News Headlines for Independent Voters 10/6/09

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News Headlines for Independent Voters 10/6/09
Independent Voters
On healthcare and other hot issues: Follow the independents–The number of voters not tied to Democrats or Republicans is expanding fast. Both parties need to adjust. (By the Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board) Were the 2010 elections to occur today, 43 percent of independents say they would vote Republican (in a generic congressional ballot), while 38 percent would vote Democratic, the Pew Research Center finds. That’s quite a shift from 2006, when independents favored Democrats over Republicans, 44 to 33 percent.
Open Primaries
South Dakota Democrats Will Allow Independent Voters to Vote in their Primaries (Ballot Access News)
Re-enfranchising New Yorkers (by Richard Flanagan, Gotham Gazette) Voters overwhelmingly rejected Macchiarola’s plan for nonpartisan elections, 70 percent to 30 percent. But only 13 percent of registered voters bothered to show up for the off-year election of 2003, and many had ties to the unions, interest groups and political clubs that benefit from the status quo and know how to pull the levers of the current system to their advantage. They were loathe to expand the electorate and risk the surrender of power.
Independent Gov Races
In an unsettled political environment where voters are exercising independent options, independent candidates like NJ gubernatorial candidate Chris Daggett pick up support….
Poll: New Jersey gubernatorial race a virtual tie (From CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart)
Daggett gets little help from ballot position (Press of Atlantic City) New Jersey laws reserving the top two spots on any ballot for the two major-party candidates. Last month, Daggett – along with Libertarian Party candidate Kenneth Kaplan – took the step of filing suit against the practice.
Daggett for guv? Why not? (By ALEX GECAN, For The Trentonian)
Bloomberg 09
NYC Dem machine targets independent run by Mike Bloomberg with 2 darts: money (the Mayor is very wealthy…) and term limits (which the Dem-controlled City Council extended….) Good luck with that! Meanwhile, it’s the NYC Independence and the Working Families Parties that are supplying the spark in this year’s city-wide elections. In a city of 5-1 Dem registration, that’s gotta hurt the clubhouse…
Bloomberg’s Line Dance (BY ELIZABETH BENJAMIN, Daily News/Daily Politics)
Voters Like Mayor, but Not His Path to 3rd Run (By MICHAEL BARBARO, NY Times)
New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg received the endorsement of the Hotel and Motel Trades Council (From msnbc’s First Read with Chuck Todd)
After term limit tiff, Bloomberg still gets hotel endorsement (ELIZABETH BENJAMIN, NY Daily News/Brawl for the Hall) The only union with a major field operation that remains unpledged is 1199, which voted for Thompson during the WFP endorsement process. Neutrality is not out of the question for 1199, a union source said.

Independent Voters

  • On healthcare and other hot issues: Follow the independents–The number of voters not tied to Democrats or Republicans is expanding fast. Both parties need to adjust. (By the Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board) Were the 2010 elections to occur today, 43 percent of independents say they would vote Republican (in a generic congressional ballot), while 38 percent would vote Democratic, the Pew Research Center finds. That’s quite a shift from 2006, when independents favored Democrats over Republicans, 44 to 33 percent.

Open Primaries

  • South Dakota Democrats Will Allow Independent Voters to Vote in their Primaries (Ballot Access News)
  • Re-enfranchising New Yorkers (by Richard Flanagan, Gotham Gazette) Voters overwhelmingly rejected Macchiarola’s plan for nonpartisan elections, 70 percent to 30 percent. But only 13 percent of registered voters bothered to show up for the off-year election of 2003, and many had ties to the unions, interest groups and political clubs that benefit from the status quo and know how to pull the levers of the current system to their advantage. They were loathe to expand the electorate and risk the surrender of power.

Independent Gov Races

In an unsettled political environment where voters are exercising independent options, independent candidates like NJ gubernatorial candidate Chris Daggett pick up support….

Bloomberg 09

NYC Dem machine targets independent run by Mike Bloomberg with 2 darts: money (the Mayor is very wealthy…) and term limits (which the Dem-controlled City Council extended….) Good luck with that! Meanwhile, it’s the NYC Independence and the Working Families Parties that are supplying the spark in this year’s city-wide elections. In a city of 5-1 Dem registration, that’s not good news for clubhouse politics…

For more news headlines for independent voters, see The Hankster


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5 Responses to “News Headlines for Independent Voters 10/6/09”

  1. Doomed Says:

    The Independents and Moderates have always leaned Republican. Those numbers just reflect the fact those that were buffalo’d by a “moderate” Obama are just returning to their real persuasion.

    However I do not think those moderate numbers are enough to make that big of an impact in the polls in 2010 Today.

    But let them pass cap and tax and Health care reform. Let them see the destruction this does to the country and the democrats will be in a minority for quite some number of years to come.

    Incidently the Democrats know this as well. Thats why Health Care reform is not scheduled to take effect until 2013. One year after hopefully Obama’s second term starts.

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  3. kranky kritter Says:

    But only 13 percent of registered voters bothered to show up for the off-year election of 2003, and many had ties to the unions, interest groups and political clubs that benefit from the status quo and know how to pull the levers of the current system to their advantage.

    IMO this is a major hurdle for all sorts of reform. Government workers vote. Policemen, firemen, teachers, municipal workers. State workers. Federal workers. As is their right, of course. If anything it’s an ugly reflection of apathy and cynicism among the rest of us.

    Consider the garden variety town that spends the vast majority of its budget on schools and public safety. Most of the voters that show up for a local election are town employees, and parents voting on instructions from their kids schools. There’s almost no chance that anyone who wants to make substantial changes can get elected.

  4. Chris Says:

    That just makes independents sound gullible to me. being easily swayed one way or another depending on what lies the politicians tell them.

  5. Nancy Hanks Says:

    As an independent grassroots activist who worked to get nonpartisan elections passed in NYC in 2003 (btw, 80% of major cities have nonpartisan elections in place), I had first-hand experience with union-paid business agents strong-arming voters at the polls. As a former union organizer, I was “disappointed” at this abandonment of decent working class principles.

    Voting is very active, very physical — not a mental activity! People have to go out amidst all the cynicism, workday fatigue, daily life issues, and cast their vote in the rain at 6am or 9pm on a weekday, etc. When they arrive at the poll, they try to avoid fist-fights with the partisans (in the case of NYC, that would be Dem partisans) if they plan to vote independent.

    The question is whether independents are going to develop enough non-machine-like organization to be able to take on the party machines — local, state and national. Open primaries, which allow independents to vote in the first round of voting, can help bring more voters out. Nonpartisan primaries should be a no-brainer for municipal elections. Why do well-greased political machines object? They lose control. They benefit from the current (two) party-controlled system.

    Independence is not a frame of mind, it’s a daily, moment-to-moment decision to buck the system. The folks to are in control don’t think kindly on that. Just think of 1776…
    NH

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