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The Colorado GOP may opt out of open primaries – and into a death spiral

Posted by Russell Daniels on July 29, 2021 at 2:56 PM

written by Mario Nicolais for The Colorado Sun

The Colorado Republican Party may opt out of open primaries later this year, and I am torn over how I feel about it.

On one hand, I am an unaffiliated voter who has publicly taken advantageof the ability to participate in either major party primary. Proposition 108, approved by voters in 2016, granted unaffiliated voters that right.

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The closed primary, or how to leave out a million voters

Posted by Russell Daniels on July 20, 2021 at 12:19 PM

Editorial by the Riverdale Press

What a fantastic place our city council will be come January when the number of women more than doubles. It will be a female majority — and a long time coming.

Yet, this great news isn’t enough to distract us from a serious problem the continues to plague our city: disenfranchised voters. It’s a problem that affects a much different minority than other parts of the country — non-Democrats.

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Why Every Assumption The Two Parties Have About Latino Voters Is Wrong

Posted by Russell Daniels on July 20, 2021 at 12:08 PM

written by Shawn Griffiths for IVN

Latino voters in Texas have the numbers to shift the political paradigm in their state. However, turnout among Latinos continues to lag. There are misconceptions and social stigmas about why this is, but the truth lies in deep systemic issues and a history of disempowerment that has left many feeling voiceless and unrepresented.


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Study Confirms Big 2020 Takeaways: Biden’s Gains With Suburban Voters, Independents, Won Him Election

Posted by Russell Daniels on July 01, 2021 at 2:27 PM

by Jack Brewster for Forbes


President Joe Biden rode to victory in 2020 by making large inroads with suburban voters and independents while retaining the coalition 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton formed in 2016, a sweeping new study from Pew Research Center found, confirming what many political analysts had already concluded. 

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Nevada should let independents vote in party primaries

Posted by Russell Daniels on June 30, 2021 at 4:15 PM

Nevada should let independents vote in party primaries

written by Carter Conley Jr. for the Las Vegas Review Journal

I read Rory Appleton’s June 7 article on the Nevada primaries. I have been an independent voter for decades prior to moving to Nevada in 2015, and I was locked out of the caucuses before and will now be locked out of the upcoming primaries. It was disappointing to read that, during the legislative session, state Sen. Ben Kieckhefer’s bill proposing a “blanket primary” died in committee without even getting a hearing.


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Alaska’s election system has upped its game. The rest of the nation should follow

Posted by Russell Daniels on June 23, 2021 at 4:33 PM

written by Scott Kendall and La quen náay Liz Medicine Crow for RollCall

We are two, very different Alaskans.

One of us is a white, farm-raised, former Republican man who moved here after college; the other is an Alaska Native woman, with over 10,000 years of ancestors born of these lands, and a registered undeclared voter. But while we are very different people, we agree on one important point: Alaska is a home we need to work harder to be worthy of.

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