Friday, June 18, 2010

TODAY'S NEWS HEADLINES for INDEPENDENT VOTERS 6/18/10

INDEPENDENT VOTERS

  • Poll: Obama Endorsement Poison for Candidates (By: Theodore Kettle, NewsMax) Also significant is the fact that 54 percent of those identifying themselves as “independent” or “other,” rather than Republican or Democrat, now view an Obama endorsement as a factor swaying them against voting for a candidate for office. Only 23 percent of such independent voters said his endorsement would make them more likely to support someone; the remaining 23 percent of independents said it didn’t matter or they didn’t know.
  • The Democrats Strange New Civil War (Peter Connolly, Huffington Post) Barack Obama, an unabashed liberal from Chicago by way of Hawaii and New York, and an African American besides, won an astonishing 52.7% of the vote, carrying such improbable states as Indiana and Virginia. It is this victory, in which young and minority voters played a newly prominent role, which has evidently created such high expectations in the world of left liberalism that a Blanche Lincoln has somehow become unacceptable.
  • Angry Voters Look for Change - Obama, incumbents face unhappy electorate as 2010 elections near (By Kenneth T. Walsh, US News & World Report) "The demand for ideological purity that the Tea Party has imposed on the Republican party," says Brad Woodhouse, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, "has radicalized otherwise mainstream candidates, has resulted in the nomination of candidates whose views will be offensive to moderate and independent voters who are key to success in general elections, and has resulted in Republican officeholders or establishment picks lurching to the right or being purged by the Tea Party." As examples, Woodhouse cites "the increasingly extreme positions" of Whitman and Fiorina.


OPEN PRIMARIES



GOV/ STATE/ MIDTERM RACES



NEW YORK



NYC CHARTER REVISION

  • DID using charter revision to get back to roots (BY John Bayles, Downtown Express) District Leader Paul Newell, a D.I.D. member, said he was afraid the entire commission might be used to “shoehorn centralization of mayoral power.”


LAST WORD



AND ANOTHER THING

  • The Big Spill and the Enviro Group of Ten: Why Isn't Their Web Traffic Surging? (Micah L. Sifry, TechPresident/Personal Democracy Forum) Part of the reason may be cultural. Many of these organizations are legacy institutions that still approach the web with a "fortress" mentality, to use Beth Kanter and Allison Fine's useful image. We're the professional environmentalists, they've been saying to the public for years--leave the issue to us! People looking for direct engagement with the problem of the oil spill and what to do about it will go elsewhere.... 

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