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The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee a majority of the Electoral College to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill would reform the Electoral College so that the electoral vote in the Electoral College reflects the choice of the nation's voters for President of the United States.   more
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    Hawaii Reporter
    Blithering Idiots at the Hawaii State Legislature - Yes, There are Some
    Hawaii Reporter op-Ed
    By Jim Henshaw
    April 8, 2007

    The Hawaii State Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 1956, which would turn all of Hawaii's electoral college votes over to whichever presidential candidate won the national popular vote.

    Given Hawaii's tiny population, would mean that Hawaii's votes would virtually always go to whoever won on the Mainland.

    Only four Democrats in the legislature voted against this bill (Reps. Bellati, Berg, Manahan, and McKelvey), even though in the most recent presidential election this bill would have given all four of our electoral votes to George Bush, despite John Kerry winning this state by a comfortable margin.

    In fact, the only time Hawaii has voted for a Republican for president was during the 1984 landslide election, when Reagan won 49 states.

    If I was a Democrat, and the Democrat representing me voted to disenfranchise me by periodically handing over Hawaii's votes to a Republican presidential candidate who had lost the vote in Hawaii, I'd never vote for such a blithering idiot ever again.

    In fact, I'd run against that Democratic incumbent in the 2008 primary, under the slogan "(insert blithering idiot's name here) endorsed George Bush and Dick Cheney" -- with some fine print explaining the nuances, of course. Now that would be a landslide!

    Jim Henshaw, a resident of Kailua, Hawaii, can be reached via email at

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