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  •  Seems Pa. GOP enthusiasm for ev rigging isn't (3+ / 0-)
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    holding up too well (perhaps because of lack of momentum in even Michigan and Wisc.?). Excerpts from an article by Fitzgerald in today's Phila. Inquirer:
    Two proposals are percolating in Harrisburg. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware) plans to introduce legislation this month to split 18 electoral votes based on candidates' percentage of the popular vote statewide - with two extra electoral votes awarded to the statewide winner.

    A state House proposal, brought forward by Robert Godshall (R., Montgomery) and Seth Grove (R., York), would award electoral votes by congressional district, much as Republicans have proposed in other swing states.

    Lawmakers have other major issues loading their plates right now, including the budget and Gov. Corbett's proposals to privatize the state liquor system and cut public-employee pension costs.

    "This is not a 'top 10' or even a 'top 20' priority," said Erik Arneson, spokesman for Pileggi. "But he does think it is an important debate to have."

    Under Pileggi's formula, Obama, who carried Pennsylvania on Nov. 6 with 52 percent to Romney's 47, would have received 12 electoral votes to Romney's eight. "It's difficult to make a straightforward argument that the winner of the statewide popular vote shouldn't get the majority of the electoral votes," Arneson said.

    There will probably be a hearing this spring on the proposal, Arneson said, "and then we will make a determination whether this is something worth having a vote on."

    Corbett, a Republican, is "neutral" at this point, not having had time to analyze the proposal, said spokesman Kevin Harley.

    I think Corbett is "analysing" how badly one of the schemes would hurt his reelection prospects. The more blatant one seems very unlikely, the one by Pileggi may be viable, but there seems a notable lack of enthusiasm in most of the GOP.

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:38:28 AM PST

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