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USA Today: Nearly Two Thirds of Americans Have Given Up On Political Parties

(IVN) Many Americans will be staying out of the voting booth for the 2018 elections, disillusioned by the promises of politicians and convinced that the political system is irreparably corrupt.

At least that’s what respondents told poll takers at USA Today and Suffolk University in a recent survey:

“Nearly two-thirds of adult U.S. citizens will stay away from the polls during the coming midterm elections, and they say they have given up on the political parties and a system that they say is beyond reform and repair…

A majority of those non-voters would like to see a third party or multiple parties.”

As the Huffington Post notes: “The poll surveyed Americans who aren’t registered to vote or who are registered but say they’re unlikely to cast a ballot. Combined, the two groups include more than 100 million adults, the pollsters note.”

68 percent of independent voters and party registered voters who say they are unlikely to vote this year agreed with the statement: “I don’t pay much attention to politics because it is so corrupt.” It’s a marked increase over the 54 percent of respondents who agreed to this characterization of politics in the 2012 survey.

And 63 percent of respondents in these categories agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: “I don’t pay much attention to politics because nothing ever gets done – it’s a bunch of empty promises,” which is also up from the 59 percent who said the same nearly six years ago.

In bad news for political parties like the DNC and RNC, faith in parties is on the wane. Only 22 percent of respondents said the Democratic and Republican parties do a good job of representing Americans’ political views, which is down from 32 percent when the question was asked in 2012.

57 percent of respondents also said a third party or multiple political parties is necessary, up from the 53 percent who said so just before Obama was reelected to his second term.

A light majority, at 55 percent, of those respondents who said they will be sitting out this election hold an unfavorable view of Donald Trump and are dissatisfied with his record in office.

It’s a tale as old as American democracy. Midterm turnout is always lower than in presidential election years. Those who vote are also more likely to be educated and more likely to be white.

Historically the party in the White House usually loses seats to the opposition party in Congress during midterms, a pressure valve for dissatisfaction with the ruling administration.

As NBC News notes: “In every midterm election since the Civil War, the president’s party has lost, on average, 32 seats in the House and two in the Senate.”

With only 24 seats net gain in the House and 2 in the Senate, the Democratic Party could flip both Houses from the red team to the blue team in 2018, which makes it an exciting election to watch.

But with deep disillusionment over politics crossing party lines and an increasing number of anti-Trump voters planning to sit this one out, it’s quite possible a Democratic coup in November may just fizzle out. Trump would call the electorate “low energy.”


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Dave Navarro Says He ‘Is a Libertarian,’ Does Not Fit into GOP, Democrat Molds

In an interview that aired Wednesday on Kennedy on Fox Business Network, Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro said that he does not fit into America’s two-party political system and that he identifies as a libertarian.

I did an ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Twitter and someone asked me if I was a Democrat or Republican, and I said that I’m a Libertarian,” Navarro said.


Primarily because I found that there were two paths that I was looking at, and I didn’t really fit into either one of those paths, and so I needed an alternative, because my political viewpoint takes a cue from different parties and different schools of thought. And not all of one applies to me. And I think that there’s a lot of people that that’s true for,” he added.

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Specifically, he said that his views on social issues are “not necessarily that of the Republican Party” and that his views on financial issues “aren’t the same as the Democratic Party.

I had to find a middle ground, as it were. I feel pretty comfortable where I’m at,” he said.

Navarro praised California’s open primary system for allowing him to weigh in on primary elections despite being a libertarian-leaning independent.

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Speaking on the 2016 presidential election, Navarro said, “If you look at the frontrunners, I feel like I’m not voting for somebody, I’m voting against somebody, and that’s a really uncomfortable place to be as a voter.

He said that GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton “are both polarizing for so many different reasons.

Cautioning that the primary elections are still ongoing and that their outcomes are not set in stone, Navarro explained that a Trump vs. Clinton general election contest presents a difficult decision for him.

I just heard Hillary earlier today speaking in vocabulary that was just as scary on the left as Trump speaks on the right, and I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do,” he said.

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Iowa Democratic Party Asserts Private Right Not to Disclose Vote Counts

By Shawn M. Griffiths – The Des Moines Register is calling for an audit of the Democratic caucus results after several reports of precincts being decided by coin flips and missing caucus-goers. The newspaper wants the Iowa Democratic Party to swiftly act to ensure that the results are accurate.

