It has been a positive month in Utah for the momentum of independent voters and fair open primaries.
Earlier in the month, the Salt Lake Tribune (http://www.sltrib.com/) reported that a legislator speaking on condition of anonymity indicated support for a direct primary. The same article reported that in January, 61% of Utahans polled supported a direct primary. Weekly letters to the editor in support of open primaries are showing up. Here are a few of the links:
The May 12th Tribune article:
A Republic Indeed
And this gem by Dave Glissmeyer who ran for Utah's 2nd Congressional District as an independent: Glissmeyer
Plus an op ed:
I particularly love this love for independents who are being left out of redistricting considerations: Lundgren
These gems showed up in the Sunday paper on my porch this morning:
be sure not to miss the embedded editorial cartoon
http://cdn3.standard.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/max_800/2011/05/20/story-22-calnet-82769.jpg which hails close to John Avlon's book "Wingnuts" (see my review of the same http://grassrootsindependent.blogspot.com/2010/06/wingnuts-book-review.html)
I can't put this at the end of this blog as it would show up under 'lamesauce'. Stay tuned, I have another editorial cartoon to publish in the morning.
An open fair election process is not a reality---yet.
Democrat insider opposes direct open primaries: http://www.clippertoday.com/view/full_story/13352909/article-Party-Lines--What-should-be-done-about-the-caucus-system-?instance=lead_story_left_column
Republican insider opposes direct open primaries: