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How Does The Electoral College Work And Is It Fair?

November 6, 20165:00 AM ET

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Ron Elving

Here’s a little information that Americans have usually been able to ignore.

It’s about the Electoral College, a uniquely American institution that’s been with us from the beginning and that’s occasionally given us fits.

Typically, the Electoral College meets and does its thing a month or so after the election and few people even notice or care. Once in a while, though, people do notice and do care – a lot.

Will 2016 be one of those years?

It’s not something reasonable people would hope for, but it cannot be ruled out.

First, the basics.

How It Works

Despite popular belief, the U.S. Constitution does not provide for the popular election of the American president. It provides for popular election of presidential electors. Each candidate who qualifies for a given state’s ballot must designate certain individuals who will serve as his or her electors if that candidate wins the popular vote in that state.

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When each state certifies a winner of its overall popular vote, that winner is entitled to send all his or her electors to that state’s capital, where they will officially record their votes for their candidate. All the electors in all the states do it on the same day, the first Monday after the second Wednesday of December. This year it is Dec. 19, which is the latest it can be, just as this year’s Election Day is the latest it can be.

In these proceedings in the states, the winner of the statewide popular vote generally takes all the Electoral College votes, a rule stretching back to 1824.

Two states, Maine and Nebraska, have instituted a different system, giving two electoral votes to the statewide winner and one to the winner of each of the state’s congressional districts. This is allowed as the Constitution enables individual states to determine the manner of their elections. Other states have recently considered doing this as well.

Maine has two districts, so its vote can be split 3-1 (as it appears likely to be this year). Nebraska has three districts, so it could split 4-1 or 3-2. Nebraska had a 4-1 split in 2008, when its Omaha-based district voted for Barack Obama while the other districts went easily for John McCain.

Some states have also considered a rather more exotic idea: Casting the state’s electoral votes for whoever wins the national popular vote. This would serve to undercut the Electoral College’s “indirect democracy” and elevate the idea of a national choice, regardless of state lines.

For the present, however, here is how the Electoral College votes are apportioned to the states: Each state is assigned a number equal to its Senate seats (always two) plus its seats in the House of Representatives.

That means the seven states with only enough population to qualify for one House seat will get three votes each in the Electoral College. California, with 53 seats in the House, gets 55 electoral votes, and Texas’ 36 seats mean it gets 38 electoral votes.

And that’s why, after the U.S. expanded to include 50 states, the Electoral College had 535 seats, the same as the total of members of Congress (Senate and House). It now has 538, because in 1961 the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution added three for the District of Columbia, which had previously been without a voice in choosing the president (and which is still without a vote in either the Senate or the House).

Is It Fair?

If any of this strikes you as unfair, you can join the chorus of critics who have abhorred the Electoral College for generations. Fault was found from the start with its essentially anti-democratic concept that the people could not or should not be trusted to vote directly for a national leader.

Rational as the “indirect method” may have been at one time, it has come to seem anachronistic in the extreme. Were anyone to propose that we start electing governors by a similar system they would be ridiculed, or ignored.

The most egregious fault in the system is the prospect of a nationwide popular vote winner actually losing in the Electoral College. It has happened four times, most recently in 2000 when Al Gore got 48.4% of the popular vote to 47.9% for George W. Bush (a margin of about 500,000 votes). After a struggle over the count in one state (Florida) that went all the way to the Supreme Court, Bush was declared the winner with 271 votes in the Electoral College – one more than the minimum for a majority.

It must also be said that the system of 50 separate elections encourages candidates to concentrate their campaign time and resources on a handful of so-called battleground states. These are generally medium-to-large states where neither party has an overwhelming advantage. That means some mega-states (California, Texas, New York, Illinois) are largely neglected, while a few others (Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and North Carolina) see more of the candidates and their surrogates than the rest of the country combined. Small states, those with electoral votes in single digits, are often left off the campaign itinerary altogether. This, despite the fact that each citizen’s vote is supposed to be worth as much as any other’s.

What Happens In A Tie?

There is also the problem of failure. The system can produce a tie (269-269). This has not happened, but a casual glance at this year’s electoral map and polling indicates such an outcome is a distinct possibility.

What would happen then? It would mean no candidate had a majority, a prospect that could also happen if a third candidate won at least one state, depriving either of the major party candidates of a majority. This came relatively close to happening in 1968.

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An Electoral College that failed to produce a majority winner would trigger a constitutional provision by which the president would be chosen by the House of Representatives. That vote would be taken when the new Congress convenes in January, and it would be a vote of the 50 state delegations with each state having one vote. That’s right, the Wyoming delegation (one member) would have the same say as the 38-member Texas contingent or the 53 members from California.

This, too, strikes many as unfair, not to mention flagrantly undemocratic.

Suffice it to say that the Constitution, as written in 1787 and amended several times since, respects the rights of states as entities unto themselves. Perhaps the framers did not envision population disparities between the states reaching to 100 to 1 and beyond.

But they certainly understood at the time that Virginia and Pennsylvania were far more populous than Delaware and Rhode Island. And they clearly respected the rights of all the former colonies to maintain their identities. Hence the “Great Compromise” by which all states got two seats in the Senate and the House was apportioned according to population. That deal, fashioned by Roger Sherman and Oliver Ellsworth, two delegates from Connecticut, was credited with getting the Constitution done and ratified.

The Electors Themselves

There is one other loose end that often raises eyebrows when the Electoral College is discussed. It is the phenomenon of the “faithless elector,” the person who pledges to vote for a certain candidate but shows up at the state Capitol and votes for someone else – a different candidate or a person who was not even on the ballot.

Such surprises do not happen often. The last was in 1988, when an elector pledged to Democrat Michael Dukakis voted instead for his running mate, Lloyd Bentsen. It was a rather futile gesture that did not matter to the outcome, except to demand an asterisk and an explanation.

But in a very close count, such as the hair’s breadth showdown in 2000, a faithless elector or two might be enough to change the outcome – or at least to throw the contest into the House.

As it was, the official tally that year was only 537 because one elector did not vote at all. It did not change the outcome, but it showed how subject the system is to breakdown.

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Marijuana investor Privateer raises $40 million on eve of U.S. elections

A variety of medicinal marijuana buds in jars are pictured at Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group dispensary in West Hollywood, California U.S., October 18, 2016.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Marijuana private equity investor Privateer Holdings has raised $40 million in convertible debt ahead of next week’s elections, with pot legalization on the ballot in nine U.S. states.

Several investors rushed to place their funds, while others held back to wait for the election results.

Of the nine states that will vote on Tuesday on legalizing medical or recreational marijuana, California ranks as the most important.

The most populous U.S. state is considering allowing recreational adult use.

If the measure passes, it is expected to legitimize part of a multi-billion-dollar black market and open new opportunities for companies ranging from software to pot delivery.

Financial services firm Cowen and Co forecasts a $50 billion U.S. market in a decade, up from $6 billion in legal sales today.

U.S. law prohibits marijuana but federal agencies so far have limited their enforcement effort for companies which follow local laws in states that have legalized pot.

Seattle-based Privateer is one of several funds and investment companies targeting marijuana businesses. It said investors were divided on when to make their moves.

“Most of the potential lead investors wanted to wait until after next Tuesday to invest,” Chief Executive Brendan Kennedy said in an interview.

Others were ready to invest, but it was difficult to agree on how to value Privateer, with the outcome of the state votes unclear. The presidential race was a secondary issue, he added.

“This is a way to sort of take capital from investors without having to negotiate the price,” he said. Privateer hopes to raise $100 million in the next round, including the notes.

 

The valuation of the company will be set when the round closes, and convertible note holders will get a 15 percent discount when they get equity in Privateer, he said.

The company plans to put more than half of the round in companies outside the United States, including Canada and potentially Australia, he said.

(Reporting by Peter Henderson; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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Cris Ericson for Vermont 2016! – U.S. Marijuana Party

COMPLETE SET OF CANDIDATE CRIS ERICSON’S ANSWERS
TO QUESTIONS

To: Eric Hoppel, WNYT News Director
ehoppel@wnyt.com
Answers to questions by candidate Cris Ericson
for U.S. Senator for Vermont

Ques. # 1WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO GET OUR ECONOMY MOVING AGAIN AND
CREATE JOBS?

Hi! I’m Cris Ericson, candidate for United States Senator for Vermont,
and if you elect me, I will sponsor a Bill in the U.S. Senate to
repeal (get rid of) all rules and regulations inserted into federal laws
which were written by non-elected government officials, and which
are un-Constitutional, and which subvert economic progress in the U.S.A.

