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Dark Money
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How Dark Money Impacts Our Democracy

Learn how dark money - the political funds spent by groups without disclosing the identities of their donors - undermines accountability and fairness in elections.

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Choosing Between Options
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Why Do People Vote Against Their Own Interests?

Discover the reasons why voters tend to vote against their own interests - whether from voter uncertainty or the effects of advertising and the two-party system.

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New Jersey: A Hidden Home of Voter Suppression

David Goodman, the statewide leader of RepresentUs of New Jersey, sheds light on the effects of the "county line," a voter suppression tactic in New Jersey.

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10 Reasons to Vote Independent in 2024

Discover the top 10 reasons to consider voting for independent candidates in the upcoming 2024 elections, especially at the local and state levels.

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10 Common Myths About Independent Voters

Explore 10 common misconceptions about independent voters in the United States, from their political affiliations to the spoiler effect and more.

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What It Really Means to Be a Public Servant

Explore the difference between politicians and leaders who have been true public servants, and those who have followed a path of self-service and personal gain.

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Year in Review: Celebrating Good Party's Wins in 2023

As 2023 ends, we’re reflecting on our journey and anticipating an impactful 2024. Join us for a new year of pursuing our mission: making people matter more than money in our democracy.

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What is the “Spoiler Effect,” Really?

The spoiler effect is rooted in the mechanics of first-past-the-post voting, a system where the candidate with the most votes wins with or without an absolute majority.

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Why We Need the Freedom to Vote Act

Originally introduced in 2021, the Freedom to Vote Act seeks to address numerous issues related to voting and elections, from voter access to campaign finance.

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Why Can't the U.S. Have a Multi-Party System?

The two-party system has dominated American politics since the early 19th century, while many other nations have developed more nuanced multi-party systems.

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20 Reasons You Should Run as an Independent in 2024

From local positions to state and federal offices, independents are taking matters into their own hands to create a political system that works for all Americans.

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5 Ways Independent Candidates Contribute to Bipartisanship

Unlike the brand of extreme partisanship we’re experiencing now, bipartisanship leads to more inclusive policies that reflect a broader range of perspectives.

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5 Examples of Third Parties in the United States

The American electoral system has historically favored two dominant parties at any one time, but third parties have always played an important role in politics.

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What Is the Democracy Reform Movement?

By pushing for democracy reform legislation, we can change the way our government interacts with citizens to bring about true change for future generations.

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7 Signs That It's Time for an Independent Revolution

More Americans are identifying as independents, seeking alternatives to entrenched party lines. Here are seven signs this movement is about to turn the tide.

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Independent vs. Nonpartisan: Is There a Difference?

The terms "independent" and "non-partisan" are sometimes used interchangeably, but they describe political affiliation in slightly different ways.

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Navigating the Labyrinth: Independents and Gerrymandering

From Maryland to Wisconsin, gerrymandering hurts voters across the nation and raises obstacles for independents seeking to run in gerrymandered districts.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Sal Davis, Discord Founding Member

Learn how Sal Davis, a volunteer and founding member of Good Party's Discord server, has contributed to Good Party's mission of making people matter in politics.

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10 Strategies for Navigating the Incumbent Advantage

The U.S. Congress has a 96% rate of reelection for incumbents, creating steep barriers for independent challengers despite Congress' low approval ratings.

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5 Independent Candidates Who Ran for Mayor and Won

Independent candidates have run in mayoral races and won elections across the country, from Nashville, Tennessee to Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Good Party Academy: What to Expect

Good Party Academy is a free online course designed to help you learn what it takes to run a successful local political campaign, led by expert political strategists.

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Rob Booth
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Good Party Team Spotlight: Rob Booth, Head of Field and Mobilization

Meet Rob Booth, Good Party's head of field and mobilization and one of the leading instructors of Good Party Academy.

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Jared Alper
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Good Party Team Spotlight: Political Director Jared Alper

Meet Jared Alper, Good Party's political director and one of the leading instructors of Good Party Academy.

