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A healthy democracy cannot discriminate against independent candidates and voters

Posted by Russell Daniels on October 22, 2021 at 8:35 AM

The eyes of the political world were locked in when the candidates for governor of Virginia stepped on the stage for a debate on Sept. 28. With the race between Republican Glenn Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe tightening, the table was set for a dramatic, head-to-head affair. However, by debate's end, the showstopper unexpectedly was another candidate for governor: Princess Blanding.


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CNN's John Avalon: "Change the rules, change the game."

Posted by Russell Daniels on October 07, 2021 at 10:37 PM


Andrew Yang and Evan McMullin have left the Democratic and Republican parties, respectively, to run as third party candidates, and more than 40% of Americans are not registered to either of the two major parties. CNN's John Avlon looks at third parties in this Reality Check.

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Washington Post Opinion: Open primaries in Maryland would help end political divisiveness

Posted by Russell Daniels on September 09, 2021 at 3:09 PM

There aren’t many industries out there in which your job performance has little to no impact on whether you keep your job.

As an owner of a manufacturing plant in Baltimore City, I can say with certainty that if any of my employees ever refused to do their jobs or antagonized their colleagues while refusing to work together, they’d be fired.

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A better way to vote?

Posted by Russell Daniels on August 12, 2021 at 12:41 AM

written by Jared Garson for The Oregon Way

The US could have chosen any other system to run elections, but somehow ended up selecting an option with numerous drawbacks: Plurality Voting. The current ‘pick one candidate’ system encourages voters to strategically choose a candidate that isn’t their first choice but is more likely to beat their least favorite choice. Plurality Voting is also vulnerable to the Spoiler Effect, which can swing an election with the entry of a popular third party candidate (see Nader in 2000).

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Posted by Russell Daniels on August 12, 2021 at 12:30 AM

written by Len Lazarick for the Maryland Reporter

This is an expanded version of a column that appears in the August issue of The Business Monthly newspaper, serving Howard and Anne Arundel counties. 

The headlines are full of worries about mounting voter suppression in many states, such as Texas, Georgia, and Wisconsin. But Maryland has long had its own form of voter suppression that goes largely unnoticed.

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