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Morris GOP votes for new county line on primary ballots

Posted by Russell Daniels on February 12, 2021 at 12:48 PM

written by William Westhoven for the Morristown Daily Record

The Morris County Republican Committee voted to institute a county line to identify the primary candidates it will endorse on future ballots, settling a long-running debate.

Committee members voted 305-143 during a virtual meeting Saturday to end the era of open primaries, a move supporters of the measure say is needed to contend with increasing Democratic footing in a county that has long been a Republican stronghold, said Vice Chairman Peter King.

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Ballot Measure 2 will go a long way toward making our government serve the people

Posted by Russell Daniels on February 12, 2021 at 12:03 PM

written by Rob Welton for Juneau Empire

When did compromise and bipartisanship become dirty words? While watching the gridlock and name-calling in the U.S. Congress, I thought to myself “thank goodness the craziness hasn’t spread to Alaska.” Former Gov. Bill Walker reached across the aisle and ran with Byron Mallott. In the last session, moderate Republicans formed a bipartisan coalition with Democrats. First, Walker lost his re-election bid to a man promising a statutory free lunch. Then, last August, former Senate President Cathy Giessel and other moderate Republicans were primaried out of office. How can we break the fever of this partisan pandemic? There is a promising political vaccine on the horizon.

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Putting country before party would be easier if we changed electoral systems (NY Times)

Posted by Russell Daniels on February 05, 2021 at 10:48 AM

Opinion by Timothy Egan for The New York Times

I try not to bet on politics; it’s better to gamble on March Madness, the best sporting event in America. But here’s a wager I would make: The two Republican House members from Washington State who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump will not only survive their next election but do even better in 2022 than they did last year.

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OP's Jeremy Gruber testifies in opposition to VA's Closed Primary Bill

Posted by Russell Daniels on January 26, 2021 at 2:32 PM

Testimony of Jeremy Gruber, Senior VP, Open Primaries

Virginia House Privileges and Elections - Election Administration Subcommittee  

January 26, 2021

HB2278-OPPOSITION

My name is Jeremy Gruber and I am the Senior Vice President of Open Primaries. Open Primaries is a national, non-profit election reform organization dedicated to more inclusive election systems.

 

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Oregon’s closed primary system undermines our voting rights ideals

Posted by Russell Daniels on January 20, 2021 at 1:33 PM

written by Kevin Frazier for OregonLive

Oregon’s approach to elections is a lot like a shiny apple with a rotten core. From the exterior, it is a model for the rest of the country to follow. From mail-in voting to automatic voter registration, Oregon has done a lot to make democracy easy. But at the core, partisanship undermines efforts to make the state’s democracy more participatory and inclusive. Who cares how easy it is to vote if you don’t get to participate in every stage of the election, especially in what is arguably the most important stage?

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