Independent Voter Network: 8 Reforms to Fix Politics in the United States

IVN8 Reforms to Fix Politics in the United States

Three of the eight elements are now in public consciousness – our task is to nurture a public conversation about all eight – together – and now, in 2015.

Independent Voter Network, 24 March 2015

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Mar 24

SchwartzReport: Undamming Rivers…

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Depaving Cities, Undamming Rivers: How We’re Undoing the Damage

The largest dam-removal project in history reached completion last fall, when excavators dredged the final tons of pulverized concrete from the Elwha River channel in Western Washington. Native fish, banished for 100 years from their historic spawning habitat, already were rediscovering the Elwha’s newly accessible upper stretches. Within weeks of the final explosion in August, threatened bull trout and chinook salmon were spotted migrating beyond the rubble.

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Mar 23

Robert Steele: We Mourn Lee Kuan Yew Update 2

lee kuan yewModern Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

SINGAPORE Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:06pm EDT

Read full obituary — very well done.

Lee Kuan Yew: Life in pictures

Lee Kuan Yew: Why Singapore’s Extraordinary Leader Will Be Missed

Teary Mourners in Singapore Remember Lee Kuan Yew

“He is my idol, and not a day passes without my saying it,” Mr. Thirupathi said. “Security, law and order, truth, honesty — all of this requires vision and boils down to leadership.”

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Mar 22

Mongoose: Change Presidential Debate Rules? Cosmetic Deception!

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Mongoose

This is theatrical — not a real reform at all.

New group calls for changes in presidential debate rules

Philip Rucker

Washington Post, 17 March 2015

A group of political elders, concerned that the American public is losing faith in the presidential election system, is pushing for changes to general-election debate rules to make it easier for independent candidates to gain traction.

The group, called Change the Rule, recently wrote a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonpartisan organization that runs general-election debates, urging it to eliminate the rule requiring non-major-party candidates to average at least 15 percent in public polling to participate.

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Mar 18