IRV–one victory, one setback
Voters in Cary, North Carolina became the first in the state to use instant runoff voting, and the vote seems to have gone very smoothly.
“I thought it was really positive,” said Alex Funk, a retired engineer who biked to the Herbert C. Young Community Center to vote. “I mean, why do this all twice?”
Next month voters in Hendersonville, North Carolins will use the system in their City Council election.
On the negative side,
On October 14, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed AB 1294, the bill to let all cities and counties use Instant-Runoff Voting for elections for their own officers. His veto message says, “This represents a drastic change to the way we vote. I am concerned that we don’t yet know enough about how voters will react to such a dramatic change. Charter cities and counties already have the right to hold ranked voting elections, yet only one city has done so thus far.” Several cities in California have already voted to use Instant-Runoff Voting, but state law prevents them from implementing their choice because they aren’t charter cities.
15 Oct 2007 04:02 pm
U.S Income Inequality Sets Post War Record
NEw IRS data shows that the wealthiest 1% of Americans earned 21.2% of all income in 2005, up sharply from 19% in 2004, and surpassing the previous high of 20.8% set in 2000, at the peak of the previous bull market in stocks. The bottom 50% earned 12.8% of all income, down from 13.4% in 2004 and a bit less than their 13% share in 2000.
The 2005 data follows a steady trend toward greater income inequality that began in the 1970s and accelerated in the 1980s and 90s. The richest one percent now earn nearly the same share as they did back in the 1930s.
And while total income has risen since 2001, median household income has declined. This has been a rich man’s recovery.
14 Oct 2007 08:34 am
It’s the Media’s Fault
“I’m sick and tired of only hearing the bad news. Why can’t someone talk about the good news?” Captain Edward Smith, Titanic, 11:40 PM, April 12, 1912.
Corn ethanol will threaten nation’s water supplies
The National Research Council has released a report that claims increasing corn ethanol production will stress the nation’s fresh water supplies.
Growing lots more corn using current farm practices will come at a huge water cost to Nebraska and other states where the fuel is made. Industrial farming methods would deplete underground water supplies and result in a flow of agricultural chemicals and eroded soil into rivers, lakes and oceans, according to the report, “Water Implications of Biofuels Production in the United States.”
“It is equivalent to ‘mining’ the water resource, and the loss of the resource is essentially irreversible,” the report said.