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How independents are changing Az politics

Cronkite News, in collaboration with the Public Insight Network, examines the rise of independent voters in Arizona. Does the rise of independents signal a change toward more moderate candidates? Probably not, two political experts say. In fact, they say having more independents could lead to more elected officials with viewpoints at the extremes.
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Mar 28, 2014, 9:17 am
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Excellent piece. Thank you for publishing it.

I am also a registered independent. I have been for over a decade. I chose to go independent after infighting tore apart the Reform party. I didn’t choose the D or the R because of the gridlock, and the extremity of both parties. George Washington told us not to devolve into a two-party system. It is a shame that we call the guy the father of our country, yet we think we’re smarter than him and blow off probably the best advice he ever gave.

This piece opened my mind a little bit. I haven’t been voting in the primaries. My motivation is that I don’t want to legitimize their process. I passionately believe that a primary is a party thing and that tax dollars shouldn’t be wasted on facilitating it. But, this story does bring up a good point that I never considered, which is that independent have the power to see that less extreme candidates make it to the general election.

Mar 28, 2014, 3:25 pm
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Most Americans do not realize—and our politicians barely comprehend it—that according to the latest Gallup polling, a record-high 42 percent of Americans identify as Independents. 

See Record-High 42 Percent Of Americans Identify As Independents  (see also the article itself, as well as the other comments beneath it)

Having been a Democrat first, and then a Republican, I am most comfortable being an Independent—for the last 20 years or so.  I worked on Capitol Hill and saw both parties “up close and personal”; and I have worked with them for many years since.

Some day we will have an Independent in the White House, and more in Congress and across the land.

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