The only laws which are Constitutional are those written by
elected officials.  The members of the United States Congress
have been doing the equivalent of cheating on their homework,
because they write and pass Bills with blank spaces and
allow un-elected administrative officials to make up the rules
and regulations to fill in the blank spaces.  This is cheating.

Every single U.S. Senator and every single Representative
to the U.S. Congress who has voted to pass a Bill which allows
un-elected officials to make the rules and regulations which
can end you up in court and make you lose your home,
your property, your bank accounts and even your children,
should be prosecuted for taxpayer fraud for accepting your
taxpayer dollars in their Congressional paycheck, and then
not doing their job.

When members of the United States Congress,
House and Senate, pass Bills that allow un-elected officials
to create rules and regulations that put you at risk, then
the members of the U.S. Congress have not done their job,
they out-sourced their job to non-elected officials, they cheated,
they didn’t do their own homework, they committed tax fraud
by receiving a paycheck for work they didn’t do.

The result of these rules and regulations
created by un-elected officials and administrators is that they
have constipated the economy and disrupted businesses
with nit-picking and micro-managing and over-taxation.

If you elect me, Cris Ericson, to the United States Senate,
I will do whatever I can legally do to charge guilty members of
the U.S. Congress, House and Senate, with violating
the United States Constitution.  Impeach them all!

To: Eric Hoppel, WNYT News Director
ehoppel@wnyt.com
Answers to questions by candidate Cris Ericson
for U.S. Senator for Vermont

WNYT QUES. #2

What specific steps should be taken to fight ISIS?

Hi! I’m candidate Cris Ericson for United States Senator for Vermont.

First, this question presumes that a candidate would agree that
steps should be taken to fight ISIS. WNYT presents no facts in
evidence to support the basis for this presumption. Just who do you
think ISIS is? This is not a football game, where someone declares
the team colors and says, “go, fight, win team, go, fight, win!”.

But, that is what our government is doing, they are creating rebel
groups by hiring private for hire soldiers, giving them a name, and
telling them to go start a fight somewhere so that the news can
declare what a crisis we are in so people must depend on government
to solve the problem.
Not enough people are aware that government
creates crisis situations on purpose, to make people feel like they
are small and must look up to government for protection, particularly
since some of our gun rights are being taken away.

Taliban, Al Qaeida, ISIS, pick your fruit flavor of terrorist of the day.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/24282-to-hide-clinton-crimes-obama-drops-case-against-arms-dealer

Written by Alex Newman “Thursday, 13 October 2016…

Obama’s Justice Department dropped charges against an arms dealer
accused of arming Obama and Clinton backed Islamist
terror groups. Among those receiving U.S. arms from the
administration’s illegal programs,
the arms dealer said, were al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS),
and other terrorist organizations…a federal judge ruled that
the arms dealer could present the evidence
he had that Clinton and Obama orchestrated the illegal arming of
Islamic terror groups in Libya, and later, Syria….
…Marc Turi, said the White House tried to make him the fall guy
for the administration’s illegal plot to arm terrorists and
topple foreign governments…. Clinton wrote to her aide
Jake Sullivan: “fyi. the idea of using private security experts
to arm the opposition should be considered.” …

Considering the above news article and others like it, I want you
to know that the movement of military high explosives in commerce
under what I consider to be fraudulent guises is one reason I
(Cris Ericson) became a candidate for United States Senator for Vermont.

I spent ten years in court from 1990 to 2010 trying to stop the flow
of lead azide (a military high explosive), lead styphnate (a military
high explosive) and PETN plastic high explosives in commerce
under what I consider the fraudulent guise of “special effects” as
used on movie sets. When the movie production is finished, where
do the un-used left over explosives go? Of course, that wasn’t the only
issue, and I was a pro se litigant, representing myself without an attorney,
and listed as “attorney of record” on federal court documents.

I was assaulted and battered and blasted on a movie set, and the
movie industry lied for seven years and called the “special effects”
“harmless movie bombs”. Because they fired me for being injured,
and they injured me, I reported to unemployment in North Hollywood,
California. When I finally got to the front of the line, the woman said,
“Why are you here? You are covered with purple bruises and you have
tears streaming down your face?” I was probably suffering from
“shell shock”. I was sent to the Workers’ Compensation Court
where the Judge refused to make the movie industry employer state
what the “chemicals” were in the so-called “special effects”.
I was denied medical treatment.

The litigation went on for ten years, and because my deceased father
was a patent attorney and my grandfather was a patent attorney,
I knew they would be rolling over in their graves if I didn’t find out what
I was hit with.

Seven years later, the case had been mysteriously moved from Los Angeles
to New York City, where I was finally allowed to file a motion to
bring in Federal OSHA because California state OSHA didn’t do their job.
I received the material safety data hazard sheets for the chemicals,
showing lead azide, lead styphnate and PETN plastic high explosive,
and my case was immediately dismissed in the United States District
Court for the Southern District of New York.

Eventually, I got a freedom of information act report from the F.B.I.
which stated they had expunged and destroyed material having to do
with the explosives.

I filed three petitions to the Supreme Court of the United States,
in the middle petition, an individual petition to Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsberg, I requested the Court provide me an attorney, because
in the course of litigation, I had come across something, and I
really needed to talk to an attorney about it. I had requested
a federal grand jury hearing from a U.S. Attorney who denied my
request stating that “it is a gray area of the law if it is legal to
raise funds to support foreign wars.” That was before Sept. 11, 2001.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg denied my request for an attorney
to help me, a mere pro se litigant, struggling all by myself,
with my husband dead five years after exposure to the same explosives,
working on the same movie, but working five different days,
and the IRS had no record of his employment that year, in fact,
even when I stated I have his pay check stubs, they refused to
correct the record, and it wasn’t until two years after his death
that I found out that lead azide can cause cancer in a two hour
industrial exposure. He died of cancer, and the actor who threw
the explosives at me, Patrick Swayze, also died of cancer.

It took years, until after the 2004 election, for me to find out by
searching FEC records, that U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy had
repeatedly taken donations from my opposing attorney’s PAC,
the Dewey Ballantine PAC.
I called the U.S. Senate Ethics
Committee and they denied that I could prove it, but it was
right there in black and white on the Federal Elections Commission
website! Later, they changed their rules to expunge donations
over ten years old.

When Sept. 11, 2001 happened, I called the F.B.I. screaming at them,
“you didn’t investigate! you didn’t investigate”; and I meant the part
about some group raising funds to support foreign wars, because
from my point of view, what I couldn’t get across then, was that
if you are here in the U.S.A., and you send money overseas to some
foreign country, and then they have the money, then from their
point of view, the U.S.A. is a foreign country, so “raising funds to
support foreign wars” could mean they are going to make war on the
U.S.A.

I do have a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Massachusetts,
I did take a course in Workers’ Rights and Industrial Relations from
Ralph Fertig, the EEOC Supervisory Trial Attorney at UCLA, and then
I took a home correspondence paralegal course
which was supposed
to take six months to complete, but I kept writing asking for extensions
because my head hurt from the explosives, and it took me four years to
finish and get my diploma.

So, what steps should be taken to fight ISIS? Stop the movie industry
from moving military high explosives in commerce under the fraudulent
guise of “special effects” would be my top choice for step number one;

and step number two: Impeach every single judge I appeared before
for ten years! Then we’ll talk about step number three. Oh, and
trust someone, vote for me, Cris Ericson for U.S. Senator for Vermont.

WNYT Ques. #3
Do you support a national health care system?

Hi! I’m Cris Ericson and I’m hoping you’ll vote for me for
United States Senator for Vermont because I really want to get in there
in the U.S. Senate and fix a few things, one of which is health care
for all Americans, each and every one of us, including homeless
Americans, and Americans who sleep in the sewers in New York
City at night, and American war Veterans sleeping on the sidewalks
in downtown Los Angeles.   Wake up America!  It isn’t healthy to
be homeless.  National health care starts with finding homes for all
Americans, and secondly, providing clean drinking water.

Homeless people who smell bad from their outdoor sewer
hide-away or street cardboard, have little chance of securing
employment to pay for health insurance.  Therefore, National
Health Care will only cover all Americans if it is NOT insurance
based, but instead, paid for by taxes, and call it what it is, a
National Health Care Tax.

