A SoapBlox Politics Blog
[Mobile Edition]
- About Us
- Email Us (news/tips)
- Editorial Policy
- Posting Guidelines
- Advertise Here

Subscribe to Michlib daily email summary. (Preview)
Enter address:

Michigan Political Blog Ad Network

Advertise Liberally

50 State Ad Network

Great news: The part-time Legislature nutters have lost this year

by: Eric B.

Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 18:43:38 PM EDT

This is from Twitter, but it's seconded by both Gongwer and MIRS, so it must be true. These people lost, and it was another cause championed by Goat Killler, whose causes are out of touch and unpopular.
Eric B. :: Great news: The part-time Legislature nutters have lost this year
Tags: (All Tags)
Print Friendly View Send As Email

starting over from scratch, what would be an ideal legislative body?
I would like to see an enlarged unicameral legislature with multi-member districts in which most of the members are part-time but a core group would remain full-time.  As an example, the body could include 300 total members with only 30 being full-time members.  The full-time members would be responsible for committee work and legislation drafting.  The part-time members would be called in a few times a year simply to vote.  The full-time members would be elected by the members in proportion to party membership, such that each party would get to elect 10% of its members to be full-time members.  Rules could be established to ensure a desired level of stability/turn-over of full-time members.

The state would be divided into 100 districts with each district electing 3 members.  Proportional representation, cumulative voting, or other voting techniques would be used to foster third party participation.

Matters requiring super majorities could be addressed by requiring not only a certain threshold of members, but also a certain number of districts (as determined by the sum of the member's votes in a district) voting in favor.  

A unicameral legislature attempts to make the legislature more responsive.  One of the primary reasons for having a senate is to slow down the legislative process.  Given the constant complaint that nothing ever gets done in Lansing, the public seems to desire action rather than inaction.

Multi-member districts helps ensure that every voter has an advocate in Lansing.  With single member winner-take-all elections, many voters have do not have district level representation in the legislature.  This leads to a sense of alienation and can affect voter engagement.

So they
didn't succeed enough.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

Progressive Blogroll
For MI Bloggers:
- MI Bloggers Facebook
- MI Bloggers Myspace
- MI Bloggers PartyBuilder
- MI Bloggers Wiki

- Blogging for Michigan
- Call of the Senate Dems
- [Con]serving Michigan (Michigan LCV)
- DailyKos (Michigan tag)
- Enviro-Mich List Serve archives
- Democratic Underground, Michigan Forum
- Jack Lessenberry
- JenniferGranholm.com
- LeftyBlogs (Michigan)
- MI Eye on Bishop
- Michigan Coalition for Progress
- Michigan Messenger
- MI Idea (Michigan Equality)
- Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan
- Rainbow Mittens
- The Upper Hand (Progress Michigan)

Upper Peninsula:
- Keweenaw Now
- Lift Bridges and Mine Shafts
- Save the Wild UP

Western Michigan:
- Great Lakes Guy
- Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott
- Mostly Sunny with a Chance of Gay
- Public Pulse
- West Michigan Politics
- West Michigan Rising
- Windmillin'

- Among the Trees
- Blue Chips (CMU College Democrats Blog)
- Christine Barry
- Conservative Media
- Far Left Field
- Graham Davis
- Honest Errors
- ICDP:Dispatch (Isabella County Democratic Party Blog)
- Liberal, Loud and Proud
- Livingston County Democratic Party Blog
- MI Blog
- Mid-Michigan DFA
- Pohlitics
- Random Ramblings of a Somewhat Common Man
- Waffles of Compromise
- YAF Watch

Flint/Bay Area/Thumb:
- Bay County Democratic Party
- Blue November
- East Michigan Blue
- Genesee County Young Democrats
- Greed, Eggs, and Ham
- Jim Stamas Watch
- Meddling Outsider
- Saginaw County Democratic Party Blog
- Stone Soup Musings
- Voice of Mordor

Southeast Michigan:
- A2Politico
- arblogger
- Arbor Update
- Congressman John Conyers (CD14)
- Mayor Craig Covey
- Councilman Ron Suarez
- Democracy for Metro Detroit
- Detroit Skeptic
- Detroit Uncovered (formerly "Fire Jerry Oliver")
- Grosse Pointe Democrats
- I Wish This Blog Was Louder
- Kicking Ass Ann Arbor (UM College Democrats Blog)
- LJ's Blogorific
- Mark Maynard
- Michigan Progress
- Motor City Liberal
- North Oakland Dems
- Oakland Democratic Politics
- Our Michigan
- Peters for Congress (CD09)
- PhiKapBlog
- Polygon, the Dancing Bear
- Rust Belt Blues
- Third City
- Thunder Down Country
- Trusty Getto
- Unhinged

MI Congressional
District Watch Blogs:
- Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (CD08)

MI Campaigns:
MI Democratic Orgs:
MI Progressive Orgs:
MI Misc.:
National Alternative Media:
National Blogs:
Powered by: SoapBlox