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contracosta.news Richmond Agrees to Ranked Choice Voting Ballot Measure

The Richmond City Council agreed to place a ranked choice voting ballot measure before voters this November.

Richmond Agrees to Ranked Choice Voting Ballot Measure
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news.yahoo.com 'Blitz primary' could open up Democratic race if Biden drops out

Two Democrats are circulating a proposal to donors and bundlers that would see delegates choose a Biden replacement in the lead up to August convention.

'Blitz primary' could open up Democratic race if Biden drops out

> Their idea goes something like this, according to a memo shared with Semafor that has been circulated to Democratic donors and bundlers as well as officials within the Biden campaign and administration:

> - Biden would step down as the Democratic nominee in mid-July, and announce the new system, with backing from Vice President Kamala Harris.

> - Potential candidates would have a few days to throw their respective hats in the ring. The Democratic Party then would begin a primary sprint in which the six candidates who receive the most votes from delegates pledge to run positive-only campaigns in the month leading up to the convention.

> - The “blitz primary” would involve weekly forums with each candidate moderated by cultural icons (Michelle Obama, Oprah, and Taylor Swift are among the names floated in the memo) in order to engage voters.

> - The nominee would ultimately be chosen by the delegates using ranked choice voting before the start of the Chicago convention on Aug. 19.

> - It would be announced with plenty of fanfare on the third day of the gathering. The memo imagines the nominee unveiled on stage with Biden, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

> According to its authors, the country would be captivated. Donations would pour in. And Biden would be celebrated as a “modern-day George Washington,” the proponents argue.----

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External communities not syncing?

I've noticed that the external communities I'm subscribed to aren't syncing. I checked a few on their home server (lemmy. world), and they've got plenty of new posts (eg. [email protected]), but the posts aren't showing up here. I don't think it's just me, but I've been wrong before. Anybody else?

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'The way our districts are drawn is BS:' Ohio redistricting effort moves toward fall ballot
  • Honestly, I feel like if districts are gonna be drawn, it’d make more sense to just choose some algorithm and have a computer do it.

    I've thought about this exactly. Here's my idea.

    Crowd source the algorithm every X years. Anybody with basic skills in map making and programming can submit a candidate algorithm. Candidates are scored by...

    A) how well they evenly distribute the population across districts (eg +X points for every extra person a district has above a perfectly even distribution), and...

    B) how simple the districts are (eg. +Y points for every corner each district boundary has.), which would prevent any kind of gerrymandering.

    Lowest score with above example points system wins. Winner gets to have their name on any ballots used while the districts chosen by the algorithm are used. Or something. 🤷

  • The President Can Now Assassinate You, Officially
  • Well then.... LET'S GO BRANDON!

    Edit: For those maybe missing the point, this is a call to action for Biden, now that he has the green light from SCOTUS, to do what's necessary to rescue democracy.

    Call it the final step in hijacking that meme from the MAGA cult that began with Dark Brandon.

  • www.boisestatepublicradio.org Open Primaries Initiative supporters to deliver verified signatures to Secretary of State

    Idahoans for Open Primaries will deliver its petition with more verified signatures than needed to the Idaho Secretary of State Tuesday, paving the way to the November ballot for the citizen-led initiative.

    Open Primaries Initiative supporters to deliver verified signatures to Secretary of State
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    www.dispatch.com 'The way our districts are drawn is BS:' Ohio redistricting effort moves toward fall ballot

    Fed up with politicians manipulating maps to ensure reelection, a crowd of Ohio voters took a key step toward offering a redistricting alternative on the November ballot.

    'The way our districts are drawn is BS:' Ohio redistricting effort moves toward fall ballot
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    DC Campaign to Submit Over 40K Signatures for Open Primaries, Ranked Choice Voting
  • But they're not introducing nuance, they're invoking FUD.

    Their arguments aren't, "RCV is way better than FPTP, and it's great that communities are adopting it, but I happen to like this similar system even better. Let me tell you about it." I would love to see discussions like that.

    Instead, their arguments are "RCV bad. [Other system] good.". Their arguments play right into the hands of those that want to delay/avoid change so that they can continue to manipulate elections.