Let’s have across the board tax on everyone with income, and on
every corporation, because corporations are “persons” now, and
use this tax specifically to pay for government run health care
clinics, hospitals, and prescription drugs and medical devices
for all Americans.

Taxpayers pay taxes, then the U.S. Congress votes to
give billions of dollars of your taxes to the N.I.H.,
National Institute of Health, and then the N.I.H. gives millions and millions
of your tax dollars to the mega-wealthy pharmaceutical companies for research
to create new prescription drugs and medical devices.

The pharmaceutical companies claim the ownership of the
Patents for all the drugs and medical devices they invented
using your tax dollars to pay for all their research,
but, under work-made-for-hire Patent Laws, the
taxpayers should rightfully own 50% (50 percent) of the
profits of all sales of all the prescription drugs and
medical devices sold which were invented using taxpayer
dollars.

Vote for me, Cris Ericson, for United States Senator and
I will sponsor a Bill demanding our 50% (50 percent) shall be
returned to the taxpayers from the vast profits of the mega-
wealthy pharmaceutical companies, and demand that this
refund be paid into a National Health Care system.

The N.I.H., National Institute of Health, has co-conspired
for years, with the number one crime gang in the world,
the United States Senate, to deprive taxpayers of their
right to 50% (50 percent) of the profit on all prescription
drugs and medical devices that they paid for the research
for.   

The incumbent U.S. Senators have quietly stood by
and profited from this scam because they get kick-backs
in the form of campaign contributions from the PACs,
Political Action Committees, of
pharmaceutical companies that received funding from
the N.I.H. which received the funding from the U.S. Congress
which took the money from taxpayers.

Please vote for me, Cris Ericson, for U.S. Senator for Vermont,
and I’ll get your money back for you!

Now, let’s talk about clean drinking water. One-third of Vermonters
draw their drinking water from Lake Champlain. The idea of a
National Health Care system will not be complete without planning
to provide clean and safe drinking water for every American.

CRIS ERICSON’S CITIZEN PUBLIC COMMENT, (confirmed received by EPA
Stephen Perkins, Lake Champlain TDML Project Manager)
By Cris Ericson, 879 Church Street, Chester, Vermont 05143-9375
(802)875-4038
Submitted to:
Stephen Perkins, Lake Champlain TMDL Project Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 – New England
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code OEP06-3
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone: (617) 918-1501 Email: perkins.stephen@epa.gov

CRIS ERICSON’S CITIZEN PUBLIC COMMENT CONCERNING
HOW TO REDUCE PHOSPHOROUS IN LAKE CHAMPLAIN:

(1) REASONS TO STOP DUMPING TREATED SEWAGE INTO LAKE CHAMPLAIN
and re-route it to industrial uses and south to the Atlantic Ocean
because one-third of Vermonters draw their drinking water from Lake Champlain.

Dumping treated sewage into Lake Champlain, from which
one-third of Vermonters draw their drinking water, raises the
phosphorous level as well as the “disgust” level of the
common people having to drink Lake Champlain water
mixed with treated waste which is then treated again with chloramines
and monochromes, depending on which town you live in along the
shores of Lake Champlain, and raises the incident risks of cancer,
a life-threatening disease, because chloramines and monochloramines
mixed with organic lake water create trihalomethane chemicals that
are carcinogenic.

We all know that rich people drink bottled spring water, but this increases
the level of disparity in the health between rich people drinking bottled
spring water and regular Vermonters drinking Lake Champlain
water which contains treated sewage, and which raises the phosphorous
level in Lake Champlain.

RESOURCE 1, to support the fact that we must stop dumping
treated sewage into Lake Champlain to reduce phosphorous.
http://water.usgs.gov/edu/phosphorus.html
In metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, phosphorus coming into
streams from point sources, primarily wastewater-treatment
facilities, have caused West Point Lake to become highly
eutrophic (“enriched”).  A sign of this is excess algae in the lake.
U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: http://water.usgs.gov/edu/phosphorus.html
Contact Information: Howard Perlman
Monday, 27-Jul-2015 14:42:31 EDT

RESOURCE 2, to support the fact that we must stop dumping
treated sewage into Lake Champlain to reduce phosphorous.
http://www.lakeeriewaterkeeper.org/detroit-wastewater-plant/
The Detroit Wastewater Treatment Plant was the single largest
contributor of phosphorus to Lake Erie. It may well still be the largest
single contributor of phosphorous to Lake Erie.

The Detroit wastewater plant canceled a contract to reduce overflows
due to the lack of funding.  Also, there are many articles in Michigan papers
about corruption in operations of the Detroit wastewater plant.
There are reports of failed equipment and understaffing which
results in treatment failures.  There are ongoing legal proceedings
on this matter. There appears to be no independent
analysis of the phosphorous loads from DTWWP to Lake Erie and
whether DTWWP is meeting the targeted .5 mg/l load.

RESOURCE 3, to support the fact that we must stop dumping treated
sewage into Lake Champlain to reduce phosphorous.
http://www.epa.gov/lakeerie/primer.html
Most of the excess phosphorus entering Lake Erie comes from two sources:
the effluent from sewage treatment plants (STPs) and tributaries that
receive agricultural runoff from farmland.

RESOURCE 4, to support the fact that we must stop dumping treated sewage
into Lake Champlain to reduce phosphorous.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CRIS ERICSON DOES NOT AGREE WITH THE ALUMINUM SALTS DUMPED INTO KEZAR LAKE TO REDUCE PHOSPHOROUS BECAUSE ALUMINUM CAUSES DIMENTIA AND
DEPRESSION IN HUMAN BEINGS, AND ONE-THIRD OF VERMONTERS DRAW
THEIR DRINKING WATER FROM LAKE CHAMPLAIN, so Lake Champlain
should not have aluminum salts dumped into it.

http://water.epa.gov/type/lakes/kezar.cfm

Lake sediments, contaminated by years of effluent discharge from a
nearby wastewater treatment facility, were the source of internal phosphorous
loading. The Clean Lakes Program, section 314
of the Clean Water Act, provides assistance to states
for identifying and restoring lakes that are water-quality-impaired.
The effectiveness of aluminum salts application rests on
the ability of aluminum to form complexes, chelates, and insoluble precipitates with
phosphorus, thereby removing it from the water column and depositing it in the
sediment in forms unusable by phytoplankton. Depending on pH, phosphorus
concentration, aluminum concentration, and the rate at which additional phosphorus
is supplied, aluminum salts can provide long-term inactivation of sediment phosphorus.
Furthermore, aluminum has been shown to have no toxicity to aquatic life at the pH and
dose necessary for lake restoration.  Although not all forms of
phosphorus (e.g., dissolved organic phosphates) are removed by aluminum salts
application, this methodology has proven to be an effective strategy for phosphorus
inactivation in many water-quality-impaired lakes.

RESOURCE 5, to support the fact that we must stop dumping treated sewage
into Lake Champlain to reduce phosphorous.

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/plants/algae/lakes/LakeRestoration.html

Reducing phosphorus inputs to lakes can affect the amount of algae
in the lake by removing a key nutrient. In some lakes, like Lake Washington in Seattle,
nutrient diversion meant diverting sewage from this lake. Depending on the project,
major engineering may be required at great expense and other receiving waters
may be affected by the nutrient-rich water.

CRIS ERICSON argues that the EPA and Stephen Perkins should ask President Obama for a major funding administration policy to re-route treated sewage from Vermont, New York and
Canada, south to industrial uses and to the Atlantic Ocean, and protect
Lake Champlain for drinking water because only 3 percent of the world’s
water is fresh water, and our populations are growing, so we need to protect
Lake Champlain for drinking water.

(2) REASONS TO STOP THE construction of any NATURAL GAS PIPELINE
within 150 miles of Lake Champlain from which one-third of Vermonters
draw their drinking water because building it in Vermont, New York or
Canada within any storm drainage run-off or natural gas pipeline
explosion area of Lake Champlain would increase phosphorous to the lake.
Fracking can cause Property Damage to plumbing and pipes.
Natural gas explosions from pipes and tubing bursts result in further
property damage, and distribution systems become bacteriological
incubators during warm weather months because the “fracking” causes
the sludge and debris to flush into Creeks, Streams, Rivers, and other
habitat areas, forcing more phosphorous into the storm drainage system,
and from there into Lake Champlain.

