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Independent Movement

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s Place in the Independent Movement

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s decision to run for president as an independent candidate has sparked both interest and debate about the growing independent movement.

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10 Reasons to Run for Office as an Independent in Kentucky

Explore the top reasons to run for office as an independent candidate in Kentucky, a state with a diverse electorate that's ready for change from the status quo.

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10 Reasons to Run an Independent Campaign in Minnesota

Learn how and why to run for office as an independent candidate in Minnesota, a state with a strong history of electing independent and third-party leaders.

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Case Study: Benjamin Weisner’s Journey to City Council

Benjamin Weisner, a city council member in Auburn, Maine and Good Party certified leader, shares insight from his two independent campaigns and 2023 victory.

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10 Strategies for Effective Signature Gathering

Ready to get on the ballot? Explore ten effective strategies for gathering voter signatures and meeting the ballot requirements for independent candidates.

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10 Reasons to Run as an Independent in Hawaii’s 2024 Elections

Learn how to run for office as an independent in Hawaii, a state with a unique political landscape and where 45.44% voters identify as independent.

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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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Overcoming Voter Uncertainty in 2024

Overcome the challenge of voter uncertainty by diving into its causes and learning new strategies to make more informed, confident decisions on election day.

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How California’s Voter Guide Calls for Federal Action on Independent Naming Conventions

Hilaire “FUJI” Shioura, an independent candidate running for office in California's 51st Congressional District, highlights the need for action on voter guide conventions.

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10 Reasons to Run as an Independent Candidate in Wisconsin

Learn why and how to run for office as an independent in Wisconsin, a state with a rich political history and a large percentage of independent voters.

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How Does Fusion Voting Work?

Fusion voting allows political candidates to be nominated by multiple political parties. Learn how fusion voting works in different states across the U.S.

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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 Run for Office as an Independent in Maine

With a strong independent streak and higher voter turnout than any other state, learn why Maine is the perfect setting to launch an independent campaign in 2024.

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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 Reasons to Run for Office as an Independent in Alaska

Ranking first in the nation for its percentage of independent voters, Alaska is the perfect setting to launch an independent or nonpartisan campaign in 2024.

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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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Case Study: Marty Grohman’s Independent Win in Biddeford, Maine

Independent candidate Marty Grohman was elected as Biddeford, Maine's newest mayor in November 2023. Now, Grohman is serving his community and sharing his insight.

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Terry Crandall
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Inside Terry Crandall’s Independent Campaign for U.S. House

An independent and Good Party certified candidate, Terry Crandall is one of 10 candidates running for office to represent California’s 47th Congressional District.

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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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Billings, Montana
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Election 2024: 10 Reasons to Run for Office as an Independent in Montana

With an independent-minded electorate and support for electoral reform, Montana is a great state to launch a local, independent political campaign in 2024.

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The 5 Best Social Media Platforms for Independent Candidates

These social media platforms have the potential to elevate independent candidates' political campaigns in 2024, letting them authentically connect with voters.

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Election 2024: 10 Reasons to Launch an Independent Campaign in Washington

Washington State has seen a growing interest in independent candidates, making it a great place to launch an independent or nonpartisan campaign in 2024.

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What Is Proportional Representation?

In a system of proportional representation, the number of representatives in each district are elected in proportion to the number of voters who support them. 

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How AI Is Impacting Politics

From candidates generating campaign slogans with AI to going all out with tools like the AI Campaign Manager, AI is impacting politics at all levels of government.

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South Dakota
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10 Reasons to Launch an Independent Campaign in South Dakota in 2024

With 87,976 independent voters and counting, South Dakota offers fertile ground for independent candidates looking to launch political campaigns in 2024.

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Oklahoma City
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10 Reasons to Start an Independent Campaign in Oklahoma in 2024

Oklahoma presents a unique political landscape for independent candidates who are considering running for office in 2024.

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How to Communicate Policy as an Independent Candidate

On the campaign trail, independents have a range of opportunities to inform their constituents about where they stand on issues and what solutions they offer.

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Phoenix AZ
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Election 2024: 7 Reasons to Start an Independent Political Campaign in Arizona

With over a third of registered voters identifying as independent, Arizona presents an incredible opportunity for independent and nonpartisan candidates in 2024.

