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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 Principle theme and background music composed by Ryan Adair Rooney.ResourcesAbout Us. Independent Voting. King. ProPublica. Sanders. ProPublica. Dr. Thom Reilly. Nevada System of Higher Education. Bill Walker. Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics.’s Roster 2020. National Governors Association. Voters. Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Sibilia. Vermont General Assembly., Media & Social Networks. Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Johnson. State of Vermont Speaker of the House.; VoteSmart. of Legislators and Length of Term in Years. National Conference of State Legislatures. Affiliation. Gallup. Scott. Ballotpedia. elections state-by-state. Independent Voter Project. Partisan Composition. National Conference of State Legislatures. Reapportionment Statistics. VT Legislature., Justin (7/14/19). Our politics is in a partisan death spiral. That’s why I’m leaving the GOP. The Washington Post., Maggie (9/26/19). Phil Scott is First GOP Governor to Back Impeachment Inquiry. The New York Times., Aaron (2/28/20). For the first time, there are fewer registered Republicans than independents. The Washington Post., Rhodes (7/12/18). Registering by Party: Where the Democrats and Republicans are Ahead. UVA Center for Politics. https://tinyurl...
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