Posts Tagged ‘ National Popular Vote ’

Breaking Down the Myths About Swing States

Breaking Down the Myths About Swing States

Tweet According to National Popular Vote, it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing. Voters outside of “swing states,” NPV’s materials claim, are “spectators to the presidential election” and are “effectively disenfranchised.” A closer look reveals that NPV’s claims come from a superficial understanding of political campaigns that does not survive...
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Posted in Electoral College, History, NPV/Koza | 4 Comments »

NPV Moves in N.Y, Mass.

NPV Moves in N.Y, Mass.

Tweet Last week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed National Popular Vote (NPV) legislation, part of the attempt to unravel the Electoral College without amending the Constitution. Yesterday, the New York State Senate passed the same bill. In each state, the measure moves to the other legislative chamber for consideration. So far this year...
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Posted in Massachusetts (11), New York (29), NPV/Koza | 27 Comments »

Michigan Musings

Michigan Musings

Tweet Yesterday I posted the information for our “Protect Michigan Votes” briefing in Redford, MI.  After cross-posting on www.LibertyLive.org, one commenter asked why Save Our States—a group based in Olympia, WA—cares what happens to Michigan’s electoral votes? There are three reasons (in addition to my being a native Michigander, of course). First, Michigan citizens...
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What ever happened to minority rights?

What ever happened to minority rights?

Tweet Democracy, it’s been said, can be two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner. Unfortunately, a desire for this kind of democracy seems to motivate supporters of NPV like George Soros’s Demos Foundation. Mel Gibson in The Patriot summed up a real concern of many Americans during our Revolution: why exchange...
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Posted in direct democracy, NPV/Koza | 1 Comment »

The Fall of Saul Anuzis

The Fall of Saul Anuzis

Tweet Even in states where Democrats control the legislature and governor’s office, National Popular Vote often spends a great deal of money to win one or two Republican supporters. This is smart politics for two reasons. First, it’s hard for anyone to believe that changes to the “rules of the game” are fair if...
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Posted in Michigan (16), NPV/Koza | 2 Comments »

Wisconsin NPV debate roundup

Wisconsin NPV debate roundup

Tweet Last week AB 751’s express trip from introduction on February 15 to a hearing on February 17 caused a stir in the Wisconsin papers and blogosphere. While Save Our States Director Trent England was on the ground there, I jumped into the cyber world to see how Wisconsin voters were responding to the...
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Talking Electoral College versus NPV on Crosstalk

Talking Electoral College versus NPV on Crosstalk

Tweet A big thanks to host Jim Schneider and the crew at Crosstalk radio for today’s discussion of the Electoral College versus National Popular Vote. It was my pleasure to be on the program and to talk with so many listeners from around the country. You can visit the Crosstalk website for a description...
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NPV bill loses cosponsors

NPV bill loses cosponsors

Tweet Last week was a lousy one for California-based National Popular Vote. After hiring six lobbyists and spending $80,000 lobbying in Madison, Wisconsin, they got Assembly Elections Committee Chairman Jeff Smith to schedule the bill for a hearing with less than two day’s public notice. And NPV’s lobbyists had convinced three Republicans to join...
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Posted in NPV/Koza, Wisconsin (10) | 3 Comments »

Alaska considers popular vote

Alaska considers popular vote

Tweet On Friday, Alaska’s Senate Judiciary Committee heard the state’s National Popular Vote bill (SB 92). The measure actually already passed the State Affairs Committee with the support of Senators Linda Menard, Hollis French (who chairs the Judiciary Committee), and Albert Kookesh. (Watch the Judiciary hearing.) Alaska, the largest state by landmass but with...
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Posted in Alaska (3), Electoral College, NPV/Koza | 1 Comment »

NPV’s Frivolous Polling

NPV’s Frivolous Polling

Tweet As I walked through the Wisconsin State Capitol last week talking with legislators and legislative staff, I saw the effects of citizens in action. Throughout the day, radio stations were alerting listeners about the bill. Several legislative staff members told me that calls and emails were coming in strong–and strongly against NPV. The...
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NPV Fails in Augusta

NPV Fails in Augusta

Tweet Maine’s National Popular Vote bill (LD 56) was brought to the House floor and solidly defeated on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. The vote was 95 against and only 50 for the bill. The floor action came just two weeks after the Save Our States visit to Augusta. Much of the credit for this...
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National Popular Vote and the Constitution

National Popular Vote and the Constitution

Tweet “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress….” (Article II, Section 1) How did this constitutional provision become the NPV loophole? Hundreds of attempts to...
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Why Save our States?

The genius of the United States of America: we are both United and States. The American system of states is Federalism. One part of it is the Electoral College, the state-by-state way we elect the President of the United States.

Some 'reformers' want to unravel our system of states. The Freedom Foundation’s Save Our States Project is dedicated to preserving these structures for the sake of liberty. Find out more and join us.