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Independent Voters

New Game: Sway the Swing Voter

Phil Campbell | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Phil Campbell

To become a member of this group, all you have to do is not know whether you're voting for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. But how is that possible?

The Partisan, Racial and Generational Divide: How We View Arabs and Muslims

James Zogby | Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics
James Zogby

Left unchecked, those who prey on ignorance and fear to spread hatred, and those who sow the seeds of division and intolerance threaten to tear apart the very fabric of our nation and compromise the values of openness and inclusion that have made America united and strong.

Just How Independent Are Independent Voters?

Sam Sommers | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Sam Sommers

How might these unaffiliated and presumably more objective voters react to the nominee, controversy, statement, or gaffe? But who are these Independents? And just how independent are they anyway?

Why Every Union Member Should Be An Independent Voter

Bill Hillsman | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Bill Hillsman

It's time for unions to quit their co-dependent relationship with the Democratic Party. It's time to become "free agent" voters again -- voters with clout. It's time to become voters who can decide elections instead of voters who are taken for granted.

Why Every Progressive Should Be an Independent Voter

Bill Hillsman | Posted 08.25.2012 | Politics
Bill Hillsman

Face it: the Democratic Party treats progressives the way the Republican Party treats Christian conservatives. The party leaders (pretend to) listen to you, give you a little lip service and then go back behind closed doors and ignore you.

Obama vs. Romney: The Economy

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Despite all the bad economic news, Obama has a favorability lead over Romney. The president has to build upon this and convince independents their best interests will be served by voting for him in November.

Why Every Libertarian Should Be an Independent Voter

Bill Hillsman | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Bill Hillsman

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...

Wisconsin and California: Past and Prologue

Harry Kresky | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Harry Kresky

For my money, the most interesting feature of the Wisconsin results was what happened with independents. Independents -- frustrated with partisanship on both sides -- are the force behind the drive to find, or create, something new.

Why Every Tea Party Member Should Be an Independent Voter

Bill Hillsman | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Bill Hillsman

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 ...

Why Everyone in the 99% Should Be an Independent Voter

Bill Hillsman | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Bill Hillsman

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, why would anyone in the 99% continue to vote for Democrats and Republicans?

Why Everyone Under 40 Should Be an Independent Voter

Bill Hillsman | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Bill Hillsman

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...

Message to Libertarians: Swing Left to Obama

Erica Grossman | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics
Erica Grossman

Young voters should swallow hard and reconcile with their old flame Obama, because Romney's just like any other rebound relationship: full of sweet talk and empty promises that never really work out.

Why Every Woman Should Be an Independent Voter

Bill Hillsman | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Bill Hillsman

The Democratic Party takes women's votes for granted. After all, they are the "mommy" party. And where else are they going to go if they don't vote Democratic?

Why Every Senior Citizen Should Be an Independent Voter

Bill Hillsman | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Bill Hillsman

Senior citizens need to be independent voters. They have an accumulated wisdom about our politics that the rest of us don't. They should make the two parties come to them and earn their vote, with better ideas and better results.

Red Mind, Blue Mind: Are There Really Any Independents?

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.25.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

How do Independents manage to rise above party politics while the rest of the electorate is divided by ideology? Well, perhaps they don't. New evidence suggests that the label "Independent" may imply more objectivity and purity than these Independents deserve.

Key Groups Give Obama Early Edge

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 05.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's popularity among women, minorities and independents is giving him an early edge over his likely GOP rival, Mitt...

Romney Not Abandoning 'Severely Conservative' Record

AP | STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney will need independent voters in November, but he isn't abandoning his "severely conservative" record. The likely Republican...

The Dangerous Joker in the Presidential Political Deck

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

Americans Elect is the joker in the presidential election deck that could trump every other card and determine whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is elected in November.

Independent Voter or Independent Poser? Take the Test

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

As with many things in life, when it comes to being an independent voter, actions speak much louder than words. If your actions show that you are a party loyalist, then embrace it. If your actions show that you are an independent voter, then embrace it.

Independents to Minor Parties: Don't Fight Us; Join Us

Harry Kresky | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Harry Kresky

In the current situation, where the issue of the day is one of process, Americans understandably see minor parties as smaller versions of the major parties. They are declaring their independence from parties of all kinds.

Ruy the Day! A Review of Ruy Teixeira's Review of The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents by Linda Killian

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Teixeira emphatically denounces Killian's book for propagating "the greatest myth in American politics: that independents are actually independent."

A Twisted Tale of Partisan Politics

Harry Kresky | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Harry Kresky

A strange case in Tennessee got my attention. Now it's before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, as the judges consider whether a politica...

The Bob & Chez Show 2/23/12

Bob Cesca | Posted 04.25.2012 | Media
Bob Cesca

This week we discuss topics including: Mitt Romney loves lamp; the Tea Party wagging the Republican dog; Romney briefly made sense on spending; no transvaginal ultrasound law in Virginia; the Muslim rumors are back; and others.

A GOP Base Strategy Worked in 2004 and 2010, Can It Work in 2012?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are fond of repeating the tag line: "Don't compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternative." And the "alternative" is very scary. But that strategy won't work.

Don't Underestimate Santorum

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While Democrats will decry Santorum's views on social issues, and the Republican base will rally behind him, most truly independent voters may largely ignore his extreme conservatism on social issues, simply because they don't really care about the wedge issues.