State Senator Mark-Ridley Thomas, who represents California’s 26th District throughout Los Angeles, voted last week along with 22 others in Sacramento to pass a bill that would effectively render the Electoral College system moot.
The measure, by Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, would ratify an interstate compact under which states would agree to award their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of the preferences of their own voters. (from Associated Press, via National Popular Vote)
For those of you who never heard of Senator Mark-Ridley Thomas, welcome to the club. However, he represents a wide swath of central Los Angeles County, including Culver City, South Central, Hollywood, Beverlywood, and Los Feliz. But I’m sure many of you have heard of the US Constitution, which not only lays out the structure of how we elect presidents, but also prohibits States, “without the Consent of Congress,” from entering “into any Agreement or Compact with another State”. (more here)
…h/t Gentle Cricket at California Conservative…
On a humorous side note, Sen. Carole Midgen, who sponsored the above measure, also recently supported another that bans using a cel phone while driving… earlier this week she crashed her SUV while reaching for her cel phone. Doh! (story at Autoblog… h/t Ruth666)