Editorial: Wanted: A primary system that pulls pols toward the middle

Who hates America’s political parties? More and more Americans, it seems. Allegiance to Democrats or Republicans is shrinking fast. The number of no-party-affiliated voters in Florida has increased nearly five-fold since 1990. They’re now 27 percent of the electorate. That share is expected rise to 29 percent by the 2016 election and to 33 percent… Read more »

‘Top two’ primaries in Florida: The way to go

On Election Day, have you ever looked at a ballot and thought a list of hemorrhoid-removal techniques had more-appealing options? If so, you’re probably a Floridian. Perhaps you’ve tried to vote in a primary only to find you can’t — because you’ve been shut out of your own democracy. That’s common for Floridians as well…. Read more »

If parties don’t like ‘All Voters Vote,’ it must be OK

The Florida Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Florida don’t agree on much, but they will be united on a new ballot proposal that aims to increase voter turnout, pull candidates away from the political fringes and keep pace with registration trends. They’re going to hate it. The Democrats and GOP don’t have a… Read more »

Legislature’s failures drive effort to change elections

Do you ever get the feeling that the price to pay for participating in democracy is being forced to sign up with either Ralph Kramden at the Raccoon Lodge or Laurel and Hardy at the Sons of the Desert? That’s not a choice. It’s a constitutional hazing. So it is understandable why a well-meaning group,… Read more »

“ALL VOTERS VOTE” — FAIR DISTRICTS PART DEUX?

After several months of cooking, a new proposed amendment to Florida’s constitution popped up this week. What is it? It’s a mouthful and is called, “All Voters Vote in Top Two Primary Elections for Congress, State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet” and it basically changes the rules for how elections are conducted in Florida. It does… Read more »