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Closed Primaries Disenfranchise Millions of Young People

Posted by Russell Daniels on March 05, 2021 at 12:17 PM

written by Elena Ashburn for IVN

Ever since I accompanied my mother to vote about a decade ago, I have been anxiously awaiting to turn 18. I remember walking with my mother into the polling place one sunny afternoon, listening as she explained what we were about to do. I watched her fill in her ballot and stood on my toes to try to catch a glance at the candidates’ names. I was envious of the “I voted” sticker she got when she was done, and I couldn’t wait to get my own sticker someday.

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Semi-open primaries will bring our political process in line with our values

Posted by Russell Daniels on March 05, 2021 at 10:54 AM

written by Rep. Nicole Grohoski for The Ellsworth American

Whenever I’m weighing decisions and votes in Augusta — or, this year, from home via Zoom with my colleagues scattered across the state — I aim to stay grounded in our community. It’s clear to me from the conversations I’ve had at doors and around town these past few years that many of us share the same values. We work hard, help our neighbors and believe that a person’s character is what matters most. We also value our civic duty to participate in the political process, turning out to vote at a rate that is the envy of the nation.

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Time to end closed primary process in Nevada

Posted by Russell Daniels on March 01, 2021 at 10:29 AM

written by Sondra Cosgrove for the Las Vegas Review Journal

Every two years, Nevadans elect officials ranging from the governor to the secretary of state to the local sheriff. And each election includes multiple interlocking processes that deliver secure and reliable outcomes. Everything from voter registration, accessible early voting, secure voting machines and much more, sync to produce elections that are competent and seamless.


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Utah Senate votes in support of bill to keep people from party switching

Posted by Russell Daniels on February 26, 2021 at 9:40 AM

In a largely party-line vote, the Utah Senate gave its stamp of approval Thursday to a bill that would make it harder for voters in the state to switch political parties ahead of an election.
The bill, which passed with a 19-6 vote, would prevent affiliation changes after March 31 in an election year. If a voter modified their registration after that date, it would not go into effect until after the primary election in June.

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‘Party raiding’ by Democrats had little effect on 2020 Utah Republican primary, study finds

Posted by Russell Daniels on February 24, 2021 at 10:25 AM

written by Bryan Schott for The Salt Lake Tribune

There has been much hand-wringing among Utah Republicans — even legislation — over the potential of Democrats changing their party affiliation to vote in and potentially disrupt GOP primary elections.
But, a new study concludes Democrats didn’t have much of an impact on last year’s Republican primary despite a concerted effort to get voters of all stripes to register with the GOP.

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Angry Trump partisans facing major obstacles in effort to oust Murkowski after impeachment vote

Posted by Russell Daniels on February 19, 2021 at 3:26 PM

written by Tom Bioggioni for Raw Story

With fellow Republican Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Mitt Romney (R-UT) facing pushback and censure in their home states for voting to convict Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection in his just-concluded impeachment trial, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) may get flack, but she has far fewer worries about losing her seat if she runs for re-election.

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Legislators Feel Caught in the Trap of Partisan Primaries

Posted by Russell Daniels on February 18, 2021 at 2:59 PM

written by Kevin Kosar for IVN

Editor's Note: This piece originally published on the American Enterprise Institute's blog and has been republished on IVN with permission from the author.

‍What is next for Donald Trump? There are reports that the former president is intending to play a role in the 2022 election. One report says his hit list includes Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC).

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Restoring sanity to the GOP will take years. Here’s how to start.

Posted by Russell Daniels on February 17, 2021 at 3:48 PM

written by Brian Klaas for the Washington Post

 On May 24, 2017, a Republican candidate for Congress assaulted a journalist. He grabbed the reporter’s neck with both hands, slammed him to the ground and began punching him. What did the journalist do to provoke the attack? He had asked the candidate a question about his position on health-care reform. The candidate — who initially lied about the attack — was arrested. He ultimately pleaded guilty to assault.

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