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Maine to use the first in the nation, ranked choice voting in a nationwide primary. Molly Line Reports.
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On the roster: As Maine goes, the nation goes? – The air combat in the Nevada gubernatorial primary – Can match Virginia Democrats, the spirit of ” 17? Block – house leaders scurrying immigration-vote – Follow-up-file: Well, irritable, anyway
AS GOES MAINE, SO THE NATION GOES?
Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he might refuse to confirm the results of today’s Pine Tree State primary, because Maine has taken, what political scientists call it “ranked-choice voting.”
It is understandable that LePage would be down on the concept, since he would almost certainly never Governor had the rule when he ran the first one in the year 2010.
Rank choice voting asks citizens not only to choose your preference, but also the second or third or fourth preferred option. If no candidate receives a majority of first-choice votes in the first count, is to be distributed, the candidate with the fewest first-choice ballots from the operation and his or her ballot papers to the voters who their second choice candidate.
This process will continue until there is a clear winner.
LePage, who won, would have been his first term with a plurality of only 38 percent, likely to be eliminated in the second round, as independent candidates, and the Democrats were jousting over the same votes.
We don’t know whether LePage, who has a history of making wild statements and other unrestrained comments that actually follow through on his threat, and Maine Secretary of state says that it is not well-I don’t care if LePage refuse. But it is the exploration of the issues raised is worth it: Is ranked choice voting constitutional? And he offers a possible way out of our broken political system?
We leave it to constitutional scholars to sort out the fine details, whether or not such a policy is not applying. But we know that the States comprehensive width to run elections as they see fit. Provided that the judge is not satisfied that the individual voter is disenfranchised, it is easy to imagine that this new system could bear.
But that would be a good thing?
Maine experiment is the other side of the coin, to California’s jungle primary system. One of the goals in both independent candidates more life is capable of. And as long time readers know, we have our doubts as to whether the state government is working against the two-party system is a good idea.
What makes Maine different, though, is that it forces you to pull the voters alternatives. This creates huge incentives for independent candidates to run as a Problem pragmatist averse. Maine already has a strong, independent streak. Your junior senator , Angus King, won his seat as an independent, even if he has group meetings with, and is a reliable vote for Senate Democrats.
Rank choice voting would theoretically be more Angus kings produce, since the goal of each independent candidate would automatically stay palatable to the number of voters in both parties.
It is assumed that the placement can produce a premium on bipartisan centrism, and the can be stopped is a good thing in a country where the two parties are significantly closer to the center, but rather to maximize the intensity among the base of voters. We ask ourselves whether it is better to work as an incentive for the division of the difference between the two parties, or rather to the two parties.
As we discussed many times before, one of the reasons why the partisanship is so bad these days that the parties themselves are weak. Rather than with structure or reward, to impose the service, the national parties are too weak, any kind of strict. Sets the path open to demagoguery and populism on both sides.
Maine offers a possible solution to the problem of multiple parties, rank choice voting would at least fix the problem of California will, sooner or later, before the fransiger choice winner with narrow pluralities.
We are satisfied, for now, agnostic about the Maine experiment, and admit that we are a little disappointed, if the voters allow it to make a referendum to undo the new system.
We would like to know whether or not it works.
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THE AIR BATTLE IN THE NEVADA GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY
NYT: The democratic race for Governor was bitterly fought, and a recent survey showed that the top two candidates —Christina Giunchigliani and Steve Sisolak, both of Clark County commissioners, the — separated by just three points. Her competition was in a vicious circle at times: Mr. Sisolak claimed in a recent ad, the woman Giunchigliani had “single-handedly protected the perverted” due to the weakening of a sex-offender-bill years ago, to respond to the woman Giunchigliani by the revelation that you were abused as a child sexually. Any hopes that Nevada is the first democratic Governor since 1999. Attorney General Adam Laxalt is widely expected to win the Republican nomination for Governor. A son and grandson of former senators, Mr. Laxalt is a supporter of President Trump, and has the support of Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers.”