  • ivn.us DC Campaign to Submit Over 40K Signatures for Open Primaries, Ranked Choice Voting

    A DC campaign has collected more than 40,000 signatures to put an initiative on the city’s ballot that would open primary elections to independent voters and implement ranked choice voting in all District elections.

    DC Campaign to Submit Over 40K Signatures for Open Primaries, Ranked Choice Voting

    Seeing as how some people here on Lemmy get upset at any mention of Ranked Choice Voting and respond that, in their opinion, it's not perfect, and that we should therefore keep the voting system we have while we debate which alternative is perfect for several decades, allow me to preemptively respond.

    ========

    RCV has the momentum and is infinitely superior to what we have now. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of fantastic.

    I’d be happy if a community chose one of the other options. I don’t care. They’re all better than what we have and we should be celebrating every city, county and state that switches to any of them. That's the purpose of this post.

    Trying to demonize one option because you don’t think it’s perfect is just muddying the waters and subjecting us to decades of more of the shit sandwich we have now while we debate which alternative is flawless (hint: none of them are).

    You'll never get everyone to agree on which option is best. A vast majority of us can agree, though, that FPTP is garbage, and RCV is way way better.

    It's like you're sitting there with nothing to eat but spoiled meat and it's making you deathly sick, someone comes by and offers you a fresh juicy hamburger, and you respond, "No! I'll accept nothing less than Filet Mignon!" Dude! You're eating spoiled meat! Take the damn burger!

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    Supreme Court allows cities to ban homeless people sleeping outside, even when shelter space is lacking
  • For communities that do this, the goal is to...

    A) Drive out the homeless so they go to other, more charitable communities, and become someone else's problem, and then...

    B) Point out the higher rate of homelessness (and higher taxes necessary to deal with it) in those other communities and say, "Look how awful those communities are!"

  • CT begins exploring ranked-choice voting merits, logistics
  • That's the very definition of letting perfect be the enemy of good. We can have really good now, or we can debate ad nauseum for decades about what would be perfect, never reach an agreement, and have done nothing.

  • ctmirror.org CT begins exploring ranked-choice voting merits, logistics

    Ranked-choice voting could radically change how Connecticut elections are conducted. A working group is looking at the impact.

    CT begins exploring ranked-choice voting merits, logistics
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    A ton of job postings might actually be fake
  • It takes six months from "we need a new person with these skills" to "ok here's the job posting," ??? And if in those six months the required skills change a bit, you can't just tweak the job posting and instead have to start over from scratch???

    Your company has serious issues that are wasting everyone's time and need to be addressed. Stop making excuses for wasting people's time.

  • Campaign aims to put ranked-choice voting to a referendum in Ithaca - The Ithaca Voice
  • Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I am convinced that was Russia!s proof-of-concept for what would become their information warfare against democracy.

    I find myself increasingly having to consider this possibility when I interact with people online. Are they well meaning, or are they actively trying to sabotage progress. Maybe they're well meaning but have succumbed to the arguments of others actively trying to sabotage progress. 🤷

  • nltimes.nl Campaign collects €30,000 for homeless Amsterdammer who returned lost wallet with €2,000

    A crowdfunding campaign for a homeless man in Amsterdam who turned in a cash-filled wallet he found has raised over 30,000 euros in less than a day.

    Campaign collects €30,000 for homeless Amsterdammer who returned lost wallet with €2,000
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    Campaign aims to put ranked-choice voting to a referendum in Ithaca - The Ithaca Voice
  • RCV has the momentum and is infinitely superior to what we have now. Don't let perfect be the enemy of much better.

    Edit: And honestly, I'd be happy if a community chose one of the other options. I don't care. They're all better than what we have and we should be applauding every city, county and state that switches to any of them.

    Trying to demonize one because you don't think it's perfect is just muddying the waters and subjecting us to decades of more of the shit sandwich we have now while we debate which alternative is flawless.

  • www.dallasnews.com Decriminalizing marijuana among proposed changes to Dallas city charter

    Ground Game Texas says its members submitted almost 50,000 signatures to Dallas City Hall on Monday seeking to change the city’s charter to stop police from...

    Decriminalizing marijuana among proposed changes to Dallas city charter

    > Some of the possible changes on the table are increasing pay for the mayor and council members, moving City Council elections to a ranked-choice voting system and extending the terms of district council members.

