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Independent Voters

Revolts, Reforms and Divides: An Independent Look at the 2016 Presidential Election by Jacqueline Salit

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

One of the (very!) few pollsters who got the presidential election right, Patick Caddell, had this to say the day before the election: "The political ...

Hillary Clinton: The Caricatured Experienced Politician

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

She is not going to move the voters with her oratory skills, or by making promises that everyone already predicts. She needs to narrow her communication gap with the voters by dispensing with the guarded persona that muddles her message--even though the content in her message is far more defined, corporeal, and nuanced than her opponent's rather murky "plans" (declarations only, no details).

Trump Will Win By Dumbing Down The Electorate -- Is Vomiting Preferable?

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

I am an independent so that gives me more license to say what I am about to than if I was a Democrat, Republican, Green Party, or Libertarian.

Will Johnson/Weld Revolutionize American Politics?

James Peron | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
James Peron

That's why the ticket of Gary Johnson and William Weld is doing so well--for a third party. Regardless of whether or not one likes them--I do--they have done something important, something with long term consequences. These two ex-governors have been hammering on a central them--you can have BOTH social freedom and economic freedom.

42% Independents Break Two-Party Political Machine: Is 2016 the Year?

Christine Horner | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
Christine Horner

It was in George Washington’s Farewell Address that he warned political parties would be “potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprinc...

How The Three B's (Bernie, Barack And Bloomberg) Abandoned The Political Revolution

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Bernie, Barack and Bloomberg, the Three B's, could have used the chaos of this cycle to advance a new majoritarian, transpartisan, and multi-racial electoral coalition, one that is pro-reform and breaks with the endless regress of winning-at-all-costs. But they didn't.

HEIL TRUMP--A Primer To An Independent Voter's View

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 07.24.2016 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

I am one of those independents that Donald Trump (and Hillary Clinton) is trying to win over with his rhetoric, ideas, and platform; after all, I have...

It's Time to Expand Voting Rights

Harry Kresky | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Harry Kresky

It is unfair, and un-American, to be taxed while being denied the right to participate fully in the process to elect our representatives. The 1965 Voting Rights Act reformed our democracy in unprecedented ways. Without it, we are seeing various schemes to disenfranchise voters succeed.

Bad News for the Clinton Campaign: Independents Are Allowed to Vote in the General Election

Riley Waggaman | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Riley Waggaman

A serious question for the Clinton-controlled Democratic Party: You guys know that independents -- the huge swath of America that you have consistently sidelined and disenfranchised -- are allowed to vote in the general election, right? Just checking.

Is the System Unfair to Independent Voters?

Kicker | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics

If you're not registered either Democrat or Republican, you might be having a tough time voting. So if you're an independent who's been following the campaigns and recently made up your mind -- you're left out.

The Danger of Hillary Clinton: She Is Not the 'Safer' Candidate

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

In an election year that finds both the left and right clamoring for political change, then, it seems suicidal for the Democrats to be putting forward a candidate who is as much a creature of the establishment as Hillary Rodham Clinton is.

Bernie, We're in a Bind: An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders From Jacqueline Salit, President,

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 02.23.2017 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

What do you plan to do with all those independents? They want much of what you want for this country. But they don't want to be Democrats.

New Hampshire's Responsibility

Mark Silva | Posted 02.09.2017 | Politics
Mark Silva

The woman who announced at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire that she is weighing three candidates for president of the United States -- John Kasich, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders -- encapsulated the power that voters hold in the vaunted first-in-the-nation primary election.

Bernie Should Fight for Independent Voters

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 02.04.2017 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

You did good in Iowa, Bernie. But here are some things you should do now. While you're in New Hampshire, go visit Tiani Coleman, head of New Hampshire Independent Voters. Ask her to help you tell the world you pledge to fight to make the electoral system fair for everyone.

HUFFPOLLSTER: Trump And Clinton Lead, But Iowa Polling Remains Volatile With A Week To Go

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics

Donald Trump has regained the lead in Iowa but things can still change. On the Democratic side, young voters could tip the caucus toward Bernie Sander...

As an Independent Voter and Former GOP Activist, Hillary Has Won Me Over

Jimmy LaSalvia | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics
Jimmy LaSalvia

I've taken a look at the candidates in both major parties, the minor parties, and even some possible independent candidates. For me and other fiscally conservative, culturally modern voters who care about America's place in the world, Hillary Clinton is the obvious choice for president in 2016.

Mother Hillary and Uncle Bernie: A Theatrical Review

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

I recently wrote a play about an American politician, a woman, on the eve of her being elected president. No surprise, the central character is based on Hillary Clinton. No surprise, then, that I viewed the CNN Democratic primary debate as if it were the opening scene of a theatrical drama.

Bernie Sanders' Stand for Racial Justice Requires That He Stand for Palestine

Zahra Haider | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Zahra Haider

Sanders at Houston town hall meeting in July With a surprising number of Americans now rallying behind the Democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders is ...

Trump's Non-Loyalty Oath: The Question of Independents

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 08.11.2016 | Entertainment
Jacqueline Salit

As much as Donald Trump called "foul" on tough questioning in the Fox debate, from the point of view of independent voters, the questioners weren't nearly tough enough. Or, put another way, independent enough.

Political Independents Are At A Record High. Political Independence Isn't.

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

More Americans identify as political independents than ever before, but that doesn't mean their actual political views -- or the way they vote -- have...

Samantha Lachman

Colorado School Board Controversy Turning Frustrated Republicans Into Democrats | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

DENVER -- "For the first time in my life, I will probably vote a straight Democratic ticket." That realization came as something of a surprise to n...

Democrats Who Move Right Lose Elections -- There Is No "Center"

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

There are not voters who "swing," there are left voters and right voters who either show up and vote or do not show up and vote.

A Multiple Independent Discovery

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Salit

We are building a broad and diverse coalition of organizations and voters who believe that no American should have to join an organization or party in order to exercise full voting rights.

Obama's Brush With Postmodernism

Harry Kresky | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Harry Kresky

Credit goes to President Obama for not allowing binary logic to force his hand. His decision to take the issue to Congress created space for a conversation with the American people about what to do.

America Needs a New Political Party

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

The two-party system has a long history in America, but is no longer serving the interests of our country.