The GOP has the rare opportunity to play offense in two Nevada house-districts – AP: “Rep. Jacky Rosen‘s departure from the 3. District race to challenge Sen. Dean Heller in the Senate and Rep. Ruben Kihuen‘s decision to the waiver of a re-election to the 4. District in the midst of allegations of sexual misconduct, sets both seats in play in the swing-state. Former Reps. Cresent Hardy, a Republican, and Steven Horsford, a Democrat, were favored to win their primaries on Tuesday in 4. District. Horsford, a former state legislator from Las Vegas, was the first African-American to represent Nevada in Congress, as he won the 4. District seat in 2012. Hardy, another former legislator from Mesquite, defeated him in the year of 2014, then lost in 2016 to Kihuen. The swing district stretches from the North of Las Vegas by the four rural counties. The Las Vegas Democrat, Susie Lee , and Republican Danny Tarkanian, were expected to cruise to victory in 3. The district, after the son of the legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, abandoned his primary bid to overthrow, Brighter…”
CAN VIRGINIA DEMOCRATS TO MATCH THE SPIRIT OF THE ” 17?
NYT: “Virginia Democrats insist that the enthusiasm remains as high today as last year, when the party swept statewide offices and almost in control of the house of delegates flipped. … The Republicans make the case that in the three targeted districts, whose owner won in 2016, although Mr Trump lost Virginia, and that the Democratic gains in the year 2017, nearly complete in parts of the state, that Hillary Clinton had won. ‘I have a hard time to believe the democratic spin, if your high-water mark was in 2017,” said Matt Gorman, communications director of the National Republican Congressional Committee. In addition to Mr. [Dave Brat (R) VA-07], and Democrats belief that they could topple, representative Scott Taylor and Barbara Comstock. Mr. Taylor’s district — the Second, centered on the Virginia Beach was carried out in the last year of Gov. Ralph Northam. … Woman Comstock is regarded as one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the country. Her district, the 10th, covers an area of wealthy suburbs of Washington…”
Probably the winner in the Virginia GOP Senate primary trumpier as a trump – NY Mag: “A state where all sorts of old Foundation of Republican traditions have been washed away, the GOP-Trump-o-mania was the Commonwealth of Virginia, where district Corey Stewart, the once Trump-y for Trump’s own presidential campaign, is the odds-on favorite for winning the U.S. Senate nomination to take on Crooked Hillary’s running mate, Tim Kaine. Stewart, who was fired as a trump Virginia campaign manager late in the 2016 campaign for participation in an unsanctioned pro-Trump protest at the RNC headquarters in Washington, ran for Governor last year on a skeptic-a platform for the defence of the Commonwealth Confederate heritage, and almost upset the overwhelming favorite is Ed Gillespie. He is the immediate Senate leader was practically the next day.”
CRAMER GETS CRANKY ABOUT TRUMP LOVES HEITKAMP
WaPo: “President Trump aggressive campaigns for Republican Senate candidates across the country and belittling their Democratic rivals, with one notable exception — sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Trump’s affinity for Heitkamp, who has a shout-out and a handshake, the frustrated recently at a White house bill signing, top Republicans, who see, to win a Democratic seat as crucial for holding on to your fragile 51-to-49 majority. No one has felt it more acutely than GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer, Trump personally recruited, against Heitkamp. Upset, Cramer contacted White house chief of staff John F. Kelly appeal for political support and warning traded shots with Trump legislative affairs director, Marc Short. Cramer says he believes Trump gives Heitkamp a preferred treatment, because she is a woman. He accused the first-term senator of being insecure and go out of her way, stand in the vicinity of Trump last month’s signing of the banking act, the visited Cramer.”
MAINERS TRY NEW VOTING SYSTEM, BUT IT WILL SURVIVE?
