Thursday, January 19th, 2017
302 N. Chicago Street, Joliet, IL 60432
It’s important for those who favor the popular election of our presidents to separate their arguments for direct democracy from the outcome of a particular contest.
My colleague George F. Will’s recent column in defense of the electoral college offers an excellent opportunity to make a case that has nothing to do with the election of Donald Trump.
After all, Will, admirably and eloquently, insisted that Trump was unworthy of nomination or election. So our disagreement relates entirely to his insistence that we should stick with an approach to choosing presidents that, twice in the past 16 years, overrode the wishes of Americans, as measured by the popular vote.
Categories: National Issues
Tags: Electoral College
The Fact Checker is pleased to announce the launch of its very first presidential promise tracker: the Trump Promise Tracker.
Since the Fact Checker was relaunched in 2011, we had missed the start of President Obama’s term, and so it was too late to track his 2008 promises. But, with a new president, we can start afresh.
During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump made more than 280 promises, though many were contradictory or just uttered in a single campaign event. So that posed a conundrum: What would be a good list of promises to track that Trump was really serious about? We did not think it would be fair to rate a promise that might have been tossed out without much serious discussion by the candidate and his staff.
Tags: Donald Trump
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
Plainfield Township Hall
22525 W. Lockport Street, Plainfield, IL
Tags: Plainfield, Plainfield Township Democrats, 2017 Elections