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Episode Info: The Purple Principle, Season 1, Episode 3. The Forty Million Missing: America’s Independent Voters and VoicesBy most measures, the US has over 40 million independent or unaffiliated voters representing a third or more of the electorate. Yet despite large and growing numbers, independents are often missing from the national conversation.  Independents have no cable channel or national newspaper. You rarely encounter an independent perspective on a major network or opinion page. And there’s a surprising lack of scholarship on them as well. Yet independents loom large come election time precisely because of their large numbers and low predictability. Who are American’s prominent, politically-engaged political independents? We’ll meet four in episode 3.Laura Sibilia, a three-term independent legislator in the Vermont Assembly; John Opdycke, President of Open Primaries; Thom Reilly, current  Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education; and Jacqueline Salit, President of Independentvoting.org.Purple Principle theme and background music composed by Ryan Adair Rooney.ResourcesAbout Us. Independent Voting. https://tinyurl.com/y8gm53waAngus King. ProPublica. https://tinyurl.com/ydz8jdz7Bernie Sanders. ProPublica. https://tinyurl.com/yapkmyvjChancellor Dr. Thom Reilly. Nevada System of Higher Education. https://tinyurl.com/yc7c9zjjGovernor Bill Walker. Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics. https://tinyurl.com/yaj3qp67Governor’s Roster 2020. National Governors Association. https://tinyurl.com/ydhoqxrlIndependent Voters. Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. https://tinyurl.com/y85ysckmLaura Sibilia. Vermont General Assembly. https://tinyurl.com/yc2oe3pgVoters, Media & Social Networks. Morrison Institute for Public Policy. https://tinyurl.com/y7j5c6wfMitzi Johnson. State of Vermont Speaker of the House. https://tinyurl.com/ycm9shsc; VoteSmart. https://tinyurl.com/y7hvnorvNumber of Legislators and Length of Term in Years. National Conference of State Legislatures. https://tinyurl.com/y84jxu2yParty Affiliation. Gallup. https://tinyurl.com/ybjvcb3kPhil Scott. Ballotpedia. https://tinyurl.com/y7kypco7Primary elections state-by-state. Independent Voter Project. https://tinyurl.com/y9a2jv6jState Partisan Composition. National Conference of State Legislatures. https://tinyurl.com/vkrlvybVermont Reapportionment Statistics. VT Legislature. https://tinyurl.com/yb8lgb9kAmash, Justin (7/14/19). Our politics is in a partisan death spiral. That’s why I’m leaving the GOP. The Washington Post. https://tinyurl.com/y2coqs4pAstor, Maggie (9/26/19). Phil Scott is First GOP Governor to Back Impeachment Inquiry. The New York Times. https://tinyurl.com/yx8wkxreBlake, Aaron (2/28/20). For the first time, there are fewer registered Republicans than independents. The Washington Post. https://tinyurl.com/tv9wrnnCook, Rhodes (7/12/18). Registering by Party: Where the Democrats and Republicans are Ahead. UVA Center for Politics. https://tinyurl...
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