PLEASE NOTE: “Natural Gas” is NOT natural, it is fracked, a process
whereby chemicals are forced into the ground to expose the gas,
and the groundwater is then polluted, destroying residential
neighborhoods nearby, and contaminating local lakes and ponds.

https://checksandbalancesproject.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/fracking29noshadows-013.png
Diagram: HOW NATURAL GAS IS EXTRACTED.
NATURAL GAS DRILLING CONTAMINATES
DRINKING WATER SOURCES.
A mixture of millions of gallons of water,
chemically treated sand and toxic chemicals
is injected under high pressure into drilling well.
Toxic fracking fluid spills from pipes, open valves
and transporting vehicles and contaminates local
waterways.

Fracking fluid leaks through fissures and
contaminates aquifer.

Fracking fluid is pumped 7000 feet or more
down and a similar distance horizontally to
release NATURAL GAS.

Inside the NATURAL GAS producing rock formation,
proppants like chemically treated sand and ceramic
keep fractures open.  Fracking fluid injected at high
pressure creates fractures and releases
NATURAL GAS.

The majority of fracking fluid remains in the
ground and is NOT biodegradable.
High pressure creates more fractures,
releases methane gas and forces
toxic fracking fluid upwards.
Toxic fracking fluids, benzene, methane, and
other CARCINOGENS pierce and POLLUTE
LOCAL AQUIFERS.

Residential wells pump water, which is unsafe
for use, from contaminated aquifers into homes.
Concentrated methane gas creates
flammable water and poisonous fumes.
Toxic fracking fluid waste is dumped
in poorly constructed, and sometimes
unlined pits, and seeps into local
waterway and aquifers.

(3) REASON TO STOP DUMPING CHEMICALS TO “TREAT” INVASIVE SPECIES

in Lake Champlain from which one-third of Vermonters draw their
drinking water:  because the invasive species acquire immunity to the
chemicals and then increase the amount of phosphorous in the lake.
Also, the invasive species that have not yet acquired immunity to
glyphosate and other Monsanto chemicals, die, and become
nutrition for more phosphorous growth.  Also, by buying Monsanto
chemicals, the State of Vermont is supporting an industry they
simultaneously have legal court actions against to force GMO
genetically modified food labelling on products, so the State of
Vermont is paying for Monsanto’s legal fees by buying their
chemicals!

(4) REASON TO OUTLAW MOTORBOATS in Lake Champlain
from which one-third of Vermonters draw their drinking water:
because they are never 100% purely cleaned when they arrive from
out-of-state and they bring with them eggs, seeds, spores, tiny root
fibers and cleaning chemicals not completely rinsed off, and these
increase the amount of phosphorous in the lake,
as well as pollute the peoples’ drinking water with unconscionable
amounts of leaked gas and oil.

CRIS ERICSON’S CITIZEN PUBLIC COMMENT

By Cris Ericson, 879 Church Street, Chester, Vermont 05143-9375
(802)875-4038
Submitted to:
Stephen Perkins, Lake Champlain TMDL Project Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 – New England
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code OEP06-3
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone: (617) 918-1501 Email: perkins.stephen@epa.gov

CRIS ERICSON’S CITIZEN PUBLIC COMMENT

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the public comment period
on the Phosphorus, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the twelve Vermont segments
of Lake Champlain until October 15, 2015.

For further information or to submit comments please contact:

Stephen Perkins, Lake Champlain TMDL Project Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 – New England
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code OEP06-3
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone: (617) 918-1501 Email: perkins.stephen@epa.gov
http://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/tmdl/lakechamplain.html

Region 1: EPA New England

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/f65d724324cb414b85257ebb006f107d!

OpenDocument
EPA Extends Public Comment Period on Phosphorus Limits
for Vermont Segments of Lake Champlain
Release Date: 09/09/2015
Contact Information: Public Affairs Office (617) 918-1010

Please vote for me, Cris Ericson, for United States Senator
for Vermont 2016, and I’ll sponsor a Bill to re-route treated
sewage away from Lake Champlain. This will create jobs
and promote good health.

WNYT Ques. # 4
DO YOU SUPPORT COMMON CORE STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS?

Hi! I’m Cris Ericson, candidate for U.S. Senator for Vermont, and I
support an entirely new plan for education, to supplement teachers
in the classroom, and to help parents who home-school their children,
and to promote independent study for children and adults.

If you elect me to the United States Senate I will sponsor a Bill to
make a public library online with every single text book on every
subject for which the copyright has expired so that the public can
use these freely.  There are already some online libraries, but
they are hard to find in search engines if you don’t know what words
to search for. I will make certain that the new library is easy to
find on search engines.

The difference in the library I will create as compared to
other libraries, is that I am specifically looking for all text books
for which the copyrights have expired, so the texts can be used
freely by the public.

This Bill will also create the first really free college education.

The next step is to encourage people to study text books independently
and join online social media groups to support their studies.
The Bill I would sponsor would include doing advertisements and
commercials to promote free online study groups and to create
an online study group in the Library of Congress.

Then we need places for students, including independent students,
to take tests to prove they have learned the knowledge from a text book.

If you elect me, Cris Ericson, to the United States Senate,
I will sponsor a Bill to not only provide free text books online in a public library that can easily be found in search engines, under common word searches, but also to provide
adults with free public testing at government sites, such as federal courts,
where the public can go to take the tests online, and have their
fingerprints or eye scan taken to prove who is taking the test,
and receive a certificate that they have learned a subject,
so, that they can use that certificate to prove they have learned
a subject, or to help find employment, or to qualify to be admitted to college.

Also, I would like to sponsor a Bill in the United States Senate
to provide jobs creating instructional movie videos for grades K – 12
and for each standard college subject. Because these movie videos
would be paid for by taxpayer dollars, under work-made-for-hire
Copyright laws, the taxpayers, the American public, would
own all rights to these videos, and they would be distributed
to every classroom in the United States for each grade level.
This would provide across the board standards for teaching
each subject.  The teachers would learn how to teach, and the
students would learn the subject.   All too often in Teachers’
Colleges today, the teachers are not taught how to teach.
This Bill would create jobs and create Hollywood quality movie videos
filmed all over the world, and create video games based
on each instructional movie video.

We can’t afford to be shy about moving forward into a high tech
teaching environment. Please vote for me, Cris Ericson,
for U.S. Senator for Vermont.

WNYT Ques. # 5
HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THE NATIONAL DEBT?

Hi! My name is Cris Ericson and I am a candidate for
United States Senator for Vermont, and I want you to
vote for me so I can go to Washington, D.C. and
straighten a few twisted heads out, and make them
see the error of their ways regarding the National Debt.

Our biggest expense is what it should be,
national defense. But, this valid expenditure for our
U.S. Military has made some defense contractors
mega-multi-millionaire, and even billionaires.  That’s
the part that makes no common sense, particularly
since our war Veterans are lacking a lot of medical
and dental treatment, and many are homeless.

Taxpayers pay taxes, the U.S. Congress votes to
give billions of tax dollars to the Pentagon, then the
Pentagon gives millions and millions of your tax dollars
to each defense contractor for research and development
of new weapons systems and improvements of
existing weapons and jets like the F-35 strike fighter jet
series, which is designed to be dual capable to
carry nuclear weapons, even though you thought that
the public decided a long time ago to end nuclear
proliferation.

Then guess what happens? Defense contractors
which received your taxpayer dollars
from the Pentagon, which received your taxpayer dollars
from the U.S. Congress, then pay (your taxpayer dollars)
to their PACs, political action committees,
and, millions to their lobbyists, and the PACs give
money to your U.S. Congresspersons, and the lobbyists
wine and dine your U.S. Congresspersons (House of
Representatives and U.S. Senate).  So, your tax dollars
have come full circle and lots and lots of them have ended
up in the pockets of U.S. Senators and Congressmen
and Congresswomen. Does that sound like a money
laundering scheme to you?  It certainly sounds like a
money laundering scheme to me, and it is costing you
so much money that it deepens the National Debt, year
after year, lobbyists paid for by defense contractors who
got the money from the Pentagon who got it from the
U.S. Congress who got the money from you, the taxpayers,
are wining and dining your U.S. Senator
and Congress people on shrimp and the most expensive
wines, vodka, and whiskey in Washington, D.C.

We can’t afford this money laundering scheme any more,
it must stop. It isn’t just the Pentagon, it is every group
the U.S. Congress votes to give your tax dollars to,
whether it be Planned Parenthood which happily kills your
grandchildren for profit, or any other group which receives
taxpayer dollars and then uses part of those dollars to
hire lobbyists to wine and dine the members of the
United States Congress, House and Senate, and uses
part of your taxpayer dollars to pay their PACs, political
action committees, to give campaign contributions to
members of the U.S. Congress. Your tax dollars’ go
full circle into the pockets and stomachs of your elected
representatives, and this is money laundering, and it has
to stop.