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Can Independent Voters Vote in Primaries?

Primary elections vary between states, from open primaries to closed primaries and varieties in between. Learn which states let unaffiliated voters participate.

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7 Ways Independents Impact Elections — Even if They Don't Win

How do independent political candidates impact elections, even without winning? As the number of independents rises, explore their vast influence in politics.

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10 Things to Expect in Good Party’s Discord

Want to join a positive political community online? Here are 10 things to expect in Good Party's Discord server, from lively discussion to giveaways and meme contests.

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Coalition Building
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Coalition Building 101: Effective Strategies for Independent Candidates

Building coalitions and collaborating across organizations can give independent candidates unique opportunities, both while running a campaign and once in office.

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Overcoming Tribalism
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10 Ways Independents Can Break Through Political Tribalism

What is political tribalism, and what are the main problems it causes? Learn how independent candidates can overcome political tribalism to make real progress.

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10 Signs of Media Bias Against Independent Candidates (and How to Overcome Them)

Media bias keeps independent and third-party candidates from receiving the same media attention as partisan candidates. Here's how to overcome these obstacles.

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Citizens United
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The Implications of Citizens United for Independent Candidates

The 2010 Supreme Court case Citizens United has had an immense impact on politics and elections. Learn the implications of this case for independent candidates.

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How Understanding the Two-Party System Informs Strategies for Independent Political Campaigns

Understanding the history of the two-party system can help independent and third-party candidates overcome barriers and find their place in U.S. politics.

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Good Party Academy Grad Spotlight: Carlos Rousselin

Meet Carlos Rousselin, a Good Party Academy graduate and pharmaceutical scientist who ran for city council in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Good Party Academy Grad Spotlight: Breanna Stott

Meet Breanna Stott, a Good Party Academy graduate and business owner who is making a difference in her community.

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Kieryn McCann
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Volunteer Spotlight: Kieryn McCann, Remote Volunteer and Local Candidate

Good Party's volunteers helped lead candidate Terry Vo to victory in Nashville. We're spotlighting one especially dedicated volunteer, Kieryn McCann, who is also running as a candidate in McPherson, Kansas.

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Uncontested Elections Rot Democracy From The Inside Out

The vast majority of elections held in the U.S. only have a single person on the ballot. How "democratic" can that really be?

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How Do Independent Candidates Get on the Ballot
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How Do Independent Candidates Get on the Ballot?

This article explores the steps, requirements, and challenges independent candidates face in their journey to run for public office independently. Gain insights into the path toward ballot access for those seeking political representation beyond party affiliations.

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The Destructive Threat “Oppenheimer” Warns Us About Isn’t Nuclear Bombs – It’s Partisan Paranoia 

Atomic bombs are obviously dangerous - but not as dangerous as short sighted political games, Christopher Nolan's new drama warns us.

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5 Of The Biggest Grifters Within The Two-Party System

Politics shouldn't be a get-rich-quick scheme for elected leaders. Unfortunately, it is.

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The Rise Of The Entitlement Of The Thin-Skinned Modern Politician

Today's politicians wield greater amounts of power than ever, yet are the first to play the victim when confronted on their failures.

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Fundraising And The Race To The Bottom: How The Two-Party System Brings Out The Worst In Everyone

When party politics devolves to whoever can "defeat" the other side better, fundraising tends to reward those who turn the most negative.

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Disadvantages Of The Two-Party System
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Disadvantages Of The Two-Party System

Explore the limitations and drawbacks of the two-party system, including political polarization, limited choices for voters, and stifled debate. Learn about the implications for democratic representation and the challenges faced by third parties.

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Superdelegates Are Super Anti-Democratic: How Political Parties Try To Rig Their Primary Elections

When it comes to primary elections, don't be too shocked to learn that the "democratic process" isn't quite as democratic as it's cracked up to be.

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The Electoral College Is Even More Anti-Democratic Than You Probably Thought

Who exactly are the members of the Electoral College? Who chose them? It's certainly not us voters.

