After hours of argument by Republican lawmakers, the state Senate approved a bill Monday that would pledge all of Colorado’s nine Electoral College votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote.Senate Bill 42 was presented by state Sen. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, and kept afloat by the Democratic majority.“What this stands for is one person, one vote," Foote said. "It’s a way that every vote is equal and every vote matters in every presidential election. We don’t have that in many of our states around the country under our current system.”Republican opponents said the switch could fracture the nation’s two-party system and further divide a splintered electorate. One facetiously proposed an amendment to give Colorado’s electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate gets the most votes from Californians, a favorite target of conservatives. Hickenlooper bartends, kisses babies, tests water in IowaAnother … [Read more...] about State Senate OKs bill linking Colorado presidential choice to national vote
Donald J. Trump, who, strangely and inaccurately often claims to have won by a landslide margin in the Electoral College in 2016, is one of five U.S. presidents to have “won” presidential elections while losing the national popular vote. So it occurred to me to look into what became of the others. Only one of them served a second term. That was the most recent case, the case of George W. Bush, who lost the year 2000 popular vote to Democratic nominee Al Gore, narrowly won in the Electoral College and that only after a case went to the Supreme Court to determine who had carried Florida. Most of us remember that one ourselves. The first “loser-winner” was John Quincy Adams in 1824, and he’s the only one who lost both the popular and the electoral vote to Andrew Jackson. But that was a four-way race, before the two-party system had really sorted itself out. Andrew Jackson actually finished first in both the popular (41 to 31 percent over runner-up Adams) and … [Read more...] about Presidential popular vote ‘loser-winners’: What became of the other four?
By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: January 18, 2019 at 6:11 pm | UPDATED: January 18, 2019 at 6:11 pm By Michael Scherer | Washington Post Advisers to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz have been exploring the possibility of launching an independent bid for the White House in 2020, according to two people who have been informed of the discussions. The entry of a high-profile billionaire Democrat outside the traditional party structure would add an unpredictable dynamic to the increasingly sprawling campaign to deny President Donald Trump a second term. Trump’s opponents, including many Democratic strategists, have expressed concerns that a serious three-way race in November would divide the Democratic vote in a way that helps Trump win reelection, either directly by denying Democrats states they would otherwise have won or by shifting the ultimate decision to the U.S. House. Former Ohio governor John Kasich, a 2016 Republican candidate for president, is also looking at the … [Read more...] about Ex-Starbucks CEO reportedly considering independent run in 2020
Wheaton's history, charm and schools have earned the city a unique distinction in the Land of Lincoln: the top Illinois ranking in Money Magazine's annual list of the "Best Places to Live in the U.S." The recognition has quickly become a point of pride and validation for the town of nearly 54,000. Money Magazine based the rankings on more than 70 categories of data, including cost of living, public school performance, diversity, crime, income and amenities. The publication spotlighted Cosley Zoo and the DuPage County Historical Museum as city landmarks. The rankings also focused on the historical character of the downtown, encouraging visitors to "take a horse-drawn carriage ride" and stop in The Little Popcorn Store, a 1920s-era institution housed in a former alleyway just 49 inches wide."Founded by a group of abolitionists in the 1850s and home to the Wheaton Flag antislavery newspaper, this safe, well-educated suburb of Chicago has a rich history readily discovered at the DuPage … [Read more...] about Wheaton ranked No. 1 in Illinois in magazine’s ‘Best Places to Live’
By Miriam Schwartz | December 22, 2018 at 12:27 am Quincy is quickly becoming a real estate hot spot. It’s accessible for commuters, with an influx of new businesses and restaurants around Quincy Center. With new apartment buildings popping up all over the place, Quincy is becoming the place to be. But homebuyers looking for more privacy, a big yard, and a lot of New England charm should take a look at the single-family Cape at 29 Faxon Lane, located just blocks from the revitalized Quincy Center. From the curb and brick path, the home’s classic shape might suggest a more diminutive interior, but the home packs 1,650 square feet, all fully renovated — including the roof, central air conditioning, windows and electrical service. Gleaming quartz countertops and white maple cabinets with crown molding are just some of the updates to the brand-new eat-in kitchen with tile flooring. You’ll find warm hardwood floors in the sizable living room with its impressive … [Read more...] about Yard, updates, location, price entice at Cape in Quincy