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Susan April 15, 2014 at 11:05 pm
Theresa: National Popular Vote is real reform. The bill ensures that every voter is equal, everyRead More voter will matter, in every state, in every presidential election, and the candidate with the most votes wins, as in virtually every other election in the country. * * * * * Under National Popular Vote, every voter, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election. Every vote would be included in the state counts and national count. * * * * * Saul Anuzis, former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for five years and a former candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee, supports the National Popular Vote plan as the fairest way to make sure every vote matters, and also as a way to help Conservative Republican candidates. This is not a partisan issue and the NPV plan would not help either party over the other. * * * * * National Popular Vote has nothing to do with pure democracy. Pure democracy is a form of government in which people vote on policy initiatives directly. With National Popular Vote, the United States would still be a republic, in which citizens continue to elect the President by a majority of Electoral College votes by states, to represent us and conduct the business of government
Susan April 15, 2014 at 11:18 pm
PJ - You're welcome to study the New York survey report and others, with extended cross-tabs ,Read More conducted by Public Policy Polling via nationalpopularvote dot com * * * * * A Fordham University report ranked Public Policy Polling first among 28 organizations for the accuracy of its final, national preelection estimates. * * * * * On February 12, 2014, the Oklahoma Senate passed the National Popular Vote bill by a 28–18 margin. * * * * * Supporters include former Senator Fred Thompson (R–TN), Governor Jim Edgar (R–IL), Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R–GA), * * Saul Anuzis, former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for five years and a former candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee, * * James Brulte the California Republican Party chairman, * * *The Nebraska GOP State Chairman, Mark Fahleson, and * * *Rich Bolen, a Constitutional scholar, attorney at law, and Republican Party Chairman for Lexington County, South Carolina, who wrote:"A Conservative Case for National Popular Vote: Why I support a state-based plan to reform the Electoral College."
Susan April 15, 2014 at 11:23 pm
PJ - In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system ofRead More awarding all of a state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). A Washington Post, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University poll showed 72% support for direct nationwide election of the President. Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls. * * * * * Most Americans don't ultimately care whether their presidential candidate wins or loses in their state . . . they care whether he/she wins the White House. Voters want to know, that even if they were on the losing side, their vote actually was directly and equally counted and mattered to their candidate. Most Americans think it would be wrong for the candidate with the most popular votes to lose. We don't allow this in any other election in our representative republic.
Luis Guevara-Henriquz, 26, of Hempstead, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. (Photo: NYS Police)
Rose Devine April 15, 2014 at 06:16 pm
Unless you were all locked up, you all did your share of stupid things as teens so stop throwingRead More stones.
knee jerk April 15, 2014 at 06:25 pm
Very apropos: On a cruise to nowhere, from nowhere.
Jack April 15, 2014 at 08:20 pm
This is why we should lower the drinking age to 18. The teens would be safe inside a local barRead More instead of trying to sneak away on a bus. I f you are old enough to fight in the army for Uncle Sam you should be able to vote and drink at 18! Thankyou Abby Hoffman!
Midwest Hydroganics owner Joseph Vota said business has been booming since Patch revealed the DEA was staking out his store. Credit: Joseph Hosey
John April 15, 2014 at 07:10 pm
@Kim Johnson- don't be silly Kim. Barry 's been in charge for 6 yrs now and could of appointed OprahRead More to that position if he wanted to. .
Bruce Cummings April 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm
@Kim Johnson. Not that it matters, but you have your facts wrong. President Barack Obama nominatedRead More Leonhart for the position of DEA Administrator on 2/2/2010. The issue here is people should be able to shop at a store without being followed or have the NSA track each word I am typing.
knee jerk April 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm
I'll do my shopping in either Lowe's or Wal-Mart's garden centers, at least for now, and only useRead More cash.
Pothole Plague on 27, EH Town
amagansett voter April 14, 2014 at 09:16 pm
Interesting allocations. Villages of East Hampton and Southampton have roads in worse repair thanRead More their respective Towns. What methodology was used on this government handout?
John L April 14, 2014 at 09:30 pm
The towns cover a much larger area, with many more miles of roads. Southampton Village is aroundRead More seven square miles, whereas Southampton town is 300 square miles. It seems to be quite a generous amount going to the villages.
janet kent April 15, 2014 at 07:15 am
Why is the North Fork receiving considerably less than the South Fork?
Jordan S. Zoot April 15, 2014 at 02:11 pm
Too bad the blithering idiots that wrote the article can't distinguish between a semi-automaticRead More pistol and a submachine gun.
joebanana April 15, 2014 at 02:44 pm
A .22 cent tax on a SODA? Sounds like a Mob shakedown.
joe smoe April 15, 2014 at 03:02 pm
that's obama's home town. not that he showed up as a senator when we was one. too bad he isn't asRead More delinquent as Commander In Chief in the White House. He sucks hugely. A huge waste of a human being.
Lawmakers sign a bill into law making it illegal to purchase tobacco products to those under 21. Credit: Office of William R. Spencer
dave j April 15, 2014 at 05:42 pm
What a joke this nanny state is becoming .Well Im sure more people are going to die from cancerRead More caused by all the hot particles coming over on the jet stream from the fukushima meltdowns anyway. But one more ridiculous law on the books enables the police and the courts to harass and fine more people .
dave j April 15, 2014 at 06:33 pm
Just an afterthought whats the death toll from heroin on Long Island this year?