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All The Declared Independent & Third Party Candidates For President In 2024

We all know Biden and Trump are running for president in 2024 again. Here are all of the declared independent and third party candidates running for the White House.

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Guest Post: Why Independent Means More Than Just Moderate or Centrist

Independent is not a monolithic word. It doesn't mean moderate or centrist, there are conservative and leftist independents too!

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Guest Post: School Boards: The Front Line of the Independent Movement

School boards are the frontline of the independent movement. They are the proving ground for aspiring politicians and are a place where parents and kids feel the effects of government the most.

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Guest Post: FAIL: Two-Party System & Democrats Scapegoat LGBTQ+

How the two-party system is failing the LGBTQ+ Community

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Guest Post: Vote Better With Realer Options

It's a new day. Good Party helps independent candidates run for office and people tired with the two-party system to take action.

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Breaking the Two-Party Duopoly
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Breaking the Two-Party Duopoly: Empowering Political Reform and Expanding Voter Choice

Breaking the two-party duopoly is crucial for expanding voter choice, enhancing voter representation and alternative political options, and fostering political innovation.

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Why Lifelong Term Limits Are Good For Corruption And Bad For Everything Else

Politicians are staying in officer longer and longer - allowing them to entrench themselves deeper in corrupt practices without fear. In particular, the lifelong terms of the Supreme Court are something we should consider changing for the health of our democracy.

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Why Vote Third Party
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Why Vote Third Party?

In a political landscape dominated by two major parties, many people often overlook the choice to vote for a third party. However, third-party voting offers a valuable opportunity to challenge the status quo and bring fresh perspectives.

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Overcoming Apathy: Why Voting for Independent Candidates Can Make a Difference
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Overcoming Apathy: Why Voting for Independent Candidates Can Make a Difference

Today’s article explores the roles of political parties and the significance of independent candidates and why voting for them can substantially change the political sphere.

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Independent Voters
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Understanding Independent Voters: Their Impact on American Politics

Explore the impact of independent voters on American politics. Learn about their attitudes, differences from partisans, and growing numbers. Discover how they shape the democratic process and influence elections.

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What Are Independent Voters?

Learn what independent voters are and why they're a crucial demographic in elections. Discover how to appeal to independent voters and win their support.

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How and why you should register as an independent

50% of Americans identify as independent voters. Registering as an independent allows voting for platforms rather than party affiliations and having a voice in primaries. Normalizing independent voter registration can promote moderate and centrist policies.

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How To Raise Funds As An Independent

Read our guide on how to raise funds as an independent. One of the biggest barriers for independent candidates running for office in the United States is the lack of access to the same level of resources and support as major party candidates.

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Voting For Third-Party And Independent Candidates: Why It's Not A Wasted Vote

Third-party candidates in the country have long been perceived as candidates with no chance of winning. Therefore, people view voting third party as a wasted vote. Thus, many electorates feel they must either vote for the "lesser of two evils" or risk throwing away their vote.

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What Are Independent Politicians or Political Independents?

The independent political party no longer exists. Here is what it means to be an independent politician today.

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What are the policy views of young independents?

Part 2 of our young voter independent voter report.

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How the Two-Party System Works in the U.S.

The two-party system has always controlled American politics. Here we analyze what that means and potential alternatives.

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Good Party's 2023 Independent voter report - Part 1

Our team ran a research exercise with 530 people to help determine the state of the independent voter in 2023. All participants in this experiment identified themselves as independents or reluctant partisans. This is the first article in a series about our findings from the investigation.

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Two Party System
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5 Reasons the Two-Party System is Bad for America

The two-party system in America is a problem as it is rife with dark money and corruption, giving citizens the illusion that they have a say in who runs the country. This system has existed since the dawn of the United States, with two parties dominating the country since the first election.

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10 Successful Independent Campaigns in History

Learn about 10 successful independent campaigns in American history, including Jesse Ventura, Angus King, and Lincoln Chafee. Discover how these candidates' unique campaign styles, platforms, and leadership impacted their success and changed the political landscape of the United States.

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