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Campus Question – January 25, 2013

January 25, 2013

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Campus Question – January 25, 2013

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The Republican campaign to gerrymander the Electoral College may be collapsing. Virginia state Sen. Ralph Smith (R) said he called the bill “a bad idea for the long term,” and Sen. Jill Vogel (R) will also vote against the change when the full committee meets. And Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R) said Florida will not attempt the change, adding “I don’t think we need to change the rules of the game, I think we need to get better.” Does this make you less worried about the self-driving cars that may well exist within a decade?

  • NCrissieB

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureWe the People, Part II: Who Are “We?”
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Frieday Critters

  • Jim W

    My Virginia Senator Barker on Virginia re-redistricting.

    The Constitution of Virginia states that the General Assembly shall redistrict legislative and Congressional districts in 2011 and every ten years thereafter. The Circuit Court in Richmond ruled just last year that the Constitutional language prohibits subsequent redistricting after the decennial redrawing of the lines. …

    In addition to the clear violation of the Virginia constitution, this plan was introduced, voted on, and passed only because my friend, civil rights icon Senator Henry Marsh, was out of town attending the Presidential inauguration. It is said that sunshine is the best disinfectant. This plan was produced in complete darkness.

    Who is doing the thinking for the Republicans?

  • addisnana

    That leaves Wisconsin and Pennsylvania still considering it and Reince Priebus still endorsing it. I will rest easier when ‘changing the rules so we can win’ is not part of the official Republican strategy.

    As for self-driving cars, they might be better than some of the drivers I’ve seen on the roads.

  • winterbanyan

    I’m not less worried yet, I confess, but feeling a tad better. I think an election with an outcome such as we would have had in 2012 under the GOP plan to divvy the electoral votes might have resulted in revolution.

    We already swallowed Bush losing the popular vote and winning the electoral college by SCOTUS fiat, but that was a closer election. Given a huge spread in many areas, I don’t think a plan like this would be swallowed for long if enacted.

    I like the self-driving cars. 🙂

  • NCrissieB

    The RNC plan to gerrymander the Electoral College looks to be coming unglued. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) came out against it today, as did former RNC chair Haley Barbour. I think they expected to slip this through without any national discussion. Instead it got front page coverage in today’s Washington Post and extensive coverage elsewhere. Oops….

    As for self-driving cars, those links are very interesting, and I kind of like the idea. The engineers say self-driving cars would be more energy-efficient, and would encourage carpooling because no one has to be the driver. As for safety, it turns out humans grossly overestimate how safely we drive, and the software is already passing us. In terms of getting suburban residents to and from work, shopping, etc., self-driving cars may be cleaner than light rail. Cool. 😀

  • addisnana

    ‘We Beat The Liberals’: McConnell Campaign Brags About Defeating Filibuster Reform is enough to make me sign up now to help Ashley Judd defeat him. Sad day for Democrats and I’m not happy with them today.

  • I think from the national party standpoint, a lot of the Republicans are “doing the math” themselves, and figuring that “winner take all” has benefited them more than it has hurt them. 😉

    • In the “hey, some good news!” category: Sarah Palin is out at Fox.

      In a statement from Fox News, Executive Vice President for Programming Bill Shine did not comment on whose decision it was to end their relationship, instead saying, “We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Gov. Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

      In other words, she’s not worth it anymore. 😆

      • addisnana

        😆 😆 😆

  • Jim W

    Self drving cars will be an excellent addition to the transportation network. The SARTRE approach not so. It uses too much energy.

    The IMF model (In’tl Monetary Fund – Dr. Kumhof) middle case is that oil prices will double every decade as oil volume increases by 0.9%/year until “we” (the oil importing nations) cannot afford it anymore. Some oil importing nations will “fall out” before others. Based on fundamentals, the USA has a poor strategic position vis a vis northern EU and China.

    The first application will be trips from public transportation depots to your door. Electric cars will be able to make a number of trips each evening, returning for the next load at a much lower cost then owning a car. The will also be available for shopping trips during the evening and mid day period.

    Where does $15 a gallon gas fit in your future plans?