Tag Archives: Independent Voters


Hyper-Partisanship Dragging Down Nation – CNN.com

It’s not your imagination: Our politics are more polarized than at any point in recent history. That’s the conclusion of a new survey from the indispensable Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. And if you needed more … Continue reading

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Americans Elect Failure to Find Candidate Threatens Third-Party Dreams – The Daily Beast

The deadline for Americans Elect is here and they still don’t have a candidate. This failure threatens to kill the effort to field a bipartisan third ticket for president before it ever really began—despite $35 million spent and 420,000 people … Continue reading

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New Hampshire House Rejects Gay-Marriage Repeal – The Daily Beast

The Live Free or Die State stayed true to its name Wednesday, as an attempt to repeal same-sex marriage was rejected in the New Hampshire House of Representatives by a decisive margin of 211 to 116. The victory meant that … Continue reading

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Three Simple Ways to Make Congress Work – CNN.com

It’s not your imagination: Our dysfunctional divided Congress is the least productive and least popular in recent history. Some congressmen walk the halls like members of rival gangs. The simple job of reasoning together seems out of reach. A few … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Pledge to Reform, But Gerrymandering Keeps Getting Worse – The Daily Beast

The rigged system of redistricting is quietly reaching new lows of collusion and cronyism in states across the country. It’s an update to an old story—the effort of legislatures to draw themselves partisan safe seats, known as Gerrymandering. Simply put, … Continue reading

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Tea Party for the Left? – The Daily Beast

We are living in a time of decentralized populist political movements, fueled by economic anxiety and magnified by social media. As Occupy Wall Street spread into satellite protests this past week, there was an understandable impulse to impose an established … Continue reading

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John Avlon Moe Tucker Interview: Velvet Underground Drummer Embraces Tea Party

Moe Tucker Interview: Velvet Underground Drummer Embraces Tea Party

A few weeks ago, the British music press freaked out when they found a clip of one ‘Maureen Tucker’ being interviewed at a Tea Party rally in Georgia. Could this be the same Moe Tucker who played drums alongside Lou … Continue reading

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Americans are not pleased with how lawmakers are handling their job – CNN

We were going to talk about the game of politics this morning, but it’s clear Americans are tired of that and frustrated at the current political climate.  John Avlon and Ron Brownstein discuss voter discontent. How frustrated are you? A … Continue reading

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The Web’s Stealth Presidential Race – The Daily Beast

magine what our election system might look like if it were designed today: No Byzantine electoral college, no long lines on a random Tuesday, no closed primaries that force candidates into the arms of their party’s special interests. Modern Madisons … Continue reading

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In 2011, It’s Truly Independents Day – CNN.com

Our first president, George Washington said, “I was no party man myself, and the first wish of my heart was, if parties did exist, to reconcile them.” His vice president, John Adams, once wrote, “There is nothing which I dread … Continue reading

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Has the Third Party’s Moment Arrived? – The Daily Beast

Independence Day came a few days early this year, as columnist and author Tom Friedman declared his support for a third party at the Aspen Ideas Festival. “We need a third party. I am for a third party,” Friedman said to … Continue reading

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The Top 25 Centrist Columnists and Commentators – The Daily Beast

Professional partisans present a vision of American politics where everything is divided between the far left and the far right. Lately, they seem to be dominating the nation’s political debate.  But there’s a powerful backlash brewing—a movement of voices from … Continue reading

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Top 5 Misconceptions About the Tea Party Movement

One year ago, the first Tea Party protest hadn’t even been held yet and the phrase remained safely ensconced in American history textbooks. This weekend, the first national Tea Party Convention will be held in Nashville, and the fractious movement … Continue reading

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Red Vs. Blue Is Over – The Daily Beast

Obama should use the State of the Union address next week to declare an end to playing-to-the-base politics. As Massachusetts’ Senate race shows, voters don’t want more ideology—they want problem-solving. Avlon is the author of Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe … Continue reading

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Obama Losing Independent Voters – CNN.com

NEW YORK (CNN) — Over the course of this summer, President Obama’s approval ratings have plummeted among independent voters — the largest and fastest-growing segment of the American electorate. In May, 66 percent of independents approved of Obama’s job performance, … Continue reading

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Independents and the Obama Mandate – Wall Street Journal

In the months since Barack Obama won the presidency, independent voters have rocketed to their highest number on record. Meanwhile, the ranks of Republicans and Democrats have thinned dramatically. Independents hold the balance of power in the Obama era. That’s … Continue reading

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What Independent Voters Want – Wall Street Journal

They tend to be fiscally conservative and strong on security. Independent voters, once a political afterthought, are now the largest and fastest-growing segment of the American electorate. This shift led to the nomination of two candidates who ran against the … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Evangelical Center – Politico.com

On Saturday, John McCain and Barack Obama will sit on the same stage for the first time during this presidential election. But don’t call it a debate. It is a “civil forum” hosted in the heart of conservative Orange County … Continue reading

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John Avlon Independent Voters Burgeoning – New York Sun

Independent Voters Burgeoning – New York Sun

Want to make a professional partisan really nervous? Ask him why the fastest growing demographic in American politics is the independent voter. It just doesn’t fit with the play-to-the-base Kool-Aid that political consultants have been drinking the past few years. … Continue reading

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Kadima Shows the Strength of the Center – New York Sun

The centrist Kadima Party’s victory on Tuesday sent shock waves through Israeli politics by relegating the conservative Likud to fifth place in the Knesset, down from winning 38 seats in 2003 to just 11 this week. It was a dramatic … Continue reading

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