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Will the GOP Nomination Be 'Closed' to Donald Trump?

John A. Tures | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

If you're concerned about Donald Trump winning the nomination, there's some good news. His losses in Kansas and Maine were no accident, as both contests are closed, limited only to party faithful. And future caucuses and closed primaries may deny Trump the GOP nomination.

Washington Should Follow California's Lead on Political Reform

Steve Westly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steve Westly

While California is often chided for its progressive world view, the rest of the country should pay attention to two of the smarter things we have done to reform the electoral process, increase voter participation, and cut down on legislative stalemates.

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.

Wisconsin and California: Past and Prologue

Harry Kresky | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Harry Kresky

For my money, the most interesting feature of the Wisconsin results was what happened with independents. Independents -- frustrated with partisanship on both sides -- are the force behind the drive to find, or create, something new.

Jason Linkins

Noted Tactical Voter Mitt Romney Is Planning On Being Upset About Tactical Voting In Michigan | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics

Everyone expects a close finish in Michigan tonight, and if Rick Santorum prevails, you can already make a $10,000 bet that the Mitt Romney campaign i...

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.

One Person, One Vote -- Not in Pennsylvania

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Why should a non-partisan pay taxes to promote the Democratic or Republican parties' nomination process?

California's Top Two Primary System Opens the Door to a Broader and Stronger Coalition for Political Reform

Harry Kresky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Kresky

Last week the California Supreme Court refused to issue an injunction blocking the implementation of Proposition 14 in several upcoming special electi...

The Arnold Factor

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Schwarzenegger has less than seven months left in the governorship. He's strictly a lame duck, right? Well, no. Schwarzenegger may have a big role to play in the general election.

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.

Top Two Reasons To Reject The Top Two Primary

Gautam Dutta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Gautam Dutta

Here are the top two reasons to reject Prop 14, also called the "Top Two" Primary. First, Prop 14 will stifle political competition and debate. Second, Prop 14 will deprive voters of a full range of candidate choices.

Politicians and Pandering: How Open Primaries will let voters get past the pandering and into the issues

Jeannine English | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeannine English

It's no secret that political insiders are opposed to open primaries. They see the idea as a threat to their power and influence over what happens in ...