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Regulate Pundits

Shouldn't we track pundits, and continue listening to only those with the best track records? The Atlantic http://bit.ly/cYSxCC

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In Elections, Adopt "Alternative Voting"

"Alternative Voting", such as employed in Australia, allows voters to designate their first and second choices. If the first choice loses, your second choice gets the vote. This favors third party candidates and competition. Thomas Friedman NY Times http://nyti.ms/aLX6de

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Change Senate Filibuster Rules

Requiring 60 votes to do anything is a recipe for partisanship and paralysis. http://bit.ly/8rARoJ

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Teach the Proper Role of Government

The role of government should be rooted in a shared framework that there is in fact a proper role of government. Nice, simple summary by Paul Krugman NYTimes http://nyti.ms/U7G24

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Privatizing Legislation

Why wait for Congress to pass a law if you can set incentives for society to abide by a new rule? One example is the effort to allow companies to opt into anti-discrimination policies (ENDA -- never passed by Congress). They could be sued by employees if they break the rule, in return they can display a seal of participation. From NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/magazine/11ideas1-18.html

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Count Prisoners Votes Based on Residence

Prisoner's votes are currently counted based on the location of the prison, not their home residence. This dilutes the voting power of urban, minority prisoners. Miller-McCune http://bit.ly/bgshbh

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Open CRS

Service pooling Congressional Research Service reports online, a "itunes for policy wonks". http://opencrs.com/

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Bypass Electoral College

A new proposal seeks to bypass the Electoral College and elect the President via popular vote. Without amending the constitution, it calls on states to commit all electoral votes to the candidate winning the popular vote. http://www.fairvote.org/

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Term Limits for Chief Justice

Advocates of Supreme Court reform call for a number of changes, including term limits for the Chief Justice and mechanisms to identify justices who are no longer performing adequately. Boston.com http://bit.ly/bjDjri

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Assign Senators Based on Demographics, Not State Lines

Current Senate seats give way too much power to small states. One proposal suggests basing Senate seats on demographics such as income, age or jobs figures. Washington Post http://bit.ly/aGVbJm

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Give Your Vote to Third World

A new website called Give Your Vote allows British citizens to seek input for their votes on issues which impact developing countries. http://bit.ly/b5LnW0

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Count Happiness in GDP

France is starting to track and report "happiness" as part of GDP calculations, based on recommendations from the Stiglitz Commission. http://ow.ly/ppjK

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