The State Ballot Measures That Could Change the Whole Country

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 11:47 am

Across the country this November voters will be deciding the fate of about 173 state ballot measures. Many of these measures deal with relatively minor issues, like an amendment to correct a constitutional mistake relating to the oath of office requirement in North Dakota. Several of the measures could result in important policy changes in [...]

Machinists Say A Vote for Trade Deals Could Trigger Primary Challenges

By: Monday October 10, 2011 1:03 pm

According to Matt McKinnon, the Legislative and Political Director for the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, members of Congress who vote in favor of the NAFTA-style free trade agreements this week could draw union-backed primary challenges in 2012.

Weiner Resignation and Redistricting

By: Thursday June 16, 2011 1:30 pm

It is an ill wind that does not blow some good. Or so Democrats might be thinking. Since Rep. Weiner is leaving there will not be a brutal fight when New York State looses two House seats.

California Redistricting Commission Releases First Draft of New District Maps

By: Friday June 10, 2011 2:21 pm

With 53 Congressional districts, over 12 percent of the entire chamber, California is by far the most important prize in redistricting. In the past the state legislature controlled the redistricting process and the result was heavy partisan gerrymandering producing mostly safe seats and almost no competitive ones. This 2012 will see a change in that.

In Failing to Push for a Larger House, Is GOP Missing a Big Opportunity?

By: Monday January 24, 2011 7:26 pm

Today in the New York Times, Dalton Conley and Jacqueline Stevens make a compelling case for why we should increase the size of the House of Representatives with the newest census to create a more accountable and fairer government. The only real hurdle is that it could require the individual current members of the House [...]

A Larger – and Fairer – House of Representatives

By: Monday January 24, 2011 12:01 pm

In today’s New York Times, Dalton Conley and Jacqueline Stevens make the strong case for increasing the number of members in our House of Representatives. Pointing out that the number of members was frozen at 435 more for reasons of racism than any inherent logic about good government. But after the 1910 census, when the [...]

Democrats Have Slight but Real Chance of Winning Back House in 2012

By: Friday January 7, 2011 4:55 pm

Having spent only one day as House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi is already talking about the quick potential return of the Democratic party to the majority. While winning the minimum 25 seats required to regain the majority would be difficult, looking at the historic record, it is possible. An examination of the past 30 congressional [...]

California Supreme Court Upholds “Top Two” Primary

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 12:04 pm

Today, the California Supreme Court rejected the first attempt to stop the state from adopting a top-two primary system next year. From the San Francisco Chronicle: The state Supreme Court allowed California on Wednesday to go ahead with a voter-approved overhaul of primary elections, putting all candidates on the same ballot in the first round [...]

Redistricting Reform: Last Night’s Other Big Winner

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 12:18 pm

While obviously the big winner last night was House Republicans, another big winner was supporters of redistricting reform. In California and Florida, anti-gerrymandering ballot measures won by large margins. In Florida, Amendments 5 and 6, which mandate perimeters intended to prevent gerrymandering in the state legislature and congressional redistricting, both secured over 62 percent of [...]

FL Gov: Sink and Scott Tied

By: Friday October 22, 2010 12:50 pm

According to the newest Sunshine State News Poll, the race for Governor in Florida is dead even with Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Rick Scott each getting 45 percent of the vote. Sunshine State News (10/20) Alex Sink (D) 45 Rick Scott (R) 45 Other 8 Undecided 2 The Florida gubernatorial election is one of [...]

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