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Mar 20, 2012


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Max Hailperin

I believe the closest we ever came to this was 1912 and 1914, when a constitutional amendment was on the ballot (rejected by the voters both times) which would have limited the number of senators per county, so that although there was some semblance of proportionality to population, it would have been capped.

Caleb Anderson

Editor's note: It's good that Caleb is around to mansplain this to poor little Bluestem's pretty head.

1) Resolutions are the most hilarious part of GOP conventions. There was one up north where they were trying to pass a resolution to keep Indians from voting.

2) The idea behind the "county rule" isn't as out-of-touch as the one resolution I mention above. "county rule" simply matches the U.S. Senate up with the MN Senate -- 2 senators per state, 1 senator per county. Its not that outrageous. What's more outrageous is that the Supreme Court deemed such practice unconstitutional for states but casts no question about it for the US Senate.

John Sherman

Maybe my memory of high school civics is fading but I believe the US Supreme court ruled one human, one vote a long time ago.

(Thus proving that were activist judges in paleolithic times.(

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