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07.20 Taking 'Wrecking Ball' to Endangered Species Act, Trump Administration Opens Door for Corporate Attack on Vulnerable Wildlife [a clone of Pruitt's pro-corporate deregulation model at the EPA]
07.19 'Historic' Step in Fight for Universal Healthcare: Over 60 House Democrats to Launch Medicare for All Caucus [potential for $1.6 Trillion in total savings every year, as compared to per capita costs in France]
07.17 IEA warns of 'worrying trend' as global investment in renewables falls [Trump and Republicans immoral prostitution for fossil energy governments and Billionaires is succeeding at a high cost to life on Earth—this must be stopped]
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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
07.19 California Democrats' Dianne Feinstein snub sends a strong signal to liberal candidates nationwide [studiously avoids mention of neoliberal corruption from corporate 'donation' bribes]
07.19 The ‘War on Poverty’ Isn’t Over, and Kids Are Losing [reduce wasteful spending instead!]
07.18 Privatizing Poverty
Economics, Crony Capitalism
07.13 Notorious War Profiteer Erik Prince Refuses To Give Up Dream of Mercenary Takeover of Afghan War [privatizing war for profit—what could go wrong...]
07.12 Rigged: New Report Details How Combined $5.1 Trillion in Tax Cuts by Bush, Obama, and Trump Went Mostly to Nation's Richest [why the Public hates “establishment” (a.k.a. plutocratic) political parties and courts]
International & Futurism
07.19 Israel adopts controversial Jewish 'nation state' law [instead of making the one-state solution better they made it worse]
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.