A_M_O_V April 15, 2014 at 09:15 pm
The only thing Mr. Bellone and Mr. Spencer could be proud of is the pioneering aspect of this pieceRead More of legislation. Yes they are the first who sign a legislation that would become a detriment for generations, unless at some point and I hope sooner than later the law would be reversed and possibly incorporate age change for alcohol use to 18. It is about time that government officials will get advice from professionals. We are telling our kids not to drink alcohol and not to smoke at an age in which the urge to do the opposite is so high. The most difficult thing for the government to do is promote education that requires high caliber people with energy and sophistication. No one argues the danger in smoking and excessive drinking but when you make it illegal people would like it more. Focus on education and don’t spend valuable money on enforcing something that definitely won't do any good.
Twitter photo of the bus burned in a crash in Orland last week, where 10 people died, including five students.
Holly B April 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm
God bless Heaven's newest angels. We here on earth will miss them both.
RM April 15, 2014 at 11:26 am
Hey John Rithouse, if you don't like it, then don't come here for news. Guys like you make this sameRead More annoying comment every day. Are you mentally slow?
rubberband April 15, 2014 at 01:28 pm
This was out in my neck of the woods. All really great kids, college bound and starting their adultRead More lives. Having lost a child, I can say these families will mourn for as long as they live, and will have to find a "new normal" as EVERYTHING is changed for them now...I wish them strength, there is nothing quite like burying a child. Appreciated are the messages of respect and sympathy. It can be annoying to get news from areas other than your own, however the new Patch is doing things differently, and show no evidence of changing it back.....my best advice would be to ignore stories not in your area, and to write your editor directly, and share your comments with those who can make changes.
Screen Grab from WCVB report of a senior home resident who was evacuated.
Kathleen April 15, 2014 at 09:47 pm
OK, let me take a wild guess here...This is Massachusetts so it shouldn't be that difficult toRead More figure it out. These two crack heads in their 40's are on SSI, claiming some phony disability and are living on SSI in a Section 8 apartment in a senior complex. Probably a good guess right? They put senior citizens in grave danger and will probably get a slap on the wrist and sent right back to live in the elderly housing... just a guess of course but probably pretty accurate. Either that or they are living in an apartment with one of their parents and are not on the lease but yet still live there...only in MA!
Geoff Burton April 15, 2014 at 10:40 pm
Kathleen I don't get the Massachusetts reference, having said that I think your about right.
century April 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm
Kathleen, your right. As for housing, the less number of homeless, the more grant money the city andRead More state receives for housing. It happens all the time in Pennsylvania. Free loaders like the crackheads mentioned in the story is why people who have legimate disabilities are judged as liars and have to fight for their rights.
Megan Huntsman: Credit KLTV screen grab
John April 15, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Well gee officer, I was throwing out some old stinky boxes my wife had in our garage and the nextRead More thing you know......
Geoff Burton April 15, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Nothing new there Black panther o Poetry the human race has been delving the depth of depravity forRead More eons. There are a lot of good people in our world, but unfortunately evil is hyper active
D Penta April 15, 2014 at 05:29 pm
It says Around Town but the headline is UTAH. Utah is not near Natick!! I think everyone should notRead More open an article on Patch unless they see their town's name in the headline. So If it doesn't say Natick, then we all know it is not LOCAL to the Natick Patch. The less clicks these Patch sites get, the fewer advertisers they will get and then perhaps they will realize if we want sensational news from across the country we'd go back to Patch's former owners AOL and the HuffPost! Those here from other Patch sites - I think you should do the same only click on articles that mention your community's name. No name. No click!
A Pilot whale at sea
Gabe Gonsalves April 14, 2014 at 02:16 pm
The live web cams of Coopers Beach are pretty cool.....
A screen grab from WKYC's Facebook page.
JD tippit April 14, 2014 at 09:44 pm
santella stop your badmouthing of pigs you racist human
John Santaella April 15, 2014 at 12:40 am
My bad. I apologize to all pigs. I shouldn't have done it. No more bacon for a month for me
Andie April 15, 2014 at 08:50 am
Someone should have walked by him and whipped a big wad of crap at him and see how he likes it.
CBS Sacramento screenshot of the bus accident in Orland, which took the lives of 10 people, including five students from Southern California.
John Chrusciel April 14, 2014 at 02:16 pm
John the reports stated the vehicle was on fire. This was before the crash. Maybe the driver saw hisRead More tractor on fire and had a massive heart attack? Who knows.
John Chrusciel April 14, 2014 at 02:21 pm
Decaturette back in the days before collapsible steering shafts it was a bad idea to wear a seatbeltRead More because during a head on collision the steering shaft would act as a spear and run you through. I never wore a seat belt my old MGA or TR3. However, this is no longer a problem because of modern design and engineering. Some people will hem and haw about being t-boned at an intersection and the harm that a three point harness can do. I personally know many people who have had their lives saved by seat belts. I always wear mine. They should afford children the same opportunity to protect themselves. A 25 mile per hour head on collision with another vehicle travelling at 25 miles per hour is like a 50 mile per hour collision. So I do not buy the argument about shorter distances nor do I buy the article about lower driving speeds. What can is cost to have simple lap belts installed in a school bus? Are we that greedy?
Becky April 14, 2014 at 04:03 pm
I think the real reason they don't install them is that it would raise a whole other level ofRead More liability -- like that then they would have to keep the seatbelts in good working order, and maybe enforce that people wear them. Could I sue them because another passenger flew out of their seat and hit me. Etc, etc.
Ryan Hughes, a kindergartner at Deer Park’s John Quincy Adams Primary School, and his mother Theresa welcomed home his father Michael from an overseas tour of duty with the U.S. Army.
bill celona April 13, 2014 at 07:59 pm
Welcome home God bless and Thank You for keeping us safe.
Pat Richards April 13, 2014 at 09:06 pm
I'd rather be free than "safe".
bill celona April 13, 2014 at 09:14 pm
Free and safe that's what our men and woman in the services do for everyone in this great countryRead More of ours I am so thankful to them. pat hope the God bless didn't offend you too.
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