What was Ralph Nader thinking? The sometime Green/ sometime independent Presidential candidate who garners less than a percentage point of the vote in 2000, 2004 and 2008 now wants to Stop the Top Two, the popular open primary initiative that will be on the ballot in California June 8.... Thanks to IPR for the heads up about Ralph.
- Viewpoints: Should state adopt an open primary? Yes -- It would help third parties thrive where they now flunk ((By Harry Kresky, Special to The Bee)
- Viewpoints: Should state adopt an open primary? No -- It would hurt the GOP and reward mushy candidates (By Shawn Steel, Special to The Bee)
- Redistricting commission and open primary could end the bickering (THE DESERT SUN EDITORIAL BOARD)
- Open Primary Debate (B.J. Hansen, My MotherLode)
- Maybe We Should End Primary Elections (Bob Schieffer, CBS News) Response to Phil Keisling's oped in NYTimes Get Rid of Partisans
- To Reduce Partisanship, Get Rid of Partisans (By PHIL KEISLING, NY Times)
- Altered Consciousness: Tackling political partisanship by its roots (By Rick Alterbaum, The Brandeis Hoot - Brandeis University) Supports Louisiana style open primary
- Your Turn: Proposition 14 is a bad idea for California voters (By Richard Winger, Contra Costa Times) Prop. 14 would do great damage to the social fabric, because it would stifle dissident voices.
- For California, Yet Another Year of Decision (By: Alex Lemieux, Miller McCune) The first proposal under consideration is Proposition 14, which will be put to the voters on the June primary ballot. The idea behind this reform is to improve the ideological balance of the legislature by moving to a so-called open primary system.
- Election 2010: Libertarian running for Assembly has diverse mindset (By Dave Moller, The Union - Nevada County CA) Bryant is opposing Proposition 14, which would establish a system in which the top two vote-getters in primary elections would run off in general elections, with no one else in the race. “It cuts off third parties,” Bryant said. “People should have the right to vote for whatever party they want to.”
- Political Scientist Who Studies Polarization in State Legislatures Doubts that California’s Prop. 14 Will Curtail Partisanship (Ballot Access News)
- REVIEW: No Middle Ground-How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures (Seth E. Masket, Univ of Michigan)
- The Buzz: Schwarzenegger ponies up for open primary measure (Fresno Bee)
- Schwarzenegger ponies up $500,000 for 'open primary' measure (Sac Bee)
- What Does Party Affiliation Mean for the Upcoming Election—How to Change It—What is DTS? (Dolores Barr, Editor and Publisher , OC180NEWS.com)
- Is the Time Ripe For Third-Party and Independent Bids? (By Stuart Rothenberg, Roll Call Contributing Writer, CQ Politics) Independent candidates for governor in at least three states, all of them in New England, are running serious races, and the number of credible non-major-party candidates could grow if Minnesota’s Independence Party nominates someone with serious credentials or personal resources.
- Oregon should reconsider Top 2 primary system (The Daily News - Lower Columbia OR)
- Crossover voters to be challenged (By Mark Niquette, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH) Voters in Ohio don't pick their party affiliation when they register; it is determined by the party ballot they request in a primary. If they don't vote in primaries or vote only on issues, they are listed as unaffiliated. They are free to request a partisan ballot without question.
- Greta Browne -- Green Party platform reflects the common good (Morning Call) Reforms -- such as ranked voting (used in the Academy Awards) and open primaries (in Washington state and on the ballot this year in California) -- would allow third parties to garner the votes that represent the true popularity of their positions.
- OUR VIEW: A bill would open the Alabama election ballot to independent, third-party candidates, but self-serving lawmakers prefer the status quo. (By Birmingham News editorial board)
- Linc listens and people like it (by John Howell, Johnston RI Sun Rise)
- County and state office seekers answer to Candidates Expo (Sara Shookman, WVLT - Volunteer TV, Knoxville) 2 independent Knoxville mayoral candidates
- Millennials do faith and politics their way (By Stephen Prothero, USA Today blogs) Politically, this same self-reliance drives young people into Unparties — outside-the-box movements such as the "Tea Party" (on the right) and the aborning "Coffee Party" (on the center-left). Whereas 25% of Millennials are religiously unaffiliated, 40% of registered Millennial voters refuse to call themselves either Democrats or Republicans.