- Chafee On Ballot Would Complicate Rhode Island Race (By Emma Dumain, CQ Politics)
- Why Indie Voters Don't Make California Purple (Jerry Roberts, Huffington Post) Others, like Dave Lesher and Mark Baldassare of the Public Policy Institute of California, have made the case more subtly, arguing that because California's independents combine strains of social liberals and fiscal conservatives, "their vote is up for grabs." "Independents' attitudes, in contrast to that of Democrats and Republicans, don't fit neatly into traditional liberal and conservative camps," the two wrote in a LAT op-ed in 2006, adding that this made for "a surprising degree of uncertainty and volatility."
- Polarization is paralyzing California-The path to moderation starts with an open primary and the end of gerrymandering. (George Skelton, Capitol Journal, LA Times) What's going on is that moderates have been abandoning the two major parties and registering as nonpartisan independents, or "Decline to State." In 1978, about 8% of voters were independents. In 1992, it was 10%. Today it's 20%. "The fastest growing segments of non-partisans are Latinos and Asians," DiCamillo says. "We're talking about first-generation citizens with few ties to a party."
Mike Bloomberg's campaign (he's an independent running on the Independence Party line -- Column C on the ballot) could have big significance not only for New York City, but for the nation -- AND the independent movement. What are the political parties do to?! Read local press at your own risk!
- With REBNY And Other Key Allies, Independence Party Regroups To Fight WFP-Bloomberg’s hand-picked candidates part of effort to advance pro-business agenda (Sal Gentile, City Hall News) Dan Levitan, a spokesperson for the WFP, confirmed that the party discourages potential candidates from seeking the Independence Party’s support. He argued that the Independence Party’s connections to the real estate and business worlds would repel voters. “If they want to help highlight which candidates are in the pocket of real estate developers and landlords, it will make the choice to vote against them that much easier for middle-class families on election day,” he said. But after years of being marginalized and dismissed, the Independence Party is finally becoming a power broker, Ognibene said.
- Ognibene Runs On Bloomberg’s Shoulders, With Resources And Expected Endorsement-Mayor provides big help to one-time challenger he recruited into Council race (Sal Gentile, City Hall News) NOTE: Personally, I support Tom Ognibene for NYC Council -- I think he's independent, if a politician...
PEDRO ESPADA/NY STATE REFORM
Long-time independent and nemesis of the formidable Bronx County Dem Machine is one point up on (so far so good....) the Machine. Now the NY State Senate Majority Leader, Espada fights the good fight! Witness the (really) bad NY press... Cherche le source!
- Pedro Espada’s Son Hired for Cushy State Senate Job (New York Magazine/Daily Intel)
- Espada's picks to draw scrutiny (By Erik Engquist and Daniel Massey, Crains New York)
- Warts and all (Albany Times Union) Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx remains the majority leader, even as he's been outed by the New York Daily News for missing a deadline...
NEW JERSEY GOV RACE
Hey did you know there's an independent running for Gov in NY?? Keep watching the state-wide and local races for the rise of significance of indpendent voters!
- Can independent Chris Daggett break two-party rule in New Jersey? (BY STUART SENDELL, Daily Record - Bergan Co)
- Corzine is losing support (Courier Post - So Jersey)