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The Poisoning of Our Politics: Partisan Elections

Posted by John Fernandes on March 08, 2016 at 10:21 AM

This article was written by Mark Funkhouser for Governing.com.

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When Michael Bloomberg was mayor of New York City, Francis Barry was his chief speechwriter and director of public affairs, and he was deeply involved in Bloomberg’s various charter review efforts. Barry is clearly ticked that the political parties and the self-styled good government groups had defeated a proposal in 2003 to institute nonpartisan elections. He channeled that annoyance into a book. The Scandal of Reform uses New York City’s election laws and history of election reform as a starting point for a powerful, well-researched analysis that seems to me to refute every objection to nonpartisan elections.

 

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A Screener’s Inside Look: Arizona’s Cry for Open and Honest Elections

Posted by Kellie Ryan on February 12, 2016 at 3:34 PM

AbbyHeadshot_small.jpgOn Wednesday, February 3rd, 13,837 Independent Arizonans came together for a conversation about the state of politics in Arizona.The event was hosted by Patrick McWhortor, Campaign Director for Open Primaries AZ. 

Participants were able to interact live with panelists to learn more about the fight to open up Arizona’s elections to all. along with a panel of Arizona leaders. The panelists included: Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, Attorney and activist Danny Ortega, President of High Ground Consulting Chuck Coughlin, and President of IndependentVoting.org, Jackie Salit.

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Open primaries are the way to go

Posted by Kellie Ryan on February 01, 2016 at 12:11 PM

This article was written by Bob Perls for the Albuquerque Journal

We want to congratulate the Journal for supporting open primaries. This is truly a non-partisan issue critical to enfranchising all voters.

Forty-five percent of Americans are not registered with a major party, 25 percent of New Mexicans are not and over 60 percent of registered voters under 30 are registered as independents. Insisting that New Mexicans have to a join a party to vote is unfair and violates the New Mexico Constitution.

Both major parties stand to gain much by supporting open primaries. By demonstrating that their beliefs and values can attract votes from independents, they will become stronger.

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Open primary proposal moves forward

Posted by Kellie Ryan on February 01, 2016 at 10:18 AM

This article was written by Matthew Reichbach for NMpoliticalreport.com.

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A proposal that would allow voters to decide whether or not those outside the two major political parties can participate in primary elections passed its first committee on Saturday.

Right now, only Democrats can participate in Democratic primaries and only Republicans can participate in Republican primaries. The proposal brought forward by Reps. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, and Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, would change that.

The bill passed on a narrow 5-3 vote, with all four Democrats on the panel being joined by committee chair James Smith, R-Sandia Park. The other three Republicans present voted against the proposal.

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Virginia Voters! Awake!

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 26, 2016 at 6:09 PM

The political class was "shocked and surprised" at the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. They still don't get it!  The independent voters who ultimately determine elections actually pay attention to what they do versus what they say!  Once again the political class is attempting to circumvent laws and policies for their own personal benefit.  Yet another reason to become Independent and Involved and "Chase those crazy baldheads out of town"!

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The showdown on voting rights in Virginia

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 26, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Virginia voters:  Do you believe legislators who want to limit your right to vote will represent your other interests?  Me neither.  The Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) has asked the State Board of Elections to administer a test in the March 1 primary – and they have agreed.  Voters who select a red ballot will be required to sign a statement indicating they are Republicans.   

Loyalty pledges are a RPV tradition.  In 2008 and again in 2012, the party tried to impose a similar condition for participating in their primary – to vote for the GOP nominee in the general election – before withdrawing it under public pressure.  They may go through with it this time.  How should Independents – and other VA voters disturbed by this attack on democracy – respond?   

Be Republican for just long enough to cast your vote.  Then let’s turn our attention to taking back our government, because the latest RPV shenanigans are not the only symptoms of a chronically ill system.  In the November 2015 elections, all 122 incumbent VA state legislators were re-elected and 79 of 140 candidates for the legislature had no general election challenger.

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Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas and Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Introduce the Open Primaries Joint Resolution

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 26, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Santa Fe – Representatives Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) and Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos) have introduced the Open Primaries, House Joint Resolution 12 (HJR 12). The constitutional amendment would allow all voters, regardless of party affiliation to participate by voting in a primary election.

“This is a way to make the political process more inclusive for all New Mexicans” said Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque). “The low voter turnout last year should be troubling to all of us. We must open the franchise of government to allow total voter participation in every step of the electoral process.”

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Black Bart Nominee: Symbol of New Politics in CA—Steve Glazer

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 26, 2016 at 2:46 PM

This article was written by Joel Fox for Fox & Hounds.

California politics are changing and there is no greater symbol of that change than state Senator Steve Glazer.

Glazer represents a new division in state politics. With the Republican Party losing influence, the majority Democratic Party is beginning to splinter into different factions. This situation has been driven by California’s move to the top-two primary system. Glazer was involved in probably the most high profile example of a top-two intraparty clash when he captured his senate seat in a special election last May topping Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla.

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The California Political Model

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 20, 2016 at 11:48 AM

This article was written by Hoyt Hilsman for Huffington Post Los Angeles.

The $171 billion budget proposal released this week by California Gov. Jerry Brown shows how politics can work well in a state with the 8th largest economy in the world. It also offers a clear contrast to the political dysfunction in the budget process in Washington. Long derided for its "fruit-and-nuts" politics, California is leading the way in envisioning a political system that can actually get things done.

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New Cause for Hope in Arizona Politics: Honest and Open Election & Campaign Finance Committees Formed to Support Two Constitutional Ballot Initiatives for the 2016 Arizona Ballot

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 13, 2016 at 10:23 AM

CONTACT
Drew Sexton
(602) 738-1187
dsexton@azhighground.com

 

PHOENIX — Arizonans across the political spectrum are fed up with the state of our government.  Almost two-thirds of voters believe the State Legislature has the wrong priorities and that there is too much partisan conflict in the Arizona State Capitol.  Now, there is finally cause for hope that together we can change the system and make it work for the people of Arizona 

Two committees were filed yesterday with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office to support two constitutional amendments to promote fairness and transparency in Arizona candidate elections. The committees will be spearheaded by the Open and Honest Elections coalition which is driven by the fundamental premise that Arizona voters have the right to know who is contributing large amounts of money to influence our elections and the right to participate equally in all elections.

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