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Candidates in Maine, Nebraska, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C., Challenge Republicans and Democrats Alike
Published in The Daily Beast on July 5, 2014
Meet the non-partisan candidates changing American politics.
Innovate. Disrupt. Solve problems.
This mantra of the hi-tech revolution has brought fundamental change to virtually every area of American life except one—politics. America’s polarized politics are mired in a dysfunctional and increasingly unpopular two-party system that has failed to address this nation’s major challenges and threatens its future.
The approval rating for Congress—which just had its least productive year since at least the early 1990s—is at a historical low of roughly 13 percent. Less than a third of Americans have confidence in President Barack Obama’s leadership and voters have an even dimmer view of his Republican opponents. More than 40 percent of Americans now identify as political independents, a larger number than either Republicans or Democrats.
And this anti-partisan trend has not gone unnoticed by aspiring office holders.
It’s Disenfranchisement When Independents Can’t Vote in Primaries
Published in The Daily Beast on April 3, 2014
District of Columbia voters went to the polls Tuesday, a few of them anyway, to vote in mayoral and city council primary elections. Unfortunately, although I am a Washington resident, I was not one of them. My non-participation wasn’t due to a lack of interest but because I am an Independent voter.
Linda Killian with Jeffrey Brown on the PBS NewsHour
Published on November 7, 2012
The Senate’s New Taxman Won’t Be Controlled By His Own Party
Published in The Daily Beast on February 18, 2014
For two years, Senators Ron Wyden and Judd Gregg met almost every week to talk about taxes. The exuberant, indefatigable Democrat from Oregon and the dour, taciturn Republican from New Hampshire made an odd couple. But they shared a singular, nerdy passion for wanting to overhaul the tax code and their lengthy negotiations ultimately resulted in the Bipartisan Tax Fairness and Simplification Act they introduced in 2010.
Making voting easier is the right thing to do. Instead of throwing up barriers to voting, officials should be trying to make it as easy to vote as possible by simplifying the registration process, allowing online registration and offering alternative and more convenient ways to cast a ballot. But it's also the politically wise choice. Plenty of voters across the country already have first-hand experience with long lines at polling places and malfunctioning voting machines. They will have little patience for blatant attempts to make it even more difficult to cast a ballot and will punish those responsible.