Five thirty eight: “So, there are not only races in Maine, we will be watching, but the process is also important. And if Maine voters pass an initiative reauthorizing cut the voting procedure at the same time, this real-life-political-scientific experiment is short. Most of the elections in the USA are what we call the “first past the post” — that is, you vote for a person, and the candidate with the most votes wins, even if it’s not with a majority. Not so in the case of ranked-choice voting, also called instant-runoff or preferential voting. In races with more than two candidates, Maine’s new ballots to the voters to ask to rank the candidates from first to last choice. If no candidate vote for a majority of first-place candidate is eliminated and votes with the fewest first place, and his followers will be redistributed among the remaining candidates, which you the second place. If still no candidate has a majority, eliminate the candidate with the next-lowest votes for first place, and so on, until someone wins 50 percent plus one vote.”
A REFERENDUM ON TRUMPINESS IN S. C.
AP: “But on the other side of the globe, President Donald Trump pay to not be a factor in Republican elections in South Carolina, one of the five States primaries. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, an early Trump supporters in 2016, when he was Lieutenant-Governor, the President of the back cover but the challenges from four other candidates. McMaster is in favour of the New York business man in the state of the early presidential primary, gave Trump a much-needed victory in the race for the nomination. … Trump reiterated his support for McMaster on Twitter over the weekend, says he is doing a great job as your Governor, and it has my full support, is a special guy. On Tuesday will be matched!’ Although trump is still very popular in South Carolina, McMaster has been overshadowed by a corruption probe, with longtime political consultant. McMaster took over the governorship last year, after Nikki Haley came back to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. … In the meantime, Republican Rep. Mark Sanford, a frequent Trump critics, it is a challenge from GOP state Rep. Katie Arrington in the condition of the South-Eastern coast 1. The district around Charleston.”
THE RULES: REAL PEOPLE
To argue, “on the abstract principles that cannot exist co-ordinate authority, is the establishment of supposition and theory against fact and reality.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 34
TIME-OUT: VANISHING ACT
New York: “Seen from the air, Tangier Island [Va.] has the shape of a broken heart. The city that takes on three rows, separated by marshes and brackish creeks, about a square mile. A quick tour by golf cart, or motorcycle will take you past a school, a baseball field, a health centre, a water tower, an airfield, a post office, a grocery store, two churches, four restaurants (only one in winter), and eleven cemeteries. Residents famous speak with an accent heard nowhere else in the world…In the year 1998, the city Council, acting unanimously, to hold “Message in a Bottle” – a film with Kevin Costner
and Paul Newman, was shot on Tangier, out of concern that all of those, the Mavericks— “come-heres,” in the vernacular means, had a harmful influence. In the past year, the news of the land-loss crisis has brought waves of “come-heres’ to Tangier, including journalists and tourists, hoping to see the island before it’s gone.”
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Trump job performance
Average Approval: 41.4 Percent
The average of the rejection: 52.8 percent
Net Rating: -11.4 Points
Change from a week ago: up to 1.8 points
[On average contains: Gallup: 42% approve – 54% lean; Fox News: 45% approve – 51% oppose; NBC/WSJ: 44% approve – 53% reject; Quinnipiac University: 40% approve – 51% oppose; IBD: 36% approve – 55% decline.]
Control of the house
Republican Average: 40 Percent
Democratic Average: 48.4%
Advantage: Democrats plus 8.4 points
Change from a week ago: the democratic advantage is up to 1.8
[On average contains: Fox News: 48% Dems, 39% of GOP; NBC/WSJ: 50% Dems and 40% GOP; Quinnipiac University: 47% Dems and 40% GOP; IBD: 47% Dems and 40% GOP; CBS News: 50% of the Dems 41% GOP.]
BLOCK HOUSE LEADERS SCURRYING IMMIGRATION VOTE
Politico: “house Republican leaders, eager to stop the immigration showdown in their chamber, have begun to intersect with the legislators, who could help to protect moderate Republicans trigger cross-party votes, a dreamer. House majority Leader Kevin McCarthy called Rep. Dennis Ross on Monday and offered the Florida Republican what he wanted, in the hope of keeping him out of the participation of the moderate ” discharge petition: the promise of a vote on a guest worker program before the August recess. Ross, who retired at the end of the year, had to accede to a threat of weeks to force Democrats and two dozen Republicans, a series of immigration votes addressing the Obama-era Deferred for Childhood arrivals program. The group needs to reach only three other signatures, 218 threshold. Ross seemed to be satisfied, after the call to McCarthy. And it is unclear whether GOP moderates will be able to gather enough support for the so-called discharge petition is close of business Tuesday than they originally intended.”