If you elect me, Cris Ericson, to the United States Senate,
I will sponsor a Bill to require that every single entity, whether it be a defense contractor or
non-profit or a university or college, every single entity which
receives tax payer dollars shall be required to divulge all
of their bank accounts, all their foreign bank accounts, all
their assets, under penalty of perjury, just like people
applying for SNAP program food stamps or fuel assistance
for low income people. Low income people who apply
for benefits, must divulge all their bank accounts and
assets under penalty of perjury, and rich people who run
non-profit organizations and universities and colleges
and defense contractors and highway construction contractors
should be held to the same standards as poor people.
Also, my Bill will require that any entity or corporation
or non-profit or university or college that receives
taxpayer dollars shall not pay anyone any salary higher
than the equivalent salary paid to a government employee.
No more mega-million dollar salaries paid for by taxpayers!

Vote for me, Cris Ericson, and I will bring in a new era of
equality under the law whereby rich people and wealthy
entities must comply with the same standards as poor
people, and I guarantee you that will reduce the National Debt.

Ques. # 6
DO YOU SUPPORT ADDITIONAL REGULATION OF GUNS?

In asking this question, WNYT presumes facts not in evidence,
and this is an error.

I’m Cris Ericson, candidate for United States Senator for Vermont,
and I certainly do not support the regulation of guns which have
already passed in some states and in the U.S. Congress,
in particular, those that deprive medical marijuana patients of their
right to own a gun, and laws, rules or regulations that prohibit
our war Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from
owning guns.

I believe your gun permit is the U.S. Constitution and all
laws, rules and regulations prohibiting you in any way from
exercising your right to self-defense are un-Constitutional.

If Hillary Clinton wins the Presidency, she will likely start wars
because she has already proven her blood thirsty attitude when
she promoted bombing an area around Tripoli, Libya, while
simultaneously, you could see on the internet, there were children
at the beach in Tripoli with their mothers, colored beach balls and
colored beach umbrellas, all while Hillary Clinton promoted
bombing them, and then President Barack Obama did bomb them.

My revulsion, and total and complete disgust with Hillary Clinton
and President Barack Obama began when relatives of mine
went to visit a beach in Italy, and Italy is just across the
Mediterranean Sea from the beach resorts in Tripoli, Libya.
I was totally and completely horrified, worrying if solar flares,
which can disrupt signals, would mis-guide a bomb to the
beaches in Italy, where my precious little relatives were.
Nothing made more clear to me the blood thirsty, sickening
revulsion I have for unnecessary bombing, and the callous
and shockingly un-Constitutional aggression of Hillary Clinton
and President Barack Obama for bombing around an innocent
tourist resort beach area of Tripoli, Libya.

Now, for all the bombs the United States has supplied
to foreign fighting groups allegedly killing in our best interest,
we have multiplied the number of people who hate the
United States of America. President Barack Obama and
Hillary Clinton will keep the borders of the U.S.A. wide open
for them to come in, and you had better be prepared,
you had better have self-defense ready at hand to protect
your home and your family.

If you elect me, Cris Ericson, to the United States Senate, I
guarantee you that I will sponsor a Bill to repeal all laws,
codes, statutes, rules and regulations that interfere with your
Constitutional rights to have and to hold and to carry,
concealed or openly, guns and rifles to
protect your home and your family. The United States
Constitution is your gun permit. Take back America!

Ques. # 7
WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON ALLOWING REGUGEES TO ENTER THIS COUNTRY?

Hi! My name is Cris Ericson and I want your vote for United States Senator,
and I want to convince you that we must take care of our own homeless
war Veterans and find homes for them before we take in any more foreigners.
We must temporarily halt all immigration. Our United States Military is so
weak right now that the news is filled daily with more suicides of our own
war Veterans.  Late night radio talk shows complain that our own war Veterans
aren’t even getting dental treatment.  We must stop Hillary Clinton’s plans to
open our borders and further decay our U.S. Military by the psychological
warfare of letting our own war Veterans sleep homeless on the streets of
Los Angeles and all over the United States.

If you elect me to the United States Senate I will sponsor a Bill to
build log cabins in areas of the United States with large forests, for example
Vermont, which is over 50% (almost 75 percent) forested.   War Veterans
have anxiety over being in apartment buildings because they are tuned in
to sounds from other apartments because of their war experiences and
self defense training.   They need to have their own home.   They might
be most comfortable surrounded by woods, listening to birds sing.
I will write a Bill to use federal prison labor to go to forests and build
log cabins with solar panel roofs for each homeless war Veteran,
and space them on two-acre forest sections for privacy, and give them
gardening tools, a small barn and one cow, two hogs and some chickens.
The U.S. Military war Veterans risked their lives for us, now it is time
to do something for them. 

We can help foreign refugees by identifying areas of the globe which
have extremely low populations, and buy land for them, but leave them
to develop it themselves.  We can give them tents and fishing poles,
garden tools, seeds, but we don’t need to bring them to the United States
of America.   Our only moral obligation is to help war refugees get out
of war zones, not to invite them home with us because we have a
greater moral obligation to take care of Americans, around
2 million homeless people in the United States, and they are refugees, too.
The homeless people already in the U.S.A. are refugees from
economic justice.

Please vote for me, Cris Ericson, for United States Senator for Vermont,
and I will help the U.S. Congress get their priorities straight.

WNYT QUES. #8
U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE CRIS ERICSON ANSWERS QUES. # 8

WNYT #8 What are some steps that could be taken to
bridge the racial divide in this country?

Hi! I’m Cris Ericson, candidate for U.S. Senator for Vermont.
Vermont is a state that is 94% white Caucasian, and is known
for discriminating against people of color, with police arresting
people of color at a higher rate than white Caucasians.

I have a variety of experience living in neighborhoods of color.
I was born in Washington, D.C. I lived during my married
years in Los Angeles, California. One of my Uncles, Reverend
Henry Warren Kunce, was a Presbyterian Minister who,
in the 1960s, started a Church in the Miami area
that both white Caucasian people and people
of color were invited to worship in. The KKK burnt down his
garage. We ran outside, I got in the family station wagon,
in the front seat in the middle, there were no seat belts back then,
and I could read the note on the window facing me, it was a serious threat.

Ten years after my mother died, I started going through old
boxes. I knew there was some family history of owning a Slave,
but I didn’t know how many. I scanned and posted some of the
heart breaking documents on flickr.com under the title:
Puzzle Pieces of Black American History. Some of the Slaves
were bought or sold while they were little children.

My grandfather, George Robert Ericson, was born on the Hemp
Lawn Farm on the Benson Pike in Shelbyville, Kentucky.
The Slaves were already gone by the time he came around.
But then something happened, about 1937 the government of
the United States made hemp and marijuana illegal. This
created a new form of slavery: arresting people for marijuana
and making them do hard labor in prison.

I think that we must start at the very beginning to bridge the
racial divide, and to me, that means that city and town
police officers should only be allowed to work in the zip code
that they reside in. County sheriffs should only be allowed
to work in the county they reside in.

Trust someone, vote for me, Cris Ericson for U.S. Senator for Vermont.

Ques. # 9.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THE STUDENT DEBT CRISIS?

Hi! I’m Cris Ericson, candidate for U.S. Senator for Vermont,
and I do have a plan for free college, please read my response
to Question # 4, “Do you support common core standards for students?”
because in that question I lay out my plan for free college education.

Now, as to students who currently owe debt, we should look at them
in a manner, like people under age 18 who, when charged with a
crime, are often held in court and tried as adults. I find this
unconscionable. I also believe that so long as under-age minors
can be tried as adults in criminal courts, then college students
can be held liable for their college debts.  It is a matter of equal
treatment under the law.   If uneducated teenagers charged with
crimes can be tried as adults, then educated people over age
18 should be held liable for their debts; otherwise you are coddling
rich kids while over-punishing poor kids.  This is an outrage!

WNYT QUES. # 10.
10) How do we curb welfare abuse?

Hi! I’m Cris Ericson and I want to be the next
United States Senator for Vermont. Welfare abuse
is often what government imposes upon citizens,
and not what citizens are doing to government.

