MI Senate likely won't go for House plan to change electoral vote system; OH's Husted, other Republicans also say no


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As you know by now, several GOP-run states were interested in circumventing our elections by creating their own version of the electoral college that would result in many more red states… despite the popular vote count. Republicans have failed to sell their policies to America, soso rather than rectify the outdated, mean-spirited ideas and messages that are losing them elections, they are resorting to their usual dirty tricks to cheat themselves into future victories.

Previously I posted Finally! WaPo front-pages election-rigging scheme. Plus, glimmers of hope in Virginia, Florida. Now we have more glimmers of hope.

You are about to be exposed to two encouraging news items. Can you stand it? The first is from the Detroit Free Press. Remember, Michigan's Speaker of the House and Gov. Rick Snyder were considering the election-rigging scheme:

The state House may be considering a new and controversial plan on how Michigan's electoral college votes are distributed, but the state Senate isn't interested, said Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.

Richardville said that changing the system "is not on our agenda."

King Ricky will have to use his dictatorial powers then, which nobody would put past him.

UPDATE via TPM: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder ‘Very Skeptical’ Of Electoral Vote Rigging

On to Ohio, via Cleveland.com:

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Count Ohio's Republican leaders out of a GOP-backed effort to end the Electoral College's winner-take-all format in the Buckeye State and other presidential battlegrounds.

Spokesmen for Gov. John Kasich, State Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker William G. Batchelder told The Plain Dealer this week that they are not pursuing plans to award electoral votes proportionally by congressional district.

Batchelder went a step further, saying through his communications director that he "is not supportive of such a move." And Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, the state's chief elections administrator, emphasized that he does not favor the plan either, despite Democratic suspicions based on reported comments that he said were taken out of context.

We'll see. This could be a stall, but hopefully, they realize the bad press they're getting is growing and that moving forward would be politically disastrous.