Tuesday, November 25, 2008

TODAY'S NEWS HEADLINES for INDEPENDENT VOTERS

ELECTION REFORM

  • Election flaws (LETTER Stamford Advocate) If the legislature is serious about inviting competition, then it may want to start by creating an open primary system, which treats incumbents and competitors as equals.
  • Election 2008: Why North Carolina will continue to be a battleground (Southern Studies)

POLITICAL TACTICS

  • Republicans Seek to Fix Short-Sitedness (Washington Post) The right owns talk radio; the left owns the Internet. For years, that's been the simplest way to explain the online gap between the two parties.
  • A Diverse Young Coalition Behind Obama (The Nation)
  • Turnout by Education, Race and Gender and Other 2008 Youth Voting Statistics (Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service) One of the most striking characteristics of this election was young people’s united support for Barack Obama, regardless of their political affiliations. Thirty-three percent of young white voters self-identified as “Democrat,” and yet, 54 percent voted for the Democratic candidate. NOTE: THIS SURVEY DID NOT ASK RESPONDANTS TO IDENTIFY AS INDEPENDENTS
  • The Impact of The Hip-Hop Vote (Jeff Chang, Vibe/zentronix d+h) In this election, 43% of young voters were first-time voters, including 45% of African Americans and 61% of Latinos.

LAST WORD

Noam Chomsky: “What Next? The Elections, the Economy, and the World” (Transcript - Democracy Now)

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