“What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy,” the Register’s editorial board writes.

[pull_quote_center]“Too many accounts have arisen of inconsistent counts, untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations, a lack of voter registration forms and other problems. Too many of us, including members of the Register editorial board who were observing caucuses, saw opportunities for error amid Monday night’s chaos.”[/pull_quote_center]

However, such an audit is unlikely to come. The Sanders campaign has done its own investigation, rechecking the results precinct by precinct. According to the campaign, it has found some irregularities, but the Iowa Democratic Party won’t allow the campaign to compare the math sheets and other paper work filed by precinct chairs.

“The answer is that we had all three camps in the tabulation room last night to address any grievances brought forward, and we went over any discrepancies. These are the final results,” Dr. Andy McGuire, chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party, said in an interview for the Register.

The party has never released head counts, and it won’t this time as Democratic leaders claim a private right to keep that information from the public. McGuire said that the winner of the Iowa caucus is determined by state-delegate equivalent, rather than the final head count for each candidate.

In other words, garnering the most votes in the Iowa caucus may not guarantee a candidate a win. There are no paper ballots and precinct results can apparently come down to coin tosses, in accordance with party rules, to determine the allocation of local delegates.



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Johnson: Fiscally Conservative, Socially Tolerant Voters Alienated by Iowa Results

Former two-term New Mexico Republican Governor Gary Johnson, who is seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination for president in 2016, issued a statement on the results of the Democratic and Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa on Monday.

To no one’s surprise, the Republican who emerged from the Iowa Caucuses did so under a banner of social intolerance and carpet bombing,” said Johnson of GOP winner and U.S. Senator from Texas Ted Cruz.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton narrowly beat U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders. “Just as predictably, the Democrats endorsed a candidate who has never seen a federal program, regulation or expenditure she doesn’t like,” added Johnson.

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Johnson opined that the outcome of the caucuses show that Democrats and Republicans “are not going to nominate a candidate who represents the real majority in America – independents who are fed up with the partisan dance that has given us a $20 trillion debt, endless war and a government intent on eroding the very liberties it is supposed to be preserving.

The libertarian-leaning candidate on the GOP side in the 2016 race, Sen. Rand Paul, fell short of expectations with his fifth-place finish in Iowa, causing him to suspend his campaign on Wednesday.

The pundits have become fond of talking about ‘lanes’ to electoral success. Where is the lane for the millions of Americans who are fundamentally conservative when it comes to the size and cost of government, but just as fundamentally tolerant when it comes to individual and civil liberties?” asked Johnson.

[RELATED: Gary Johnson Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address]

Johnson’s comments come just as pundits are beginning to wonder whether the support base that had been backing Sen. Paul will shift to another GOP primary candidate or an independent.

Where that support will go is hard to predict, because Paul isn’t ideologically aligned with any of the [GOP] frontrunners,wrote The Charlotte Observer’s Peter St. Onge.

According to The Associated Press, Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says he plans to attempt to win over Rand Paul’s supporters. Ohio Gov. John Kasich told ABC News on Wednesday that he believes he has a chance to capture some of Paul’s support base.

A July 2015 Truth in Media Consider This video highlights the fact that independent voters now outnumber Republicans and Democrats. Watch it in the below-embedded video player.


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Conflict of Interest? Bill Clinton Serves on Presidential Debate Commission

As the 2016 presidential election draws nearer, questions are being raised about Bill Clinton’s role as an honorary co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, a Republican-and-Democrat controlled board that determines the rules and particulars of U.S. general election presidential debates.

According to The Daily Caller, Bill Clinton serves as an honorary co-chair for the organization along with former President Jimmy Carter. The CPD also lists deceased former Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford as honorary co-chairs.

It is unclear, however, how Carter and Clinton function in these roles,” wrote reporter Kerry Picket. “Additionally, considering Jeb Bush’s run for the presidency, if it is an issue of simply lending one’s name to a board and not participating in any process, it is unknown why both former presidents George W. Bush and his father George H.W. Bush are not included as honorary chairs,” she added.

Hot Air notes that CPD chairman Michael D. McCurry served as press secretary during Bill Clinton’s presidency.

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If current Democratic Party presidential primary frontrunner Hillary Clinton ends up winning her party’s nomination, Bill Clinton and Michael McCurry’s roles on the board governing U.S. general election presidential debates could potentially pose a conflict of interest.

