Thursday, December 31, 2009

INDEPENDENT VOTER EXTRA: Revolution Breaks Out in Colorado!

Not since the Western Federation of Miners has there been such an outbreak of spirited independence as what we are witnessing now in Colorado. Today's backdrop is an increasingly anti-partisan and independent electorate, a stupidly partisan Congress and a beloved President who can't seem to win for losing (his Party loyalty straining credibility on all fronts....); today's battle cries are "Open Primaries!" "Non-Partisan Elections!" "An Independent on the Federal Elections Commission!"

I hope you enjoy this lively round-up.

Wishing all of you the best (independent of course) New Year ever!

--Nancy

INDEPENDENT VOTERS
  • Give Independents a Voice (LETTER NY Times) from Jackie Salit and Harry Kresky
  • Five steps to recovery for Dems (By: Steve Rosenthal, Politico) Now, take a few moments and listen to candidate Obama's stump speeches from 2008 to remind you what attracted millions of new voters, including Independents, to the Democratic Party.
  • The end of the Democratic Party (Joseph Farrah, World Net Daily/Between the Lines)
  • Democrats Do Not Need to Become More "Moderate" to Win in 2010 - Four Rules for Victory in November (Robert Creamer, Huffington Post)
  • With new priorities, Obama and Democrats can recover in 2010 (By Dan Balz, Washington Post)
  • The Obama Way (By ROSS DOUTHAT, NY Times) He’s a bipartisan bridge-builder — unless he’s a polarizing ideologue. He’s a crypto-Marxist radical — except when he’s a pawn of corporate interests. He’s a post-American utopian — or else he’s a willing tool of the national security state.
  • Poll: More Americans prefer Democratic policies (CNN) "But independents will be the key to the midterms, and the numbers among independents spell bad news for both parties among that important group."
OPEN PRIMARIES
COLORADO
NON-PARTISAN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
KENTUCKY
  • Deadline for voters to switch parties is this week (By MELINDA CHARLES, Maysville Ledger Independent) Voters who are already registered in Kentucky have until Dec. 31 to change their political affiliation, according to a release from office of Secretary of State Trey Grayson. The deadline also affects candidates who wish to switch political party affiliation and run in their new party's primary election, or those seeking ballot access as an independent, the release said.
  • Independent Kentucky Chairman Michael P.W. Lewis was a special guest on "My View Matters" Radio show on December 17th. If you happened to miss it, you can listen to it on Ed Springston's Blog.
REDISTRICTING
FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
  • Decade Brought Change To Campaign Finance (by PETER OVERBY, NPR) Former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley Smith says that's it for public funding. "Participating in the public financing system is now considered the mark of an unserious candidate," he says.
INDEPENDENT VOTERS, OBAMA AND HEALTH CARE
STATE RACES

2 comments:

Joelle Riddle said...

Nancy, thanks so much for your news on the independent revolution in Colorado---it makes me so very happy to read about it on your blog---its almost as good as living it--and that's pretty darn great for sure!! Happy New Year---I can hardly wait for what it will bring and what we will do together!

Nancy Hanks said...

Joelle -- Congratulations on such a great campaign and effort you are leading in Colorado! You are inspiring independents (and partisan elected officials!) all over the country. Keep up the great work!!!
-Nancy