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10 Ways to Engage Voters
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10 Ways Independent Candidates Can Engage with Voters

Explore 10 ways independent and nonpartisan candidates can get the most out of their voter engagement strategy, from door-to-door canvassing to campaign materials.

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The Ultimate Political Consultant for Independent Candidates

Explore the most cost-effective option for independent and nonpartisan candidates in need of an experienced and adaptable political consultant.

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Guest Post: The Undeniable Influence of Third Parties on American Politics

From the Bull Moose Party of the early twentieth century to the Libertarian Party of today, third parties have had a significant impact on American politics.

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Charlotte NC
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Election 2024: 9 Reasons to Start an Independent Campaign in North Carolina

With changing voter demographics and critical issues facing the state, North Carolina presents an ideal setting for independent candidates to emerge in 2024.

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Election 2024: 7 Reasons to Launch an Independent Campaign in Ohio

Known for its varied political landscape and evolving voter concerns, Ohio is a promising state for independent candidates to launch campaigns in 2024.

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Reflecting on Elizabeth Melson’s Independent Run for State Senate

Independent and Good Party certified candidate Elizabeth Melson ran for Virginia's State Senate to represent District 28, facing off against a partisan incumbent.

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8 Techniques for Running a Grassroots Political Campaign

Grassroots campaigns are often built from the ground up, relying on community support and engagement rather than large-scale funding or media exposure. 

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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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Political Campaign Planning for First-Time Candidates

Explore insights and practical tips designed to help you lay the foundation for a successful political journey, whether you're running at the local or state-wide level.

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Reflecting on Victoria Masika’s Independent Bid for Town Commissioner

After running for town commissioner in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Victoria Masika shares why it's so important for voters to have independent options in elections.

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Looking Back: Barbara Gaskins’ Independent Campaign in NC

Coming off of an independent campaign for mayor, Barbara Gaskins shares some of the insights she gained on the campaign trail and the passion that keeps her going.

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How Do Democracy Vouchers Work?

Democracy vouchers have emerged as an innovative approach to campaign financing that aims to increase public participation and reduce the influence of wealthy donors.

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The Pros and Cons of Publicly Funded Elections

Publicly funded elections are a system of electoral financing where government funds are used to support the campaigns of political candidates or parties.

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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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STAR Voting: An Alternative Election System

STAR Voting, which stands for "Score Then Automatic Runoff," is a voting system designed to address the limitations of methods like first-past-the-post voting.

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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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Lessons Learned from an Independent Campaign in Worcester, MA

Feanna Jattan-Singh ran an independent campaign to represent District 3 on Worcester, Massachusett's city council, challenging the incumbent city council member.

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Political Violence: The Darker Side of America's Polarization

Concerningly, a significant percentage of Americans across the political spectrum now see political violence as a justifiable means to achieve political ends. 

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How to Get on the Ballot as an Independent in 2024

Ballot access qualifications can vary between states and offices, ranging from minimum age requirements to the number of signatures needed to qualify.

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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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How the Iron Triangle Contributes to Political Corruption

The concept of the iron triangle describes the policy-making relationship between Congress, government bureaucracy, and special interest groups. 

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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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Marty Grohman
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10 Good Party Certified Candidates Won in Nov. 7 Elections

In the November 7, 2023 off-year elections, 10 Good Party certified candidates won local elections in North Carolina, Maine, Virginia, and Washington.

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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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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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Electoral Reform: How to Challenge Ballot Access Laws

Ballot access laws vary from state to state, often increasing the barriers for independent candidates seeking to run for office at the state and national level.

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6 Reasons to Run for Office as an Independent in California

Considering a run for office in California? Here are 6 great reasons to run an independent campaign and represent your community outside of partisan politics.

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6 Reasons to Run for Office as an Independent in Arkansas

Considering a run for office in Arkansas? Here are 6 great reasons why you should run as an independent candidate and make a difference in your community.

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Looking North: Pros and Cons of Ranked Choice Voting

Already adopted statewide by Maine and Alaska, ranked choice voting comes with both advantages and disadvantages as an alternative election system.

