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The Poisoning of Our Politics: Partisan Elections

Posted by John Fernandes on March 08, 2016 at 1:50 PM

This article was written by Mark Funkhouser for Governing.com.

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When Michael Bloomberg was mayor of New York City, Francis Barry was his chief speechwriter and director of public affairs, and he was deeply involved in Bloomberg’s various charter review efforts. Barry is clearly ticked that the political parties and the self-styled good government groups had defeated a proposal in 2003 to institute nonpartisan elections. He channeled that annoyance into a book. The Scandal of Reform uses New York City’s election laws and history of election reform as a starting point for a powerful, well-researched analysis that seems to me to refute every objection to nonpartisan elections.

 

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Open Primaries President on AJAM with John Seigenthaler

Posted by John Fernandes on March 01, 2016 at 2:35 PM

AJAM_-_John_Opdycke.pngFebruary 29, 2016—Open Primaries President John Opdycke appeared on Al Jazeera America with John Seigenthaler to discuss primary election reform and the impact a Top Two primary system will have on our democracy.

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Push For Open Primaries In New Mexico

Posted by Kellie Ryan on February 12, 2016 at 1:22 PM

This radio piece ran on KRWG, Public Media for Southern New Mexico and Far West Texas.

Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, the group is working on a campaign to build support in the state House Judiciary Committee to approve HJR 12, the Open Primary Elections Constitutional Amendment. Edmundo Resendez spoke to former New Mexico State Representative and founder of New Mexico Open Primaries Bob Perls about the latest efforts in the legislature.

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Arizona House votes to repeal Presidential Preference Elections

Posted by Kellie Ryan on February 12, 2016 at 11:32 AM

This article was written by Sydney Glenn for Cronkite News.

The Arizona House of Representatives voted Wednesday to repeal the state-funded version of the presidential primary. 

House Speaker David Gowan of Sierra Vista sponsored the HB2567 bill that, if approved by the Senate and signed into law, would repeal Presidential Preference Elections.

For future Presidential Preference Elections, political parties would have to raise their own funds to cover the election costs. The bill would not go into effect until after the March election. 

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NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS

Posted by Kellie Ryan on February 08, 2016 at 6:44 PM

This piece ran on New Mexico PBS.

A look at legislation that could give voters the chance to vote to change the state’s primary elections. Debate and discussion on Open Primaries, both in the legislature and at the LINE Roundtable. Plus, diving in to campaign finance reform proposals also making the legislative rounds this year. THE LINE panelists also talk possible behavioral health cuts, & new wage rate proposals.

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Open Primaries Launches Campaign to Rally Support for New Mexico Open Primary Elections Amendment

Posted by Kellie Ryan on February 03, 2016 at 10:21 AM

This article appeared on KRWG, Public Media for Southern New Mexico and Far West Texas.

Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, today announced the launch of a campaign to build support in the state House Judiciary Committee to approve HJR 12, the Open Primary Elections Constitutional Amendment. This bill will give all voters in New Mexico equal participation and say in their elections, bring competition back to electoral races and offer New Mexico’s citizens the functioning government they so desperately want. The group has established an educational web portal that includes a petition tool to encourage New Mexicans to take action by expressing their support for the bill to their legislator.

"As a registered independent and as a spokesperson for the 250,000 New Mexico independents excluded from our most important election, the primary, I would ask members of both parties in the legislature to look carefully at this bill and listen to the expert testimony in the coming days,” said Bob Perls, founder of New Mexico Open Primaries.

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