Open Primaries Hotlist Volume 8 - Open Primaries
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Open Primaries Hotlist Volume 8

Posted by jesse shayne on October 24, 2016 at 5:24 PM

October 11, 2016

Harvard Business School Report

In Harvard Business School’s new report on competitiveness in the US economy, the authors identify political dysfunction as the biggest barrier to economic growth. They acknowledge the rise of independent voters and assert that the only way our economy will work for all Americans is if we enact a set of vital political reform measures, including open primaries. They conclude:

The impact of politics on our economy and our society can no longer be ignored. The system will not fix itself. Nor is hoping for better candidates a solution. Whatever candidates we elect will be trapped in a system that stands in the way of constructive progress.

This is the first time that a major power in the business world had stood up and said "we can't just be a special interest lobbying group, we have to rethink how we handle the debate."

Let Colorado Vote

Propositions 107 and 108 -- for open presidential, state, and federal primaries -- in Colorado received a slew of endorsements in recent days. Aside from the support of every living former (and current) governor of the state, Let Colorado Vote is also thankful to have received endorsements from the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the Coloradoan, the Denver Post, the Boulder Daily Camera, and the Colorado Springs Gazette.

You can endorse them too, by signing their petition.

South Dakota -- Vote Yes on V

Nebraska State Senators Galen Hadley (pictured to the right) and Adam Morfeld -- strong proponents of the public, nonpartisan primary system that has made their state legislature one of the most productive and least polarized in the nation -- visited South Dakota to talk about how public primaries work in Nebraska and to encourage South Dakotans to vote “Yes on V!”

With just four weeks until Election Day, time is running out to support Vote Yes on V. Every donation is matched 2-to-1 by Open Primaries. Click here to learn more about Yes on V and to make a contribution.





Hearing in New York

There will be a hearing before the New York State Supreme Court later this month -- a challenge to the constitutionality of the state’s dysfunctional closed primary system. We are urging Senator Bernie Sanders, a known champion of our issue, to attend and testify at the hearing, with a sign-on letter (which you can sign below). This is a great opportunity for the 3.2 million New Yorkers who were disenfranchised -- and the hundreds of thousands of others whose records were purged or were unable to vote due to arcane early registration deadlines -- to stand up against the state’s powerful political machine.

Open Primaries in the news:

Would open primaries have given us better presidential nominees?
Open Primaries President John Opdycke on the 20BySeventy Podcast
Time for the ‘Nebraska experiment’ to go nationwide
A better way to elect public servants
Debate: Should Colorado have open primaries?
Florida open primaries eyed: Representation of few, or the many?
Why you shouldn’t scorn California’s ‘top two’ election system
Why California’s ‘snoozer’ Senate election is actually important

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