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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...

The Politics of Division and Subtraction

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

As the parties have polarized they have grown the divide between them and subtracted a large number of registered voters from their rolls. This polarization has increased the ranks of reported independents substantially.

They're Paving Paradise

Thomas Fisher | Posted 08.14.2012 | Education
Thomas Fisher

The old Joni Mitchell line, "You don't know what you've got till it's gone" applies to public higher education these days. Most states have dramatically cut financial support of their research universities.

A Way to Fix Our Politically Polarized State?

David Helfenbein | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
David Helfenbein

I understand the importance and value of political parties, but the parties should not come at the cost of bipartisanship and success.

Red Mind, Blue Mind: Are There Really Any Independents?

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.25.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

How do Independents manage to rise above party politics while the rest of the electorate is divided by ideology? Well, perhaps they don't. New evidence suggests that the label "Independent" may imply more objectivity and purity than these Independents deserve.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Favorability Hits New Low

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fifty-two percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the Supreme Court, a quarter-century low according to Pew Research Center, which...

The Dangerous Joker in the Presidential Political Deck

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

Americans Elect is the joker in the presidential election deck that could trump every other card and determine whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is elected in November.

Independents to Minor Parties: Don't Fight Us; Join Us

Harry Kresky | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Harry Kresky

In the current situation, where the issue of the day is one of process, Americans understandably see minor parties as smaller versions of the major parties. They are declaring their independence from parties of all kinds.

Ruy the Day! A Review of Ruy Teixeira's Review of The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents by Linda Killian

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Teixeira emphatically denounces Killian's book for propagating "the greatest myth in American politics: that independents are actually independent."

Why I Am a Christian Independent

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

Christians cannot join the ranks of the politically apathetic. Whatever following Jesus means, it cannot be merely a private matter. But we aren't forced to choose a human-formed party with a systemized divide-and-conquer agenda either.

Americans Hold High Opinion Of Colleges

Posted 03.02.2012 | College

Americans across party lines have a pretty high opinion of colleges. In a new Pew Research Center poll, only small businesses and technology compan...

Dave Is Now a Democrat

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

After a lifetime of being a moderate Republican candidate, official, consultant and staffer, Dave has no trouble saying that he voted for Obama in 2008 and plans to again. But he's having a devil of a time saying that he's a Democrat now.

We Need More Independent-Minded Voters

David M. Walker | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
David M. Walker

I was honored and humbled that syndicated columnist Tom Friedman this week suggested I consider running for president, putting me forward as a third choice to voters. But our need is bigger than for me -- or any other third-party candidate

How Many 'Third Parties' Will There Be In 2012?

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

If the remarkable pattern of monthly Republican frontrunner changes had structural reasons, then the pattern could be repeated in the general election campaign, with potentially several minor party candidates rising in polls.

Why an Independent Presidential Candidate Is Desperately Needed

Andrew S. Doctoroff | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Andrew S. Doctoroff

The need for a new voice is evident. The major parties have proven themselves incapable of proposing, and implementing, intellectually honest solutions to the problems undermining the long-term health of our country.

No More Democrats OR Republicans: A Simple Plan to Dismantle the Two-Party System

Bo Peabody | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Bo Peabody

We might not all agree on which politician is best for any given office, but we can all agree that every politician is made worse by the two-party system. So let's at least get rid of that before we do anything else.

100 Million Per Day Just to Keep the Light on!!

Alex D'Andrea | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Alex D'Andrea

So while the drama surrounding Governor Romney heightens with Gingrich, via negative ads, it momentarily allures many Americans; but in the end, citizens will settle for the most stable candidate.

Presidential Candidate Promises Ponies For All

The Huffington Post | Allie Compton | Posted 01.10.2012 | Comedy

Yes, he's running for president; yes, he's real; and yes, he wants to give you a pony. Dental puns and glitter-bombs were flying at this year's Le...

Did Independents Make a Mark in Iowa?

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Did independent voters make a mark in Iowa on Tuesday, as they did so conspicuously for the insurgent Barack Obama in 2008? And, do the Iowa results provide us with new insight into the aspirations of this mass of anti-partisan Americans?

If Ron Paul Wins Iowa, Antiwar Democrats and Independents Likely to Provide Margin of Victory

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If the election were held today, and this poll were predictive of the result, then exit polling would show that the margin of victory for Ron Paul was provided by antiwar Democrats and independents.

Huntsman's Path To Success Hinges On One Factor

AP | By STEVE PEOPLES and HOLLY RAMER | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

CONCORD, N.H. -- Republican Jon Huntsman's presidential fortunes may have little to do with his party's conservatives. If there is a path to success ...

For the Record

Al Checchi | Posted 01.13.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

Our two national political parties mirror their extreme "Orange County" and "San Francisco" counterparts, championing rigid ideology over common sense. Small wonder only 15 percent of Americans have confidence in the federal government.

A Declaration for Independence

Al Checchi | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

We, the people, consistent with our nation's founding principles and in keeping with our sacred duties, in national association declare our independence from the politics of the two major political parties.

Campaign 2012: From 2D, to 3D Fusion Politics

Arthur Bruzzone | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Arthur Bruzzone

Independents are just plain disgruntled. They're looking for solutions to basic problems. Independents are also fickle, and vote irregularly, but they have decided most elections, even in San Francisco.