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How Reasonable Candidates Become Partisan Fighters

Posted by Russell Daniels on February 21, 2020 at 12:33 PM

by Neal Simon

Recently, two people who want to help our country advance came to me for advice about running for Congress. One, whom I’ll call Mary, is just left of center on social issues but considers herself a fiscal conservative. She grew up a Republican, but is now a Democrat. John, who labels himself a moderate Republican, is just right of center. He spoke of common sense solutions that satisfy many diverse stakeholders.

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Oregon’s closed primaries are degrading state’s legacy of democratic innovation

Posted by Russell Daniels on February 17, 2020 at 4:11 PM

written by David Ellis & Jeremy Gruber for The Oregonian

North Dakota is often credited as the first state to hold a presidential primary, but it was Oregon that invented it. From 1902 to 1914, Oregon was an engine of democracy innovation, passing a number of reforms that gave citizens more direct control over their government, including a system that allowed voters to put measures directly on the ballot, direct elections for U.S. senators, and the ability to nominate candidates for public office in primaries. These progressive reforms were collectively known as the Oregon System.

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Expand Nebraska's nonpartisan elections

Posted by Russell Daniels on February 09, 2020 at 12:37 PM

written by Senator John Mccollister & Adam Morfeld for The Lincoln Journal Star

Eighty-six years ago, Nebraskans fundamentally changed the way we are represented. Our forefathers were unwilling to stand idly by as our state experienced the massive political and social unrest of the Great Depression. Our Legislature was gridlocked and unable to respond to the pressing challenges of the day.

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Let’s restore Alaska’s tradition of open primary elections

Posted by Russell Daniels on January 14, 2020 at 2:05 PM

written by Lesil McGuire & Jeremy Gruber for Anchorage Daily News

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