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The Democratic Governors Association has teamed up with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party to stop Governor Tom Corbett (R. PA) from signing legislation that would rig the Electoral College and steal Pennsylvania for the GOP in 2016:

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 10:  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett speaks at a news conference following a night of rioting in response to the firing of head football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal on November 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Corbett is the former state attorney general who launched the investigation in 2009 that eventually brought criminal charges against three former Penn State officials this week. As governor, Corbett is an ex-oficio member of Penn State?s board of trustees. Paterno was fired amid allegations that former former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Republicans have a secret plan to win back the Presidency: rig the Electoral College.

In states President Obama won fairly like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, Republicans are plotting to steal the election, using tactics like awarding electoral votes based on Congressional Districts, instead of the popular vote. Why? Because they spent the last two years gerrymandering these districts to unfairly favor Republicans.

If they’d done this before last year’s election, we’d have President Romney right now even though he lost by almost 5 million votes.

Pennsylvania Republicans are moving fast. They return to session on Monday looking to pass an election-rigging bill that – if active in 2012 – would have awarded eight of the state’s 20 electoral votes to Mitt Romney.

Join the DGA and Pennsylvania Democrats in demanding that Governor Corbett veto this outrageous election-rigging bill:

The Presidency isn’t won by the candidate who gets the most votes – we learned that the hard way in 2000. It’s decided by who gets to a total of 270 electoral votes.

That’s why this bill in Pennsylvania should matter to you, even if you live in another state.

Republicans have launched a coordinated national effort to get bills like this passed in Democratic-leaning states, especially in states where Republicans have consolidated their control by gerrymandering Congressional Districts. It’s shameful and underhanded, but it’s also a potentially effective strategy for gaining power – if we don’t stop it now.

When asked if this plan was really just about making it easier for Republicans to win the Presidency, the Republican strategist behind the effort replied: “That could be a byproduct.”

We have to stop Pennsylvania Republicans now, and send a signal to Republicans in other states that election-rigging will not fly in Pennsylvania or in any state.

Add your name to our petition with Pennsylvania Democrats calling on Governor Corbett to veto this hyper-partisan vote-rigging scheme:

Together we can protect the ballot box and stop the Republicans’ secret plan. But we need you to stand with us.

Thank you,

Lis Smith
Democratic Governors Association

Here's a little more background on what Corbett's lackey, State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R. PA) is trying to push through:
Pileggi's new proposal is, at its core, similar to the one he and Gov. Corbett championed last fall, in that it would do away with Pennsylvania's winner-take-all system of awarding electoral votes.

This time, Pileggi wants to have electoral votes awarded "proportionately," based on the popular vote.

"The major goal remains the same - to more closely align our electoral vote with our popular vote," said Pileggi spokesman Erik Arneson, adding that the senator plans to formally introduce the bill early next year.

Pileggi's new plan would award two votes to the winner of the popular vote statewide and then divide the remaining 18 based on the percentage of the popular vote each presidential candidate received. - Philadelphia Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau, 12/4/12

Here's the petition again:

I'm starting to think Corbett might be facing the fact that he may be a one term governor and is fulfilling his master plans, the Koch Brothers, before voters give him the boot in 2014.  Because rigging the electoral college is not a winning strategy if you're trying get re-elected next year:

Gov. Tom Corbett, talks about bringing a petrochemical plant to Western Pa., at the State Capitol in Harrisburg Wednesday June 20, 2012. CHRIS KNIGHT, The Patriot-News
“This issue is not a winner for Gov. Corbett as he heads into his re-election,” said Ed Uravic, a Harrisburg University Science and Tech professor who worked as a high-level GOP strategist for 20 years.

“This is the kind of issue geared toward the Republican base, but if it's around next year during the general election, it could hurt the governor as he tries to get the votes of young people, independents and conservative Democrats,” Uravic added. “Right now it looks like he's going to have a challenging race and will need every vote he can get.”

Corbett has been a lightning rod for Democrats. They argue that he has made damaging cuts to vital state functions in order to pass balanced budgets without raising taxes.

And his in-state GOP critics contend that he has failed to advance enough of a conservative agenda despite having an ideologically inclined Republican-controlled General Assembly. - The Patriot News, 3/8/13

I'm thinking come January 2015, Pennsylvania will be swearing in their first female governor:
Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) plans to run against Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in 2014.

"It is my intention," Schwartz told the Philadelphia Daily News when asked if she'll run.

The congresswoman has a deep national fundraising network, built partly by her work with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and is close to both House leadership and national liberal groups.