The Commission on Presidential Debates recently sparked controversy when it announced that despite the rise of independent voters as a leading portion of the U.S. electorate, it would not change the 15 percent minimum polling rule that effectively blocks most serious third-party candidates who appear on enough ballots to win the presidency from participating in general election presidential debates.

[RELATED: Pollsters Criticize Use of Polling Minimums to Exclude Candidates from Debates]

The Truth in Media Project recently released a Consider This video highlighting the fact that independent voters now outnumber Republicans and Democrats. Watch it in the below-embedded video player.


Democrat Lincoln Chafee Ends Presidential Campaign

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced that he is ending his campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday.

Chafee made the announcement during a speech at the 22nd Annual National Issues Conference of the Women’s Leadership Forum.

[pull_quote_center]As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace. But after much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today. I would like to take this opportunity one last time to advocate for a chance be given to peace.[/pull_quote_center]

Chafee also took the time to highlight the need for equality, stating that “Republican agenda sets back women’s rights and I pledge all my energy towards a big 2016 victory for Democrats across the country.”

[pull_quote_center]Studies show that women tend to lead differently than men, in that women are more likely to be collaborative and team oriented. It is undeniable the benefits women provide to the pursuit of peace.[/pull_quote_center]

Chafee’s polling numbers have been consistently low since he launched his campaign in June, and according to a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Poll released on Thursday, Chafee received 0 percent with Vice President Joe Biden in the race and 1 percent without Biden running.

Following his speech, Chafee said that his decision to drop out stems from this week’s events, highlighting former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s performance at a hearing regarding the terrorist attacks that occurred in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.

“Obviously it was a good week for Secretary Clinton,” Chafee said. “She did well in the debates and then Senator Webb got out, Vice President Biden declined to join the race, she did well in the Benghazi hearing and Gov. Chafee got out of the race.”

The end of Chafee’s campaign follows former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb’s announcement that he is also dropping out, and Biden’s announcement that he will not run in 2016. This leaves the following contenders for the Democratic nomination: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, also currently running for the Democrat nomination, has gained little attention in national media and was excluded from CNN’s October 13 Democratic presidential debate. Truth In Media’s Barry Donegan noted that Lessig had not obtained “at least 1 percent support in a specific set of polls that do not include him as a response.”

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FBI Upgrades 60 Hillary Clinton Emails To ‘Classified’ Status

As the FBI and the State Department conduct an investigation into the 30,000 emails released from the private server used by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State, 60 emails have been upgraded to “classified” status.

According to a report from the Washington Times, officials involved in the investigation have said that there are nearly 60 emails that “contained classified secrets at the lowest level of ‘confidential'” with one email containing “information at the intermediate level of ‘secret.'” The 60 emails are in addition to two emails recently flagged as “top-secret” by Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III.

Officials also told the Times that the number of classified emails is expected to grow as the FBI continues its investigation, and that sorting through the 30,000 emails Clinton deemed “work-related” is a process that is “expected to take months.”

[RELATED: Federal Judge Orders Access To 32,000 Personal Emails After Hillary Turns In Blank Server]

After the revelation that two of the emails Clinton released contained “top-secret” information, federal judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered the FBI to gain access to the trove of “personal” emails Clinton claimed she deleted.

Clinton claimed she deleted around 32,000 emails that she deemed “personal,” even though Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said that Clinton deleted the messages after she was made aware that they had been subpoenaed by the Committee.

[RELATED: Hillary Clinton Deletes All Emails, Wipes Server Clean]

Gowdy criticized Clinton on Sunday for using a “nonexistent right-wing conspiracy” to justify the federal investigation into her practice of using a personal email address on a private server to conduct government business.

“She need not blame House Republicans for having her own personal server, for exclusively using private e-mail for telling us the Sydney Blumenthal e-mails were unsolicited and then we later find out they were not,” Gowdy said. “For telling us there was no classified information, then we later find out that there was. For telling us the public rec was complete and then we found 15 e-mails she never turned over to the State Department.”

The New York Times noted that while “nearly all investigations are assigned to one of the bureau’s 56 field offices,” the investigation into Clinton’s email is being conducted at the FBI’s headquarters in Washington D.C. in an “unusual move” motivated by the inquiry’s level of importance.

