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

In the Future, People Will Wonder What the Fuss Was All About

William Bradley | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

While the U.S. Supreme Court may hold the line on most of the country, while likely allowing the invalidation of California's Proposition 8 anti-gay marriage initiative, it is clear that the right to same-sex marriage will be part of America's future.

Universal Support for Missile Defense

Stefan Hankin | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Stefan Hankin

Defense programs that would protect the United States against possible missile attacks are popular with Americans and offer an opportunity for politicians in Washington D.C. to coalesce around a platform that would make the country safer.

America Needs a New Political Party

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

The two-party system has a long history in America, but is no longer serving the interests of our country.

Life in the Political Center

The State Press | Posted 03.13.2013 | College
The State Press

I promised myself that I would never reveal who I vote for in elections, and I still abide by that promise. Suffice to say, I got a bigger education after the election than I did in the months leading up to it.

Congress in Contempt: Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

The easiest reaction is to argue about who's to blame -- a conversation that dominated the responses to Part 1. Solutions are more difficult. Is the Legislative Branch irretrievably broken, or is there something we citizens can do?

The Rise of the Independents

Judy Frankel | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Judy Frankel

We're going to little league games, antique shows, NASCAR events, the mall, acting as homework helper or cabby to the kids: How can we be bothered to pay attention to politics?

Meghan McCain To GOP: Wake Up!

The Daily Beast | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics

I found out early on Election Day that Mitt Romney wouldn’t become our next president. I called my father, and he answered sounding somber. He told ...

Obama and Independents: The Micro, the Macro, and the Forest

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

In this election, one forest that was missed was the 40 percent of Americans who disalign from the Democrats and Republicans and call themselves independents.

It's Time to Make Goliath Go Lieth Down: 10 Reasons Why This Independent Is Voting Democrat in 2012

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

10. The "Republicans" Are Not Republicans: What I will heretofore call "Republican" with quote marks around it has nothing to do with true Republican heroes like Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and even Barry Goldwater.

An Independent Perspective: Did Romney Hurt His Prospects Among Independents in the Second Debate?

Bill Hillsman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Bill Hillsman

President Obama won in 2008 largely because of support among independents. Whichever poll you want to look at, Obama badly trails Governor Romney among independents this year. And he is going to have to cut into Romney's independent support if he wants to win a second term.

Do Presidential Elections Really Matter?

David L. Nevins | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
David L. Nevins

Both Democrats and Republicans believe if their nominee gets elected, the serious problems our country faces will be tackled with a new vigor, and real change will actually occur. But is this really what history proves will generally be the case?

Women Are the Deciders, But for Which Candidate? An Interview With Pollster Celinda Lake

Martha Burk | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Martha Burk

emale voters want solid answers to real concerns, and Tuesday night will be the last best chance for both candidates to appeal to them. And what do these majority voters want?

Support Fearless Small-Business Owners

Ree Varcoe | Posted 11.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Ree Varcoe

I challenge you to look around your own village, town or city and rediscover those little golden nugget merchants lost in a sea of contemporary, bulk-buying, cheap import stores. Drive a little bit out of your way to reach them once in a while if they're not on your normal commute.

Kinky Friedman Is Back on the Scene and This Time... He's Serious

Dina Gachman | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Dina Gachman

If you're a Texan, you know the name Kinky Friedman. If you're not, you may have heard of his much-publicized run for the governor's seat against Rick Perry, his songs like "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in Bed."

More Independents Favor Republican Education Views, Survey Shows

Posted 09.20.2012 | Education

Political independents tend to side more with Republicans than Democrats when it comes to educational issues, a nationally representative survey by th...

Unconventional Times

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

The American political parties persist, nonetheless, in offering their respective truths. For Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, a restoration of the prosperous America we once knew is just around the bend. Really?

Four Years Ago: Better or Worse?

Del Phillips | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Del Phillips

Was this tragic foreshadowing for my future? It didn't take long for that tanking economy on Wall Street to trickle down to Main Street. Three days after Inauguration Day 2009, I lost my job.

Theater: Independents Sails to Success at FringeNYC

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.20.2012 | Arts
Michael Giltz

The premise sounded a little jokey -- stoners hanging out and taking part in a Revolutionary War reenactment. But the moment the first song begins -- "Fare Thee Well" -- you immediately sit up straight in your seat.

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?

The 'Slow Boring of Hard Boards' in an Era of Limits

William Bradley | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

This month has brought some more progress on the chronic California budget crisis, the beginning of some results for reform efforts, and, as the state Republican Party continues its devolution, telling early returns on the appeal of independents.

The Liberty Movement, the New Middle, and the End of the Beginning

Robin Koerner | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Last week, Ron Paul sent an email to supporters that indicated that he doesn't expect to have enough delegates to win the GOP nomination. Subsequently...