Posted by Russell Daniels on May 05, 2021 at 6:46 PM
written by Sam Karlin for The Advocate
A state senator has dropped a bid to change Louisiana’s unique jungle primary system for congressional races in favor of closed party primaries, shelving an issue that has created sharp public divisions between some of the state’s leading Republicans.
Posted by Russell Daniels on April 30, 2021 at 10:28 AM
written by Scott Bomboy for the Press Herald
On May 18, 2021, Pennsylvania voters head to the polls for municipal primary elections, except for nearly 1.3 million registered taxpayers barred from casting ballots. And I am one of that group — an independent voter.
Posted by Russell Daniels on April 30, 2021 at 9:47 AM
letter to the editor from Barbara Patrizzi for NJ.com
More than a third of voters in the State of New Jersey are registered as unaffiliated with a political party (commonly referred to as “independents”), and that number continues to climb as dissatisfaction with partisan politics and legislative gridlock grow.
Posted by Russell Daniels on April 23, 2021 at 2:42 PM
by Sam Patten for Village Soup
Bad outcomes are the result of bad options, some say. Our political process bears that pretty well; after all, Americans have been served up some crummy choices in recent years.
Posted by Russell Daniels on April 23, 2021 at 1:42 PM
written by Jack Turner for the Durango Herald
There is great media focus on the Republican-dominated legislatures determined to unfairly reduce, restrict or eliminate likely Democratic Party voters – just look at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game dust-up over proposed Georgia voting laws.
Posted by Russell Daniels on April 23, 2021 at 1:28 PM
written by Tobie Akerley Gordon for Sun Journal
I write today in support of LD 231, “An Act to Establish Open Primaries.”
Like so many Mainers, I consider myself an independent thinker. That is why I have chosen to remain a registered independent all these years. I have voted for independents, Democrats, and Republicans throughout the years. I believe that being an unenrolled voter has allowed me to more freely examine a candidate’s views and decide from there, free of labels, who I believe makes the best possible choice.
Posted by Russell Daniels on April 23, 2021 at 12:33 PM
written by Lesil McGuire for Adirondack Daily News
Alaskans have an innate sense of pride for our state: the sheer beauty, diversity of resources, and fantastic quality of life give us a lot to be proud of. There’s perhaps no more important responsibility we have than ensuring our state remains a beacon bright for our children and grandchildren to prosper.
Posted by Russell Daniels on April 22, 2021 at 10:16 AM
written by Carl Unegbu for City Limits
‘In jurisdictions dominated by one political party like New York City, Ranked Choice Voting alone likely won’t be an effective remedy for political divisions, since the partisans of the dominant party might lack a real incentive to care about the concerns of voters from the opposition party.’
Posted by Russell Daniels on April 20, 2021 at 10:12 AM
written by Bob Perls for the Albuquerque Journal
We all know the political system is broken. Our leaders are not producing solutions to the issues we care about. No one is listening, just talking past each other.
But what if the system is working the way it was designed to work? What if politicians are operating very rationally and logically based on incentives of the political system in place?
Posted by Russell Daniels on April 19, 2021 at 9:32 AM
written by Joe Kirby for the Rapid City Journal
I'm a fourth generation South Dakotan and a lifelong Republican. I was once again disappointed last week as another legislative session came to an end marked by senseless disputes between far-right Republicans and their slightly more moderate brethren on issues of little importance to most of us.