Despite the ongoing investigation, Clinton told reporters at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday that her voters aren’t concerned about the federal investigation into her email practices.

“I never sent classified material on my email and I never received any that was marked classified. I’m gonna let whatever this inquiry is go forward and we’ll await the outcome of it,” Clinton said. “It’s not anything people talk to me about as I travel around the country. It is never raised in my town halls, it is never raised in my other meetings with people.”

Clinton also joked about the smartphone app Snapchat’s feature that automatically deletes pictures and videos sent between users. “I love it, I love it,” she said. “Those messages disappear all by themselves.”

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Poll: Bernie Sanders Leads Hillary Clinton In New Hampshire

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has surpassed longtime frontrunner and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton for the first time in the polls in New Hampshire.

According to a recent poll conducted by Franklin Pierce University and the Boston Herald, Sanders is polling at 44 percent, and Clinton is trailing at 37 percent among Democratic primary voters.

Vice President Joe Biden, who has yet to announce whether he is running for President in the 2016 election, received nine percent in the poll. Other Democratic contenders who have jumped into the race including former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former Virginia Gov. Jim Webb, received less than one percent in the poll.

[RELATED: New Poll Shows Sanders Leading Trump, Walker In Head-to-Head General Election Matchups]

The poll, which was held from Aug. 7-10, surveyed 442 New Hampshire Democrats over the phone and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

Although the poll results indicated that only 11 percent of voters thought Sanders would win the Democratic nomination for the 2016 election, it did find that more than half of those surveyed viewed Sanders’ campaign as “very favorable” and his polling numbers have risen drastically in the state where he was polling at eight percent compared to Clinton’s 44 percent in March.

The results of the poll noted that while 80 percent of NH Democrats view Clinton favorably, only 38 percent said they have a “very favorable” impression of her, only 35 percent said they are “excited” about her campaign, and 51 percent said that while they could support her, they aren’t enthusiastic about her campaign.

[RELATED: Why The Secret Of The Trump Effect And Sanders’ Rise Isn’t Really A Secret]

Since announcing his presidential bid on April 30, Sanders, who is a self-described socialist, has drawn massive crowds ranging in the thousands at rallies in states such as Wisconsin, Maine, and in Washington where he was recently interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters.

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NH Democrat Asks Republicans “Have you looked at euthanasia?” to Balance the Budget

By Patrick Howley 

A Democratic state representative in New Hampshire compared Republican resistance toward raising spending to euthanasia.

“Since we are refusing to raise revenues to fund needed programs, to fund services for disabled for example, have you looked at euthanasia?” Democratic Rep. Michael Cahill said Wednesday on the state House floor during New Hampshire’s budget battle.

Cahill asked the snarky rhetorical question to Republican Rep. Dan McGuire.

“The member is out of order,” replied Republican House speaker Shawn Jasper.

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Alabama lawmaker threatens to ‘out’ other lawmakers’ affairs

Alabama’s first openly gay lawmaker has threatened to expose the adulterous behavior of other Alabama lawmakers after some fought the state’s decision to recognize same-sex marriage.

State Rep. Patricia Todd (D) sent out a warning over Facebook telling her colleagues, “I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about ‘family values’ when they have affairs, and I know of many who are and have...I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet out.

The post was made in response to other lawmakers in Alabama who spoke out against a federal court’s decision to overturn Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage. Notably, House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R) called the ruling, “outrageous when a single unelected and unaccountable federal judge can overturn the will of millions of Alabamians who stand in firm support of the Sanctity of Marriage Act,” according to AL.

Hubbard also issued a statement following Todd’s Facebook post saying, “I consider Rep. Todd a friend, and we have always enjoyed a good and cordial relationship, so I am sorry that she is upset about my remarks.” The statement continued by saying Hubbard and Todd had a fundamental disagreement on the issue, but Hubbard wrote he wold not back down from his position.

During the weekend though, a request for a two-week stay on the ruling was granted by District Court Judge Callie Granade, according to the Huffington Post. This stay means any same-sex couples who wished to marry in Alabama will have to wait until at least Feb. 9. On that date, the court will have to make a decision whether to continue the stay on the ruling, or to uphold the court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

Todd said according to various reports, her post was not made maliciously, but she “[does] not like hypocrites.” She has said if her colleagues want to defend the sanctity of “family values,” she expects those same colleagues to support those same values.


