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The Trouble with the Electoral College

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How the Electoral College Works" Do you remember voting for the president in a mock election in elementary school or junior high? Maybe you selected your candidate at random because you didn't really know the difference between the two (or care). Well, now you're older and wiser and know that who you vote for does make a difference. Or does it? Take the Electoral College, for instance. Every four years, on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, millions of U.S. citizens go to local voting booths to cast a vote for the next president and vice president of their country.

Featured Lesson Idea: Road to the White House Overview Using C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012 website, students will explore the Election Process in the United States. They will examine the role of early campaigning, caucuses and primaries, the conventions, the debates, Election Day, continuing through to Inauguration Day. Then, students will evaluate the United States’ election process to determine whether they believe our system is appropriate in choosing the president or whether they think it should be altered. Objective Students will understand the process of electing the President of the United States Students will examine the role of each aspect of the election process Students will evaluate the effectiveness of the election process

Rig the Vote That seems to be the plan of Republican lawmakers in several battleground states that stubbornly keep going for Democrats during presidential elections. Thanks in part to gerrymandering, many states already have — and will continue to have in the near future — Republican-controlled legislatures. Republican lawmakers in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin are considering whether to abandon the winner-take-all approach to awarding Electoral College votes and replace it with a proportional allocation. That change would heavily favor Republican presidential candidates — tilting the voting power away from cities and toward rural areas — and make it more likely that the candidate with the fewest votes over all would win a larger share of electoral votes. One day I will have to visit the evil lair where they come up with these schemes. They pump them out like a factory.

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The Talk: Nonblack Version There is much talk about “the talk.” “Sean O’Reilly was 16 when his mother gave him the talk that most black parents give their teenage sons,” Denisa R. Superville of the Hackensack (NJ) Record tells us. The Uses of Polarization A primary goal of a presidential campaign is to incrementally increase margins of support among volatile and persuadable demographic groups like single women angered by attempts to restrict access to contraception or voters with long commutes worried about gas prices. A second goal is increase turnout among supportive voting blocs — conservative whites in the case of Republicans, African-Americans in the case of Democrats. This goal is accomplished most often with polarizing tactics like the exploitation of wedge issues. The target constituencies can be huge — white men, Hispanics, seniors – or, with the emergence of sophisticated micro-technology, smaller slices of the electorate, ranging from laid-off manufacturing workers to women golfers. This is not news, but how does such a strategy actually work?

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Rocky Anderson, Presidential Candidate of the Justice Party, interviewed by Cynthia McKinney Posted on March 11, 2012 by dandelionsalad by Cindy Sheehan Featured WriterDandelion SaladCindy Sheehan’s Soapbox BlogCindy Sheehan’s Soapbox March 11, 2012 Image by wickenden via Flickr (SOAPBOX #124) – Cindy is in Ireland, invited there by the Irish Committee to Free the (Cuban) 5. The Internet of Things [INFOGRAPHIC] When we think of being connected to the Internet, our minds immediately shift to our computers, phones, and most recently tablets. This week at Cisco live, I shared that in 2008, the number of devices connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people on Earth. That’s right. There are more devices tapping into the Internet than people on Earth to use them. How is this possible? The infographic below provides a visual representation of the increase in “things” connected to the Internet.