SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday stepped up his efforts to enshrine a rainy day fund in the state’s constitution, stealing some thunder from Republicans backing a similar measure as he seeks an unprecedented fourth term.
Michael Barone, DC Examiner
A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote.
The plan involves an interstate compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law — sufficient to cast 270 votes, a majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect.
The Electoral College will become a vestigial anachronism.
So far, nine states and D.C. have joined, casting 136 electoral votes — halfway to the 270 needed to put the compact into effect….
Robert Samuelson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — In this age of Big Data, the Obama administration seems determined to make it hard for average Americans to get little data. Recall that in 2011, the Census Bureau decided to eliminate “The Statistical Abstract of the United States,” first published in 1878. This was the nation’s best compilation of figures on hundreds of topics, ranging from birth rates to forest fires to wage rates to voting patterns. The Census Bureau said it couldn’t afford the Stat Abstract (the savings were trivial, about $3 million) and that most figures were online.
True. But this doesn’t mean that…
PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into a law a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another victory to abortion foes.