Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a challenge to the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The conservative justices lobbed hostile and for the most part uninformed questions at defenders of the historic legislation. It’s obvious that those judges couldn’t give a fig about the dignity of man or the destiny of democracy.
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday March 3, 2013 9:30 am|
|By: Jon Walker Friday January 18, 2013 11:15 am|
The Electoral College doesn’t just distort our political debate by having candidates focused only on voters in “swing states.” It has repeatedly resulted in the candidate who got the most votes actually losing the election.
Most insidiously, the Electoral College makes it theoretically possible for parties to change how a state assigns their electoral votes to essentially steal. legally, an election. The head of the RNC has even openly talked about doing this to make it basically impossible for a Democrat to win the White House.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 12, 2012 4:02 pm|
A large coalition of very large donors, businesses and activists are pushing for New York to adopt a system of publicly financed elections.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday March 8, 2012 3:10 pm|
It is neither the lack of desire for more parties or the lack of ideological diversity that explains the limited numbers of political parties in the United States. The reason there are only two parties is that they’ve written all our election laws to make it nearly impossible for there ever to be more than two viable parties.
|By: Jon Walker Friday January 20, 2012 10:15 am|
In numerous ways including our ballot access laws, ballot line rules and our use of the absurd first-past-the-post election system, the Democrats and Republicans have gotten together for decades to make it extremely difficult to create new parties and for new parties to gain market share.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday January 17, 2012 5:21 pm|
In the most recent Canadian elections, the Liberal Party of Canada, one of the oldest and most dominant political parties in the world, lost badly and fell into irrelevance. That fall, however, may lead the country to adopt more democratic election reforms, and Canada could serve as a case study for how to do it.
|By: Eli Tuesday August 10, 2010 6:01 pm|
Attention Democrats: If you want to campaign on something that appeals to American voters across the political spectrum, how about campaign finance? Overwhelming majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans believe that large corporations and their lobbyists have more control over our government than they do, and want to see candidates who will give us our government back.