Out of the 28 states that record party affiliation upon registering to vote, five states: Massachusetts, Alaska, New Jersey,…
Gerrymandering has been blamed for the increasingly partisan political environment in the United States. In 2008, Californians decided to…
Washington State has held Top 2 Open Primaries since 2008 following the US Supreme Court decision (7 – 2)…
Competition resulting from the top-two primary doesn't necessarily mean Mike Honda, endorsed by a long list of Democratic superstars,…
Over 52 percent of Massachusetts voters are independent and unaffiliated, yet the Republican and Democratic parties have held a…
From the Columns
- The San Diego County Board of Supervisors showed unanimous support today for Hazel's Law, authored by Juan Vargas, a bill that would impose strict lia
There is no universally accepted definition of what it means to be an independent voter. For some, it is their continued desire to remain unaffiliated with any political party. For others, it is more about being independently minded. They may affiliate with the GOP or the Democratic Party, or a third party, but they are not party-line voters.
By Shawn M. Griffiths | 06/18/2013
Perhaps the celebration of the San Onofre shutdown was pre-emptive. A handful of environmental activists gathered at the plant the morning of the announcement on June 7. However, replacing the energy the plant provided is harder than simply…
By Michael Higham | 06/18/2013
Americans remain divided over their views on abortion. The Gallup survey recently reported that about 45 percent of Americans identify as pro-choice and 48 percent regard themselves as pro-life. States across the country reflect this polarization depending on who holds control of the governorship and the state legislature.
There is only one week until the Massachusetts US Senate special election and the two contenders find themselves in a tightening race. The deciding factor may come down to the independents’ share of the vote.
By Carl Wicklander | 06/18/2013
The National Science Teachers Association shot back at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education research think tank, after the organization gave a lackluster grade to the newly developed Next Generation Science Standards. The standards, which were created to update science education nationwide, were given a “C” for their effectiveness…
Common Core is an attempt to create a more modern and competitive education model for the US. There are currently 45 states opting into the standards, with a few proposing legislation to remove itself from it. Here are 5 arguments in support of Common Core standards.
By Michael Higham | 06/17/2013
After the Illinois legislative session ended with relatively few gains, Governor Pat Quinn quickly called a special session which is set to meet on Wednesday. At the top of the agenda is the public pension reform that failed.
By Carl Wicklander | 06/17/2013
The way to avoid picking the “lesser of two evils” is to implement proportional representation, or at least instant-runoff voting. Almost every country in central and western Europe uses proportional
Debbie Sharnak commented on the post, New Wisconsin Abortion Law Requires Ultrasound, Follows Popular Trend, on the column IVN 6 hours, 27 minutes ago
This is a fascinating interactive map about the state of abortion laws nationally: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/us-abortion-map/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost
Jim, I doubt he runs after losing in the 2010 Gov Primary and then being trounced in 2012. It is a shame because he was a good Congressman for my father’s district. However, perhaps this more evidence that some
Lucas Eaves commented on the post, Board of Supervisors Unanimously Supports Vargas’ Hazel’s Law, on the column IVN San Diego 7 hours, 42 minutes ago
This is good news for prosecutors in California. While I believe that criminals should have important rights, these rights should prevent the prosecution from doing it’s job, especially in cases like child sex trafficking.
Many thanks. I tried to take as unbiased, un-politically motivated stance as would be possible when discussing elections.
Chad Peace wrote a new post, Board of Supervisors Unanimously Supports Vargas’ Hazel’s Law, on the column IVN San Diego 8 hours, 1 minute ago
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors showed unanimous support today for Hazel’s Law, authored by Juan Vargas, a bill that would impose strict liability on the age requirement for child sex
Lyell J Thomas commented on the post, One-Fifth of Americans View Both Political Parties Unfavorably, on the column The Neutral Zone 8 hours, 53 minutes ago
In honor of our Constitution, why don’t we do something about it!!!!
Dog Gone wrote a new post, The Facts versus the Myths about Our Flag, and how they relate to commerce and politics, on the column Penigma 9 hours, 2 minutes ago
This post will be a brief detour from my continuing series on the different facets of the
Jeremy Landry commented on the post, One-Fifth of Americans View Both Political Parties Unfavorably, on the column The Neutral Zone 9 hours, 30 minutes ago
I would simply like to see the main presidential debates run by a non-affiliated independent organization. As it is, it’s the most widely televised debate in the country. Combined with free publicity for the two
Chad Peace wrote a new post, Ron Paul Issues Urgent Video on National ID Card Vote, on the column Common Sense 9 hours, 35 minutes ago
Ron Paul sent an urgent e-mail to his massive e-mail and fundraising base in opposition to a National ID Card vote on the current immigration reform bill. Ron Paul calls the National ID card amendment a ploy
I think you’ve captured the crux of the real debate more than anywhere I’ve seen. While most talk about “electing D’s and R’s”, its really about the type of representatives we elect and who they are accountable to.
Cool article. There is still way to many states that have closed primaries thus disenfranchising the growing number of independents/unaffiliated voters. Without going as far as implementing top two primaries
a lot of voters get upset when it comes down to the lesser of two evils in the general election. this is exactly what the electoral system produces, rather than encouraging candidates to appeal to a broader base
Regardless of one’s party affiliation or political views, it is obvious there is something seriously wrong with the way elections are conducted in the United States. They are expensive, exclusive, and regularly
Lucas Eaves commented on the post, One-Fifth of Americans View Both Political Parties Unfavorably, on the column The Neutral Zone 10 hours, 24 minutes ago
Agreed. Political parties have always existed and are needed to organized the political world. However, when the main parties are being rejected by a growing number of citizens, something needs to change.
Alex Gauthier commented on the post, One-Fifth of Americans View Both Political Parties Unfavorably, on the column The Neutral Zone 10 hours, 28 minutes ago
that’s a noble aspiration but I think the reality of not just the american political process but politics in general is such that more rigid affiliations like party structures are an inevitability. the key for me
Andrew Whiteman commented on the post, One-Fifth of Americans View Both Political Parties Unfavorably, on the column The Neutral Zone 10 hours, 47 minutes ago
While it’s a good sign that the major parties aren’t as dominant as they have been, (competition is a good thing, right?), I would be much more thrilled if satisfaction in any political party was lower.
Unfiltered News. For You. By You.
Empowering Voters, Public Officials, Civic Leaders, and Journalists to Speak for Yourself.Independent ContributorsNo favoring sides here. A diverse and constructive dialogue between contributors and readers.Apply to be a Contributor »Unfiltered NewsA platform for qualified contributors. No political litmus test. News and analysis, across the political spectrum.About the Network »
Interested in writing an article?Apply to be a Contributor
About the Network
IVN is a new kind of news network, an online news platform for communication between independent-minded voters, public officials, civic leaders, and journalists. The Network is dedicated to providing political analysis and rational commentary in an effort to elevate the level of our public discourse.
It's help from people like you who can keep this going.Make a Donationa project of FIVE
Foundation for Independent Voter Education
101 West Broadway, Suite #1460
San Diego, CA 92101The Independent Voter Network (IVN) is published by FIVE. All articles, commentaries and opinions are the sole work of the individual authors and are not directed or controlled by FIVE. The Network is an issues oriented forum and as such does not entertain or accommodate articles, commentaries or opinions which constitute personal attacks.