Vermonters are having a hard time getting around
because so many of them are on Social Security Disability benefits
and many collect SSI. When they received their SSI statement
of benefits last winter, it said that if they have over
$2,000. in their bank account that they will lose their
benefits. This means that they cannot save enough
money to buy a decent car; they can only buy a car
that is the cheapest and will break down over and over
again; meaning, they won’t be able to hold down a job
and get off “benefits”. This is one of the “benefits
traps”, and in the future, I will write an entire book
about government imposed “benefits traps”.

When you look at it from the point of view of the
registered voters in Vermont, it is the government
committing welfare abuse against the citizens in the
form of “benefits traps.”

Vermont is a rural state,
and many towns have little in the way of public
transportation. If you live four miles up a dirt road,
and many people do, you need a car. If you say that
people can just move to cities in Vermont, you are
in error. The largest city in Vermont is Burlington at
a population under 60,000 people, and the rents are
so high that only the highest income people can afford
to live there.

It’s a little like Beverly Hills, California
where the household help and property caretakers
often live a long bus ride away in a poor neighborhood;
the difference being that they have buses that go all
over Los Angeles, even though they are painfully slow
and on hot days you can pick up all kinds of infections
being crammed into a hot bus without adequate
ventilation.

Look how many people moved to New York City from
rural areas hoping to find jobs and housing, all to end
up living in the sewer. Really, homeless people do that in NYC.

Many Vermonters feel that “welfare abuse” is when the
government gives huge subsidies, paid for by taxpayers,
to wealthy entities, often called “corporate welfare.”

When large “factory” farms receive “corporate welfare”
they are using taxpayer dollars to push smaller farms
out of business. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
But the wealthy farms don’t deserve to be wealthy by
taking taxpayer dollars to subsidize their farming activities.
This is a con game to force more people onto SNAP program
food stamps.

When I was young there were 25,000 farms
in Vermont, now, there are about 2,000 farms. Most of the
families who lost their farms would rather grow their own
food and raise their own animals, rather than have to apply
every year for SNAP program food stamps. Human dignity
is lost every time the U.S. Congress votes to give farm
subsidies to big farms, while excluding the smallest farms,
thereby forcing more small farms go out of business, and
more people have to apply for SNAP program food stamps
.

Another problem for people is zoning codes which often
prohibit allowing chicken coops, pig barns, and plowing
up your front yard to grow corn in residential neighborhoods.
It is the fault of local zoning administrators, forcing people
to apply for SNAP program food stamps because they
won’t allow low income property owners to use their property
to supply themselves and their family members with food.

This is a clearly a form of “welfare abuse” when a family
owns the land their house sits on, but they can’t build a
chicken coop or a pig barn or a cow barn for one cow or
plow their yard up and plant tomatoes and collard greens
and pole beans; so they are forced to apply for SNAP
program food stamps, not because they couldn’t provide
themselves with food if they were allowed a teeny- tiny farm,
but because their local government zoning codes won’t allow them to.

Now, you can say the family knew what the local zoning
ordinances were when they moved there; but what happens
a dozen years or more later when one of their kids goes to
college and all of a sudden they are sinking in debt and
close to foreclosure? Why is our nation so arrogant and
so heartless that we have made “appearances” of manicured
lawns more important than feeding families?

I want to be elected to the United States Senate, and I want
you to vote for me so I can get there.

Trust someone, vote Cris Ericson.

QUES. # 11.
DO YOU SUPPORT GOVERNMENT EFFORTS TO CUT
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS?

Hi! I’m Cris Ericson, candidate for U.S. Senator for Vermont,
and I believe President Obama has done a good job recently
on working with other countries to lower greenhouse gas
emissions by changing the way refrigerators and air
conditioners work.

If I am elected to the U.S. Senate I will support programs
to put satellites in orbit and on the moon and Mars to
study the Earth, because in the long, long run, these
programs will be cost-effective in saving lives.
Science is serious business.

Ques. # 12.
SHOULD THERE BE A LITMUS TEST FOR SUPREME COURT NOMINEES?

Hi! I’m Cris Ericson, candidate for U.S. Senator for Vermont,
and I want you to know that there already is a litmus test for
nominees for the Supreme Court of the United States,
and it’s called electing the right person for President,
because the President of the United States of America is
the person responsible for nominating Justices for life terms.
Please take your obligation to vote seriously.  Thank you.

WNYT #13
13) Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement?

Hi! I’m candidate Cris Ericson for U.S. Senator for Vermont.
I sincerely believe that the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement
will take jobs away from Americans, while coddling over-seas
factory owners who pay teenage girls to work for sub-minimum
wages, some forced to be locked into rooms at night until they
pay back what their employer claims is the cost of training them.

Last year I received an email from attorney Orly Taitz, Esq.
who lives in California, regarding the Trans-Pacific Trade
Agreement. I edited her email to make it shorter and to the
point, and sent it in as a Letter to the Editor of The Vermont
Journal, and they published it on July 8, 2015. I felt
encouraged that the local Windsor County, VT newspaper
had published it, and so I started trying to find a way to do
something about what lawyer Taitz said needed to be done.

…”the Congressional rule, which allows any congressman to
bring directly to the floor of the House a motion of non-
confidence in the Speaker, saying the Speaker is ‘disabled’,
which triggers immediate new vote for the new Speaker.
Boeher is the Speaker…”

So, I thought, who should bring this motion to the floor?
And I went through news articles on the internet searching
for just the right U.S. Congressperson to do the job.
I checked some of their backgrounds, I checked some of
their astrological positions, and I checked their relationships
with the person who was Speaker then, John Boehner.

I chose U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina.
I called his home office in Hendersonville, NC and explained
that I was calling from Vermont, I’m a Vermont registered
voter and resident of Vermont, and the reason I’m calling
U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina is that
we have no Republican representation in the entire United
States Congress from Vermont. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy
is a Democrat, U.S. Congressman Peter Welch is a Democrat,
and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders runs in the Democratic
Primary and takes all the Democrats money, and then switches
to “independent” just before the election (legal to do so in VT).

And then I explained that the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement
must be stopped and therefore the current Speaker of the
House, John Boehner, must be ousted. I explained how
Attorney Taitz stated in her email this could be done. I said
thank you for listening, good bye.

Three weeks later, on about July 28, 2015, U.S. Congressman
Mark Meadows of North Carolina filed a motion to “vacate the
chair”, to oust John Boehner, and John Boehner resigned.
My phone bill for that one call was 8.1 minutes.

I decided I’m ready to be elected to the United States Senate
because I know how to pick up the telephone and get
something done.

Trust someone, vote for me,
Cris Ericson,
United States Marijuana Party

CRIS ERICSON (802)875-4038
CELL PHONE (802)289-1000

 

Source: Cris Ericson for Vermont 2016! – U.S. Marijuana Party

(VT) Cris Ericson, Democratic party candidate for governor, will participate in debate, July 21st

Cris CSPAN VT
 
Cris Ericson

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Cris Ericson, Democratic party candidate for governor, will participate in debate.

http://www.fola.us/

FOLA Features Gubernatorial Candidates Forum July 21

FOLA will sponsor a gubernatorial candidates forum on Thursday, July 21 at 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium. All candidates for Governor who are running in contested party elections have been invited to participate. (Including Cris Ericson who is on the Democratic party primary election ballot, but has been wrongfully excluded from the majority of candidate debates and forums!)
The forum will consist of questions directed at the candidates by the moderator, Ralph Pace, followed by questions from the audience. Candidates will be given equal time to answer the questions based on time constraints monitored by the timer.

Questions will deal with regional and statewide issues. For further information, call (802) 228-7239 or email info@fola.us.

Friends of Ludlow Auditorium

Absentee Voting Starts Friday June 24th? Yikes! I’m On The Ballot, And Who Knows Who I Am?

