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November 2020

Defending the Electoral College by Ilona Nickels

The Electoral College exists to prevent one region of the country from dominating national election outcomes due to simply having more residents than any other state.

California should pick our President, saving the rest of the states a lot of bother. Would anyone agree with that statement? Yet, that would be the result if the voices wanting to abolish the Electoral College were to prevail.

The most recent instance of a presidential election decided by the Electoral College vote, and not the popular vote, was Trump v. Clinton in 2016.  

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October 2020

Bipartisanship: RX for Progress by Ilona Nickels

We have to see compromise as a necessary part of governing,
and not always as a selling out of one's principles.

Washington's favorite buzz word is "bipartisanship." Everyone thinks they know what it means, but all don't have the same meaning in mind when they use the word. Bipartisanship implies cooperation in policy-making among two parties that see things from different perspectives. It implies rising above the usual party divide to seek an outcome that serves the national interest.

On the other hand, it does not imply surrendering all principles just in order to get a deal.

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September 2020

Citizen Influence on Congress by Ilona Nickels

It's said that Washington is swamped with lobbyists. It is.
So where does that leave the average citizen? With the advantage.

Cynicism about Congress is understandable. It also leads to a dangerous passivity. Congress doesn't legislate in a vacuum. It is a representative institution and it really does reflect the cascade of voices bombarding it. Individual citizens must be part of the noise or risk being overlooked as decisions that affect their livelihoods and industries are made.

People often ask: Why can't Congress just get its act together and get something done?

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