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Independents

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...

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.