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Arizona Daily Star: ‘Independents Demand Reform of Legislature’

From the Arizona Daily Star via Third Party and Independent Daily:

As Arizona drowns in red ink, the state Legislature appears to be more ideological than pragmatic in dealing with the myriad problems facing our state. In a state where registered independent voters are the fastest growing political bloc (recently surpassing Democratic voters in numbers), not a single independent serves in the Legislature, and moderates of both major political parties are routinely beaten in primary elections by extreme conservative and liberal candidates.

Is the Arizona electorate as polarized and out of touch with the rest of the country as it seems, or is the moderate middle being disenfranchised by well meaning “reforms” that have had unintended consequences? The following are suggestions (some borrowed from a recent Arizona Town Hall) that could make Arizona’s Legislature more pragmatic and less ideological . . . Keep reading…

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  1. paulie paulie March 8, 2011

    That’s what I meant…thanks! 🙂

  2. Gene Berkman Gene Berkman March 8, 2011

    Paulie @ 2 – “Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often. ”

    And for the same reason.

  3. paulie paulie March 8, 2011

    As to the others

    1. Nonpartisan state elections. P: This wouldn’t get rid of the power of party machines, but it would remove information from the voters and weaken alternative parties that don’t have large amounts of money for advertising.

    2. More competitive legislative districts. P: Good idea.

    3. Reform or dump Clean Elections. P: Good idea. Also, a good illustration of the power of unintended consequences to some of the reforms they propose here.

    4. Longer terms. P: Bad idea. Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often.

    5. California’s Proposition 14. P: terrible idea. See comment #1.

    6. Increase legislative salaries. P: WTF?! Throwing money at them won’t solve anything.

  4. paulie paulie March 8, 2011

    Too bad one of their proposed “reforms” (Top Two) would shut out pretty much any chance of independent legislators.

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