CISPA 2015 Draft Text Emerges Online, Dem Rep Cites Sony Hack As Rationale for Reintroducing Bill

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is a controversial bill, promoted by supporters as a cyber-security solution and decried by detractors as a threat to online privacy, which has failed in two previous federal-level legislative sessions. The 112th and 113th congresses considered the bill, but pushback from civil rights groups and tech giants ultimately stopped CISPA in its tracks. Now, in the wake of a widely-publicized hack targeting employees at Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Hill is reporting that Maryland Democratic Representative Dutch Ruppersberger has revived the legislation and reintroduced it before the US House of Representatives last Friday.

“The reason I’m putting [the] bill in now is I want to keep the momentum going on what’s happening out there in the world,” said Ruppersberger, referring specifically to the Sony hack in comments to The Hill. The technology publications Techdirt and Gizmodo argued that CISPA would not have prevented the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Techdirt characterized Ruppesburger as “the NSA’s personal Rep in Congress,” noting the fact that “NSA HQ is in his district.”

Roll Call pointed out the fact that Representative Ruppersberger himself does not believe that the bill will prevail and said to CQ, “I realize this is not going to pass in this form with me as a Democrat.” However, he said he reintroduced the bill to keep the pressure on in an effort to win Republican representatives over to his cause. In previous legislative sessions, Republican Representative Mike Rogers helped push for the bill, but Rogers has since retired from Congress.

Pirate Times contacted Representative Ruppersberger and obtained a draft copy of the new version of the legislation, which would grant sweeping new online spy powers to federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Agency, among others.

Representative Ruppersberger serves on the House Intelligence Committee, which is considering the legislation. The newest version of CISPA has also been referred to the Judiciary, Armed Services, and Homeland Security committees for consideration. Though Ruppersberger has yet to find cosponsors for the bill, he told The Hill, ““I’m putting the bill in by myself… hopefully that will create momentum.”

For the first time in 20 years, gun rights are favored over gun control

According to a recent Pew Research poll, Americans are now saying protecting the rights of citizen’s to own a firearm is more important than the need to control guns.

The research says about 52 percent of those polled are saying they favor protecting the right to own firearms, while 46 percent say they prefer gun control.  This is a substantial shift in public opinion from the early 90’s when the public was in favor of gun control, polling at 57 percent, while those who wanted to protect the right to own a firearm were polled at 34 percent.

While both sides of the political spectrum have been arguing over healthcare and immigration among other hot topics, this poll found support for gun rights has increased in both Republicans and Democrats by 6 points, while it also increased by 7 points among Independents.  According to RT, support for gun ownership was up in all demographics except for liberal Democrats and Hispanics, but support for gun rights went down only one or two points in these groups.

African-Americans were also found to be more likely to believe owning a firearm does more to protect a person rather than threaten another.  The support from African-Americans has almost doubled since early 2012 when 29 percent of those polled supported gun rights while the new poll found 54 percent of African-Americans back gun ownership.

An October Gallup poll found similar results, showing only 26 percent of people think handguns should be banned from being sold to the public while 73 percent of people think no such law should be considered.

Research also found homicides related to firearms has fallen from 1993 according to NPR.  At the time, seven homicides per 100,000 people were attributed to gun violence, while in recent years, 3.6 homicides have been attributed to firearms.

As deadline nears, $1.1 trillion spending bill is agreed upon

To avoid a government shutdown, Republican and Democratic lawmakers have agreed on a $1.1 trillion spending bill.

The new bill was passed in part to avoid the looming political struggle surrounding President Obama’s new immigration policy.  By agreeing on the new spending bill, this struggle will be delayed for at least another month.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada told the AP, “The federal government’s going to run out of money in two days. … We’ve been trying to work with Republican leaders to avoid a shutdown.”

Republicans are responsible for negotiating the new spending bill which implements a number of new policy measures.  Some of the new measures include, according to Reuters, the easing of environmental regulations as well as regulations aimed at financial derivative trading.  The bill is also adding funds to fight the Islamic State militants as well as funds to help fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

According to Politico, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is receiving a $35 million budget increase from the new bill, bringing their total budget to $250 million.  The Securities and Exchanges Commission is also receiving a budget increase of $150 million, putting their budget close to $1.5 billion.

