Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Independents Need to Be Heard

  • An independent view of the budget debate, partisanship ([presumably by Linda Ricke], Tampa Bay Online) Two weeks ago I received a call from Fox News asking me to be a guest on a segment about independent voters. They wanted my reaction to the budget negotiations. I agreed to be on the show, even though the thought of being on national TV terrified me. I agreed because I simply could not turn down the opportunity to let the voice of independents be heard.
  • Fox News clip of independents talking about the debt crisis VIDEO
  • Time for Independents to walk the walk in 2012 (by Damon Eris, CAIVN) If Independents desire adequate representation in government, as opposed to the automatic reproduction of the two-party political status quo, they are going to have to demand it by supporting alternatives to the Republicans and Democrats. 2012 is right around the corner.
  • Record-Low 21% Say Most in Congress Deserve Re-Election (by Jeffrey M. Jones, Gallup) Independent voters are especially critical of Congress, with 14% saying most members deserve re-election, compared with 24% of Republican and 26% of Democratic voters. Democrats and independents are significantly less likely now than in May (36% and 23%, respectively, at that time) to endorse re-electing most members of Congress, while Republicans (26% in May) show only a minimal decline.

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