In Kentucky, where a bill for open primaries is introduced into the State House by Rep. Jimmy Higdon, newly elected by independents led by local activist Michael Lewis (you won't want to miss Michael's interaction captured on CNN with Dick Mattingly with State Sen. Julian "Love It Or Leave It" Carroll)...
In California, a referendum to make the first round of voting (primaries) open to all candidates and all voters (called "Top Two" and based on a similar system in Washington state) is supported by independents and popular at the grassroots level, but opposed by the official parties -- including minor parties and their spokespeople like Libertarian Party member Richard Winger. Personally I think Winger, who is the country's leading expert and a staunch proponent of fair ballot access for independent and third party candidates, is on the wrong side of this issue. To keep up on pro-open primary news, see OpenPrimaries.org
NEWS HEADLINES FOR OPEN PRIMARIES
- RISING NUMBER OF INDEPENDENTS COULD BE GOOD NEWS FOR OPEN PRIMARY (by Ryan Jaroncyk, California Independent Voter Network, from the website, CAIVP, a non-profit C4 organization dedicated to the independent-minded voter regardless of their political party affiliation or preference. CAIVP was founded in 2006 as an effort to engage non-partisan voters in California’s policymaking process. CAIVP has focused on ensuring that non-partisan – Decline-to-State (DTS)
- Ballot measures to the rescue-Two proposed initiatives would go a long way toward restoring the Golden State. (By Steve Westly and Fred Keeley, LA Times)
- Proposition 14: Campaign for open primaries rolls out of the gate (By Kurtis Alexander, Santa Cruz Sentinel)
- Maldonado’s election reform proposal deeply flawed (By Richard Winger, Napa Valley Register)
- Why We Need Non-Partisan Elections (Our Town (Upper East Side community newspaper)
- Rhode Island State Senator To Introduce Bill Outlawing Closed Primaries (Ballot Access News)
- Independence for Independents (Louisville Mojo) The Kentucky State Senate voted this week to allow independent voters to participate in the Commonwealth's previously closed primary elections. The measure was split along party lines, with the Republican majority voting in favor.
- Bloggers berate Sen. Carroll for losing cool on CNN (By Paul Glasser, The State Journal Frankfort KY)
- CNN: Independents ( like Michael Lewis) fight (politicians like Julian Carroll) to be heard! VIDEO Kentucky House approves bill allowing indies to vote in primary, bill moves to Senate.... STAY TUNED!
- Illinois needs open primaries (Letter to the Editor, Daily Herald Chicago)