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  •  Who really gives a fuck? (4+ / 0-)

    The Electoral College is fine the way it is.  Sure, maybe a few projects go to the swing states, maybe a few extra bucks to their business travel industry.  But we can watch the stump speeches on tv.  And I don't need my state to be close to motivate me to vote, I understand that margins matter so I make sure I put my two cents in.

    If this push by the right continues I'll change my tune, but it won't and I don't think the EC is a big priority.

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:25:02 AM PST

    •  That's a fair argument. (3+ / 0-)

      But then if everyone thought like that, there wouldn't be politics.

    •  This is kind of like saying it doesn't matter if (6+ / 0-)

      the casino cheats. The game is already partially rigged but at least the odds are clear. Now weighting the dice is one more push towards making it impossible to win.
      I see this is one of the biggest issues and can easily lead to the disenfranchisement of millions of voters in the states and at a national level. This is because the tipping points are really rather close, and the states have already gerrymandered the shit out of the congressional seats making them incontestable in more than 90% of the races. There are doznes of congressional districts in the US where voting for the POTUS will be a waste of a vote.

      "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

      by shmuelman on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 09:01:20 AM PST

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    •  EVERY TV and Radio Station owner in Ohio.... (3+ / 0-)
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      ....agrees with you and wants to keep the winner-take-all system in place.

      Every available commercial spot was taken in every major local newscast for weeks before the election. Some stations even increased their daily local news coverage by 30 minutes or more simply to find room to put in the commercials.

      If you own a radio of TV station in a swing state - or if you are a news director, reporter, or anchor at such a station, this is a HUGE deal. Your investment - or your job - may be at stake.

      Don't think for a second that the NAB and RTNDA aren't fighting like hell to keep things the way they are.

      •  Of course they do (1+ / 0-)
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        They have a vested financial interest.  I'm not saying the way we do it now is the best possible way, but given the amount of work it would take to change things, I'm willing to live with it and concentrate on other priorities.

        There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

        by slothlax on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:13:36 PM PST

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        •  Me too.... (1+ / 0-)
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          But after nearly 40 years in radio and tv journalism, and watching countless friends being laid off or riffed because of financial woes, I couldn't help but notice how this was all manna from heaven for the stations in battleground states.

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