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Candidate: Next political machine may be a computer

Amanda Fehd
Nevada Appeal News Service

STATELINE – Stateline composer and musician Daniel Rosen has announced his intention to run for Nevada’s second district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rosen has no platform.

Instead, the Independent promises to cast votes in the House according to how his constituents vote on legislation through his Web site at

The idea is not to give more power to the people, but all power to the people, he said.

“Registered voters in the Second District of Nevada will have total control over how I vote,” he said. “I’m not running an opinion poll. It’s a binding process.”

Rosen will launch a petition drive soon to secure his filing an intent to run. He also invites supporters to make donations on the Web site.

Something must be done to reform a corrupt political system, he said. And legislation can only do so much, he said.

“Our overwhelming problem is our representatives are voting according to how the money-bag supporters want them to vote,” Rosen said.

Lake Tahoe sociology professor Scott Lukas said a colleague had already pointed out Rosen’s Web site. He thought it was an interesting concept and a well-done site, but thought it might not be fraud-proof.

The idea of direct democracy is not new, Lukas said. But the Constitution set up a representative democracy.

“To reform, to move toward a direct democracy, I don’t know how you would do that,” Lukas said. “If there is the technology there, maybe this is the next step.”

Rosen has many answers for skeptics. Some have pointed that even Congressmen don’t read all the legislation they vote on. The candidate said there is apathy throughout the country when it comes to participating in the political process, but that could be cured by this system.

“The apathy comes from people viewing themselves as perfectly powerless, and once people are really convinced that their opinions count, then I think that apathy will disappear.”

Rosen created the vote-tallying software himself using open-source code.

“If anyone has any qualms about whether it’s secure and reliable, they can examine all of the code,” he said.

The idea first came to him when the Internet flourished in the ’90s. He finally put it to practice when he realized how “easy” computer programming is after dabbling in programming musical metronomes.

“My hope is that I will be elected and show people throughout the nation that this is a viable and reasonable alternative,” he said. “And then I hope that the system will be developed so that legislators are bound by law to follow the dictates of their constituents.”

Also in the running for Nevada’s second Congressional district are Secretary of State Dean Heller, a Republican; incumbent Jim Gibbons’ wife Dawn Gibbons, a Republican; Jill Derby, a Democrat and University of Nevada regent; and Sharron Angle, a Republican Nevada Assemblywoman.

Incumbent Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., plans to run for governor.

The Second District encompasses all of Nevada, except metropolitan Las Vegas area. There are three districts in Nevada.