Oh swell, now I’m in bed with a racist. There I was half-awake on a peaceful Saturday morning, musing about what a horrible thing it would be if a bill before the Legislature to bypass the Electoral College in presidential elections and rely instead on the popular vote becomes law, when I rolled over to find myself face to face with former Gov. Paul LePage. “Actually, what would happen if they do what they say they’re gonna do is white people will not have anything to say,” LePage whispered to me. “It’s only going to be the minorities that would elect (the president).” Then, he blew me a kiss. I awoke screaming from this nightmare, only to discover that the LePage quote is real, spewed out during one of his bizarre radio interviews. The ultra-liberal Maine People’s Alliance jumped all over that, declaring that not only was the former Republican chief executive a racist (true enough), but so was the entire Electoral College (which, in a … [Read more...] about Politics & Other Mistakes: An unpopular opinion about the popular vote
Trump won the popular vote
The Colorado House signaled in a vote late Wednesday that it will support joining a multistate effort to change how the country elects its president. The effort is called the national popular vote interstate compact, and a bill that would pledge Colorado’s nine Electoral College votes to whomever wins the national popular vote for president passed its second reading in the state House on Wednesday night. The bill, which already passed the Senate, will likely get a final House vote Thursday and could be on Gov. Jared Polis’ desk by the end of the week. The Democratic governor is expected to sign it. House Republicans spent several hours objecting and offering amendments, including one by Rep. Lori Saine, R-Firestone, that implied Democrats were pushing this idea because of their disdain for President Donald Trump. All failed. Hillary Clinton received nearly 3 million more votes nationwide in the 2016 election, but she lost the election in the Electoral College. Saine asked … [Read more...] about National popular vote bill passes key test in Colorado House
Contributors George Danby | BDN By Michael Steele and Saul Anuzis, Special to the BDN • February 19, 2019 1:54 pm Not since 1988, when the Republican ticket of George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle won Maine’s popular vote along with its four electoral votes, have this state’s GOP voters made one iota of difference in determining who becomes president. Maine Republicans need to be politically relevant again in every presidential election. That’s why Maine Republican legislators should follow President Donald Trump’s lead and get behind a national popular vote, where the winner of the most popular votes across all 50 states and the District of Columbia is guaranteed 270 electoral votes and the presidency. Over the last seven presidential elections — 1992 to 2016 — 1,932,831 Mainers cast their popular votes for the Republican ticket. And in all that time, their efforts have produced one — exactly one — GOP electoral vote. That … [Read more...] about It’s time for a national popular vote — and Maine should take the lead
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
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?