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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a case that will answer a long-contested question about a bedrock principle of the American political system: the meaning of "one person one vote." The court has never resolved whether that means that voting districts should have the same number of people, or the same number of eligible voters. The difference matters in places with large numbers of people who cannot vote legally, including immigrants who are here legally but are not citizens; unauthorized immigrants; children; and prisoners. The new case, Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940, is a challenge to voting districts for the Texas Senate brought by two voters, Sue Evenwel and Edward Pfenninger. A 1964 Supreme Court decision, Reynolds v. Sims, ruled that voting districts must contain very close to the same number of people. But the court did not say which people count. read more


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Martin O'Malley's likely presidential launch will occur on the morning of May 30 in Baltimore's Federal Hill Park, the Democrat said Tuesday.

The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor, who is all but assured to announce a bid at the event beginning at 10 a.m., revealed his plans on Twitter and in a Snapchat video released at noon. The park, near the city's Inner Harbor, overlooks downtown Baltimore. The short video, which didn't have any audio, showed various scenes of downtown Baltimore, ending with a sign at Federal Hill Park.

The likely presidential hopeful also linked to a website advertising a "special announcement." If he enters the race, O'Malley will become the third declared Democratic candidate in a field that includes Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. read more


Monday, May 18, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton is running as the most liberal Democratic presidential front-runner in decades, with positions on issues from gay marriage to immigration that would, in past elections, have put her at her party's precarious left edge.

The moves are part of a strategic conclusion by Clinton's emerging campaign: that it can harness the same kind of young and diverse coalition as Barack Obama did in 2008 and 2012, bolstered by even stronger appeal among women.

Her approach -- outlined in interviews with aides and advisers -- is a bet that social and demographic shifts mean that no left-leaning position Clinton takes now would be likely to hurt her in making her case to moderate and independent voters in the general election next year. read more


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

As they have for the past two years, a majority of Americans (58%) continue to view foreign trade as an opportunity for economic growth through increased U.S. exports, while 33% view it as a threat to the economy from foreign imports. The third of Americans who see foreign trade as a threat is on the low side of what Gallup has measured in the past two decades. The greater optimism on trade from 2013 to 2015 comes after a stretch of skepticism between 2005 and 2012. read more


Senate leaders are moving toward a deal on President Barack Obama's trade initiative after a failed Tuesday vote prompted a furious round of negotiating on Wednesday.

The parties have been trading offers after Democrats rejected a fast-track trade bill on Tuesday. The latest bid from Republicans would give Democrats a chance to vote on several of their trade priorities as standalone bills, in addition to the fast-track measure. read more


Comments

Typical that Danni and Tony waive the "Big Bad Corporate Bogeyman" argument without really thinking this through.

Danni's point that the Constitution requires districts to be drawn pursuant to the Census, is not only simplistic but misses the point: the Census has changed and evolved over the years in how it counts the population, and requiring a change in the Census does not require a change in the Constitution. This discussion is over what "one person/one vote" means and who can make that determination. If it means that only citizens count, then the Census will have to take that into account. As pointed out earlier, there are practical difficulties here, since no one here illegally is going to admit that they are not a citizen. Gerrymandering (which is something both parties freely admit to doing) will only be affected to the extent that the party in power will have to redraw the districts to preserve their majority.

Tony's point that only counting registered voters is a good one for the reasons I point out above, but since illegal aliens only pay sales tax, falls flat on the "taxation without representation" argument since sales tax is a local issue. I think that the "nascent minority" argument is also BS, since at the end of the day a true majority is going to be able to hold sway regardless of how districts are drawn.

What Tony and Danni are afraid of, if they were honest with themselves, is the expansion of districts in heavily populated areas (which are most likely to have non-citizens as residents), which will dilute the Union power base and give more voice to the under represented in the suburbs, which is essentially what the Revolutionary War was all about.

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