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Health Care & Environment
05.23 Environmentalists Are Ignoring the Elephant In the Room: U.S. Military Is the World’s Largest Polluter [Since Trump had the EPA's records on global warming and pollution destroyed—and thus reporting world-wide has nearly stopped, let's pick on the US Military]
05.23 White House proposes slashing funds to clean up toxic sites despite EPA's pleas [far worse than just being stupid]
News Media Matters
05.24 How Facebook flouts Holocaust denial laws except where it fears being sued [a website where rumor, gossip and hate often dominate facts and truth]
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
05.27 The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty [why is our government sociopathic?]
05.27 It’s All About Trump’s Contempt [why is our government sociopathic?]
05.27 The Four American Narratives [why is our government sociopathic?]
05.26 'From Laughable to Inevitable': $15 Minimum Wage Hits Congress [39:40 video]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
05.20 The Malta Files: How the smallest EU country became a haven for global tax avoidance [why can't we play nice together?]
05.27 Pathway to extremism: what militants across the political spectrum have in common [is rising uncertainty the driver?]
05.25 Fast-moving cholera outbreak in Yemen furthers the destruction of a war-torn nation [genocide via "accidental" infrastructure damage]
05.23 Could an Islamic reformation prevent violent radicalisation in Egypt? [denied vital lives enmasse, angry youth rebel in the only way that has any effect]
05.23 Facebook flooded with 'sextortion' and revenge porn, files reveal [wake-up people, don't let kids 'play' here]
Takoma Park Holds First Instant Run-off Vote Election in Maryland HistoryThe first-ever instant run-off vote election in Maryland was held in District 5, Takoma Park on January 30, in a special election to replace long-time city councilman Marc Elrich. By letting voters rank their choices, instant run-off voting, according to one advocate for this method, "frees voters to vote for what they want, not vote against what they fear." Its proponents believe this voting method is a democracy reform that will help put the "representative" back in representative democracy.
Three candidates waged campaigns for the seat in the Takoma Park election. Voters had the option of voting for their top two candidates, thereby ensuring a majority winner. The uncomplicated vote was conducted on paper. A total of 204 ballots were cast; the winning candidate, Reuben Snipper received 107 votes.
FairVote, the leading national advocacy group for instant runoff voting, is based in Takoma Park, as is the election watchdog group that advocates for voter-verified paper ballots, TrueVoteMD. A coalition of groups and individuals is currently working to bring IRV to the statewide level.
FairVote did a survey of voters and found widespread support for IRV. Preliminary results show that nearly 90% of those voting in the Takoma Park election found it easy to use, and the vast majority wanted it expanded to other elections.
Kevin Zeese is executive director of DemocracyRising.US and a co-founder of VotersForPeace.US. He was a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Maryland in 2006.
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This story was published on February 2, 2007.