While some measures are added or changed, many of the original policy measures from the fiscal 2015 domestic spending plan are not hampered or hindered.  This means all government agencies are being funded through September 2015, except for the Department of Homeland Security which is only funded to Feb. 27.

One measure which was excluded from the new bill was the federal terrorism insurance measure passed after 9/11.  The insurance was up for a six-year extension, but instead of being included in the spending bill, the extension will be considered on its own at a later date.

End Partisanship Files Appeal in NJ Lawsuit Seeking Equal Voter Rights

Last week, the coalition End Partisanship filed an appellant brief with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in New Jersey, regarding a lawsuit they originally filled in March, which challenged the constitutionality of the state’s current requirements for primary elections.

In the state of New Jersey, 47% of voters are registered as Independent. However, despite the fact these voters are not affiliated with either the Republican or the Democratic parties in New Jersey, they are still forced to fund the primary elections, which only allow participation from Democratic and Republican candidates.

“Appellants have not asked this court (and did not ask the lower court) to issue a decision that would require political parties to allow non-party members to access their Candidate Nomination Proceedings,” stated the appeal. “Rather, Appellants have proceeded from the premise that the State cannot fund, administer, and sanction an integral stage of its election process that excludes a near majority of all registered voters.” 

Chad Peace, a legal advisor from the Independent Voter Project, referred to New Jersey’s current restrictions as “taxation without representation.”

In an email to Benswann.com, Peace pointed out that although 47% of the voters in New Jersey were “forced to pay over $12 million for a primary election that they were not even allowed to participate in,” the success of the current appeal would have implications that are nationwide.

The right to vote derives from citizenship; not by joining a political party,” said Peace. “If the state funds, administers, and sanctions an important stage of the political process, every voter has the right to participate, regardless of his or her party affiliation.”

End Partisanship, which is a coalition of leaders from different political organizations, is working to break the two-party system’s hold on primary elections. Their original lawsuit was filed in March, and has received a negative response from the state of New Jersey.

In May, New Jersey Secretary of State, Kim Guadagno, filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. End Partisanship replied to the motion, arguing that the current primary system in New Jersey  “conditions a voter’s right to participate on giving up their right to not join a private political party,” and “violates New Jersey’s own constitutional prohibition against the private use of taxpayer funds.

Guadagno submitted a reply in July, on behalf of the State, insisting “a voter who feels disenfranchised because of a regulation that conditions participation in primary elections on party membership should simply join the party.”

In August, a New Jersey Federal District Court Judge dismissed the lawsuit filed by End Partisanship, and ruled that only Republicans and Democrats are “qualified” to vote in the state of New Jersey.

The latest appeal from the coalition was filed on November 4. It argues that the lower court’s “use of inapplicable case law,” and its failure to address the coalition’s claims, “catapults a derivative right of political organizations to control their associations ahead of an individual’s fundamental rights.”

The appeal demands that the State must “respect and balance” the individual’s fundamental right to “vote at all integral stages of an election process” and to “be treated fairly and equally regardless of affiliation or non-affiliation with a specific political organization.”

Investigative Journalist Ben Swann addressed the issue of the restrictions New Jersey has placed on its voters, and End Partisanship’s effort to make a difference, in an episode of Truth in Media:

As Scottish vote for independence, more Americans think of secession

As the Scottish vote to secede from the UK failed, the idea of secession has been picked up by almost a quarter of Americans who say they would be open to the idea of their respective state leaving the Union.

A new Reuters poll, which took place between Aug. 23 and Sept. 16, found 23.9 percent of Americans strongly support the notion of their state breaking away from the larger US.  However, on the other side of this argument, of those polled, 53.3 percent strongly opposed the idea.

The idea to secede seems to be split down party lines too, as more Republicans, 29.7 percent of those polled, support their state standing on its own, while 21 percent of Democrats who were polled supported the idea for their state.

Many Republicans cited their dissatisfaction with the way the Obama administration has handled various issues as to why they liked the idea of secession.  These issues range from the current administration’s handling of ISIS in the Middle East, to the healthcare reforms put in place recently.

Others said they don’t believe Washington gets anything done, and they feel if their state would break away, things would be better off.  Roy Gustafson, 61, of South Carolina, told the Sun Sentinel“I don’t think it makes a whole lot of difference anymore which political party is running things. Nothing gets done… The state would better off handling things on its own.”

