Contributors George Danby | BDN By Patrick D. Calder, Special to the BDN • March 7, 2019 10:05 am Despite the Veterans and Legal Affairs committee narrowly voting 7-6 ought not to pass, thanks to Democratic Sen. Erin Herbig and Rep. Janice Cooper breaking party ranks, LD 816 “An Act to Institute the National Popular Vote for President” will still go to the floor for a vote in the full Legislature. The full Legislature should reject this bad idea, too. The Electoral College was created by some of the brightest minds in world history. Its existence is not only a pillar of our republic, but ensures that the less populated states in our country are able to influence the election of our chief executive. Maine currently has a population of approximately 1.3 million. For comparison, the Bronx has a population of 1.4 million, Palm Beach County, Florida has nearly 1.5 million, Middlesex County, Massachusetts has 1.6 million, and Los Angeles County has a … [Read more...] about Why national popular vote is bad for Maine
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close Video Hillary Clinton blasts Trump; claims democracy in crisis Reaction from Katie Frates, managing editor of Olympic Media. Last week on Twitter, Hillary Clinton issued a call to arms to her loyal supporters, telling them that progressives must “fight back” against the Republicans and stop the GOP’s assault on America’s democracy. “The president is waging war on the truth. The administration is undermining the national unity that makes democracy possible. And then there's the breathtaking corruption.” Clinton listed a slew of policies that Democrats should embrace to stop President Trump as well as shore up the electoral system. A few ideas were refreshingly non-partisan, like mandatory paper ballots to backup electronic voting machines. But also in the mix was the return of a favorite punching bag for Clinton supporters: abolishing the Electoral College. It’s a demand she first made back in 2000, insisting that America … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton’s attack on the Electoral College is only her latest act of desperation — and denial
U.S. Donald Trump Donald Trump Jr. Hillary Clinton Donald Trump Jr. has pleaded with Hillary Clinton to run for president one more time in 2020. President Donald Trump defeated the former Secretary of State in a bitter 2016 election, despite losing the popular vote by almost three million votes. “Is Hillary Clinton secretly planning to run in 2020?” Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter on Sunday, citing a Drudge Report link to a New York Post story speculating on a dramatic and unlikely third run for president. “PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN___ #maga” the president’s eldest son added. “Is Hillary Clinton secretly planning to run in 2020?”#maga https://t.co/IpFFzL1JQIRecommended Slideshows7650 Highest Paying Jobs in the United States7675 Best-Selling Albums in U.S. History76In Pictures: The 75 Most Powerful Military Forces in the World— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 8, 2018 Despite the election happening nearly two years ago, … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Jr. Pleads With Hillary Clinton to Run in 2020, Even Though She Won the Popular Vote in 2016
opinion Jill Lawrence USA TODAY Published 4:00 p.m. UTC Jun 18, 2018 Imagine this: Hillary Clinton lost the popular vote but beat Donald Trump in the Electoral College. And now she's acting just like him! What will the Democratic Congress do? Spoiler alert: Nothing! President Hillary Clinton is declaring last week a huge success, in fact “the most successful week ever” by a commander in chief, after making clear to the Group of Seven countries that she’s the boss of them and meeting with one of the world figures she most admires: Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un of North Korea. “Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” the first woman president tweeted after a five-hour summit during which she urged Kim to consider her law firm (where she’s still listed as a partner) for all his legal needs. “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.” That was quick! Let’s break down the history made in … [Read more...] about What if Hillary Clinton had won? A thought experiment for Republicans
President Donald Trump told the hosts of "Fox & Friends" that he "would rather have the popular vote" determine the presidency than the Electoral College. Many have argued that our outdated system undermines democracy and disproportionately favors a handful of states. But others claim the Electoral College is deeply misunderstood. Our founding fathers were right to be wary of direct democracy, and abolishing the Electoral College in favor of the popular vote would cause campaign spending to skyrocket. What do you think? PERSPECTIVES During his interview with the hosts of "Fox & Friends," Trump argued the popular vote, not the Electoral College, should determine who becomes president. "I would rather have a popular election, but it's a totally different campaign... It's as though you're running -- if you're a runner you're practicing for the 100-yard dash as opposed to the one mile. The Electoral College is different. I would rather … [Read more...] about Should the presidential election be based on the popular vote?