It is not simply a matter of big money in politics. There is big money in all of American life. The more pervasive problem is that we now have self-interested political institutions — the parties — that are considered “too big to fail.” Are we supposed to protect them and their refusal to share power with the people at all costs?

All Eyes on California’s Top Two Primary
June 5, 2018

“I think it’s fantastic because it gives independent voters a voice in the process,” said CA Congressman Ro Khanna of the top two primary system. “My belief is the future of the progressive movement has to be a coalition between Democrats, independents, third party candidates — and this top two system does that.”

Bonnie Reiss, We Were Lucky to Know Ya’
April 26, 2018

A celebration of the life of a political trailblazer, Bonnie Reiss, is the topic of this month's Neo-Independent column by Jackie Salit. Reiss was a top adviser to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a beloved figure at USC. The Price School of Public Policy has established The Bonnie Reiss Scholarship in her honor.

Dear Oprah, If You’re Serious About a Presidential Run, Call the Independents
January 10, 2018

An open letter to Oprah Winfrey is the topic of this month's Neo-Independent column by Jackie Salit. "You are a strong woman and an independent thinker," writes Salit. "Don’t let the party bureaucrats contain your process, not when 43% of Americans now consider themselves independents, according to the latest Gallup poll out this week. these lines, here is a list of calls I would urge you to make, to give you a more rounded and nonpartisan view of the possibilities."

Not to be Missed in Alabama Senate Race: Independents (21% of electorate) Backed Jones
December 13, 2017

Not to be missed in the Alabama Senate race...independents were 21% of the electorate and broke for Doug Jones 51% to 43%. Moreover, exit polling conducted by Edison Research of 2,387 voters showed that among self-identified independents, independent women (8% of the electorate) differed significantly from their male co-hort voting decisively for Jones 57% to 37% while independent men (12% of the electorate) split their vote with 48% backing Moore and 47% Jones.