Polls show Corbett is very vulnerable in the Democratic-leaning state. He has low approval ratings, and a recent partisan poll conducted for the Democratic Governors Association showed Schwartz ahead. - The Hill, 2/25/13

I don't care how gerrymandered Pennsylvania is, it's the Democrats turf and I want to take it back for our party.  If you want to get involved with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, you can do so here:

Originally posted to pdc on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 11:50 AM PST.

Also republished by DKos Pennsylvania, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, In Support of Labor and Unions, Philly Kos, and Pittsburgh Area Kossacks.

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  •  While a cynical ploy, if enacted it could help (4+ / 0-)
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    poopdogcomedy, BadKitties, Mostel26, Losty

    Democrats, not only in winning the governorship and the U. S. Senate, but by probably guaranteeing Democrats 12 of 20 ev with little effort enable them to concentrate on NC, Fla., Arizona, etc. And resentment might even carry some of 4 gerrymandered U.S. House districts.

    And while a long shot, should Democrats gain 2 state senate seats and the governorship they'd need only control of the state House to reverse such a bill in 2015.

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 11:59:35 AM PST

    •  Thanks TofG (0+ / 0-)

      I was just going to pose the question that if we take back the state in 2014 can we reverse thie law if Corbett signs it.  

      We need to take back every state that went red in 2010 if we can.  The public needs to be educated as to how midterm elections affect them just as much as elections held every 4 years for President do.  We need to concentrate our efforts on Pa, Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida and Michigan (plus others I'm sure) and boots on the ground educationing the voters is the only way to do this.

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

      by Rosalie907 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 02:29:34 PM PST

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  •  Corbett should be ridiculed AND held (8+ / 0-)

    accountable for his sham of an investigation of Sandusky when he was AG.  He is PERSONALLY responsible for victims that were pursued because his "investigation" was not conducted in accord with normal practices and in accord with his ethics as an attorney.  He makes me sick.  He should make himself sick.

    I would ask how Governor Close-Your-Eyes sleeps at night, but one look at his red face tells me the answer.  Ok, that was a personal attack and a low blow, but my god, he deserves far more than that!

    Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 12:07:54 PM PST

  •  All GOP govs will do this if they can (4+ / 0-)

    the GOP is not known for ethics in contests

    all blue states with red governors will do this by 2016
    if they can, they will

    and this really scares me
    congress is gerrymandered so that congress no longer reflects the will of the people and now it will extend to the pres

  •  78% of PA Voters Support a National Popular Vote (1+ / 0-)
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    Obvious partisan machinations like these should add support for the National Popular Vote movement. If the party in control in each state is tempted every 2, 4, or 10 years (post-census) to consider rewriting election laws and redistrict with an eye to the likely politically beneficial effects for their party in the next presidential election, then the National Popular Vote system, in which all voters across the country are guaranteed to be politically relevant and treated equally, is needed now more than ever.

    A survey of Pennsylvania voters showed 78% overall support for a national popular vote for President.
    Support was 87% among Democrats, 68% among Republicans, and 76% among independents.
    By age, support was 77% among 18-29 year olds, 73% among 30-45 year olds, 81% among 46-65 year olds, and 78% for those older than 65.
    By gender, support was 85% among women and 71% among men.

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. There would no longer be a handful of 'battleground' states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80% of the states that now are just 'spectators' and ignored after the conventions.

    When the bill is enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

    The presidential election system that we have today was not designed, anticipated, or favored by the Founding Fathers but, instead, is the product of decades of evolutionary change precipitated by the emergence of political parties and enactment by 48 states of winner-take-all laws, not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution.

    The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

    In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in recent closely divided Battleground states: CO 68%, FL 78%, IA 75%, MI 73%, MO 70%, NH 69%, NV 72%, NM 76%, NC 74%, OH 70%, PA 78%, VA 74%, and WI 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK 70%, DC 76%, DE 75%, ID 77%, ME 77%, MT 72%, NE 74%, NH 69%, NV 72%, NM 76%, OK 81%, RI 74%, SD 71%, UT 70%, VT 75%, WV 81%, and WY 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR 80%, KY- 80%, MS 77%, MO 70%, NC 74%, OK 81%, SC 71%, TN 83%, VA 74%, and WV 81%; and in other states polled: AZ 67%, CA 70%, CT 74%, MA 73%, MN 75%, NY 79%, OR 76%, and WA 77%. Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

    The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states with 243 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions with 132 electoral votes - 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.

    Follow National Popular Vote on Facebook via NationalPopularVoteInc

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