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No More Democrats OR Republicans: A Simple Plan to Dismantle the Two-Party System

Bo Peabody | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Bo Peabody

We might not all agree on which politician is best for any given office, but we can all agree that every politician is made worse by the two-party system. So let's at least get rid of that before we do anything else.

America's Two Political Reform Movements

Harry Kresky | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Harry Kresky

If the White House only resists the partisanship of the Republicans, and never challenges the partisanship of both parties, it can have a hollow ring.

Saki Knafo

Could Voter Dissatisfaction Pave The Way For A Third-Party Candidate? | Saki Knafo | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Gary Johnson, once the Republican governor of New Mexico, is now campaigning for the Libertarian Party's nomination for president. Ron Paul is still r...

Did Independents Make a Mark in Iowa?

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Did independent voters make a mark in Iowa on Tuesday, as they did so conspicuously for the insurgent Barack Obama in 2008? And, do the Iowa results provide us with new insight into the aspirations of this mass of anti-partisan Americans?

Huntsman's Path To Success Hinges On One Factor

AP | By STEVE PEOPLES and HOLLY RAMER | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

CONCORD, N.H. -- Republican Jon Huntsman's presidential fortunes may have little to do with his party's conservatives. If there is a path to success ...

Why It's Difficult for Minorities to Return to the Republican Party

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 02.10.2012 | Latino Voices
DeeDee Garcia Blase

I appreciate and know that Lenny is being well-intentioned when he asked me to come back to the Party. However, it struck a nerve.

For the Record

Al Checchi | Posted 01.13.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

Our two national political parties mirror their extreme "Orange County" and "San Francisco" counterparts, championing rigid ideology over common sense. Small wonder only 15 percent of Americans have confidence in the federal government.

McDonnell Stands To Gain Most From GOP Legislative Sweep In Va.

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.07.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday is Election Day in Virginia. But with voter turnout expected to be low, it's hard to forecast exactly who will show up to the po...

Campaign 2012: From 2D, to 3D Fusion Politics

Arthur Bruzzone | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Arthur Bruzzone

Independents are just plain disgruntled. They're looking for solutions to basic problems. Independents are also fickle, and vote irregularly, but they have decided most elections, even in San Francisco.

Has the Real Obama Already Stood Up?

Derrick K. Baker | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Derrick K. Baker

As much as it hurt my heart, and roiled my stomach and ached my head, I read with interest Maureen Dowd's recent commentary, "One And Done?" in the Ne...

America's Other Deficit

Harry Kresky | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Harry Kresky

Republican presidential candidates blamed President Obama for the downgrade. In so doing they demonstrated the very hyper partisanship that so concerned the S&P analysts.

Independent Voters Unhappy With Both GOP, Dems

National Journal | By Ronald Brownstein | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics

In the shadow of the bitterly fought agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling, the independent voters who usually hold the balance of power in Amer...

How Obama Can Be a Non-Partisan President

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Independents have made it plain enough that they don't like partisanship, they don't like ideological dogmatism and they don't like.... well, parties. Even if they vote for them.

Debt Ceiling Fight May Help Obama With Key Group In 2012

AP | By CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 09.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's possible the debt-ceiling debate will turn out badly for President Barack Obama. For now, however, it may be helping his image with...

Esta Claro: Archuleta Appointment Signals Importance of Latino Vote in 2012

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 08.16.2011 | Denver
C. Nicole Mason

The appointment of Katherine Archuleta sends the message that Obama and his team will take the Latino vote seriously. In order to win in 2012, he will need them to turnout in record numbers.

Democracy and the Institutions of Democracy

Harry Kresky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Kresky

Significantly, the first institution the pundits call for in Egypt is political parties. But here in America the people are fed up with the role the parties are playing in our democracy.

WTF Is an Independent Voter?

Mike Larsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Larsen

Campaigns are misguided to think they can reach these disparate types by adopting some middle of the road, wishy-washy, one-size-fits-all position. Instead, the groups need to be marketed to in different ways.

What Obama's Tax Package Means to Independents

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

STATEMENT BY JACKIE SALIT, PRESIDENT IndependentVoting.Org "If President Obama wants to rebuild his standing with independent voters, the compromise ...

The Parties are Over

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

The parties are so deeply embedded in government and in the structure and design of America's electoral process that they never have to justify their existence to voters. But shouldn't they have to?

Explaining the Landslide

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells


Will Obama Ignore The Political Experts Who Caused This Election Rout?

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

Obama still has a chance to be an alternative to our sponsored political system, and people desperately want that. But to do so, he's going to need to ignore legions of political experts.

Finding a Better Way to Talk About the US Electorate in 2010

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

Those who try to argue that the key to 2010 was what happened with the independents are not in touch with reality. It doesn't capture the complexity of an electorate that is going through profound demographic change every two years.

Revolt of the Radical Center, Act III

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Political handicappers are so intent on trying to quantify Democratic losses in the midterm elections that they are missing the bigger picture: America's radical center is in a permanent state of revolt.

The Indifference of Younger Voters and Our Imperiled Democracy

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

"Lower voter participation is a silent threat to our democracy... It under-represents young people, the poor, the disabled, those with little educatio...

When Independents Turn Stupid (and Vote for Republican Extremists)

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

There are a number of reasons why Republicans will win next Tuesday, likely taking back the House (if not the Senate) and doing very well at the state...