Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

5 responses to “Brien Joins ALEC Board as Group Comes Under Fire”

  1. Super-liberal Rhode Island? Not so much « On Politics

    [...] now, Bob Plain of RI’s Future reports on how state Representative Jon Brien of Woonsocket, who has a leadership role with the [...]

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    A survey of Rhode Island voters showed 74% overall support for a national popular vote for President.
    Support was 78% among independents, 86% among liberal Democrats, 85% among moderate Democrats, 60% among conservative Democrats, 71% among liberal Republicans, 63% among moderate Republicans, and 35% among conservative Republicans.
    By age, support was 77% among 18-29 year olds, 80% among 30-45 year olds, 70% among 46-65 year olds, and 76% for those older than 65.
    By gender, support was 84% among women and 63% among men.

    On September 7, 2007, ALEC’s National Board Members gave final approval to a resolution, passed by its members, in support of the current Electoral College system used to elect the President of the United States. http://www.alec.org/docs/Electoral_College_PR.pdf 
    ALEC’s First Vice Chairman, State Sen. Steve Faris (AR), introduced the resolution after his state came close to passing a bill that would have awarded the state’s Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote instead of the winner of the state’s popular vote. He said “I am proud ALEC has endorsed this resolution and is committed to oppose all national popular vote legislation.” 
    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC). 

    Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. There would no longer be a handful of ‘battleground’ states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in more than 3/4ths of the states, like Rhode Island, that now are just ‘spectators’ and ignored after the primaries. 

    When the bill is enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC. 

    The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action. 

    In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls. 

    Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win. 

    Despite ALEC’s opposition and influence, the bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions possessing 132 electoral votes – 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect. 

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  3. RI Senate passed resolutions backing ALEC; Dems now scurry | WPRI.com Blogs

    [...] Bob Plain has spent the week reporting on ALEC and he found that not only is state Rep. Jon Brien now on the group’s national board, but one in five members of the General Assembly is affiliated with the [...]

  4. Decapitalizing a Town in Rhode Island | James Robert Deal Lieutenant Governor

    [...] group has a very clear agenda for dealing with state budgets. It wants to shrink them. Although Brien has denied that he is applying the ALEC philosophy to his small city, it looks, in fact, as if that’s [...]

  5. Nocera calls Brien a smart ALEC; rep says NYT column a “hit piece” « On Politics

    [...] offers its own “state budget reform toolkit.” The NYT columnist adds: “Although Brien has denied that he is applying the ALEC philosophy to his small city, it looks, in fact, as if that’s [...]

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