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Reince Priebus and the RNC have pushed hard for swing states to change the way they allocate their Electoral College votes to favor the GOP’s nominee. However, Governor McDonnell and two Republican state Senators have publically stated their opposition to the measure in Virginia. As such, it seems that this bill will die in committee and not be brought to the floor for a vote.
In other news, the GOP state Senate majority leader, Randy Richardville, has also spoken out against similar legislation being proposed in the Michigan state House. Lund has publically stated, "I don't know that the system now is broken. So I don't know that we need to fix it," and that changing the system is not on the state Senate's agenda. Gov. Snyder had recently stated that he was "open minded" to changing the way the state of Michigan allocated its EC votes, but as of today has begun backtracking from that comment. On BloombergTV he has spoken out saying that, he is now "very skeptical" of the proposed legislation and doesn't think now is the appropriate time for it. He went on to say that the Electoral College should reflect the vote of the people and that, "this could challenge that."
Joan Fitz-Gerald speaks out against the GOP's threat to hijack the White House.Read her new piece in the Huffington Post here.A special thanks to friend of AV, Chrstine Pelosi, for the re-tweet:
Republican state Senators in Washington managed to grab the mantle of power from Democrats by convincing two Democratic Senators to cross party lines and caucus with them.
State Senators Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon have entered into an unholy alliance with the GOP on promises of power in this new 25-24 majority. Tom is the new majority leader and Sheldon has become president pro tempore. This new majority is calling themselves the Majority Coalition Caucus and says they are doing this in order to create “bipartisan solutions” for the state.
Democratic Senate leaders are calling this farce for what it is: BINO; “Bipartisan In Name Only.” The new 2013 legislation session has already begun divisively because this is not a move about creating actual solutions, but rather a power grab by Republicans to keep Democrats and progressives from moving forward with the agenda that they were elected on.
Democrats were elected into a majority to push forward with real progressive ideas. The voters should be able to depend on their electors to stand on what they ran on. For these two state Senators to go against this merely for the sake of holding a title shows exactly how little respect they have for their party, their own values, and true progress for the state of Washington.
As far as Senators Tom and Sheldon are concerned, they should enjoy their reign of “power” while they can. Elections for the state legislative body happen every two years in Washington, and progressives will be ready to take these seats back.
Today, Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos stated that he would not push for a "Right to Work for Less" bill during the upcoming legislative session.
State Democratic and union leaders were worried that after the passing of the terrible legislation that ended collective bargaining rights for unions, that Republican leadership would push to make Wisconsin a "right to work" state.
Vos put our minds at ease, for now. It appears the state GOP doesn't want a recurrance of the bad publicity and protests that occured last time as we get closer to the 2014 Governor race.
America Votes will continue to work with our partners to fend off any chance of "right to work" legislation in the state and continue our pursuit for progressive goals for all citizens of Wisconsin.
Speaker Boehner tells Senator Harry Reid to “Go f--- himself!”
The “f-bomb” is no stranger to modern politics these days, but there comes a point where a little tact is necessary. The recent episode of John Boehner going off on Sen. Reid shows just how ugly and partisan the Republican Party has become. One might excuse such an occurrence were it just this one time, but there are multiple disgusting examples of how the GOP holds zero amount of respect for the opposition party.
Remember the Tea Party rallies on Capitol Hill where protestors were spitting on Democratic members of Congress and using racial and homophobic slurs? Remember the infamous “You lie!” outburst from Joe Wilson during Obama’s 2009 Presidential Address?
Republicans all over the country use their buzz words of “fascist” and “socialist” to describe our President. They prey upon people’s fears of change in order to stymie any real attempt at true progress. When you truly look at the people that represent the leadership within the national Republican Party, you should ask yourself this question, “What does a party of fear, hate, and arrogance have to offer me?”
We need to come back to civility and be able to remain humble when things do not always go the way we want. One does not have to say everything that comes to mind. There is no real excuse for rude outbursts and public displays of disdain.
The American people should tell the GOP that they have had enough of the playground antics and to get to work to help create real solutions for tomorrow. They need to be able to come together with Democrats, sit at the table respectfully, share their ideas and be willing to make realistic compromises. We have to be able to work together in order to continue to move our country forward.
GOP leaders want to do away with the popular vote in awarding states’ Electoral College (EC) votes and replace it with a gerrymandered map created by state legislators.
As of right now, there are only two states that don’t award their EC votes on a winner-takes-all basis -- Maine and Nebraska. Instead, they allocate their votes by Congressional districts. Republicans are now making a push for the swing states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan to follow suit.
Conservatives have acknowledged that demographics are no longer on their side, and in a move that can only be seen as extreme desperation, they are ready to play dirty. By having complete control of these states’ governments, they are ready to move forward with this power grab to change the course of Presidential elections as we know it.
The GOP lost the national popular vote for their House candidates by more than one million votes, yet still maintained control of the chamber. This was only possible through extreme gerrymandering of Congressional districts -- squeezing all urban areas into smaller districts, while creating huge sprawling rural districts where less people live. These tactics not only decrease the voices of the majority, but give underrepresentation to them as well.
Now, they want to use these unfair and misappropriated maps in the Presidential elections.
Republican leaders should be working towards building a more inclusive platform for their party, but instead are busy with dirty politics as usual. Fair warning: there will be political fallout should they attempt to push these measures through. Not only will we as progressives work to fight against them, but we will be on the frontline banging the battle drum.
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First, the GOP says there is left-wing bias in the media so they create Fox News. Then, they say all the polls are biased so they create unskewedpolls.com. Now, there is a growing movement of them that are unhappy with the election results and are signing petitions for their states to leave the Union. When does the madness stop?
When conservatives don’t like reality, they create their own.
Wanting to secede from the United States is not only disrespectful to the office of the presidency but it is highly disrespectful to the country itself, our troops that serve to protect this country and every citizen that resides within. That kind of attitude is unpatriotic and downright un-American. Thankfully, only a little over 35,000 people have signed the Texas petition out of over 25 million people that reside in the state.
One person does not speak for many; neither does a minority speak for a majority. Within a democracy, the majority rules and here the majority has clearly spoken. Republican ideas were once again rejected and progress has won out. But the time has come for these silly parlor games and extreme bitterness and anger to end. We need real solutions to our nation’s problems. We need cooperation and togetherness, not obstruction and divisiveness. If we work together, we can continue to prove what makes this country so great and that we can work through our differences and continue to make it better.
With such a tight Presidential election this year, all eyes have been on Ohio. Not only was it a critical swing state for President Obama’s re-election campaign, but there was also a hotly contested Senate race between Senator Sherrod Brown and Republican Josh Mandel. On the national level, progressives came out on top in two of these three targeted races.