Dave H 
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Re: “Rally planned against Trump's new deportation order

Are you an immigrant to the United States and have become a citizen of the United States? Yes. Great! You have nothing to worry about. We are glad to have you here.

No

OK, are you a legal resident AKA "green card" holder or on a current visa? Yes. Great! Unless you commit a crime (usually a felony) violating the long standing requirements of the green card or visa, you have nothing to worry about. We are glad to have you here.

No.

Have you committed a misdemeanor or felony crime? No. OK, well you are probably here illegally and should really go home, but you are not the priority for being caught and deported.

Yes. Expect to get jailed and probably deported.

(caveat: the poster's mother is a legal immigrant to the US)

This is the law, not really Trump's policy.

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Posted by Dave H on 02/21/2017 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Suppression is the goal of many 'free speech zones'

Typically these zones are designated by considering things like safety, impact on public thoroughfares and passage, business impacts, and security. This has been done by and affecting organizations of all political persuasions for decades.

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Posted by Dave H on 02/07/2017 at 4:19 PM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

The fact that we vote for our representatives does not mean we are a democracy.

Again:

Republics are rule by law, are always representative, and have an executive position which is not a monarch.

Democracies are rule by vote, can be direct or representative, and do not have an executive position.

We are a nation which operates on laws, we don't have our representatives vote on everything. We have an executive position. We are a republic.

As for any problems with the Electoral College goes, the real issue is not the Electoral College itself, the problem is that most states choose to use a "Winner Take All" methond of assigning electors. That is something determined by each individual state and is not something required or even recommended by the Constitution or federal law.

The only positive of the winner take all system is that it becomes much less likely that Congress will have to choose the president and VP in the case of neither set of candidates achieving the 270 majority.

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Posted by Dave H on 02/03/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

"And those tweaks are what Dave"

The main one was change from the state legislatures selecting Senators to public vote for Senators. This upset the system of checks and balances and took some power away from the states, however, our form of government has not changed.

"a Democratic Representative Republic"

There is no such thing. We are a Constitutional Federal Republic and have been since the Articles of Confederation were replaced.

"No were not a full Representative Democracy but we are also not a full Representative Republic we are both. "

You have no idea what you are talking about.

"It means you and the rest of us get to pick who speaks for us in Washington."

You are completely hung up on the "representative" part of the issue and are confusing yourself. That has squat to do with whether or not we are a republic or a democracy. Refer back to my original post.

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Posted by Dave H on 02/02/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

Rocky, despite some small tweaks our form of government has not changed. We are still a Republic, not a representative democracy.

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Posted by Dave H on 02/02/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

There has been a dichotomy expressed by Trump supporters that a nation cannot be both a democracy and a republic.-- Bill Durland

Technically true. A republic and a democracy, even a representative democracy, are not the same things.

Republics are rule by law, are always representative, and have an executive position which is not a monarch.

Democracies are rule by vote, can be direct or representative, and do not have an executive position.

The US is a Republic, albeit with some democratic principles, specifically we are a Constitutional Federal Republic. We are not, despite the fervent assertions of many, a representative democracy. In fact the founding fathers specifically did not want a democracy.

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Posted by Dave H on 02/01/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Sorry Dems, biased media, the Electoral College, and more

"Although the Electoral College should be updated to a more proportional system, " - David Naumann

The big issue with the Electoral College really isn't the Electoral College itself, but rather how the majority of the states implement it.

The Electoral College assigns the number of electors based on the total number of Representatives and Senators each state has in Congress. In the case of Colorado, we have 7 congressional districts and Representatives and each state has two Senators so that gives us 9 Electors in the Electoral College. Colorado, like the majority of the states, has adopted a "Winner Take All" policy when it comes to the assignment of electors. That means which ever way Denver and Boulder vote, that is how all of the state's electors have to vote.

Let me repeat, this "Winner Take All" approach is a STATE approach and is not even mentioned the Constitution or federal law.

Now, keeping in mind that the congressional districts are supposed to be roughly disturbed by population and are to represent the people, while each state gets two Senators and their purpose is to represent the state, to me the most correct way to assign electors is by winner of the congressional district with the remaining two be decided by the state legislature. The state could assign these two by proportion, by winner take all, or by legislative vote.

The down side to any proportional or district based assignment of electors is that it becomes far more likely that no candidate will achieve the 270 necessary electoral votes to secure the election, in which case the House of Reps elects the President and the Senate elects the VP. This has happened in the past and would be much more likely in a proportional Electoral College system.

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Posted by Dave H on 12/20/2016 at 11:33 AM

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