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?

The Independent Wave
July 16, 2018

Building the Conversation Between Independent Candidates and Independent Voters. ​As the community of independent voters grows in America (we are now 44% of the electorate), more candidates are running for office as independents.

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."