Is the Electoral College systemic racism?

Proposition 113 on the November ballot in Colorado shines a light on the nation’s electoral system at a moment of racial reckoning SEP 23, 2020 The Colorado Sun | evan@coloradosun.com The current national reckoning on racial inequality is leading Americans to grapple with questions of systemic racism throughout many of the nation’s most long-standing institutions, whether policing, education or housing. One …

A Moral Policy Agenda to Heal and Transform America: The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform (Aug 2020)

July 2020 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution No State shall make or …

Direct attention toward the powerful elites who benefit from divide-and-conquer politics: Democrats should call for Americans to unite against the strategic racism of powerful elites who stoke division and then run the country for their own benefit

Excerpt from Sept 2020 NYT article. This shifts the basic “us versus them” story — the staple of most political messaging — away from “whites versus people of color” to “us all against the powerful elites pushing division.” Here’s what this looks like: We had come so far, but now Covid-19 threatens our families — for instance with health risks, …

Colorado’s new redistricting process

An image of a congressional district map crafted as part of the 2011 redistricting process. (Screenshot) A look at how the new redistricting commissions are selected and how they will draw new congressional and legislative maps in Colorado August 17, 2020 By a landslide, Colorado voters decided in 2018 to overhaul the state’s once-a-decade redistricting process. The goal: finally putting …

Many Americans Are Convinced Crime Is Rising In The U.S. They’re Wrong: But their fear makes everyone less safe

By Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, Five Thirty Eight, Aug 3, 2020 Will you get robbed this year? How would you rate your chances? Over 10 years, from 1994 to 2004, the national Survey of Economic Expectations asked respondents to do just that. People estimated their risks for a whole host of bad-news life events — robbery, burglary, job loss and losing their …

Stability v. Earthquake – who stays in power according to Allan Lichtman

Right now, polls say Joe Biden has a healthy lead over President Trump. But we’ve been here before (cue 2016), and the polls were, frankly, wrong. One man, however, was not. The historian Allan Lichtman was the lonely forecaster who predicted Mr. Trump’s victory in 2016 — and also prophesied the president would be impeached. That’s two for two. But Professor Lichtman’s record goes …

In 2013 the supreme court gutted voting rights – how has it changed the US?

The supreme court struck down a formula at the heart of Voting Rights Act – now voters who are discriminated against bear the burden of proving they are disenfranchised. By Sam Levine and Ankita Rao in The Guardian, 25 Jun 2020 Seven years ago today, the supreme court issued one of the most consequential rulings in a generation in a case called Shelby county …

Those who don’t vote have largely given up on the system representing them and are dissatisfied with both parties. 56% are quite poor, making less than $30,000/year

ONE OF THE MOST comprehensive surveys of nonvoters was published by Pew Research Center on August 9, 2018. It summarized its bottom-line finding this way, the exact opposite of what is typically claimed by wealthy television media stars and DC operatives: “nonvoters were more likely to be younger, less educated, less affluent and nonwhite.”  Almost half of non-voters in the 2016 presidential election …

Mandatory voting, swing voters and more

March 2020, In These Times articles Perhaps detailed blueprints are beside the point. Maybe, as the German social democrat Eduard Bernstein argued 100 years ago, the end goal of socialism is meaningless, while the socialist movement, advancing toward a more democratic horizon, is everything. Conventional wisdom puts the number of swing voters around 15–20% of the electorate, but Bitecofer argues it’s more …