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ACTIVIST CHARLES MUNGER, JR.: POLITICAL REFORMS THAT WORK

Posted by Russell Daniels on March 19, 2021 at 1:25 AM

originally appeared in The CommonWealth Club

Dr. Charles Munger advocates good government, representative politics and a strong, responsible two-party system for California and the nation. Viewed by many as a moderate Republican, Dr. Munger campaigned in 2012 for California's current open "top two" primary and was the co-author of 2010's Proposition 20 to keep elected representatives separate from the process of creating congressional districts. He believes both have worked to encourage true representative government.

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Independent voters surpass 20 percent, but lack representation. Lawmakers unswayed

Posted by Russell Daniels on March 11, 2021 at 11:11 PM

written by Bryan Metzger for New Mexico In Depth

When New Mexicans head to the polls during a general election, they usually have just two viable options: a Democrat or a Republican. There may be a Libertarian or unaffiliated candidate on the ballot, as well. Sometimes there may even be just one candidate on the ballot, as was the case in more than a quarter of the 112 state legislative races in the 2020 general election, all of whom represented a major political party. 

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Open primaries? Republicans move to make Utah voting even more insular

Posted by Russell Daniels on March 05, 2021 at 3:07 PM

By David Hawkings for The Fulcrum 

The movement to weaken the major parties' hold on primaries, the de facto elections in much of this politically polarized nation, has been dealt a fresh setback in Utah.

Gov. Spencer Cox is expected to sign legislation, which won final passage this week from his fellow Republicans in dominant control of the Legislature, to prevent Utahns from switching parties within three months of a primary.

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Limits on voters switching parties before primaries passes Utah Legislature

Posted by Russell Daniels on March 05, 2021 at 1:43 PM

written by Katie Mckellar (Deseret News) for KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill to cut off Utahns' ability to switch political party affiliation months before primary elections has won approval from the full Utah Legislature.

Rep. Jordan Teuscher's HB197 passed the Senate on a 22-3 vote Wednesday, after the House last month voted 41-30 to approve it. The bill now goes to Gov. Spencer Cox's desk for his signature or veto.

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Closed Primaries Disenfranchise Millions of Young People

Posted by Russell Daniels on March 05, 2021 at 12:17 PM

written by Elena Ashburn for IVN

Ever since I accompanied my mother to vote about a decade ago, I have been anxiously awaiting to turn 18. I remember walking with my mother into the polling place one sunny afternoon, listening as she explained what we were about to do. I watched her fill in her ballot and stood on my toes to try to catch a glance at the candidates’ names. I was envious of the “I voted” sticker she got when she was done, and I couldn’t wait to get my own sticker someday.

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Semi-open primaries will bring our political process in line with our values

Posted by Russell Daniels on March 05, 2021 at 10:54 AM

written by Rep. Nicole Grohoski for The Ellsworth American

Whenever I’m weighing decisions and votes in Augusta — or, this year, from home via Zoom with my colleagues scattered across the state — I aim to stay grounded in our community. It’s clear to me from the conversations I’ve had at doors and around town these past few years that many of us share the same values. We work hard, help our neighbors and believe that a person’s character is what matters most. We also value our civic duty to participate in the political process, turning out to vote at a rate that is the envy of the nation.

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