Author Archives: rick

All in, The Unbalanced Schedule Wasn’t That Unfair

  The 2013 Major League season is (almost) over, with only a tiebreaker playoff between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers remaining.  But the complaints have been flying fast and furious that the Major League schedule for 2013 was unfair to teams in the American League East.  Specifically, contending teams from the West …

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The World’s Most Exclusive Club

The Triple Gold Club

[This is written jointly with Alvin AuYoung] What’s the NBA’s Most Exclusive Club?  Well, let’s first consider this question in the context of other sports. The Club should honor specific, noteworthy achievements, and have very few members.  The Club of Golf Grand Slam Champions might qualify: a purist would argue that the only member is Bobby Jones, …

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The National Popular Vote: A Good Idea that Won’t Happen, and A Bad Idea That Might

 The National Popular Vote System In the previous three posts, we’ve introduced the Threshold Popular Vote, showed how it would work in practice, and compared it to other electoral college reforms.  In this post, we’ll look at the simplest of all reforms: dump the electoral college and elect the President directly.  It’s good enough for most …

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Comparisons to Other Reforms

In previous posts, we introduced the Threshold Proportional Vote and showed how it would work in practice.   In this post, we’ll look at other proposals for electoral college reform. This isn’t the only proposal for electoral college reform.    There are three  proposals that have received a great deal of attention: a national Maine-Nebraska …

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The Threshold Proportional Vote System in Practice

In our previous post, we discussed the Threshold Proportional Vote System.  Here, we look at how it would work in practice. We can go back into our election records to find out how the Threshold Proportional Vote System would work in practice.  We  looked at a number of prominent elections in our past, and simulated them using …

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America Needs a New Electoral System: And Here’s One That Would Work

We’re heading into another national election — well, actually not.  We’re heading into another 12-state election.  RealClearPolitics has 12 states with 147 electoral votes in the tossup column (New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada).  At least a couple  of these — Wisconsin, Arizona — are really leaning to …

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