Blair Bobier

Blair Bobier is an attorney and author who has spent several decades advocating for democracy in the U.S.  You can follow him on Twitter @BlairBobier.

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Issue-based and people-led campaigns are winning victories on issues that elected officials won't touch with a ten-foot pole. Let's have more of that. (Photo via Family Farms Coalition/ Facebook) Views
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The Power and Potential of DIY Democracy
A seismic shift in the American political landscape has gone largely unnoticed. Yet, the implication of this political earthquake knows no bounds. On Tuesday , voters in two Oregon counties—one of them rural and conservative— voted to ban GMO’s . In 2012, voters in five states legalized gay...
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Saturday, March 07, 2009
Broken Elections
On Tuesday, Los Angeles reached a new, all-time low for voter turnout in a mayoral election. Contrary to the claim in a L.A. Times editorial that the abysmally low voter turnout was not "bottom scraping," the thirteen percent turnout was in fact as bottom of the barrel as it gets. Sure, it could get lower-but it hasn't before. "Bottom scraping" or not, thirteen percent voter turnout for a mayoral election is hardly cause for civic celebration.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Instant Runoff Voting
Now that our country has elected a 21st century president, we should reconsider our 18th century electoral system.
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Saturday, September 10, 2005
The War on Errorism
The Errorists have struck again. This time it was New Orleans; next time it could be your city. Make no mistake about it: these insidious Errorists are deadly and determined to destroy the American way of life. They are the greatest threat to our nation's survival. Do not give the Errorists aid and comfort. Do not buy their lies and excuses. By no means should you vote for them. George Bush is an Errorist. Dick Cheney and Karl Rove are, too.
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Thursday, December 23, 2004
Mock the Vote
Some people just have no respect for the law these days. Unfortunately, they happen to be in charge of our elections.
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Monday, February 23, 2004
It’s the Electoral System, Stupid!
George W. Bush lost the popular vote in the 2000 election and was installed as president by a questionable party-line vote of the U.S. Supreme Court despite the illegal and widespread disenfranchisement of African American voters in Florida perpetrated by Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris. Rather than challenging or investigating these blatant banana republic shenanigans, the press and the Democrats decided that the greatest failure of the American electoral system in history was the fault of one individual: Ralph Nader.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Kids, Don’t Try This at Home!
The Green Party is in the news again. And the stories aren't flattering. No, we're not seeing articles how this 'third' party has struggled heroically against all odds to win elected posts from Maine to San Francisco, or how Green mayors, city councilors and school board members are dramatically improving the lives of constituents from coast to coast. The Green Party is in the news again because the general sentiment which emerged from a recent meeting of national delegates is--gasp!--we want to run a candidate for president.
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