about it. Imagine if Obama won by 5 million votes and lost.
    In fact Kerry came within a whisker of losing the popular vote by 3 million but winning the electoral college, would we have been outraged then?
    Democracy is the person with the most votes wins!

  •  How much money (0+ / 0-)

    was spent in Michigan during the presidential campaign in 2012?

    How much money would not be flowing into the state if the rules were changed?

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    by JamieG from Md on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 02:10:40 PM PST

    •  Unfortunately, doing what is financially prudent (0+ / 0-)

      is not a primary motivation in the GOP. The party of fiscal conservatism is now a combination of "don't tax and spend" populism and tea party crazy. The MI GOP has been resisting their own Governor's push for an economically-beneficial international bridge with Canada. Canada will pay 100% for the construction. The tolls will pay Canada back and pay for maintenance. The MI GOP would rather support the existing monopoly of a private bridge owner than do what is prudent. This is just one example.

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