The Senate looks to tie Trump to shady China phone of the company WaPo: “The Senate plans to challenge President Trump’s promise to lift certain restrictions on Chinese Telecom giant ZTE through the inclusion of a measure in the annual defense bill that would effectively block the deal, not to be implemented. The cross-party amendment would raise Reim pose sanctions against ZTE for infringement of U.S. sanctions against the Export to Iran and North Korea that sought to trump management, in exchange for the company a $1 billion-procedure and financing of in-house compliance team of US officials to pay. Would the US authorities ban the purchase of equipment or services to subsidize the ZTE or Huawei, another major Chinese telecommunications company, or through government loans, the subsidiaries or affiliates of the two companies. “It is only clever that no one in the Federal government, its equipment or services, and you will not receive any tax money,” said sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), one of the most important authors of the amendment.”
Larry Kudlow, National Economic Council Director, hospital after suffering a heart attack – Fox News
How Nikki Haley brought Trump is the maximum pressure that the campaign down in North Korea in the UN security Council – Fox News
Pence heads to Dallas to attend Southern Baptist Convention-meeting – WaPo
Trump goes to Minnesota for a June 20 rally – the [Minneapolis] Star Tribune
AUDIBLE: DO IT FOR THE INSTA
“Always a good image to everyone, so that we look beautiful and good looking and thin and perfect?” – President Trump asked the pool photographer prior to a working dinner with Kim Jong-Un in Singapore.
FROM THE STANDS
“Chris, With all the talk of the IG reports, and whether the investigators will be charged with a crime, which no one seems to be asking whether Hillary will be charged and prosecuted for the crimes they committed? I’m asking. What is the answer? If not, why not?” – Jay Pyne, Duluth, Ga.
[Ed. Note: I assume here you are talking about your incorrect handling of classified materials, as the Secretary of state, as well as payola allegations in the context of their family foundation. And I suppose that, if the Department of justice inspector General finds serious misconduct in the investigation that it is possible. If it was found, it came to a judgment call on the part of James Comey, I think it is very unlikely. And if that were to happen, you can guarantee that President Trump and his family will most certainly be prosecuted if he leaves office, and so on and so on and so forth…]
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FOLLOW-UP-FILE: WELL, IRRITABLE, ANYWAY
[For those of you who saw yesterday’s article on the Pennsylvania road range incident, took a scatological turn, the defendant would have, as you explain.] NBC10: “A man accused of defecation during a road rage incident in Pennsylvania, to demand the ordeal was a ‘misunderstanding’ caused by his Irritable bowel syndrome. Henry George Weber, a retired farmer from New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, told NBC10 he was driving to a doctor’s appointment on Friday morning in Heidelberg Township on Route 309 at its intersection with Route 100, when another driver suddenly pulled out in front of him. ‘So close it said scared the dickens out of me,’ Weaver. Weaver told NBC10 he and the driver both got out of their vehicles and arguing began. As he said with the argument, Weaver, his IBS kicked in and he had to go right then and there. ‘There was no choice in the matter,’ Weaver said. While Weber claimed that he had to explain a medical reason for a bowel movement, he said that the other driver never gave him a chance.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“They[the nationals], maybe soon, wheezing, a contender. In the race deep into September. Good enough to give them hope. And break your heart. Where do you go then pause for breath?” – Charles Krauthammer to discuss his beloved relatives in his WaPo column with the title “The joy of Losing,” April 23, 2010.
Chris Stirewalt , the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. FOX News mid-term report in your Inbox every day wants? Sign up here.
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