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Can centrists and independents come together on systemic policy issues?

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JP Avlon says “Photo-op centrism is not enough” and I agree.

Here’s a “round” roundup of what’s on the minds of independent pundits and voters from Florida to Massachusetts to New York.

John P. Avlon, senior political columnist for The Daily Beast and author of the new book “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America.”, says in his CNN post yesterday “Why centrist voters are fed up“:

But photo-op centrism is, of course, not enough. It must be followed by substance. To really change the culture of Washington, we need to change the rules that reinforce this predictable partisanship.
The quickest policy cure would be to change the rigged system of redistricting that creates congressional ‘safe seats’ and replaces competitive general elections with closed primaries, where party activists reign supreme. Nonpartisan redistricting and open primaries would reward politicians who reach across the aisle, and would empower independent voters.

Can centrists and independents come together on these systemic policy issues? I think so! And because independents do (NOT) = centrists, we have a shot. (-NH)

And while you’re here, have a look at Florida’s redistricting issues, or a possible new Massachusetts independent party.

And as for New York — what’s going on in the Empire State? Well, the first independent mayor of New York City (Michael Bloomberg), backed by the NYC Independence Party county organizations, also gave money to the NY State Independence Party, or something

And a note about the “other” third party, the Working Families Party, which (having played a major role in the election of the “other” city-wide offices City Comptroller (former Queens City Councilmember John Liu) and City Advocate (Betsy Gotbaum’s old job) is now under attack from the official election regulation bureaucracy. Small wonder…

For more news headlines for independent voters, see The Hankster