Friday, June 25, 2010

TODAY'S NEWS HEADLINES for INDEPENDENT VOTERS 6/25/10

INDEPENDENT ROUND-UP: The specter of open primaries has party bosses shaking in their boots. Independent candidates Joelle Riddle and Kathleen Curry in Colorado have been ruled out of bounds by a US District Court Judge.

INDEPENDENT VOTERS
  • A conservative, but not a movement conservative – And that is a Christie asset (BY ALAN J. STEINBERG, New Jersey News Room) Among independent voters, the Governor scored a sixty percent (60%) approval rating in the aforesaid Rasmussen Poll and fifty percent (50%) in the Quinnipiac Poll of June 17. A struggling economy, a rising number of registered independents and a hostile attitude toward incumbent politicians have combined to put at least seven races in play leading up to November.
  • National bad mood puts Calif. incumbents at risk (By ROBIN HINDERY Associated Press Writer, Mercury News)
  • CNN Poll: Majority angry at both political parties (CNN Political Ticker) The survey indicates that nearly six in ten Independent voters say they are angry at both parties, with only four percent angry only at the GOP and six percent mad only at the Democrats. Just over three in ten say they are not angry at either party. The poll suggests a slight generational divide, with 43 percent of those under age 50 saying they are not mad at either party. That number drops to 15 percent for those 50 and older.
OPEN PRIMARIES
  • Letter: Commissioner's comments show lack of respect for the voters (LETTER TC Palm) Open primaries are a new concept in Florida. They should only be used to determine election winners in unique circumstances; after all other candidate options have been exhausted. 
  • Guest Columnists — Registrars offer primary reminder (Written by George Cody and Robert Shafter, New Canaan Advertiser) The important caveat to remember is that unaffiliated voters must enroll in the party holding the primary of their choice.
BALLOT ACCESS
  • Maryland Removes Independent Party from Ballot (Ballot Access News) The Independent Party became ballot-qualified in 2008.  It was formed by supporters of Ralph Nader for president.
  • Cohen May Face Court, Not Ballot Challenge (By Benjamin Yount, Illinois Statehouse News, Fox News) “We have conflicting court cases out there, and the question is can a person run in a party primary and then for whatever reason the person {would} resign from that nomination and then run as an independent…And this is probably one reason that Gov. Quinn and others are considering going the judicial route to challenge Mr. Cohen.”
GOV/ STATE/ MIDTERM RACES
COLORADO
NYC CHARTER REVISION
  • Charter Recommendations (Gotham Gazette) Earlier this week, the Women’s City Club, a long-time civic group, weighed in on two of the biggies — term limits and nonpartisan elections — and came out against both.
LAST WORD

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