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Friday, September 07, 2007


Move to split state's electoral votes by congressional district could elect a GOP president
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
A GOP-backed initiative to toss out California's winner-take-all system of assigning electoral votes was approved for circulation Wednesday, and Democrats immediately slammed it as a backdoor attempt to hand Republicans the 2008 presidential election.
... The approval Wednesday by the secretary of state's and attorney general's offices means supporters can begin gathering signatures to qualify the initiative for the June ballot.
... "This is not reform," Howard Dean, head of the Democratic National Committee, charged in a conference call with California reporters. "It's just another Republican attempt to rig an election."
... So far, Hiltachk hasn't managed to collect endorsements from any big-name Republicans, either nationally or in California. Schwarzenegger, his former boss, dismissed the initiative in a Los Angeles television interview Wednesday.
"To me, what we have in place right now works," the governor said on KABC-TV. Changing the rules in the middle of the game "almost feels like a loser's mentality, saying 'I cannot win with those rules. So let me change the rules.' "


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