THIS WEEK: An Independent Primary, Unrigging the Presidential Debates, and Reform on the Rise
Everyday, we hear from another candidate that if only we elect them, they will unite the country and solve our problems.
But there’s a bigger reason why only 9% have confidence in Congress.
It is because our election system incentivizes partisanship by making candidates, regardless of party, accountable to the voters in their party, not to the electorate in general.
So, unless a candidate is going to unrig the system, calls for unity are just empty rhetoric.
That’s one reason why the Independent Voter Project is pushing for the first-ever presidential primary that will allow any voter, regardless of party, to vote for any candidate.
That is why the fight to open the presidential debates continues.
Finally, lasting reform is achievable. If you haven’t already, will you join the hundreds of monthly contributors that help the Independent Voter Project demand an equal voice for every voter, regardless of party affiliation?
In the News...
By Michael Golden
On Monday, five live CNN presidential town halls aired back-to-back. Dozens and dozens of ideas. One huge obstacle, continues to go unaddressed: How will the candidates restore voter trust in the system?
By TJ O'Hara
The DNC and RNC have evolved into fundraising organizations. Their elected officials no longer offer cogent solutions to our nation’s challenges. They simply try to fan the flames of hyper-partisan positions and extract money as they go.
Independent Voter Podcast
By Shawn Griffiths
US voters have overwhelmingly said they want a third candidate in presidential debates.
But, if the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has its way, the people will once again be denied the opportunity.
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By TJ O'Hara
Kitty Kurth joins T.J. O’Hara to discuss Joe Biden’s potential presidential run, how he might be challenged, and by whom. They also discuss a few political issues that are specific to Chicago but that have national implications: Jussie Smollett’s prosecution (or lack thereof) and the mayoral race that was the first ever contested between two black women, Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle.
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