January 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A concerted Republican effort to alter the balance of power in presidential elections by changing the rules for the electoral college is facing significant hurdles - including from some GOP officials in the affected states. All but two states currently award electoral votes under a winner-take-all system. Plans to replace that with a proportional system are under consideration in half a dozen states, including Pennsylvania, Virginia and Michigan. All were presidential battlegrounds that President Obama carried last fall.
December 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In the end, it wasn't close. Despite predictions that the presidential election could end in an electoral vote tie, or that the winner of the popular vote could again be denied the White House by the electoral college, President Obama won his anticipated 126-vote landslide Monday as the 538 electors officially voted in statehouses. Twelve years after Al Gore's defeat prompted some Democrats to call for a fix to the constitutionally prescribed method of choosing the president, Republicans are now mounting efforts in key states to end the winner-take-all method that most states employ.
November 29, 2012 |
There may be secessionists in all 50 states, but Texas can boast of the biggest cohort of independent-minded (unhinged?) folks who want to cast off the "tyranny" of the federal government and go it alone. Well over 100,000 Texans have signed a petition to the president of the United States requesting that he let the Lone Star State depart from the Union peacefully and amicably. The last time Texas and 10 other states tried this, of course, a rather nasty fight ensued - - the 150th anniversary of which the nation is observing right now. Abraham Lincoln was not keen on letting the slave states go. He sent armies south to bring them back into the fold and that should have settled the issue.
November 20, 2012 |
Red state voters are more likely to die in a traffic accident than blue state voters. That's the finding of FairWarning.org, an online, nonprofit publication that does public interest journalism. “The 10 states with the highest fatality rates all were red, while all but one of the 10 lowest fatality states were blue. What's more, the place with the nation's lowest fatality rate, while not a state, was the very blue District of Columbia,” FairWarning said in an article published Tuesday.
November 18, 2012 |
We in the blue states hear from the talking heads on Fox News and MSNBC that many of you in the red states are so distressed about the outcome of the elections that you would like to secede from the Union. Now, it seems that at least six of you - Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina - have submitted enough signatures (25,000) on petitions to the White House website to merit a formal response, with more petitions on the way. We wish you the best of luck with this.
November 12, 2012 |
Journalist and gay activist Dan Savage often writes about the urban archipelago -- the American cities that are comfortable, safe islands for gays and lesbians set amid a vast sea of countryside where being openly homosexual remains a chancy, even dangerous, proposition. However, after an election in which four more states approved same-sex marriage, perhaps that sea is receding. In fact, the map of states that now allow men to marry men and women to marry women is beginning to resemble the now familiar chart of red and blue states.