Cris CSPAN VTBy CrisEricson2016 | Wed, June 22 2016

Absentee voting starts Friday June 24th? Yikes! I’m on the ballot, and who knows who I am?
The majority of media have blasted across Vermont that there are only 3 Democratic Party candidates for governor – NOT true! There are 5! If you want to see all five Democratic Party candidates for governor of Vermont for the very first time together, then please attend the Democratic Party debate tomorrow, Thursday, June 23rd being held at the Congregational Church, 77 Main Street, Springfield, Vermont starting at 6 PM for socializing with everyone, with the debating starting at 7 PM.
This is the first time you will see me with the other candidates, and as of today, June 22nd, I have NEVER met any of them. I was certified by the Secretary of State Election Division on May 3rd, and now over 6 weeks later, ONE DAY before absentee voting starts, I’m finally included in one candidate forum with all of the other Democratic Party candidates.
Wow! I stare out the window and the sky cries with rain. Is this Democracy? Does “inclusiveness” only mean people of any race, creed, color, religion or racial background who have $400,000.00 in their bank account?
Does the Democratic Party definition of “inclusiveness” EXCLUDE all candidates who don’t have the money to pay the mass media for advertising?
Does the Democratic Party definition of “inclusiveness” EXCLUDE all candidates who haven’t gone down on their knees and been baptized with doubtful dollars from political action committees, corporations and rich people with disguised agendas?
I certainly feel for Emily Peyton who was treated like (omit all properly descriptive Vermont language) crap by the Republican Party in a previous election where she dared to run without the apparently required millions of dollars.
O.K., enought whining and complaining, some people will look at their election ballot, with the absentee voting starting so soon, and vote for me because they are the people who put the quarter in the bubble gum machine hoping for the prize.
But, what does this election process, of the rich and by the rich and for the rich, and oh, YOU, You can vote but don’t you dare participate as a candidate if you aren’t rich – what does this really do to the United States of America?
Just turn the clock back to last fall when there were a lot of good solid candidates for President of the United States of America for the Republican Party, and a lot of good solid Democratic Party candidates for President of the U.S.A. What happened to all of them?
The mass media and those particular people who totally and completely control our Country by controlling who is and who is not allowed to participate in political candidate debates, decided to divide and conquer. They allowed the richest candidates in the prime time debates, and the candidates the controllers liked less in the under-debates, and the candidates the controllers of debates didn’t like at all – well, they were dust in the wind, to be blown away.
And did you get what you wanted? Did you end up with the richest Republican Party candidate for President of the United States of America? Did you end up with the richest Democratic Party candidate for President of the U.S.A. ARE YOU SATISFIED? IS THIS WHAT YOU REALLY WANTED, DONALD TRUMP and HILLARY CLINTON?
Now, wind the clock back again to last fall, would you have preferred to have heard more from the OTHER Democratic Party and Republican Party candidates who were fully and legally qualified last fall?
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A short list of Candidates to choose from for the 2016 Presidential Race….

3/18/2016

ShereeKrider

It suffices to say that I am not at all excited about this years #POTUS ‘Race for the Whitehouse’.

There isn’t one Candidate that I have found so far, that has been termed ‘electable’, that I care to vote for.

But that is just my personal opinion and not worth very much by todays standards!

I am putting together my ‘short list’ of possible, electable Candidates to Office of the Presidency which include the Candidates outlined below.

The U.S. Marijuana Party will issue a statement prior to the election on who they are supporting.  As of right now we are still undetermined.

For purposes of this article, I am expressing my own personal thoughts on the subject.

I surely would not give Hillary Clinton my vote.  Here is “Louder with Crowder’s” rendition of 7 Undeniable Reasons You CAN NOT Vote Hillary

I can save everyone some time here and just say that I agree with everything he said!

Next we look at Donald Trump.  Wow, what a stage show!  A man who has never participated in politics in his life with the exception of lobbying efforts by the Trump empire. But according to him, “I Was Part of the Problem, But I Can Fix It”.   I have to admit I have some fear as to what would happen if this man were elected and for that reason I will withhold that vote. 

Moving right along we come next to Sen. Bernie Sanders who definitely has his heart in the right place!  He is a “Democratic-Socialist” who aims to please all.  Well as much as possible anyway. 

Democratic socialism, Sanders said, is not tied to any Marxist belief or the abolition of capitalism. “I don’t believe government should own the means of production, but I do believe that the middle class and the working families who produce the wealth of America deserve a fair deal,” he said.

Socialism, in any form or fashion, is a scary term for Americans, mainly wealthy Americans.  That being said we have already been engaged in socialism in America, having been moving in this direction intended or not, for many years.  If the people participate in the governing of a Socialist Democracy it should be very good for everyone.  Americans tend to be lazy when it comes to participating in politics and even when it comes to the voting process.  Yet, we are still basically a Democracy, (although sometimes that is hard to believe as well), and our Representatives and Senators include Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and Independents, so we should have no problem holding onto our Country if we all show up to vote in ALL of the Elections.  It is time to start participating versus sitting back, watching the show and hoping for the best outcome!

I believe Sen. Bernie Sanders could be a viable option for the vote.

Additionally, we have Libertarian Presidential Candidate and former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson.

If you follow the opinion of Ron Paul you will subscribe to the theory that the Founding Fathers were more Liberal than Conservative although many will disagree with this thought.

“Libertarianism is, as the name implies, the belief in liberty. Libertarians believe that each person owns his own life and property and has the right to make his own choices as to how he lives his life and uses his property – as long as he simply respects the equal right of others to do the same.” Sharon Harris, President, Advocates for Self-Government LINK

Per Wikipedia:  Johnson has been a longtime advocate of legalizing marijuana and has said that if he were president, he would remove it from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act as well as issue an executive order pardoning non-violent marijuana offenders.[128]

Gary Johnson was supported by the U.S. Marijuana Party in 2012.  He is up for consideration this year as well.  So far he is the only Candidate with a clear strategy regarding the drug war. However, I do not believe that the freedom of Cannabis will ultimately come with one Executive Order.  Legalization unto itself is becoming a legal nightmare for many.  Repealing the CSA and removing Cannabis/Hemp from the U.N. Convention on Narcotic Drugs is the only true way to REPEAL.  A Plant is a Plant, and Plants should belong to all of us. Not at the discretion of the U.N.  And yes, it should apply to ALL Plants.  Not just Cannabis.  But for purposes of the 2016 Election we will focus on Cannabis/Hemp.

Since Libertarianism is the only ‘party’ which gives back personal freedom to the people themselves this is the Party which I would definitely like to see more of in every office in the U.S.  We need Libertarians in every aspect of our Government to try to ensure our personal freedoms are not kicked out the window for good.  There is no other Party that seems willing to do this.  The Democrats and Republicans are Hell bent on destroying most any freedom we ever had in this Country.  Regardless of who you may vote for in the Presidential Election remember to consider the Libertarians as viable Candidates for all offices of Government in the future, for this reason.

Electability is another problem.  There is just not enough Press and Media support for a Libertarian Candidate or any other Third-Party Candidate for that matter, in this Country yet.  Why, I do not know except that as I pointed out before most of us do not bother to show up at the Elections at all and have been too comfortable in the past with who ever got the vote.  This is starting to change as people become more aware of what is going on around them politically.  We can thank Donald Trump for the wake up call of the masses.  If he isn’t any good for anything else he was definitely a good choice to get the attention of the people who had paid no attention before. 

Could it be possible that a Third-Party Candidate, a Libertarian, could come from behind like a Kentucky Race Horse to dash past the finish line while everyone is looking and saying, “How the Hell did that happen”?.

With any luck we will hear more from Gary Johnson in the near future.  I would like to see what the Americans will do for this Candidate.  Will they even give him a chance and listen to what he has to say?  Or will we retain the old dog and pony show with the Democrats?  Or maybe we will make the jump to Democratic Socialism?  Or maybe, just maybe, the Electoral College will once again, disregard the Popular Vote and put who they want to put into office? 

In the current Electoral College battlefield, 40 of 50 states have voted for the same candidate in all four elections since 2000

 

I invite you to browse the links which I have provided within this article and make an informed decision for yourself.  Think about what is important to you and your family and who is most likely to be able to provide that.  Personally, I would like to think that a vote for Gary Johnson would be put to good use.  It remains to be seen if He can prove himself electable.  Sen. Bernie Sanders is also a viable option.

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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson (Full Interview)

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Published on Feb 15, 2016

Governor Gary Johnson (Libertarian presidential candidate) joins Dave Rubin to discuss the libertarian party and his run for president in the 2016 election.

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The New Peaceful Pot Head Revolution: Or, Why I’m Going To Infiltrate The Democrats & Run As One Of Them

Cris Ericson

 

 

By CrisEricson2016 | Fri, February 26 2016

S.241 Vermont marijuana Bill does NOT make marijuana legal like alcoholic beverages: (1) because you can brew your own alcoholic beverage at home in Vermont, and this bill does NOT allow you to plant a seed in the ground and grow your own marijuana at home; (2) because the state government does not raid your home and count your cans of beer, but in the new Bill, S. 241, the state will raid your home and count every single seed you have, or have planted, and send you to prison if you are not one of the chosen few to pay a high price for and receive a license to commercially grow and sell marijuana.
S.241 was written for the express purpose of making the rich even richer, and sending the poor to prison for the benefit of the private-for-profit prison industry.

