John Delaney on Government Reform

Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MD-6


Electoral College should not be eliminated

John Delaney on Electoral College: The Electoral College should not be eliminated.

TWO CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Gov. John Hickenlooper; Andrew Yang.

Three Democrats do not support eliminating the Electoral College. Delaney dismissed the idea as impractical. Both Hickenlooper and Yang have expressed reservations about the idea. Instead, Yang, on his campaign's website, calls for reforms to the Electoral College by "making electors determined on a proportional basis."

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Nationally televised debates between President and Congress

His big idea: As part of his effort to find common ground with political opponents, Mr Delaney promises that as president he would hold nationally televised debates with Congress once every three months. Think of it like question time in the British Parliament, but not as often and (probably) with less creative insults.
Source: BBC.com on 2020 Democratic primary contenders at 2019 SXSW , Mar 12, 2019

End gerrymandering, make Election Day a holiday

As a congressman, Delaney introduced the Open Our Democracy Act, legislation aimed at ending gerrymandering and establishing Election Day as a federal holiday.
Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020" , Feb 27, 2019

Gerrymandering corrupts our democracy; get rid of system

Gerrymandering is an unusually divisive topic: for obvious reasons, many politicians love it, but the vast majority of Americans hate it. In my view, it's the clearest example of how representative democracy is failing. Moreover, it's worth pointing out that Democrats are usually on the losing end of gerrymandering. Question: Why do we want to keep playing a game we're bad at? Why shouldn't Democrats take the lead in getting rid of this dishonest system altogether?

The problem is that nobody wants to unilaterally disarm. As long as the federal government fails to pass legislation cleaning up redistricting, in most states the party in power is free to do what it wishes. Gerrymandering corrupts our democracy, but because no party wants to give up power willingly, this cynical practice continues.

Source: The Right Answer, by Rep. John Delaney, p.153 , May 29, 2018

Presidential press briefings are just propaganda sessions

[The president should] engage in open, televised debates with members of Congress. If you've ever watched the Prime Minister's Question Time in the British Parliament, you will understand what I am proposing. Once a week, the prime minister appears in the Commons Chamber and, for 30 to 45 minutes, takes whatever questions the members of Parliament want to ask. There's no hiding, no obfuscating. The give-and-take is chaotic but genuine.

Compare this to current system of White House press briefings. The president's press secretary in theory, answers questions. In reality, these press briefings have devolved into propaganda sessions.

What I'm proposing is, as president, I would engage once a quarter, for 2 or 3 hours, in a televised open debate with members of Congress. The American people deserve to hear a real debate about real issues. Transparency is the greatest tool for getting at the truth and bringing forth new ideas, so let's open the door to real debate and let the light shine in.

Source: The Right Answer, by Rep. John Delaney, p. 17-8 , May 29, 2018

Independent redistricting commission to end gerrymandering

The Open Our Democracy Act would end gerrymandering by requiring every state to create an independent redistricting commission. It makes no sense to allow the party in power to unilaterally draw districts, because it will always try to redraw them to its advantage. Creating an independent bipartisan of judicial committee would ensure that redistricting wasn't driven by partisan goals.
Source: The Right Answer, by Rep. John Delaney, p.153 , May 29, 2018

Extend lobbying ban to 5 years; pass STOCK Act too