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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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Women in Politics: 10 Ways to Combat Gender Exclusion

Though women have made significant gains in American politics, we still have a long way to go toward eliminating gender bias and achieving equitable representation.

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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 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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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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Overcoming Electoral Barriers: Actionable Strategies for Independent and Third-Party Candidates

Discover the main electoral barriers for independent candidates in local, state, and national elections, plus strategies for overcoming these obstacles.

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How Good Party’s AI Campaign Manager Works

Learn how Good Party's AI Campaign Manager uses artificial intelligence to support independent and third-party candidates at every stage of their campaigns.

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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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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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Green Party Beliefs

The political ideology of Green politics is rooted in community engagement, political activism, & progressive politics. Political values that prioritize environmental justice, Green Party's ideology supports a more fair and equitable society that's more diverse, inclusive, and accessible to all.

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Grassroots Activism: Mobilizing Communities Behind Shared Goals

Grassroots activism and community mobilization have immense power to make lasting social and political change. Explore examples of successful grassroots movements and learn how you can get involved!

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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?

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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Libertarian vs Liberal: Unraveling the Core Differences in Political Ideologies

Unravel the core differences that shape their approaches to governance, individual rights, and economic policies. Gain a deeper understanding of how these distinct belief systems impact societies and politics today!

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The Power of Social Media in Political Campaigns: Unveiling Its Impact and Influence

Social media has transformed the process of political campaigning. This guide explores the development of social media use in campaigns, key ways social media has impacted elections, and tips for getting the most out of social media while campaigning.

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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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Electoral College Pros and Cons: Analyzing the Strengths and Weaknesses of the U.S. Electoral System

Explore the benefits and drawbacks of the Electoral College system in the United States. Delve into the arguments supporting and challenging this unique presidential election method. Gain insights into the ongoing debates surrounding its effectiveness and relevance.

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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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How to Get Involved in Local Politics

Creating a network of like-minded individuals in your local area can also be beneficial. Individuals can support your causes and increase your collective influence on local issues.

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The Green Party's Impact on Politics

The Green Party has been at the forefront of political reform, inspiring political participation and providing an alternative voice grounded in its core beliefs.

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Libertarianism vs. Republicanism: Contrasting Paths of Political Thought

Libertarianism and Republicanism share a focus on limited government and free markets but differ on social issues and foreign policy. Both political philosophies have helped to shape the current U.S. political landscape.

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

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

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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 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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How to Switch Political Parties

The decision of switching political parties is a personal journey and should not be taken lightly. Many individuals struggle with this decision, as it can often involve a complex evaluation of their political beliefs, values, and policy priorities.

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How Running as an Independent in Tennessee Offers Unique Opportunities
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How Running as an Independent in Tennessee Offers Unique Opportunities

Tennessee's political issues have been vibrant and have left an indelible mark on its present-day landscape. Running as an independent candidate provides a distinct avenue to challenge the partisan status quo and elevate new 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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Why Americans Are Losing Faith In Democracy
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Why Americans Are Losing Faith In Democracy

The rigged nature of the two-party system and its dysfunctional partisan politics have created a dark doom-loop, trapping voters and hindering progress on pressing issues like climate change, inequality, and individual freedoms.

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5 Essential Tips for Independent Candidates Running for Office: A Guide to Winning Elections
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5 Essential Tips for Independent Candidates Running for Office: A Guide to Winning Elections

"5 Essential Tips for Independent Candidates Running for Office" is a comprehensive guide that provides independent candidates with valuable insights and strategies to help them win elections.

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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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Libertarian Presidential Candidates: Their Impact and Influence

Explore the principles of Libertarianism and how they differ from traditional political ideologies. Learn about the role of limited government, individual liberty, and free markets in the Libertarian worldview.

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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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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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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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20 reasons why you should run for office as an independent in 2023

20 reasons why you should consider running for office as an independent candidate in 2023. Learn the benefits of not being beholden to any party or establishment and being able to speak to issues that voters care about without compromising your principles.

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How To Run For Office As An Independent In 2023

An overview of the process of running for office as an independent candidate in the United States. Learn how to decide what to run for, how to file with the appropriate board, and the importance of following procedures closely to avoid losing by technicality.

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