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View Diary: Takeaways from the filibuster fight (240 comments)

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  •  Question for David Waldman (10+ / 0-)

    I think this is an awesome diary, and it gives me hope that our side can start pulling together to address structural issues that undermine us on issue after issue.

    David: What do you think it would take to put voting system reform on the table as well? I know that the Democracy Initiative has 3 action items now: filibusters, voting rights, and campaign finance. Voting system reform (ie, approval voting and proportional representation) belongs in that list, but right now it's as far out in the wilderness as filibusters were 4 or 5 years ago. I'm pretty much planning to devote the next few years of my life to this issue — I've applied to doctoral programs to study this, I'll know where I am going in April.

    Why is voting reform so important? Because as long as we have a system that's hard-wired for two parties, those parties get complacent, and have every reason to pay more attention to the funders than the voters.

    So, what should I be doing to promote this issue? Whom from the DI should I be trying to pitch this to, and how should I get a chance to pitch it (twitter? What?) I'm also writing you a private message here on DKos so you can respond in private if you wish. Thanks.

    Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

    by homunq on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 04:12:08 PM PST

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