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Has U.S. Democracy Been Trumped? Bernie Sanders wants to know who owns America?

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Posted Today, 12:28

View Posty66, on 2018-November-16, 10:43, said:

From Why the Perfect Red-State Democrat Lostby Alec MacGillis at NYT:

Taylor Sappington is exactly the kind of candidate his party should want in Ohio. But he couldn’t get union support.

Ohio, we have a problem.


What he learned when he asked around, and what I later confirmed, was that the unions were, in many cases, making a grimly pragmatic decision in his race and others around the state. The Democrats had fallen to such a woeful level in Ohio state government that unions felt as if they had no choice but to make friends, or at least nonenemies, with some Republicans, in hopes of staving off anti-union measures such as “right-to-work” legislation and elimination of prevailing-wage standards.

This decision is based on the false premise that the Republican party can be reasonable. Sometimes, resistance is the only option.
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Posted Today, 12:42

From Democrat Jared Golden Declared Winner in Tight Maine House Race by Jon Kamp at WSJ:


Democratic challenger Jared Golden beat Republican incumbent Bruce Poliquin in a closely contested race for Maine’s second congressional district, the secretary of state determined Thursday after running the state’s unique ranked-choice tabulation process.

Mr. Golden’s victory and another Democratic win—declared late Thursday by the Associated Press, by law professor Katie Porter over GOP Rep. Mimi Walters in California—gave Democrats a net pickup of 36 House seats with six GOP-held districts left outstanding.

Democrats are considered favorites in two of the remaining contests, while Republicans have an advantage in the other four. The final Maine vote was tallied amid a still-unresolved lawsuit from Mr. Poliquin, a two-term incumbent who sought to block the ranked-choice process.

Mr. Poliquin led by about 2,000 votes after an initial round of counting in the four-way race. But he didn’t clear 50% support, which the ranked-choice process requires for a candidate to win outright. Two independents in the race collectively got about 8% of the vote.

That triggered another tabulation process, run on Thursday, to reallocate ballots from those independent candidates to whomever voters ranked as their backup choices. After that tally, Mr. Golden had 50.53% of the vote to 49.47% percent for Mr. Poliquin, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said.

“It looks like Jared Golden is the apparent winner of the ranked-choice election,” Mr. Dunlap said. His office declared Mr. Golden the winner by just 2,905 votes after the ranked-choice voting count.

Mr. Golden, a 36-year-old Marine veteran and more recently assistant majority leader in Maine’s House, praised the new voting process Thursday. He said it is better than actual runoff elections, which some other states use when a first-round of voting fails to yield a majority winner.

“Who in this state wants to see another campaign commercial wedged in between Thanksgiving and Christmas? I don’t think anyone,” Mr. Golden said. “So I think this was a good system.”

Maine voters backed the ranked-choice system twice, via ballot measures in 2016 and again earlier this year. The ranked-choice process is used in some cities, but this marks the first time it was used to decide a U.S. Congressional race.

Mr. Poliquin hasn’t conceded the seat. He sued with other plaintiffs this week to block the ranked-choice process, arguing in a federal lawsuit that it violated the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Lance Walker on Thursday declined to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the tabulation.

“As it stands, the citizens of Maine have rejected the policy arguments Plaintiffs advance against” ranked-choice voting, Judge Walker wrote.

The lawsuit is pending, however, as the judge hasn’t ruled on the constitutional question.

“It is now officially clear I won the constitutional ‘one-person, one-vote’ first choice election on Election Day that has been used in Maine for more than one hundred years,” Mr. Poliquin said in a statement after the ranked-choice count. “We will proceed with our constitutional concerns about the rank vote algorithm.”

In the rank-choice system voters can rank candidates in order of preference, allowing them to influence an election’s final result even if they pick an unlikely winner as their first choice. This was by design: Ranked-choice proponents say the system allows for people to vote for independents and third-party candidates without worrying their votes are wasted.

If no one candidate clears 50% of the first-choice votes, the lowest-ranking candidates are rejected in successive rounds while their ballots are reallocated to their voters’ next picks. The process concludes with a winner who has majority support.

On Thursday, the actual counting took mere minutes. But it took several days to deliver paper ballots and tabulator-machine memory devices from the Nov. 6 election to Augusta, Maine, and then load them into a program that tallied the final results.

Mr. Golden’s win not only pads Democrats’ lead in the retaken House, but gives the party a rare victory on rural ground that had recently swung to the right. Mr. Poliquin first won the district four years ago, ending 20 years of Democratic representation. The district also supported President Trump by a comfortable margin in 2016 after backing former President Barack Obama twice.

Democrats had a strong showing in Maine this election. The party won a majority in the state Senate, kept House control and won an open governor’s seat to replace the term-limited Republican Paul LePage.

Is ranked choice the solution to our comatose, rigged democracy?
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