Remembering George Washington’s Second Inauguration

Today, Barack Obama will be re-inaugurated (again!) as President, but he is only the latest in a long string of sitting Presidents to take the oath of office before embarking upon a second term. The original precedent was set by the nation’s first President, George Washington. He began his second term in office on March […]

Anti-Electoral College group caught with its hand in the cookie jar!

For those of you who have been following the ill-advised National Popular Vote legislation……You may get a chuckle out of this. NPV is a California-based group that is pushing election “reform.” It constantly pretends that its plan is not anti-Electoral College, and it vehemently rejects the contention that its legislation would eliminate the Electoral College system.  I hear it constantly […]

Politico Alert Inadvertently Supports Electoral College

You wouldn’t expect a “breaking news” alert from Politico to support the Electoral College!  This message popped up in my inbox earlier this morning: “POLITICO Breaking News: Jay Rockefeller to retire.”  The text of the email goes on to explain: “Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller will not run for a sixth term in 2014, opening up a seat in DEEP […]

Pennsylvania is Already Looking to 2016

I guess it’s never too early to think about the next presidential election!  Pennsylvania legislators are already considering at least two bills that could change the way the state’s electoral votes are allocated during the 2016 election. The proposals stem from discontent with the 2012 results: Barack Obama won all 20 electoral votes from Pennsylvania, […]

“Separation of Church and State” celebrates its 211th birthday

Many Americans believe that the phrase “separation of church and state” originates with the United States Constitution.  It does not.  Instead, its first use in a constitutional context was in a letter written by President Thomas Jefferson 211 years ago today.  Jefferson’s letter did not reflect the views of the founding generation regarding their Constitution. […]