PUBLIC NOTICE to DEMOCRATIC PARTY in VERMONT

I live in the area of Windsor County just north of Windham County, and there are a lot of low income people who will be devastated by S. 241 proposed marijuana bill because when marijuana is legal, they will be tempted, but they can NOT afford to pay for it.

Until marijuana is legal to grow your own at home for your own personal use, without the government prying on your private property to count your plants, I will continue to campaign for legalization.
Because the Democratic Party has taken over the issue of marijuana legalization, whereas I started it in 2002, the first time I was on the ballot for Governor, I will run in the Democratic Primary this election season to off-set the injustice being brought down on low income Vermonters.

The whole current marijuana bill is intended to make a few farmers and Lounge merchants vastly wealthy, while the tax dollars will be spent hounding and stalking poor people and threatening them if they so much as plant one seed.

Did you know this is how the American Revolution began?

The King decided that one company could sell Tea, he made one company a monopoly.
So, the Settlers dressed up as Indians and dumped the Tea into Boston Harbor.
If Peter Shumlin gets his way and does the equivalent of allowing monopolies, allowing only a few businesses to farm marijuana and sell marijuana, then you are inciting a riot, you may be inciting the next Boston Tea Party, only it might be tons of marijuana dumped into Lake Champlain off the Ferry.

If I lose the Democratic Primary, I will be on the ballot for the General Election for the Marijuana Party, of course.

This is a battle of the rich against the poor, and the Democratic Party is in conspiracy with Governor Peter Shumlin to extort money from people for marijuana, rather than allowing them to plant a seed in the ground and grow their own.

Also, of course, your conspiracy with Peter Shumlin includes violating federal marijuana laws; and I might start a group to file an action directly with the Supreme Court of the United States which is allowed when a State law violates the U.S. Constitution – and I think we might have a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution guarantee of equal rights under the law: how can you possibly think it is alright for one man to profit growing marijuana, while another man may be imprisoned for the same thing?

And, in keeping with the Spirit of the American Revolution, you must know you are violating the U.S. Constitution in conspiracy with Peter Shumlin for making laws that require someone else, other than an elected official, to make rules and regulations to use the tax dollars collected;  that is clearly taxation without representation.

Cris Ericson

http://democracy.com/vermont
SOURCE LINK:  http://ibrattleboro.com/sections/politics/new-peaceful-pot-head-revolution-or-why-im-going-infiltrate-democrats-run-one-them
SB 241 VT LINK:  http://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2016/S.241

U.S.: Congressman Blumenauer Writes Open Letter To President About Marijuana

Tue, 01/12/2016 – 22:24 – steveelliott

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Congressman Earl Blumenauer on Tuesday wrote an open letter advocating marijuana legalization to President Obama in advance of the President’s State of the Union speech.

"As you begin your last year in office, I hope there is one more step you take to bring about fundamental change — ending the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and removing marijuana from the list of Controlled Substances," Rep. Blumenauer wrote to the President.

The language chosen by Rep. Blumenauer is very significant, politically speaking. "Removing marijuana from the list of Controlled Substances" is, of course, the only way forward that avoids cannabis being immediately co-opted and controlled by Big Pharma, which is assuredly what will happen if it is moved from Schedule I to Schedule II or III on the Uniformed Controlled Substances Act.

Following is Rep. Blumenauer’s letter in its entirety.

An Open Letter to the President

Dear Mr. President:

A State of the Union speech is a unique opportunity to address Congress and the nation about priorities and accomplishments, as well as to highlight critical issues.

I remember another speech in May 2008 when you spoke to over 70,000 Portlanders. The overwhelming feeling of hope coming from the crowd was palpable.

Tonight, you will undoubtedly reflect on the last seven years. During this time, you fulfilled your promise of systematic change while dealing with the largest economic disaster the United States has seen since the Great Depression and almost unanimous Republican obstruction in Congress. Your actions jumpstarting the economy, reforming health care and Wall Street, and providing critical leadership on climate change will be felt for generations to come.

As you begin your last year in office, I hope there is one more step you take to bring about fundamental change — ending the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and removing marijuana from the list of Controlled Substances.

We both know the prohibition of marijuana has not and will not work. Recent surveys find that 18 million adults used marijuana in the past month — and well over a million use it legally under state laws for medicinal purposes. Despite dire hyperbolic warnings and the threat of citation, arrest, or even prison, all evidence indicates Americans will continue to use marijuana, especially since younger Americans feel even stronger that it ought to be legal. They understand that, while not without risk, marijuana is certainly less dangerous than tobacco — which is legal in every state despite its highly addictive nature and proven deadly consequences. Indeed, if we were scheduling drugs today, tobacco would probably be classified as Schedule I and marijuana would be left off.

I suspect that both your heart and your head tell you ending prohibition is the right thing to do, especially from a civil rights and criminal justice perspective. We’ve undercut respect for the law, wasted law enforcement resources, and more important, wasted lives.

A shocking 620,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession in 2014. No area is more stark and unfair than the treatment of African Americans — particularly young men. Research shows they are no more likely to use marijuana, yet the heavy hand of the law descends upon them with a vengeance. Depending on where they live, African Americans are two to eight times more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana, according to a study by the ACLU. Unlike white middle class Americans, for young men of color — especially if poor — even a minor infraction can have devastating consequences. They can be forced from their family home if they are living in public housing, or have difficulty obtaining federal student loans to make it nearly impossible to attend college.

This is wrong.

Current federal policy declares marijuana has no medicinal value and implies it is more dangerous than methamphetamine or cocaine. I don’t believe that any member of your Administration believes this is true. Yet inaction creates another serious consequence — an inability to focus on real threats to public health. Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and opioids are all far more dangerous than marijuana. In 2013 alone, over 20,000 people died of prescription drug overdoses — while there have never been any reported marijuana overdose fatalities.

This is also wrong. By telling Americans something demonstrably false, the case and credibility of drug enforcement authorities at all levels is weakened.

Not only that, federal policy has placed a stranglehold on effective marijuana research — even as evidence continues to mount about its medicinal benefits. Medical marijuana patients receive relief of pain, suppression of nausea, and the control of symptoms of neurological disorders. Recognizing this, 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam have legalized medical marijuana, and 17 other states have authorized some form of medical marijuana. Removing federal barriers to research will help eliminate the guess work about both its benefits and potential problems.

For all the talk about gateway drugs, having millions of Americans relying on the black market for marijuana only opens the way for thugs to directly market to young people and those desperate to deal with depression and pain. No drug dealer checks for ID on the street corner or schoolyard. They have no license to lose and every incentive to sell other more dangerous, addictive and profitable drugs.

The vast underground network supplying millions of Americans can and should be transformed into a legal industry that is regulated and taxed. We continue to enrich Mexican drug cartels that use marijuana as one of the pillars of their financial model. We should instead be taxing and regulating marijuana to help balance the budget and fund important services. If we approach marijuana the same way as alcohol, we could take the billions of dollars we save in enforcement and additional billions that will be generated in tax revenue to deal with education, the protection of our children, and the treatment for people with addiction problems.

Mr. President, you’ve already had the most profound effect on marijuana law reform than any President in history. You’ve declined to interfere with states that have legalized adult use of marijuana and others states that allow medical marijuana, and you’ve provided breathing room for state-legal marijuana businesses.

It is time, Mr. President, for you to take the next logical step, cementing your legacy in history on drug reform and a fairer criminal justice system. Call for an end to marijuana prohibition and de-schedule marijuana. The House and Senate are reluctant to take bold action to legalize marijuana at the federal level, but you don’t have to wait. Under your leadership by de-scheduling marijuana, you will trigger monumental reform, allowing states to continue their pioneering efforts and putting pressure on Congress to take additional actions to tax and regulate. We can start by ending the lunacy of forcing legal marijuana companies to operate as cash-only. Seldom has such a small step, supported by a majority of Americans, had such potential transformational power.

Please seize the moment. We can’t wait.

The time is now. The country is ready.

In 2008, I joined with tens of thousands of Oregonians who cheered you on chanting, “Yes, we can!”

Today, I speak on behalf of millions of Americans across the country and ask you to support ending the prohibition of marijuana.

We hope you will respond, “Yes, I will.”

Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress

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