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  •  But what if PA is now just the "beta test" state? (26+ / 0-)

    This notion of "Redistributing The EV Wealth" started with one state and quickly spread to six -- and in doing so got a lot of pushback across and above the board.

    So five of them now say they're backing off - but one (PA) says "what the heck have we got to lose?" and lets things run their course through the legislature and, if passed, probably through the courts.

    This gives 'em all plenty of lead time before '16 to work out the kinks and roll with "Plan A" (if PA's method survives) or come up with a Plan B (or C or D) if it doesn't.

    These fsckers aren't through by a long shot :/

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    by here4tehbeer on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:33:21 AM PST

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    •  I just don't see any changes, because whoever (8+ / 0-)

      wants to be elected to governor or senator has to run statewide, and if you just decided to screw over (sorry but it's appropriate here I think) 55% of the presidential electorate, that's not gonna get a lot of votes from the people who's presidential electoral power you just diluted.

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:39:05 AM PST

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      •  Well, that would be the *sensible* thing -- (8+ / 0-)

        but these guys are like a tea-fueled Hydra virus attacking an already battered firewall virtually non-stop :/

        And realistically - how many states would they actually need to reapportion in this scheme of theirs? Two? Four? Will that plus the continuing onslaught of voter suppression do the trick - especially if they can scrounge up a candidate marginally less crappy than Romney?

        Damned if I know.

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        by here4tehbeer on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:01:18 AM PST

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      •  PA Governor has run amok and the legislature too (8+ / 0-)

        Changes are happening quickly here.  In the course of one month, they privatized the lottery, it is now being run by British Run Camelot and Liquor stores will be privatized or privately privatized soon.  Union workers are losing their jobs rapidly and education funding has been cut to the bone. We also will have a new gas tax shortly. Changes are happening rapidly and this electoral vote appears to be happening soon. Plus PA is pushing hard to be a Right to Work for Less state. All of these changes have been happening fast in the last 2 months or so. And he has sued the NCAA which is so stupid and worthless and a waste of money and time.

        The Governor is being investigated by Kathleen Kane, new AG for why it took him 3 yrs to arrest Sandusky and why he told the victims an arrest would be happening but told the public there was not enough evidence to arrest Sandusky.

        The Governor's approval rating is going fast into the crapper...his poll numbers are lousy.  

        Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

        by wishingwell on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 09:22:15 AM PST

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      •  I think that the people would not want... (3+ / 0-)
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        to diminish their overall delegate value.

        If you take a state like Pennsylvania, who has 20 delegates; that's a lot of say in who becomes president.  If you equally proportion the delegates, you effectively go from 20 delegates to a net of at most four (with a 25 point margin) if not zero with a near tie.  

        Who do you think will care what Pennsylvania thinks anymore?

        "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

        by Buckeye Nut Schell on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 09:45:51 AM PST

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