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Independent activist news this week was def centered on young people. See John Opdycke’s piece “Going Indy” and consider the fact that “fully 50 percent of voters aged 18-29 now identify as independents…” (Opdycke is the Chief of Staff forIndependentVoting.org/CUIP.) Let that sink in for a moment.

Then pivot back towards the triangulationists featured in John Avlon’s CNN oped “Bill Clinton Back and Looking Good“.

Now pan to NYC independent youth contingent presenting 1,084 signatures of people under the age of 30 calling for the Charter Revision Commission to put a referendum for nonpartisan municipal elections for New York City on the ballot in the next election. Commissioners Hope Cohen and Kathryn Patterson dialogued with these young activists at the Brooklyn St. Francis College public hearing on April 20. WHICH by the way none of the local media covered… although they are beginning to acknowledge that nonpartisan elections is the critical issue for this commission. Hmmm…. You can view the testimony from youth and independents at HanksterTube. And also Bryan Puertas’ article on The DeLibero.

Hats off to the organizers in California who are pushing for passage of Proposition 14, a referendum that will allow independents (aka “decline to state“) to vote in statewide elections. The Hankster wishes you all the best. Open primaries that bring new voices (youth for example) to the table, and new coalitions together, could only help.

In New York, expect more politically upwardly mobile partisan powers-that-beanimosity toward independent NY State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. who is proposing some interesting nonpartisan election reforms

Power to the People, Read On!

For more news for independent )and young( voters, see The Hankster

4 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t be too enamored with non-partisan municipal elections. One of the problems we have in Detroit is the municipal elections are non-partisan. City Council Primaries always have at least 100 candidates. Sometimes 200. Last year’s election seems to have given us a sane council, but that’s very rare.

    Party’s aren’t perfect, but it would be a lot easier to do your Democratic duty if there were only a few dozen of them in the party primary.

  2. ” Proposition 14, a referendum that will allow independents (aka “decline to state“) to vote in statewide elections.”

    What? No. What you said doesn’t even make sense. Independents can certainly already vote in statewide elections, so I don’t know what you’re talking about. Prop 14 creates a jungle (‘top two’) primary system in California. This is not really as exciting as you think, because in a lot of areas it would tend to DECREASE the spectrum of views in the election–this has been experimented with in Washington state, and you just end up with two candidates from the same party as the primary winners in polarized areas.

    As for local elections, sure, nonpartisan politics makes sense because municipal issues rarely line up on a liberal/conservative divide.

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