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Independent Voters

Let's Have an Honest Debate About the Role of Parties

Harry Kresky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Kresky

Advocates of continued partisan control of our electoral process have begun to marshal their arguments in an attempt to close the breach California voters opened in the partisan citadel.

Bloomberg: Running as an Independent

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jennifer Donahue

I've said it before and I'll say it again. It feels like a third party candidate election in 2012. And this feels like a candidate.

Why Independents Are Right and Ralph Nader Is Wrong About Proposition 14

Harry Kresky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Kresky

Prop 14 would allow all voters, whether affiliated with a party or not, to vote in an all-inclusive first round in which every candidate is listed on the ballot with their party preference next to their name.

Confronting the Politics of Rage

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The Tea Party movement has emerged as a "party" of platitudes rather than of policies, a group united by fury rather than a unifying philosophy. So how should Liberals communicate with them?

Sick of the Health Care Distraction

Grant Cardone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Grant Cardone

I am sick of the health care being used to distract Americans from the real problems with our country. Republicans and democrats alike are using healt...

Independents See Through Washington's Magic Show

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Democrats and Republicans are using independents to produce the illusion that the parties are being responsive to the American people. Here's how the trick works.

Obama's Health Care Summit -- Why the GOP Will Try to Bow Out

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan Mack

For health care reform to pass would mean that the administration actually got something done. So the GOP's plan is to think of reasons to back out of the proposed health care summit.

No One Will Ever Be Happy Again

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

In attempt to make improvements on which we all agree, Obama confronts a wide ideological division and an opposition that is resolute in that they don't care how bad they make it for the American people.

If You Don't Use It, You Lose It

Michael Hais and Morley Winograd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Hais and Morley Winograd

Martha Coakley and her out-of-touch strategists lost touch with what Barack Obama and his creative campaign did to rally a new winning coalition in 2008.

July 3 Fireworks Canceled: Chicago Tradition Nixed In Budget Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The annual July 3 fireworks display in Grant Park has been canceled, according to the Chicago Mayor's Office of Special Events. Instead, there will...

And Now, a Word from the Independents

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

The contemporary independent political movement is as, or more, volatile than any of its predecessors because the current organization of America's political process is proving inadequate during a crisis.

Time to Take the Gloves Off

Sasha Abramsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sasha Abramsky

As soon as the Republican leadership in Congress made it clear that they saw health care reform as Obama's "Waterloo," the gloves should have come off.

Voters Are Turning Up The Heat While Congress Struggles To Understand

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

When members of the House and Senate return home, they will probably face the wrath they did last summer in town hall meetings. It is not anger aimed towards one party, or one president.

Independent Voters Are Shifting Away

RealClearPolitics | Salena Zito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A poll of opinion polls shows Americans' attitudes are changing rapidly. They are less and less thrilled about the country's direction and Congress, ...

Pollster Analysis: Obama Not Losing Support From Independents

Pollster | Charles Franklin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics for Obama has not plummeted among independents, and that needs to be clarified before it becomes erroneous conventional wisdom. It especial...

The Big Confusion: "Moderates" and "Independents" Are Not the Same Thing

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Zogby

In a recent New York Times piece, David Brooks divided the electorate into liberals, conservatives and independents. This view mistakes a lack of party affiliation for ideological innocence.

Schumer Says Reform by Labor Day, While Cowardly Democrats Vote with Sessions

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Why are Democrats letting Senator Sessions set the agenda with empty, irrelevant, "build the fence bigger" immigration amendments?

Younger Military Families Closing Ranks Around Obama

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

"Everyone I talk to wants change but on base you can't say certain things. At a bar or a party, everyone tells me they're voting for Obama... My military friends are tired of being lied to."

Note to GOP: It's the Independents, Stupid

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

It doesn't take a political rocket scientist to understand the spiral death trap that the GOP seems to be in when it comes to the most critical bloc of voters: independents.

Obama Is First Independent President: John Heilemann

New York Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The 55 inaugural addresses before the one Barack Obama will deliver next week have run the gamut from poetic (rarely) to prosaic and platitudinous (of...

How the Independent Movement Went Left by Going Right

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Gone are the days when independent voting was the province of the "conservative white male." It's estimated that more than 20% of the independents who voted for Obama are people of color.

Swingers: The New Voting Bloc That Could Change Politics Forever

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Giltz

Swingers are the moderate middle. They don't vote based on the tiny letter next to a candidate's name. They vote based on the policies that person puts forth.

Voting Expert William Jacoby Knows How You're Going To Vote

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

As the polls grow tighter, more people wonder what the electorate will be thinking on Nov 4. OffTheBus posed that question to political scientist Will...

The Four Types of Undecided Voters

Barbara Dehn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Barbara Dehn

With eight days to go, and two totally different candidates, how can anyone still be undecided? Turns out, there are lots of different kinds of undecided voters. They don't fall neatly into an easily parodied pigeon hole.

Con Games: The Real Third Party

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Conniff

Think of it... as The Independence Party -- independent voters without party affiliation, and independent thinkers who only reluctantly hang their hat on the door of Republicans and Dems.