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Open primaries will benefit minority voters

Posted by Russell Daniels on August 31, 2020 at 9:17 AM

written by Dr. Jessie Fields for the South Florida Sun Sentinel 

This November, Florida voters have the chance to expand the voting rights of all registered voters by supporting “All Voters Vote” — Amendment 3.

As a Black woman and a physician who grew up in the social isolation of poverty in the Black community of South Philadelphia, I support Joe Biden’s decision to choose Kamala Harris as his running mate. She is a woman of color and a talented politician. And as she said at her announcement, she stands on the shoulders of women of color who came before her.


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Editorial: Nonpartisan runoffs would make St. Louis city elections more competitive

Posted by Russell Daniels on August 31, 2020 at 9:11 AM

written by the Editorial board of the St. Louis Post Dispatch

If much of St. Louis frequently seems unhappy with the city’s political leadership, it may be because, too often, the mayor and other top officials were chosen by a small minority of the voters. Mayor Lyda Krewson, for example, won the 2017 Democratic primary — which in this Democratic city is tantamount to winning the seat — with just 32% of the vote in a crowded field.

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Endorsement: Baltimore mayor’s race shows why ‘top two’ is the better way

Posted by Russell Daniels on June 04, 2020 at 2:48 PM

Maryland has for so long offered a “closed” primary system — in which voters affiliated with the Democratic or Republican parties choose their preferred candidates who then face each other in the general election (as well as any qualifying non-affiliated or third-party candidates) — that many people may not realize there are other ways to elect leaders.

Better ways.

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Maine Voices: Open primaries should head list of crisis-driven election reforms

Posted by Russell Daniels on June 01, 2020 at 10:48 AM

BY JOE H. PICKERING JR for Press Herald

BANGOR — Many Mainers, for the first time, have been confronted with what it means to have their right to vote threatened. It’s a deeply unsettling feeling. Which is why editorial boards across the state, including, on April 5, the Maine Sunday Telegram, have called for steps to be taken to ensure broad voter participation and safety.

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Proposition D for Democracy Campaign Discusses Novel St. Louis Ballot Initiative

Posted by Russell Daniels on May 26, 2020 at 10:37 AM

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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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