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by JEQuidam
Mon Jun 13, 2022 9:57 am
Forum: Section 6: Enable political diversity in the House
Topic: What about packing the House of Representatives?
Replies: 0
Views: 53

What about packing the House of Representatives?

In his article about our massively oversized congressional districts, Professor Swofford sums it up quite well: “ members of Congress tend to be more like other members of Congress rather than more like their constituents ”. That’s the problem: The Representatives rarely resemble their constituents!...
by JEQuidam
Thu Jun 02, 2022 6:28 pm
Forum: Section 7: Establish citizen equality nationwide
Topic: What deviation of Citizen Political Weight is acceptable?
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Re: What deviation of Citizen Political Weight is acceptable?

My view is that in the absence of Article the first , Congress would be constitutionally compelled to select the House size that results in congressional district sizes with the least amount of variation in their sizes. This is explained here: Achieving One-Person-One-Vote equality in the federal Ho...
by JEQuidam
Wed Mar 16, 2022 2:58 pm
Forum: Section 7: Establish citizen equality nationwide
Topic: Paper: One Person, One Vote, 435 Seats
Replies: 0
Views: 198

Paper: One Person, One Vote, 435 Seats

I just stumbled across this paper from 2011: One Person, One Vote, 435 Seats: Interstate Malapportionment and Constitutional Requirements Is Our Constitutional Order Broken - Structural and Doctrinal Questions in Constitutional Law: Gerrymandering, Congressional Representation, and Trust in the Poli...
by JEQuidam
Mon Mar 14, 2022 10:42 pm
Forum: Section 9: The House of Representatives is Scalable
Topic: Article: Proxy voting turns one
Replies: 0
Views: 191

Article: Proxy voting turns one

Brookings.edu : Proxy voting turns one: The past, present and future of remote voting in the House (May 2021) "Alongside these uses of proxy voting as a workplace accommodation are several examples where members of both parties cast votes by proxy but were reported to be engaging in other acti...
by JEQuidam
Mon Mar 14, 2022 10:17 pm
Forum: Section 6: Enable political diversity in the House
Topic: Article: Racial and gender diversity in the 117th Congress
Replies: 0
Views: 168

Article: Racial and gender diversity in the 117th Congress

OpenSecrets.org: Racial and gender diversity in the 117th Congress (June 2020)

The reason for insufficient diversity: "the sky-high reelection rate of members of Congress".
by JEQuidam
Mon Mar 14, 2022 10:04 pm
Forum: Section 5: Eliminate gerrymandering to achieve true representation
Topic: Article: Republicans Discover the Horror of Gerrymandering
Replies: 0
Views: 191

Article: Republicans Discover the Horror of Gerrymandering

The Atlantic: Republicans Discover the Horror of Gerrymandering (February 2022)

"The GOP learns what it’s like to be on the losing side of a redistricting power grab."
by JEQuidam
Mon Mar 14, 2022 10:00 pm
Forum: Section 5: Eliminate gerrymandering to achieve true representation
Topic: Article: How Partisan Gerrymandering Limits Voting Rights
Replies: 0
Views: 141

Article: How Partisan Gerrymandering Limits Voting Rights

AmericanProgress.org : How Partisan Gerrymandering Limits Voting Rights (July 2020) "Districts should be drawn so that people who have been underrepresented throughout American history — such as African American, Latinx, and other communities of color — are fully represented in Congress and st...
by JEQuidam
Mon Mar 14, 2022 9:53 pm
Forum: Section 5: Eliminate gerrymandering to achieve true representation
Topic: Article: The Impact of Partisan Gerrymandering
Replies: 0
Views: 136

Article: The Impact of Partisan Gerrymandering

AmericanProgress.org: The Impact of Partisan Gerrymandering (Oct 2019)

"The impacts of gerrymandering are comparable to switching the majority of votes in 22 states."
by JEQuidam
Mon Mar 14, 2022 9:30 pm
Forum: Section 3: Take Control Away form the Special Interest groups
Topic: Insider Trading on Russia's war against Ukraine
Replies: 0
Views: 189

