Monday, January 04, 2010

Welcome to 2010 -- Year of the Independent! Dem and Repub parties are bleeding members, ranks of independents continue to rise

The nation's foremost ballot access expert Richard Winger continues to wage a formidable effort against the popular open "Top Two" primary referendum that will be on the June ballot in California. While I'm on the other side of the issue, I appreciate Winger's point about the open primary not being a guarantee of electing so-called "moderate" candidates. IMHO open primaries might be "bad" for parties, but they are good for independent voters and for our democracy, and I'm not particularly interested in controlling the ideological outcome of elections. I have infinitely more faith in the American people than I do in the corruption of our political parties to guide our country forward. Do we the people need to develop politically? Yes. And because we are a democracy, WE have a much better chance of leading the country forward than do factional partisan special interests.  >>>>> 

And while California will be voting on a citizen referendum, the Republicans in Rhode Island are following their partisan brothers who have sued the state of Idaho to close the primary there and require partisan registration. Independent voters are co-defendants in this important case that will go to trial in February or March.  >>>>>

Watch those two women in Colorado Joelle Riddle and Kathleen Curry -- they're cooking up quite a puzzle for the good ol' boys' clubs in a delightfully independent state!  >>>>>

The Hankster was in attendance for the New Year's Day inauguration of Mayor Mike Bloomberg, New York City's first independent mayor. >>>>>


INDEPENDENT VOTERS
  • Partisan Trends: Fewer Identify as Democrats (CQ Politics/Polltracker) The change since Obama’s election is that the number of Democrats has fallen by six percentage points and the number of voters not affiliated with either major party has grown by six.
  • Partisan Trends--Number of Democrats Falls to New Low, Down Six Points Since Election 2008 (Rasmussen Reports)
OPEN PRIMARIES and other POLITICAL REFORM
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