Washington, DC City Council Passes National Popular Vote

Small jurisdictions seem to be getting the National Popular Vote thing – and before you say it’s just blue states – feast your eyes on these polling numbers from Idaho, Nebraska, Utah, South Dakota and other reliably red states.

http://nationalpopularvote.com/pages/polls.php#ID_2009MAY

I think the press release below does a good job of explaining the bill and why it works for all voters – in states big and small. I for one want every conservative vote to count, in every state and every presidential election.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100921007072/en

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National Popular Vote Celebrates Constitution Day

National Popular Vote Celebrates Constitution Day

State-based plan to elect the President by National Popular Vote respects the Republic and honors the Founding Fathers

St. Paul, Minnesota – On September 17, 1797, thirty-nine American’s signed the United States Constitution and sent it to the states for ratification. On that day, the United States embarked on a beautiful experiment of government justified only by the consent of the governed. We commend the wisdom of the Founding Fathers and the values and vision they exhibited that great day.

National Popular Vote is inspired by the principles and ideas of the Founding generation. The state-based plan is consistent with Article II, Section I, as it allows states to exercise the right to award electors in a manner that maximizes influence in electing the President.

The shortcomings of the current system stem from the winner-take-all rule (i.e. awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in each state).

Because of the winner-take-all rule, a candidate can win the Presidency without winning the most popular votes nationwide.

Additionally, presidential candidates have no reason to pay attention to the concerns of voters in states where they are comfortably ahead or hopelessly behind. In 2008, candidates concentrated over two-thirds of their campaign visits and ad money in just six closely divided “battleground” states. A total of 98% went to just 15 states. Voters in two-thirds of the states were essentially ignored.

The signers of the United States Constitution never envisioned a system where two-thirds of the states would be virtually irrelevant in selecting the President. National Popular Vote fixes that very real problem with today’s system.

The National Popular Vote plan preserves the Electoral College and ensures that every vote, in every state, in every presidential election is counted and courted by candidates for President. This is a good thing for our Republic, a good thing for our country.

For more information visit http://www.nationalpopularvote.com.

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HotAir on National Popular Vote

Laura Brod is a thinking conservative and rising star in the conservative movement. It was my honor to visit with Ed Morrissey and Ms. Brod on the National Popular Vote. Check out the resulting post on Hot Air and think about the issue, before you knee jerk your way into a position. Signing off from “fly-over” America. Oh and check out all the red on the map.

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/08/15/is-there-a-conservative-case-for-national-popular-vote/

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video 2 cover blog happenings

Found this on an old-friend’s facebook page. Very interesting approach to use video cross-fire on blog/journalism. I guess I’d brand this media fusion. Check it out and let me know what you think.

http://www.mattlewis.org/

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Anna Little – New Jersey 6

Anna Little on the 10th Amendment. Interesting idea to reference the authorizing provision in the US Constitution for every bill introduced in Congress. What do you guys think?

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National Popular Vote – Consistent With the Constitution

This is a little project I’ve been working on for a while. I thought ya’ll might find Jason Roe’s commentary on the National Popular Vote interesting. I agree most with his analysis on National Popular Vote preserving the Electoral College and that conservatives and libertarians need not be afraid of the voters. This is a center-right country.

http://biggovernment.com/jroe/2010/08/06/opponents-of-the-national-popular

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Primary Day in Minnesota

It’s primary day in Minnesota, so I thought I would launch the first contest of my own here at the founderswereright.wordpress.com. If anybody is out there, please submit your favorite phrase, article or amendment from/to the United States Constitution and tell me why. Best and most comprehensive answers will get a smiley face, or something like that. I’ll try and keep this thing more current.

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