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Bill Hillsman

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An Independent Perspective: Election 2012 Predictions

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 3:18 PM

This post is cross-posted at

Election day is finally here. And, like many of you, I have been reading all the articles, studying all the polls, and -- most of all -- waiting for this day for a long, long time.

This should be a close run,...

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An Independent Perspective: Did Romney Hurt His Prospects Among Independents in the Second Debate?

(4) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 5:20 PM

President Obama won in 2008 largely because of support among independents. Whichever poll you want to look at, Obama badly trails Governor Romney among independents this year. And he is going to have to cut into Romney's independent support if he wants to win a second term.

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Why Every Union Member Should Be An Independent Voter

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 1:47 PM

When political independent and Reform Party candidate Jesse Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota in 1998, the first organizations to approach him to try to set up a meeting were Minnesota's unions.

The unions hadn't supported Ventura in the election (even though he was the only one among the three...

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Why Every Progressive Should Be an Independent Voter

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 5:48 PM

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." -- George Bernard Shaw

Let's be unreasonable here.

Progressives -- and many others who bought into Barack Obama's message of hope and...

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Why Every Libertarian Should Be an Independent Voter

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 2:33 PM

What do Democrats want most? Power. They want to run the country.

What do Republicans want most? Power. They want to run the country.

Why do both of them want to run the country? Because it gives them control over an immense amount of money -- our tax dollars.


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Why Every Tea Party Member Should Be an Independent Voter

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 8:19 AM

The Tea Party movement is a populist movement. The desire of Tea Party members to take back our government, rein in its profligate spending, and have a more just tax system has a lot of support among many Americans.

It takes courage to run for public...

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Why Everyone in the 99% Should Be an Independent Voter

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 9:14 AM

If you've been paying attention to what's been going on over the past three decades or so, you've noticed a few things:

1. The two-party duopoly that controls our country isn't working.
2. Politicians -- of both parties -- promise over and over that things will...

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Why Everyone Under 40 Should Be an Independent Voter

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 10:36 AM

It's sad to say, but if you're under 40, you've probably never experienced functional American politics since the time you started to pay attention to politics... if you pay attention to politics. (And it's hard to blame you if you don't).

You've seen a couple of decades of the worst...

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Why Every Woman Should Be an Independent Voter

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 12:23 PM

More women vote than men. More women are attending and graduating from college than men. Women are doing well as entrepreneurs and doing better in the corporate world than ever before. All of this marks progress.

But there's one place where women haven't progressed very far at all. And that's...

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Why Every Senior Citizen Should Be an Independent Voter

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 12:19 PM

When you've been around the block a few times, you look at politics with a very jaundiced eye. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Try to fool me every couple of years, and... well, that's a pretty good description of American politics.

So when...

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Isn't There Anybody on Our Side Anymore?

(45) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 6:12 PM

It's no secret that Americans are losing faith in many of our institutions. It's no wonder, either. Reading the news makes you think that there isn't anybody on our side anymore.

How about our colleges and universities, those bastions of higher learning? Their only intention is to educate their students...

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Getting More Independent-Minded

(3) Comments | Posted June 15, 2005 | 9:58 PM

Here's a red-alert follow-up to my post on Governator Schwarzenegger (which Laurence Leamer adds some great context to in his post -- thank you, Laurence!):

Virginia is for Independent-Lovers. Tuesday was primary day in Virginia. One major paper took the opportunity, months before the November election, to come...
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One or Two Things I Know

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2005 | 1:55 AM

1. The only thing I know more about than marketing, advertising, politics and baseball is music.

2. I'll write some important drivel about politics next time. In the meantime, here's what you should be listening to:

-- The Hold Steady. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, I like The White Stripes and The...

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Rage Vs. The Machine

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2005 | 9:59 AM

I have seen the future of Independent politics.... and it ain't Arnold.

When Californians first elected Schwarzenegger, my first thought was: I've seen this movie before. And it wasn't bad.

When Minnesotans elected Jesse Ventura, they got a governor who, for whatever his faults, put together one of the...

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My Good Friend Tom DeLay (How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore?)

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2005 | 8:44 PM

My Good Friend Tom DeLay used to call me all the time.

My Good Friend Tom DeLay used to be solicitous of my advice “as a successful small business owner in Minnesota.”

My Good Friend Tom DeLay wasn't actually on the phone himself, mind you. “The Hammer” is much...

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