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  •  They are trying that or want to try that in some (5+ / 0-)

    states..one is PA, which wants to award electoral votes for President based on these gerrynandered district. Had this system been in place, Romney would have had won more electoral votes in PA and VA than Obama, but yet lost the popular vote by a good margin.

    Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

    by wishingwell on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 02:30:39 PM PST

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    •  not going to happen (1+ / 0-)
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      four of the states considering it have given it up. it's a loser and would have gone to Supreme Court due to the fact it was under consideration in only blue states with wingers as governors with winger controlled legislatures.

      there is an upside to this, voters in those states should be well aware that they cannot allow wingers to control state government anymore as should the Democrats on a national basis.

      we need to remain vigilant as they will keep trying other schemes as they know they cannot win fairly.

      mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

      by wewantthetruth on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:19:48 PM PST

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      •  Supreme Court (3+ / 0-)
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        would have no say in this, States can apportion their EVs as they see fit.

        •  There was a rec list diary saying otherwise (1+ / 0-)
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          scrivener76

          My summary:
          The SCOTUS ruled (in Bush V Gore, no less) that if a state chooses to permit direct election of the EC electors, that every citizens' vote must count equally. Despite where they said that, I think they would agree with that a second time around ... lots of precedent for that premise

          There is much precedent for "one man, one vote" requiring equal population of districts. There is also considerable precedent for not using districts to dilute the voting power of particular minority groups.

          Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

          by blue aardvark on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 06:16:11 AM PST

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      •  According to what I heard on Rachel Maddow (1+ / 0-)
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        and what I read in a PA newspaper, PA has a bill ready to go.  We have a Wingnut governor and legislature who just privatized liquor sales,  the PA lottery, and they are now at work on making this a Right to Work state.  And then they are going to get to work on changing our electoral vote system.   Much is happening in this state because we are becoming much like Wisconsin.

        Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

        by wishingwell on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 03:46:42 AM PST

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