Posted by Russell Daniels on October 28, 2019 at 10:31 PM
written by Steve Westly for the San Diego Union-Tribune
The media likes to portray California as a state controlled hook, line and sinker by a far left Democratic Party. This caricature dominates news coverage, particularly since the passage of Assembly Bill 5 to regulate Uber and other actors in the growing gig economy.
Posted by Russell Daniels on October 28, 2019 at 10:27 PM
written by Jeffrey Solomon for Florida Politics
When I turned 18, I joined the Florida Democratic Party. Like so many of my contemporaries, it was custom to join your parents’ party.
My father was a career union member — that was our team.
Posted by Russell Daniels on October 28, 2019 at 10:20 PM
written by John Opdycke for the Sun Sentinel
Bipartisan cooperation is alive and well. Which should scare the hell out of us.
Bipartisan once implied productive cooperation, left and right coming together to build roads, shore up the safety net, compromise on immigration policy, etc.
Posted by Russell Daniels on October 02, 2019 at 1:29 PM
by Julia Limintone for Fox Business
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday warned that dysfunction in Washington threatens American democracy.
“Our democracy is not going to work unless both sides are willing to deal with each other,” Panetta told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo Friday during an exclusive interview. “That's the basis of our democracy."
Posted by Russell Daniels on October 02, 2019 at 1:26 PM
written by Jim Jonas for IVN
NANR's Executive Director interviews two guests this month. First up, John Opdycke, President of Open Primaries, activist and strategist with more than 25 years of experience working in independent, alternative and reform politics. John discusses how the election reform movement is growing and some of its challenges, "politics as usual," and the ongoing efforts of Open Primaries in Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona and more.
Posted by Russell Daniels on October 02, 2019 at 1:24 PM
written by ALEX ISENSTADT for Politico
The moves, which critics called undemocratic, are the latest illustration of the president's total takeover of the GOP apparatus.
Four states are poised to cancel their 2020 GOP presidential primaries and caucuses, a move that would cut off oxygen to Donald Trump’s long-shot primary challengers.
Posted by Russell Daniels on October 02, 2019 at 11:21 AM
written by A.G. Gancarski for FloridaPolitics
Barring a reversal in fortunes, a Constitutional amendment that would change Florida primaries will make the 2020 ballot.
Posted by Russell Daniels on October 02, 2019 at 11:18 AM
written by Shawn Griffiths for IVN
On July 23, 2019, the Independent Voter Project (IVP)-- one of 7 plaintiffs -- filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Alex Padilla (Boydsten v. Padilla) for failing to provide an open presidential primary as required by the state constitution.
Over the last several years, IVP has warned the secretary of state and the state legislature that millions of registered voters would be disenfranchised by a semi-closed presidential primary process that is both confusing and broadly criticized.
Posted by Russell Daniels on September 30, 2019 at 11:36 AM
written by T.J Rooney & Alan Novak for PennLive
As the Pennsylvania General Assembly heads back to Harrisburg to take up the commonwealth’s business, a priority for their fall agenda should be passing Senate Bill 300. This proposal would enable Pennsylvania’s unaffiliated voters to have a voice in casting votes in either the Republican or Democrat ballot on primary election day.
Posted by Russell Daniels on September 26, 2019 at 2:11 PM
by Arnold Schwarzenegger for Politico
In my second inaugural address, I said, “The American people are instinctively centrist. So should be our government.” That was in 2007. When I delivered the speech, 30 percent of Americans considered themselves Republicans, 35 percent Democrats and 34 percent independents.