Hi to all you Hanksteristas!
If you haven't yet read Jackie Salit's oped in the Christian Science Monitor on Tuesday called "Tea Party Activists: Don't confuse them with independents"..... Well, hey -- time's a'wastin'! Really -- read it -- Hit it here...
AND: The 2010 INDIE AWARD goes to Michael Lewis, founder of Independent Kentucky! Congrats, Michael! Keep up the great grassroots independent work!
Lots more below about the California Top Two Open Primary, (the Libertarians and the Northern Calif ACLU Board of Directors don't support....) and the ever-controversial NYC Independence Party (led by Lenora Fulani)....
Uh-oh! I must be watching too much TMZ! (Harvey Levin's a lawyer, ya know!!)
Or was it the Winter Olympics -- Shaun White's SPECTACULAR run?... or preparation for the Red Carpet on Oscars' Night? Yikes!
This is The Hankster signing off, or on, or well, whatever....
Have a wonderful independent day -- snowboarding wherever you are!
See ya' soon!
- Tea party activists: Don't confuse them with independents - Tea partyers are are disgruntled social conservatives aiming to take control of the Republican Party. Independents are the antiparty force, trying to restructure the partisan political system. (By Jackie Salit, Christian Science Monitor)
- CNN's Don Lemon Speaks to Independents on Drop in Approval for President Obama (The Hankster) WITH VIDEO
- Palin Nixes Third Party Idea (POSTED BY JOE GANDELMAN, The Moderate Voice)
- Evan Bayh Packs It In (Will Marshall, Huffington Post)
- INDEPENDENTS SCORE INITIAL VICTORY FOR MORE OPEN PRIMARIES IN KENTUCKY (by Ryan Jaroncyk, CAIVN)
- John Podesta says America's political system 'sucks' (Michael Bearak, Digital Journal)
- Most Americans Oppose Campaign Financing Decision, Poll Shows (By Kate Andersen Brower, Business Week) Eighty-one percent of the independent voters polled said they opposed the ruling.
- Gradual reforms of U.S. can rebuild trust (David Brooks, Detroit News) The country has reacted harshly to the course the administration ended up embracing. Obama is still admired personally, but every major proposal -- from the stimulus to health care -- is quite unpopular. Independent voters have swung against the administration. Voters are not reacting to the particulars of each bill. They are reacting against the total activist onslaught.
- Rhode Island Moderate Party announces state slate (By JIM BARON, Pawtucket Times)
- 'Palm-gate' proves centrists' Palin doubts (By John Avlon, Special to CNN)
- California’s Case For Worst (POSTED BY JERRY REMMERS, The Moderate Voice)
- Jon Coupal: `Open primary' system is made to open your wallet (By Jon Coupal, Daily News Los Angeles)
- EVAN BAYH: GOOD-BYE CONGRESS AND YOUR PARTISAN POLITICS (by Steve Peace, CAIVN)
- Closed Primaries in SC? (Public Policy Polling blog)
- We shouldn't have to declare party to vote (Letter to the Editor, CHICAGO Daily Herald)
- Cohen should have been allowed to run (Letter to the Editor, Chgo Daily Herald)
- Tim Russert, Politics and Credible Journalism (Michael Ciric, Chicago Now) [NOTE: Not sure who Tim Russert is)
- ACLU of Northern California Opposes “Top-Two Open Primary” (Ballot Access News)
- Editorial: Other reforms to consider (Austin TX Democrat Herald)
- A triple whammy for California voters--In a short time, a bid for a constitutional convention falters, Assembly Democrats return to partisanship and redistricting comes under attack. (Editorial, LA Times)
- Former Jet Faulkner Hoping To Blitz Rangel In General Election (By Selena Ross, City Hall News)
- Gillibrand: 'Last Night Wasn't About Harold Ford' (BY ELIZABETH BENJAMIN, Daily News/Daily Politics)
- HaFo Blows Off Reporters To Grip And Grin With Extremist (By Kleinheider, Politics/Nashville post)
- First District Independent candidate explains run (by MICHAEL BROWN, South Carolina Radio Network)