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    ithacavoice.org Campaign aims to put ranked-choice voting to a referendum in Ithaca - The Ithaca Voice

    ITHACA, N.Y. — A group of local residents are trying to change how elections are decided in the city of Ithaca.  Tom Clavel and Patrick Sewell, two leaders of the […]

    Campaign aims to put ranked-choice voting to a referendum in Ithaca - The Ithaca Voice
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    newjerseyglobe.com Fulop unveils pro-democracy government reform if he's governor - New Jersey Globe

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Fulop today proposed a series of sweeping changes aimed at strengthening Democracy and offering substantive

    Fulop unveils pro-democracy government reform if he's governor - New Jersey Globe

    > As governor, Fulop would push for ranked choice voting and same-day voter registration.

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    wamu.org JD Spain, Sr. wins Democratic nomination for Arlington County Board

    The results came Friday afternoon after the county's second-ever ranked choice voting election.

    JD Spain, Sr. wins Democratic nomination for Arlington County Board

    > Spain’s victory came after the county’s second-ever ranked choice voting election. On their ballots, Arlington voters ranked three of the five candidates. In the first round of the tabulation, the person who got the least number of votes — in this case, Julie Farnam — was dropped, and her supporters’ votes allocated to their second-choice candidates. The same happened with James DeVita followed by Tenley Peterson. That pushed Spain over the 50% required to win over second-place finisher Natalie Roy.

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    www.chilkatvalleynews.com State judge upholds most fines against group seeking repeal of Alaska ranked choice voting - Chilkat Valley News

    In a 54-page order, a judge concluded that Alaska’s “true source” disclosure laws apply to ballot measures. Those laws state that if a nonprofit contributes to a political campaign, it must reveal the names of its donors, the true source of the money.

    State judge upholds most fines against group seeking repeal of Alaska ranked choice voting - Chilkat Valley News

    An Anchorage Superior Court judge has ruled that opponents of Alaska’s ranked choice election system violated state campaign finance laws in their effort to gather signatures for a repeal ballot measure.

    In a 54-page order, Judge Laura Hartz upheld almost all fines issued in January by the state’s campaign finance regulator and concluded that Alaska’s “true source” disclosure laws apply to ballot measures.

    Those laws state that if a nonprofit contributes to a political campaign, it must reveal the names of its donors, the true source of the money.

    Hartz said one fine, levied for the misreporting of $2,358 in cash contributions, may not have been warranted and remanded the issue back to state regulators.

    That was a small aspect of the overall case, which involved more than $94,000 in fines levied by the Alaska Public Offices Commission against groups and individuals who backed a ballot measure that seeks to eliminate both ranked choice voting and the state’s open primary, which places all candidates — regardless of party — into a single election for each office.

    The repeal measure is slated for the November general election. A separate lawsuit has challenged the signature-gathering process used to put it on the ballot.

    Preliminary orders in that case, including one issued Friday, have been in favor of allowing the repeal measure to go forward. A trial on the issue is scheduled to begin Monday.

    Hartz’s 54-page order did not touch on that case, only the matter of the fines.

    The Alaska Public Offices Commission, which regulates campaign spending in the state, concluded last year that Art Mathias, an opponent of ranked choice voting, contributed $90,000 to the Ranked Choice Education Association, an organization incorporated as a church in Washington state.

    RCEA then gave money to Alaskans for Honest Elections, which campaigned in favor of the repeal measure.

    Members of the Public Offices Commission concluded that was a violation of state campaign laws that forbid donations in the name of another person and require nonprofits to list their donors if they pass money to a political campaign.

    Some ranked choice opponents appealed the fines, as did Alaskans for Better Elections, a pro-ranked choice group that sought larger fines. The Alaska Department of Law, representing the commission, sought to uphold the commission’s decision.

    Hartz ruled almost entirely against both appellants, finding that only one fine — involving the handling of cash donations gathered at campaign events — may not have been warranted.

    She sent that issue back to the Public Offices Commission for further consideration.

    In 2020, Alaskans passed Ballot Measure 2, which included ranked choice voting, the open primary and a law stating that nonprofits that donate to a political campaign must disclose who gave them the money, revealing its “true source.”

