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Phil English


    Mon, August 02, 2010

    Protecting Ballot Integrity


    Voting is the penultimate civil right. The power of individual citizens to have their vote fairly and accurately counted is foundation of legitimacy for our entire political system.

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    Fri, July 30, 2010

    Reform Week: The Electoral College


    The fact that America elects its presidents by a two step process-voting to select state electors, who then gather to formally elect a President- attracted little modern passion until the closely ...

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    Fri, July 30, 2010

    Reform Week: Open Debate


    Politics in its ideal form should be a contest of ideas.

    Of course, there is more to it than that. American political practice has always been a mix of sentiments ...

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    Tue, July 27, 2010

    Reform Week: Ballot Access


    This week I am attempting to lay out a series of simple and direct political reforms that would make our elections more representative, and give voters a stronger voice in the process. One of the ...

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    Tue, July 27, 2010

    Reform Week: Remove Straight Party Lever


    I am a big believer in giving citizens a maximum range of choices when they go to vote. However, I would make one exception to that general rule, in the name of increasing competition and challenging ...

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    Tue, July 27, 2010

    Reform Week: Open Primaries


    This spring I was back on the ballot, and won. Understandably, it was largely unnoticed.

    I reclaimed my old seat on Republican State Committee, where I served for ...

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    Tue, July 27, 2010

    Reform Week: Open Debate


    Politics in its ideal form should be a contest of ideas.

    Of course, there is more to it than that. American political practice has always been a mix of sentiments ...

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    Mon, June 07, 2010

    Bad News on Jobs


    "A fire bell in the night, awakening me and filling me with dread."

    That was how Thomas Jefferson in retirement described the rising sectional frictions ...

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    Wed, June 02, 2010

    Worst Environmental Disaster in U.S. History


    Three weeks ago I shared my frustration at the failure of the government to respond swiftly and decisively to contain the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, incredibly and inexorably, this ...

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