One state that has taken the idea of secession seriously is Texas, where a group known as the Texas Nationalist Movement has been looking into ways to leave the US behind in hopes of establishing their own nation.

Daniel Miller is the director for the TNM who was excited for the Scottish vote to breakaway from the UK.  Miller said, according to USA Today, “We’re excited that they are able to have a voice, to be able to go to the polls and voice their political will on the issue of self-determination…”

Kansas sees Republican moderates fight back

The GOP in Kansas has turned against itself as Republican Moderates from the state have turned their support away from the current Republican governor, Sam Brownback, and have instead endorsed the Democratic challenger Paul Davis.

More than 100 Republicans, including current and past officeholders according to Politico, are said to be showing support of Davis in the upcoming November election.  These supporters have given Davis, what is being called a “surprisingly strong shot,” in the election.

Some of the supporters for Davis include former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, former president of the Kansas Senate Dick Bond, and former legislator Steve Morris.  “It’s a big step for every one of us,” says Bond, “and a major departure from our Republican roots.”

Former state Representative Charlie Roth is also supporting Davis, saying he has “nothing but positive things to say,” about Davis.  Roth continues his support by saying, “I found him to be thoughtful, smart, and always open to suggestions. He is a natural leader and will bring Kansans together. He will be a tremendous governor.”

Many thought the state’s strict abortion laws would come under fire from Davis, but the up-and-coming challenger said he had no intention of changing the abortion laws and would leave them in place.

Davis has said he wants to implement planned tax cuts and use funds to improve the education system in the state, according to Newsmax.

According to a press release from the Davis campaign website, Davis for Kansas, many say the Republicans left Brownback because of the “experimental” tax plan he had put in place, which saw severe cuts to the education system, as well as “fiscally irresponsible budgeting.”

“All of us are proud Republicans,” reads another endorsement from former GOP lawmaker Wint Winter.  “We came together because of our common love of Kansas, our commitment to Kansas families, and our belief in moderate, commonsense leadership.”

DESPERATE: Cochran literally begs Democrats to vote for him over Tea Party’s McDaniel in runoff

MISSISSIPPI, June 21, 2014– Only a few short weeks ago, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R- Miss.) was forced into a runoff by Tea Party endorsed Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel (R). Three days from now, Mississippi voters will again return to the polls in order to choose their next U.S. Senator. Feeling the heat, the Cochran campaign has resorted to begging Democrats to “crossover” in order to save Cochran’s seat.

“Thad Cochran and his team should be ashamed of themselves. They have abandoned conservatives by having letters sent out like this all over the state,” said McDaniel while referencing the letters.

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Jerome Wyatt, Jones County Mississippi District 5 Supervisor, works with Cochran campaign in order to convince Democrats to crossover and vote against McDaniel in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff.

By rallying Democrats, the Cochran campaign hopes to pull them to the voter booths and have them pull the trigger for Cochran in order to keep a more conservative candidate out of office.

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Breaking: Virginia Senator Stabbed By Son Who Then Commits Suicide

Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds (D) was reportedly stabbed by his son Gus multiple times in the back and head this morning. Gus Deeds, 24-years-old, turned a gun on himself after stabbing his father in the bath. Gus was found dead at the scene. Senator Deeds is in critical condition and undergoing extensive surgery at the moment. Senator Deeds ran against former Governor Bob McDonnell (R) in 2009.

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NJ Christie Will Campaign Against Tea Party/Libertarians With Lindsey Graham

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Christie Skips Out On Conservative Dinner To Hit The Trail With Former President Clinton (June, 2013)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently won his second term reelection with a wide margin over his challenger, a democratic state senator. His “landslide victory”, as the mainstream media call it, is deceptive. What the mainstream hasn’t reported was that the race drew the lowest gubernatorial voter turn out in history. The second lowest was Christie’s last election 4 years ago. A clear sign that many aren’t fired up about the moderate.

“I know that if we can do this in Trenton, N.J., then maybe the folks in Washington, D.C., should tune in their TVs right now and see how it’s done,” Christie said at his post-election party.

Regardless of his lack of appeal to the conservative base, Christie is expected to hit the campaign trail with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R).

In an interview with the New York Times, the New Jersey Governor says he plans to head to South Carolina in order to campaign with Senator Graham who is facing 4 tea party/libertarian primary challengers.

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