Archive for March 17th, 2004

Independent voters are key

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Why Nader will be a big problem if he stays in, and why Kerry must reach out to independent voters:

Pennsylvania is shaping up once again as a
critical state in the Presidential race as voters give 44 percent to
President George W. Bush, 40 percent to Democratic challenger John
Kerry and 7 percent to independent candidate Ralph Nader, according to
a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In a head-to-head race, without Nader, Kerry gets 45 percent to
President Bush’s  44 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN
uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

In the two-candidate race, Republicans back Bush 77 to 14 percent, as
Democrats back Kerry 77 to 14 percent and independent voters go with
Kerry 48 to 36 percent.

With Nader in the race, independent voters shift to 38 percent for
Kerry, 34 percent for Bush and 15 percent for Nader.  Republicans shift
from 14 percent for Kerry to 11 percent for Kerry and 4 percent for
Nader.

Deliberative democracy, meet Emergent democracy

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Over the weekend I met Tonya Gonzalez, the director of the Deliberative
Democracy Consortium.  I enjoyed her insights very much. She just
emailed a link to the following information on what she and her
colleagues
are doing.  I don’t know much about it yet, but enough to note
that their’s
seems to be a community that is engaged in practical learning about how
to make
democracy work–and that they appear to constitute a distinct community
from the bloggers like myself that make up the informal “emergent
democracy” ecosystem.  I think that the two communities may be
able to learn from each other.  So Tonya, check out Joi Ito
and his paper on “Emergent Democracy,” and Joi, Britt and others, check out
Tonya’s work:

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