Wednesday, September 17, 2008

TODAY'S NEWS HEADLINES for INDEPENDENT VOTERS

INDEPENDENT VOTERS
Who will represent Pa. constitution? (Pocono Record) In recent years, as many as one in five voters chose not to belong to either of the major political parties. But following the method used in 1967 virtually guarantees that none of the delegates will be independent.

CAMPAIGN
  • Independents to McCain: Long time coming (Arkansas News Bureau) McCain's campaign is now close to walking in lockstep with a growing independent-minded electorate that is increasingly exasperated with both parties.
  • Letter from Alaska: Palin a maverick? Please (Minnesota Independent) In Palin’s selection, in fact, we can observe the distilled absurdity of McCain’s “maverick” pretensions.
  • AG's vote lawsuit threatens to undermine democracy (The Capital Times - Madison) Van Hollen has sued the state Government Accountability Board, seeking to review -- and potentially disqualify -- the names of as many as 1 million eligible voters whose names appear on the state's poll list.

THE FIGHT FOR OPEN PRIMARIES
  • Bredesen to let Democratic Party, Kurita fight it out over primary (Tennessean) Gov. Phil Bredesen said Tuesday that he plans to take a hands-off approach in the state Democratic Party's decision to overturn the primary-election win of state Sen. Rosalind Kurita.
  • Gustav, Ike and Louisiana Politics and Football (Bayou Buzz) The state Legislature tried to fix the problem of late-seating of newly elected congresspeople and remain in compliance with federal court decisions by replacing the open primary system, which required no more than two elections, with a return to closed party primaries, which can necessitate three votes. To provide for three elections (primary, runoff and general), the first vote was moved up one month to the first week of September.

LAST WORD TODAY
Mark Crispin Miller: Why They Chose Sarah Palin ...And What to do About it... (A Guest Editorial by author and NYU media professor, Mark Crispin Miller..., The BRAD BLOG)

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