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The Constitution’s apportionment clause makes the wealth taxes advanced by both Senators Sanders and Warren clearly unconstitutional. That’s not to say a wealth tax is impossible. Just as when federal income taxes were enacted, there is a way to have a legal wealth tax: the Constitutional Amendment process. But the Constitution first requires two thirds of the House and two thirds of the Senate to pass an Amendment. Then it requires 75% (i.e., 38 of…

Esek Hopkins was the brother of Stephen Hopkins, Governor of Rhode Island and Signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was appointed the first Commander of the Continental Navy in 1775. A few months later, the Continental Congress declared independence, and Commander Hopkins suddenly became the most powerful naval officer in the new United States. Despite their decision to bestow this position on him, Commander Esek Hopkins held the Continental Congress in very low regard.…

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve added a few enhancements to Alignvote. Summary of Sentiment How are end-users answering the survey? Now you can see a summary. From the Voters Guide homepage, see the “Voter Sentiment” section. This shows you a rolled-up summary of how people are answering the quiz. As clearly described at the top of the page, this is NOT a scientific poll, nor is it represented as such. There are numerous…

I’ve added a Discussion Board for Alignvote. This will make it easier to share videos, media and links to articles about the issues in the Seattle City election. I’ve added the latest debate videos to the appropriate City Council District topic areas. The one rule: Be Nice, Be Respectful. Visit the discussion board here.

On average, campaigns directly spent $21.96 per vote in the August 6th Seattle City Council Primary Election. Which Seattle City Council Primary candidates spent the most/least per vote? Based on preliminary numbers of direct expenditures and votes counted as of 8:00PM last night, here’s a chart. Names in bold are, at this writing, most likely to move on to the general November 5th election, though these names could change as the remaining votes come in.…

Alignvote now provides a single rollup page showing funds raised, district-by-district, for the Seattle City Council race. Data is as reported to, and by, the Seattle Election Commission. Example, first four districts as of July 18 2019 You can find the link to the rollup page on the home page of alignvote.com.