Wednesday, July 14, 2010

TODAY'S NEWS HEADLINES for INDEPENDENT VOTERS 7/14/10

ARIZONA OPEN PRIMARIES
  • Don't skip primary (The Arizona Republic) One of three Arizona voters is registered as independent. That large swath of Arizonans shouldn't be silent when their voices can make a difference.
ILLINOIS GETS OPEN PRIMARIES
CONNECTICUT NEEDS OPEN PRIMARIES
LOUISIANA BRINGS BACK OPEN PRIMARIES
  • COMMENTARY: Exorcising Open Primary Superstitions (By Mike Bayham, Huntington News - Louisana) With the stroke of his pen, Governor Bobby Jindal will bring to an end Louisiana’s two-election cycle experiment with closed congressional primary. State party leaders on both sides of the ideological spectrum and sitting members of Congress (for good reason…at least for them) argued for retaining the system; legislators seeking to close a gaping fiscal hole in the state’s finances viewed the closed primary as a luxury expense the state could ill afford. 
  • Closed primaries reduces candidates (Capitol News Bureau, Louisiana Politics Blog. By MARSHA SHULER, The Advocate) The closed primary system is unusual in Louisiana, where state and local elections are run on an open primary basis and all candidates regardless of party compete on the same ballot and all voters can participate.
THE PARTIES
FLORIDA
  • Crist leads 3-way Senate race in Florida (By John Whitesides, Reuters) "Generally incumbents have been at a disadvantage this year, but that hasn't been the case with Crist in Florida," Young said. "The move to running as an independent has paid off. He's capturing the middle space," said Ipsos pollster Cliff Young.
NYC CHARTER REVISION

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