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What's not the matter with Nebraska?

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 19, 2016 at 12:54 PM

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This article was written by Sean Braswell for OZY.

Gridlock, partisanship, corruption, favors for moneyed interests. Presidential debates, like the Democrats’ latest effort last night, often touch on how fed up U.S. voters are with politics as usual. Well, what if when Americans had had enough of their elective representatives, they threw out the bums — all of them, or at least an entire chamber of them, abolishing a state’s entire House of Representatives? Turns out Nebraskans did exactly that decades ago, by voting to amend their state’s constitution. Since then, Nebraska’s legislature has worked differently from any other state’s — with, some say, the emphasis on “worked.”

Now, in a hyperpartisan nation in which almost 70 percent of Americans express anger at their political system, a state best known for corn and college football is attracting renewed interest for something else: its civil political culture. Nebraska’s long-running top two “open” primary format, in which the top two candidates from any party advance from a single primary, has been adopted by Washington and, more recently, by California. And it’s become the model example for a new “open primaries” movement that is starting to gain some traction with frustrated citizens in other states, from New York to Arizona to South Dakota.

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Opinión invitada: Porque latinos no pueden votar en las elecciones

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 15, 2016 at 4:01 PM

This Op-Ed was written by Open Primaries Arizona Director of Latino Outreach Armida Lopez and Open Primaries Arizona Co-Chair Danny Ortega for La Estrella de Tucson.

ArmidaDanny.jpgHistóricamente en Arizona, nuestra comunidad Latina se conocía como la comunidad que se afiliaba con el partido Demócrata. Hay muchos que piensan que todavía es así.

Pero la verdad es que nuestra comunidad Latina electoralmente está cambiando.

Actualmente, solo el 44 por ciento de los Latinos están registrados para votar como Demócratas, siendo que antes éramos el 80 por ciento.

 

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Coalition launches campaign for dark money, top-two ballot measures

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 13, 2016 at 10:38 AM

This article was written by Jeremy Duda for the Arizona Capitol Times.

dark-money-light.jpgAdvocates of two proposed amendments to the Arizona Constitution that would dramatically change the face of elections in Arizona have officially joined forces and are preparing to launch their campaign for 2016.

The Open and Honest Coalition, as the group is called, filed campaign committees for two proposed ballot measures with the Secretary of State’s Office and expect to unveil their proposed ballot language within the next two weeks.

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Valdez: How to improve elections

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 12, 2016 at 6:03 PM

This article was written by Linda Valdez for the Arizona Republic.

Can we make it through this legislative session without any major embarrassment? No right-to-refuse service bills. No official state sanction of racial profiling. No easy punch lines for the national media.

That’s a lot to expect from a Republican-ruled Legislature where extremism in defense of the ridiculous is considered a virtue.

We'll have to grit our teeth through another session. But we don’t have to keep it this way.

There are two ideas that could shake up an unsatisfactory status quo.

Step 1: Nix the two-party primary

 

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Open Non-Partisan Primary Proposal Makes Ballot as Amendment V

Posted by Kellie Ryan on January 12, 2016 at 5:49 PM

This article was published in The Dakota Free Press.

At this rate, Rick Weiland may end up getting more constructive laws passed than Mike Rounds….

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs certified Rick Weiland and Drey Samuelson’s open non-partisan primary petition today. Neighbors, you will thus have the opportunity to vote on a proposal to change how we elect every county, state, and federal official except for the President. Under the proposal, instead of holding separate primaries for Democratic and Republican candidates, we would hold one primary election in June, with all candidates from all parties, plus Independents, on the same ballot. Every voter from every party, including Independents, would get to vote on the same ballot, for whichever candidates they want. The top two primary vote-getters for each office (or, in races like State House, where voters have two seats to fill, the top four vote-getters) would advance to the general election.

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Votantes latinos de Arizona sienten que políticos no representan a comunidad

Posted by Kellie Ryan on December 21, 2015 at 5:11 PM

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This article was published by La Voz Arizona.

Una encuesta realizada por Latino Outreach Open Primaries revela que el 75 % de los votantes hispanos en este estado sienten que los políticos son mas "leales" a su partido político que a los electores que representan

PHOENIX, Arizona-- Los votantes latinos en Arizona se sienten frustrados con el partido republicano y demócrata por igual, porque sienten que no representan a sus comunidades, según un reciente sondeo de opinión.

"Los temas que interesan por general a los latinos son los mismos que al resto de la población, como la educación y mejores empleos. Queremos tener un sistema político que beneficie a las comunidades y no a un partido político", dijo hoy a Efe Amida López, directora de Latino Outreach for Open Primaries, con sede en Phoenix, Arizona.

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Votantes latinos de Arizona, decepcionados de demócratas y republicanos

Posted by Kellie Ryan on December 18, 2015 at 5:16 PM

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This article was published by Univision.

Los votantes latinos en Arizona se sienten frustrados con el partido republicano y demócrata por igual, porque sienten que no representan a sus comunidades, según un reciente sondeo de opinión.

"Los temas que interesan por general a los latinos son los mismos que al resto de la población, como la educación y mejores empleos. Queremos tener un sistema político que beneficie a las comunidades y no a un partido político", dijo Amida López, directora de Latino Outreach for Open Primaries, con sede en Phoenix, Arizona.

Esta organización dio a conocer el pasado lunes una encuesta que revela que el 75% de los votantes hispanos en este estado sienten que los políticos son mas "leales" a su partido político que a los electores que representan.

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Hand over political power to the voters

Posted by Kellie Ryan on December 18, 2015 at 10:10 AM

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This OpEd was written by Harry Kresky and Open Primaries President John Opdycke for the Albany Times Union.

Sheldon Silver's conviction has created an opportunity for New York's good government community to demand change. Over the week, a veritable chorus of civic leaders and concerned elected officials have issued militant calls for ethics reform.

We don't know which is worse, Sheldon Silver's thievery or the "government reformers" who think you can make legislators more ethical by enacting more detailed codes of conduct and more bureaucracy to enforce them. What needs reform is Albany's highly partisan political arrangement, which allows party leaders in the Legislature to exercise the "absolute power that corrupts absolutely."

Silver is a case in point. He served in the Assembly for 39 years and as speaker for 21 years. He was the product of and then the boss of the Manhattan Democratic Party's powerful Lower East Side machine. Silver was elected and re-elected in partisan primaries — which exclude the growing number of independent voters — with turnouts averaging 12 percent of Democratic Party voters and margins in the range of 90 percent. On at least 14 occasions he ran unopposed. His general election margins averaged 85 percent, and in 2010 he ran unopposed.

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