Reports

Colorado Profile

Posted on August 21, 2009

Fact in focus: All but one of Colorado US House race were a landside win in 2008 -- 56% of Republican voters failed to elect a candidate

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Arizona Profile

Posted on August 21, 2009

Fact in focus: In 2008 Arizona Democrats won 29% more House seats with only 1.6% more popular votes than Republicans 

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Arkansas Profile

Posted on August 21, 2009

Fact in focus: In 2008 every US House race in Arkansas was uncontested by a major party -- since 1982, 70% of incumbents have been "untouchable"

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Alaska Profile

Posted on August 21, 2009

Fact in focus: Republican Don Young is serving his 19th term as Alaska’s only US House Member 

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Alabama Profile

Posted on August 21, 2009

Fact in focus: A woman has not won a US House seat in Alabama since 1972 

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The Shrinking Battleground

Posted on September 14, 2005

The Shrinking Battleground uses a model of “state partisanship” to explain why the United States has experienced a decrease in the number of competitive battleground states in presidential elections, how these partisan divisions are hardening and what impact they have on American democracy. The fundamental reality is that fewer and fewer Americans play a meaningful role in electing the president – and that the major party campaigns act on that understanding with utter disregard for the interests and views of most voters outside of swing states. The result is a two-tiered system for voters, with damaging impact on voter turnout, racial fairness, political equality and the future of American democracy. The mounting evidence makes it clear that the solution is to establish a direct election of the president so that all votes count equally and the principles of majority rule and one person, one vote are respected.

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