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An Open Letter to Independents: Can You Really Be That 'Undecided'?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

But this phenomenon confounds me. In fact, I think it's 100% bogus. I find the concept of "undecideds" fundamentally disingenuous. Sorry, but I think you're nothing more than a bunch of attention-seekers who drag candidates, the media, your friends, family and co-workers into one very long ass-kissing marathon until election day. And you love every minute of it.

Bernie Sanders Initials, BS, Is the 'Snake Oil' He Is Selling

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat and has never been one and if he becomes the Democratic nominee at the head of the ticket Democrats on the ballot below him from school board to U.S. Senate will be running for the hills.

Why Bernie Sanders Is Winning the Hearts and Minds of America

Tom Weis | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Tom Weis

If you've watched the Democratic debates (I feel your pain if you've suffered through the rancor of the Republican ones), you've probably noticed something else about Bernie Sanders: he's tough, but he's not a gutter fighter.

How Political Disagreement Created the Independent Voter

Yanna Krupnikov | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Yanna Krupnikov

Turn on the news on any given day - but especially during an election - and you're likely to see and hear confrontation between Democrats and Republicans. News stories about stark disagreements in Congress, negative campaign ads, statements by politicians that sharply criticize the other party, and commentary by political pundits all point in one direction: there is little hope that the Democrats and Republicans can ever agree on anything. Moreover, not only do partisans disagree, but they are also very angry - mostly at each other.

How Mike Bloomberg could win as independent presidential candidate

Rob Richie | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Rob Richie

The fact is that there's no reason that an independent couldn't rise to a larger share of the popular vote. Independents have won several elections for governor in the past 25 years when competing against two strong major party nominees.

A New Message for Bernie

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

When Bernie supporters look across the divide at what most of the GOP is selling during the debates, they see common ground. Every one of their debates is an opportunity to say, "We need to stop Hillary." The candidates say it in every way possible, that is their message.

Americans Won't Elect a Vulgar/Bullying Blowhard

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The American people won't elect a vulgar/bullying/blowhard for President even if the ultra-right wing of the Republican Party manages to nominate him. We have never before seen the kind of campaign we are seeing this year within the Republican Party.

Who's Spoiling Now? Polling Indicates That Democrats Underrate Sanders' Electability at Their Peril

Rob Hager | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Rob Hager

Last week the highly trusted Quinnipiac University National Poll ("Q-Poll") delivered both bad news and good news for Bernie Sanders. The unpromising lead is: Sanders polls 30% behind Clinton, among Democrats.

3 Unexpected Miracles from the Media's Assault on Prayer

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

When my parents passed away, many people just didn't know what to say. What could they do that could possibly offer comfort? Friends, family, and st...

The Independents Are Coming

Munir Moon | Posted 09.10.2016 | Entertainment
Munir Moon

A likely scenario of a four-way race of two independents, a Republican and a Democrat may take shape given the public's discontent with traditional politicians and the way Washington works.

Was I Being Trolled? No.

Living Room Conversations | Posted 09.03.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

by Debilyn Molineaux Most of the time I go on Facebook and catch up with my friends, like memes about good deeds, kindness and videos of cats. I like...

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.

Hate Is Our True Enemy

Living Room Conversations | Posted 07.17.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

Today, I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find. Because so often, throughout our history, those have been the places where progress really happens.

The Left Matters -- Now, More Than Ever

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.20.2016 | 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 | 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.