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Electoral College

Why Hillary Clinton Is the Favorite to Become President in 2016

Ayobami Olugbemiga | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Ayobami Olugbemiga

History tells us that 2016 ought to be a Republican year since it's difficult for a political party to win a third consecutive term. But while history may be on the Republican side, the electoral map is not.

A Hard Look at the Big Blue Wall

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The true magnitude of the problem for the Republican Party only becomes apparent when you compare the big blue wall to what might be called the "small red picket fence" of the consistent Republican-voting states.

Why Martin O'Malley and Elizabeth Warren Can Beat Any Republican, Including Walker, Bush, Paul and Cruz

H. A. Goodman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If Republicans can be proud of the fact that Ted Cruz would "most likely" be able to serve as president, Democrats should trumpet the plethora of talent within their ranks.

Why Missouri Will Not Be a 2016 Presidential Campaign Battleground

Rob Richie | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Rob Richie

For more than a century, Missouri was known as the "bellwether state" because of its tendency to swing between Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. However, recent elections suggest that presidential candidates in 2016 are highly unlikely to target Missouri as a battleground and that, just as in 2012, it will be nearly completely ignored.

The End of the Cold War

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama just spoke on the telephone with the leader of Cuba to finalize the two countries' new relations -- an event that hadn't happened in over half a century. The Cold War is now almost completely a matter of interest only to historians, to put things into context.

Michigan Electoral College 'Reform' and the National Popular Vote

Rob Richie | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Rob Richie

Today the Michigan Committee on Elections and Ethics met for the second time to hear testimony on a bill that would change the way that Michigan distributes its electoral votes.

Weighing Policy, Not Partisanship, in Changes to the Electoral College

Rob Richie | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Rob Richie

We are not sure what is on the minds of Pennsylvania and Michigan legislators these days. Likely quite a bit. But if the changes to the Electoral College should cross their minds, we hope they will weigh their options fully and with a focus on the fairest proportion: one person, one vote.

It Is Not Just Blue State and Red State but Urban and Rural

Kevin Price | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

This is not a new phenomenon. I believe our Constitution, right from the beginning, was designed and inclined towards rural rather than urban values.

History Is Against a Romney Presidency

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

After losing in 2012 Mitt Romney stated that he is done running for president... but this is 2014 and rumors are swirling. Before too much is made of Mitt Romney chances in 2016, it is important to realize that history is very much against there ever being a President Romney.

Six Californias: Conservative Plan, Techie Self-Indulgence or Both?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Despite its not very well-veiled partisan goals, impracticality and illogic, there is something intriguing about the Six Californias proposal. More accurately, there is something intriguing about rethinking how the role states play in US politics, specifically in the Senate and the electoral college.

Is It Time to Implement a National Popular Vote in Presidential Elections?

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

We must stop being the only democracy that indirectly elects its chief executive. Every voice and vote must matter. After all, isn't that what democracy is all about?

Keeping the Electoral College and Electing the President Who Gets the Most Votes: It's a Simple Matter of Agreement

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

In recent years, a new movement -- called National Popular Vote (NPV) -- has figured out another way to democratize our presidential election.

States of Change

Thomas M. Holbrook | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Thomas M. Holbrook

Not long after the 2012 election some observers noted an increasing Democratic "lock" on the Electoral College.

Who Does the GOP 'Brand' Impact Most?

Ron Nehring | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Ron Nehring

The rule of thumb is this: the closer a candidate is to the top of the ticket, the better their opportunity to define themselves through their own words and actions.

A Pessimistic Generation

Alex Wirth | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Alex Wirth

It begs the question: What is causing young people to be more pessimistic about the power of their vote? And not only that, but why are the politically engaged even more pessimistic?

Senate Vote May Signal Problems For The Gun Lobby

National Journal | Ronald Brownstein | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

The outcome of Wednesday’s dramatic Senate vote on expanding background checks simultaneously demonstrated the difficult geography confronting gun-c...

Pennsylvania Republicans Face Heat Over Controversial Redistricting Plan

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

The Democratic National Committee is sending robocalls to Pennsylvania voters beginning Monday, going after a GOP-sponsored plan to change the way the...

Major Media Should Stop Perpetuating Myth That Electoral College Rules Help Small States

Rob Richie | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

The National Popular Vote plan does not "counteract" the excess power of small states. In fact, it does just the opposite, giving voters in small states the attention and electoral clout that they deserve in proportion to their votes.

Michigan GOP Backs Electoral College Scheme

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

The Michigan GOP backed a measure on Saturday that would allocate the state's electoral college votes by congressional districts, reviving energy for ...

Rig the Vote

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Rig the Vote is the evil opposite of Rock the Vote. Rock is the campaign by a nonprofit to increase political engagement and register young people. Rig is the campaign by the GOP to suppress political engagement and subvert balloting.

The GOP's Electoral Strategy: Gimmicks and Exclusion

Brian Levin | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Republicans fail to see that gimmickry and exclusionary tactics are not the solution to their demographic problems. Instead, Republicans would do well to consider why the fact remains that when more people can vote and more people do vote, Democrats win.

Counting the Votes for President

Joan Fitz-Gerald | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Joan Fitz-Gerald

Unlike utilizing partisan gerrymandered maps or an entirely mismatched way of allocating votes depending on the state, a national popular vote system makes some sense. It's time for a national conversation about fairness and transparency in the way we elect our president.

Electoral College Shenanigans: One Possible Response

Kevin Welner | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Kevin Welner

In this past presidential election, President Obama defeated Governor Romney by a popular vote of 65.9 million to 60.9 million. In a sane world, that would be the end of the story. But the U.S. presidential election uses the Electoral College.

Amanda Terkel

New Scheme To Change Electoral College Votes In Pennsylvania

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican leader of the Pennsylvania state Senate plans to introduce legislation this month that would change how the state alloca...

There's More Than One Way to Rig an Election

Michael Keegan | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The GOP's bold and brash plan to rig the 2016 presidential election seems to be collapsing under its own weight, at least for now. But that doesn't mean they've stopped trying to game the system.