The popular vote has become incredibly popular among Democrats, a measure they have doubled down on since Hillary Clinton’s loss to President Trump in 2016 when she won the popular vote. As a result of last week’s elections, Colorado is the latest state to decide to join what has been dubbed “the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.”
States that have joined the Compact agree to award their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote. 15 states and D.C. have already joined the pact, which currently accounts for 196 electoral votes. The magical 270 electoral votes do still have a place in the Compact.
“That 270 matters: The states that have approved legislation to join the compact agreed it would not take effect until the 270 threshold is reached. Once it does, those states will have the power to use their Electoral College votes to elect a winner, according to the popular vote” writes NBC News. “This uses the Electoral College to effectively phase out the Electoral College, though it would not apply to states that do not sign up.”
The notion of an amended voting process brings both critical and favorable opinions. Sylvia Bernstein, the coordinator for the Yes on National Popular Vote campaign believes this “shouldn’t be a partisan issue.” The reason is “pretty simple” she says. “The candidate with the most votes should win, just the way it happens in every other election in this country.”
Bernstein also said it would force candidates to campaign across the entire country and not be compelled to focus on swing states. “Right now, we see both candidates hunkered down in Pennsylvania. You know, Pennsylvania has nothing to do with Colorado or California or Texas.”
Opponents of the concept, however, say a National Popular Vote would result in many states being forced to cede power. “The presidential election is the only election we have where states sovereignty and the state’s population is combined for one voice,” said the mayor of Monument, Colorado, Don Wilson, who is a Republican and co-founder of Coloradans Vote.
Biden ‘allies’ concerned with Hollywood lawyer’s ‘aggressive public defense of Hunter Biden’
Hunter Biden’s Hollywood attorney buddy Kevin Morris is reportedly upsetting President Joe Biden’s “allies” with his very public defense plan for Hunter. Among the defenses is a plan to question the validity of, and story behind, the New York Post’s exclusive 2020 story on Hunter’s laptop found at a Delaware repair shop.
Another issue of concern, according to a New York Times report, is that Morris gave Hunter a loan totaling over $2 million to pay off his tax debts and take care of his living expenses. “It potentially echoes the cash he received while serving on the board of a Ukrainian oligarch’s company and pursuing deals with a Chinese tycoon, the Times said.”
But President Biden’s supporters want his scandalous son to stay out of the public eye and avoid going to trial. Morris’ tactics, however, are making a big splash. For one, he was recently accused of “spying” on filmmakers who are making an independent movie “My Son Hunter.” The movie allegedly paints an unflattering portrait of the Biden family.
The Times said Morris may try to use footage he shot on the movie’s set located in Serbia to try and “undermine” the film and the laptop. Another potential issue for the Bidens is how Morris came to be in possession of Hunter’s controversial artwork.
Morris is rumored to be an art collector, and according to one source, Morris might have received Hunter’s art as a gift. The Times cited two people familiar with the story.
Everything is exacerbating the scrutiny the White House has already been under, when it comes to Hunter’s scandals. Hunter and Morris met at a fundraiser for then-candidate Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Banning Nonbinary On Birth Certificates
On Tuesday, Republican Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill banning the use of nonbinary as a gender option on state birth certificates.
The new law, SB 1100, requires all birth certificates in the state to only allow male or female as gender options.
The law says that it “requires the biological sex designation on a birth certificate to be either male or female and prohibits a nonbinary or any symbol representing a nonbinary designation including the letter ‘X’ beginning on the effective date of this act. The measure declares an emergency.”
“People are free to believe whatever they want about their identity, but science has determined people are either biologically male or female at birth,” said Oklahoma Rep. Sheila Dills, the House sponsor of the bill, in a statement. “We want clarity and truth on official state documents. Information should be based on established medical fact and not an ever-changing social dialogue.”
“As the war on common sense continues, we must stand up and put a stop to this nonsense regarding biological sex,” said Michael Bergstrom, R-Adair, the principal author of the bill. “It’s not a complicated issue – biologically, you’re either a male or female. There should be no other option to choose from on a birth certificate. I’m thankful my colleagues in the House of Representatives also saw the need to stand behind science and approve this measure.”
Stitt’s signing of the bill comes after he signed an executive order in November 2021 directing the Oklahoma Health Department to stop issuing or changing birth certificates with nonbinary as a gender option.
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