Insider Trading on Russia's war against Ukraine

It appears that both Democratic and Republican Congress members have profited from insider trading ahead of the Russia-Ukraine war, according to this report from Jesse Watters, who observes that "It doesn't matter what party you belong to, the role of the People's House is to protect us, not me...
by JEQuidam
Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Section 2: “Article the first” of the Bill of Rights
Topic: Continuing the Pattern in Article the First
Replies: 3
Views: 3778

Re: Continuing the Pattern in Article the First

... I recently decided to see what the House size would be based on each U.S. census if the same proposed pattern in Article the First were continued... Given your analysis and interest in math, you will want to download & read " The Minimum and Maximum Size of the U. S. House of Represent...
by JEQuidam
Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: Section 10: Achieving the revolutionary vision
Topic: Broaden our base
Replies: 9
Views: 17788

Re: Broaden our base

Have you heard of petitions.whitehouse.gov. Dave, supporters have posted petitions at Whitehouse.gov - for example this one , there may be more. (Their site has apparently been turned off during this government "shutdown".) Also, see the posting in this forum about another petition. I bel...
by JEQuidam
Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: Section 10: Achieving the revolutionary vision
Topic: Connecticut Ratification found?
Replies: 12
Views: 24150

Re: Connecticut Ratification found?

There is a petition to sign now. It's at MoveOn.org.... isn't that a liberal website? I consider myself a conservative, but this cause is definitely cross-parties. I just signed that petition. Thank you for letting us know about it. You are correct: Representational enlargement is a truly non-parti...
by JEQuidam
Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Section 10: Achieving the revolutionary vision
Topic: 3rd Chamber of Citizens
Replies: 5
Views: 7167

Re: 3rd Chamber of Citizens

Unfortunately, far too few people are even aware of the problem of oversized congressional districts and the oligarchy of 435, let alone the solution (as intended by "Article the first" of the Bill of Rights). With so few people who understand the problem or the solution, we are a long way...
by JEQuidam
Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: Section 10: Achieving the revolutionary vision
Topic: A book. We need a book.
Replies: 17
Views: 34974

Re: No Book

Douglas,I appreciate your comments. we might seek out a gifted cartoonist or animator to tell the story. Explaining the need for smaller congressional districts, as well as the fascinating history of Article the first , could best be done via a series of compelling short videos that have the qualiti...
by JEQuidam
Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:29 am
Forum: Section 10: Achieving the revolutionary vision
Topic: Connecticut Ratification found?
Replies: 12
Views: 24150

Re: Connecticut Ratification found?

Apparently the Supreme Court refused to receive the case. That is disappointing. Regretfully, I did not delve into this particular case as I wanted to, but I will when I can. I do want to understand the CT ratification and the other assertions made. SCOTUS did the same thing in Clemons et al. v. U....
by JEQuidam
Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: Section 10: Achieving the revolutionary vision
Topic: Getting Past the Mental Blocks
Replies: 9
Views: 11336

Re: Getting Past the Mental Blocks

Talk has been made of not "housing" the body in one central place. 3. I would like to know how this large body will not end up entangled in argument? They are "entangled in argument" now. They would be entangled in argument if there were only 100 of them (see the Senate). That i...
by JEQuidam
Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: Repealing the 17th Amendment: Pros and Cons
Topic: Repealing the 17th amendment
Replies: 31
Views: 50329

Re: Repealing the 17th amendment

What about continuing to allow the citizens to vote for their Senators, and removing the corruptive MONEY from public elections? Public Offices should not be for PRIVATE gain. Money will never be removed from the process. There is no way to eliminate money without eliminating freedom of speech - SC...
by JEQuidam
Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:28 pm
Forum: Take it outside!
Topic: Bill of Rights for Voter Equality
Replies: 1
Views: 4289

Re: Bill of Rights for Voter Equality

Marcia, I moved this topic to start its own thread. As you know, some of those proposals I agree with, and some I do not. And some of the ones I agree with can probably be better implemented through legislation rather than a constitutional amendment. I don't want to get into specifics, other than to...
by JEQuidam
Wed May 30, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: Take it outside!
Topic: State versus Federal power
Replies: 2
Views: 7626

Re: State versus Federal power

I personally feel that the way to reach the goal of more effective representation of the people by the government is not to increase the size of the Federal government, but rather to drastically reduce it (particularly the Executive Branch), and for cities/counties (parishes)/states to take on a gr...