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News Headlines for Independent Voters 9/7/09

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Independent Voters

According to the polls, independents are abandoning unions, Obama and the progressive agenda. Or did the unions, Pres. Obama and progressives abandon independents to the right?

  • Labor Unions See Sharp Slide in U.S. Public Support-For first time, fewer than half of Americans approve of labor unions (by Lydia Saad, Gallup)
  • Obama is fast losing white voters’ support (By Peter Wallsten, LA Times) New surveys show steep declines in Obama’s approval ratings among whites — including Democrats and independents — who were crucial elements of the diverse coalition that helped elect the country’s first black president. Pew Research crosstabs
  • Bleeding Independents (by Charlie Cook, National Journal) Indies support Obama’s foreign policy, not so much domestic…

Open Primaries

Good news for Idaho independents (and all voters)! California referendum in June 2010.

  • Federal judge wants trial in election suit (By REBECCA BOONE – Associated Press, KBCI-CBS News) Harry Kresky, the New York-based attorney representing the Independent groups who intervened in the case, said he was pleased with Winmill’s ruling, because it means that the Idaho Republican Party will be held to a higher standard of proof if they want to win the case.
  • California Election Law Bill News (Ballot Access News)

New Jersey Governors Races

Chris Daggett is giving them a run for their money in New Jersey.

Bloomberg 09

Colin Powell and Mike Bloomberg marched at the front of the Caribbean West Indian Day Parade today in Brooklyn; Lenora Fulani and the Independence Party are supporting Bloomberg for re-election on the Independence Party line Column C. The Independence Party is the third largest party in New York.

Health Care Debate: Socialism or capitalism?

As an independent who supported, and continues to support Pres. Obama, I believe that the “debate” over whether health care reform should include a “public option” (i.e., will we make sure that poor people have access to health care in the USA) comes down to a moral issue of whether we as a people are going to take responsibility for how all of us are living, or will we be a nation of “every man for himself”. This is not an issue of big government or whether we can as a nation afford it. We do, however, need a developmental conversation.

For more news for independents, see The Hankster