    That law didn’t directly address ballot measures, but Hartz said that ballot measures are included in the law because of an older law that forbids donations in the name of another person or group.

    Her order said in part, “the court concludes that true source reporting requirements do apply to contributions in support of a ballot initiative when the contribution is passed from the true source through an intermediary to an initiative sponsor.”

    Using that conclusion, Hartz upheld most of the commission’s actions.

    “Because RCEA derives its funds from ‘contributions, donations, dues, or gifts,’ RCEA is an intermediary and not, by definition, the true source of a contribution,” she wrote.

    Hartz rejected arguments suggesting that the First Amendment gives donors a right to privacy, thus negating the “true source” law.

    “There is no constitutional right to make anonymous contributions for the purpose of influencing the outcome of an election,” she wrote. “There is likewise no right to contribute through an intermediary or in the name of another, and the court declines to create such a right.”

    Supporters of the ranked choice repeal suggested they might face threats, harassment or reprisals for their donations and support, but in her ruling, Hartz said that they failed to show “any evidence of a ‘reasonable probability’” that would happen.

    Friday’s order is unlikely to be the final word on the matter. Appellants could request a review from the Alaska Supreme Court.

    In addition, since the initial filing against Alaskans for Honest Elections, supporters of ranked choice voting have filed additional complaints alleging further problems.

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    www.denverpost.com Group tied to Colorado election overhaul drops $1 million in last-minute primary spending

    Let Colorado Vote Action has ties to Denver millionaire Kent Thiry and his effort to introduce ranked-choice voting in Colorado

    Group tied to Colorado election overhaul drops $1 million in last-minute primary spending

    > The group is backed by Kent Thiry, the Denver-based former CEO of the dialysis giant DaVita who’s supporting a ballot measure to overhaul the state’s election process. In a statement to The Denver Post on Saturday morning, Thiry wrote that it was “time for many of us to stand up for the majority in the middle. We are supporting responsible candidates in each party who believe in civil and bipartisan behavior, and who believe they represent all the voters in their districts.”

    > The new spending committee shares a name, registered agent and phone number with Let Colorado Vote, which is supporting an effort to put a sweeping overhaul of the state’s election system in front of voters in November.

    > If placed on the ballot and passed, the proposed overhaul would institute a ranked-choice voting system here, in which voters pick four candidates from a primary field to send to a general election. Let Colorado Vote has also recently been critical of Colorado lawmakers for recently inserting a late amendment into an election bill in order to slow any future switch to ranked-choice voting.

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    H5N1 Bird Flu Isn’t a Human Pandemic—Yet. American Contrariness Could Turn It into One

    www.scientificamerican.com H5N1 Bird Flu Isn’t a Human Pandemic—Yet

    Americans don’t like being told what to do, and many don’t trust government. These stubborn attitudes might turn H5N1 bird flu into a pandemic

    H5N1 Bird Flu Isn’t a Human Pandemic—Yet

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.eco.br/post/5721064

    > > When H5N1 avian influenza started spreading among dairy cattle across the U.S. this year, regulators warned against consuming unpasteurized milk. What happened? Raw milk sales went up. > > > Distributors of this unsafe-for-human-consumption product deny H5N1—which has the potential to sicken millions of people—is a danger. Dairy farmers decline to allow disease detectives onto their properties.

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    www.nytimes.com These Common Medications Can Make Heat Waves More Dangerous

    Certain antidepressants, blood pressure pills and other drugs make you more susceptible to heat-related illness. Here’s what to know.

    These Common Medications Can Make Heat Waves More Dangerous
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    www.theguardian.com Wisconsin Republicans block PFAS cleanup until polluters are granted immunity

    GOP-controlled committee thwarting distribution of $125m budgeted by legislature until polluter immunity approved

    Wisconsin Republicans block PFAS cleanup until polluters are granted immunity
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    www.propublica.org Whistleblower Says Microsoft Dismissed Warnings About a Security Flaw That Russians Later Used to Hack U.S. Government

    Former employee says software giant dismissed his warnings about a critical flaw because it feared losing government business. Russian hackers later used the weakness to breach the National Nuclear Security Administration, among others.

    Whistleblower Says Microsoft Dismissed Warnings About a Security Flaw That Russians Later Used to Hack U.S. Government
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