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The Left Matters -- Now, More Than Ever

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Some leading Democrats seem to have a love-hate relationship with the left. Sure, progressives seem to have more influence than ever this year, at least rhetorically. But it doesn't look like the friction will be going away any time soon. Clearly, the left matters. Why, then, is it so difficult for progressives to get a seat at the table?

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...

Polls: The Middle Class Likes Profit Sharing

Joseph Blasi | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Joseph Blasi

Polls and surveys show that the middle class has a positive attitude towards profit sharing and the whole idea of employee shares. This evidence is important since the idea of middle class profit shares has been percolating up in policy discussions across the country.

Rubio's Week Ahead: Ditch D.C., Deny Science

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 03.28.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

As the Senate wrestles with the Republicans' Keystone XL pipeline legislation, Rubio will be skipping town to bolster his presidential bid. This legislation has implications for fossil-fuel dependence and climate change. And one of its amendments may address offshore drilling in the senator's own state of Florida. But Rubio has a book to sell and a campaign to fund.

Clinton Wins if She Runs Despite Attacks from 'Purist' Liberals, the Media, and Right-wing Conspiracy

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Hillary's life and work demonstrate she is a liberal. She is also a realist and over decades has learned simply taking positions isn't enough.

Flying Solo

Dr. Samineh I. Shaheem | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Samineh I. Shaheem

Many people hesitate to publicly embrace solitude due to a number of factors, mostly because of the negative judgment of others as well as fear. But here are some reasons why we should enjoy lone events...

The Agony of Victory May Soon Face Republicans

Fred Lundgren | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

Clint Eastwood said, "Winning an election is a good-news, bad-news kind of thing. OK, now you're the mayor. The bad news is, now you're the mayor."

Samantha Lachman

Most Independent Candidates Didn't Live Up To The Hype

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite high expectations heading into Tuesday's election, independent candidates did not upend most of the competitive Senate and guber...

The Beltway Beast

Munir Moon | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Munir Moon

The Beltway Beast is controlled by two major parties: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Last night's election results show that the political infighting and policies against middle-class America will continue and that nothing will change.

Independents, Anti-Incumbent Wave Could Create Election Day Surprises

Bill Schneider | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Bookmakers put the odds at a Republican takeover of the Senate at 80 to 90 percent. Sounds pretty close to a sure thing. Is it all over for Democrats? Maybe. But there are still some wild cards out there.

A "Hung" Senate with No Majority on November 4? Could Senate Independents Take Charge, Break Gridlock?

Terry Connelly | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Terry Connelly

We do not follow a parliamentary system of government like Australia, of course, but our situations are otherwise not dissimilar. In both countries, the lower house of the legislature has a clear and virtually impregnable majority.

Is Common Ground Possible Anymore on Global Climate Change?

William S. Becker | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

The danger in conceding that political gridlock is here to stay is that the concession is a form of acceptance, and we simply cannot accept inaction against a threat as serious and irreversible as global warming. Some contemporary issues may indeed defy bipartisan solutions, but evidence suggests that climate action and a clean energy revolution need not be among them.

How an 'Independent Caucus' Could Form in the Senate and End Gridlock

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

If Republicans win control of the Senate, there will be the gridlock -- only much worse. It will be so bad that the American people will look back on this current Congress as "productive". Suppose, however, that independents actually control the balance of power. If they act together, they can break the gridlock.

Coyly Campaigning in Kansas

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What it all boils down to is that we may not know which party controls the Senate when the votes are all in on election night. It may be days before anyone knows whether Democrats or Republicans will control the chamber.

Independents Day: A People's Upwising

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

Faced with a system that is so rigged, so corrupt, so dysfunctional, we may finally discover the inner resources to become the citizens our Founders dreamed of.

Bernie Sanders and America's Political Revolution

Heather Gautney | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Heather Gautney

In recent weeks, Senator Bernard Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, did something that Senate Democrats have not been able to do: He worked with a Republican to strike a bipartisan deal to reform our veterans' health care system.

Clinton vs. Warren: Problem or Opportunity?

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Many Democratic women believe Clinton deserves the 2016 nomination because she was a graceful loser in 2008 and a good soldier thereafter. Nonetheless, having Clinton and Warren debate Democratic principles would be good for the party. However, the most serious problem with a Clinton-Warren battle is not gender or ideology. It's money. Many Democrats believe that having Clinton as their presidential candidate would ensure that Dems would receive millions in Wall Street donations, and enough campaign funds in general, to triumph over any likely Republican candidate.

Here Comes the Independents: Little Money, But Ascending Influence

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Across the nation, voters --- like the patriot in the nearby illustration -- are expressing total exasperation with both political parties and looking independent.

Why Do People Vote Against Their Own Best Interests?

Gerry Myers | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Both women and men should vote for elected officials whose actions show that they have the best interests of the citizens and country in mind, but for some reason, they don't.

The Emergence of the Political Independent

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Rather than being devoted to finding the best policy alternative, the divisions of party leave us to pursue only the second or third best alternative, usually the one that gives the least amount of credit to the other side. It is a downward spiral toward ever more narrow and inflexible partisanly limited options.

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.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

America's Record Number Of Independents Aren't As Independent As You Might Think

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Forty-two percent of Americans now say they're political independents, a record high for the last 25 years, according to Gallup. With 31 percent of re...

Trends In Party Identification

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

Research suggests that party identification plays a significant role in our lives, as important as religion and ethnicity. Party identification usuall...

Matt Damon Is Right

Brent Budowsky | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

When the great actor Matt Damon recently said that President Obama "broke up with me," he hit the jackpot of telling political truth in the eyes of many progressive Democrats and independents.

Super PAC for independents closes down

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Michael Beckel July 30, 2013This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigati...