ISSUES

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In 1792 Thomas Jefferson proposed a method for proportional allocation of seats in the  U.S. House of Representatives, almost a century before the Belgium mathematician, Victor D'Hondt, for whom that system is named for (naturally, other slave-owners preferred our "winner-takes-all" system). Most representative governments around the world, with the exception of Britain and its former colonies, now use some version of PR. Duverger's law holds that plurality-rule elections (such as winner-takes-all) structured within single-member districts tend to favor a two-party system (This partially explains why Britain and its former colonies, such as the U.S. and Canada, are some of the few nations where third parties struggle. Restrictive ballot access laws are another problem). It is obvious to any impartial viewer that our winner-takes-all system for allocating seats is outdated, polarizing, and does not honestly reflect the values of Minnesotans in the legislature.

Elect representatives in proportion to their support.

(e.g. 5% of votes in district x = 1 seat in the MN House of Representatives, 10% = 2 seats, 15% = 3 seats, etc.)

PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION

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In 2000 Minnesota almost became the first state to utilize the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) as a supplement to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but lacked the necessary leadership and foresight to enact this more holistic economic model. Since then Vermont, Maryland, Washington, and Hawai'i have passed state government initiatives to consider GPI in budgeting decisions, with a focus on long-term cost and benefits. HF 1662, the most recent Genuine Progress Indicator bill, is currently pending in the House Ways and Means Committee. As your senator, I will co-author the Senate companion bill, SF 1742, and I believe we can get it passed during the 2020 legislative session.

Include social and environmental factors when making policy decisions and investments.

GENUINE PROGRESS INDICATOR 

Bill

In 2016 Minnesota's district 45 senate seat was won with nearly $73,000, which is almost two and a half times more than I make in one year working at a real job. Elections should be won by candidates who compete on a level playing field so that voters know that their voices are being heard. Lest we think a plutocracy is acceptible, the Republic should not be for sale to the highest bidders.

Publicly fund public elections.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

 

About Andy

Hello district 45,

My name is Andrew Thomas Schuler and I am running for Minnesota Senate. I was born in 1981 and raised in Golden Valley. Throughout my life I have lived in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Plymouth, Crystal, New Orleans, Phoenix, and eventually purchasing a home in the city I was raised. When I was 17 I was talking with my dad about the consequences and unconstitutionality of marijuana prohibition and despite any disagreements we may have had about my civil disobedience he encouraged me to try changing laws that I do not think serve justice. After putting college on pause in 2004 due to my concerns for living in eternal debt, I began to volunteer for numerous political campaigns and non-profit groups with a focus on the environment, social justice, and political reforms. When I'm not working my day job I am illustrating an ongoing comic book series entitled, 'The Villainous Presidents of the United States'.

~ Vote Schuler 2020 ~

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