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  • Judge: FEC Ignores Evidence Against Debate Commission

    On January 5, the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. heard oral argument in the case, Level the Playing Field, et. al. v. FEC. Level the Playing Field filed a lawsuit challenging the nonprofit status of the Commission on Presidential Debates on the basis that it is not nonpartisan nor does it use “objective criteria” to determine entry into presidential debates... Read the full story...
  • Oral Arguments Heard in Lawsuit Challenging Commission on Presidential Debates' Nonprofit Status

    The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. heard oral arguments today in the lawsuit filed by Level the Playing Field (LPF) challenging the nonprofit status of the Commission on Presidential Debates, just under two weeks before President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office. LPF’s lead attorney, Alexandra Shapiro, provided extensive evidence, analysis, and historical background to support the plaintiffs’ claim that the Commission on...
  • IVP Showcases 'Other Side' Documentary

    The Business and Leadership Policy Conference hosted annually by the Independent Voter Project in Maui, Hawaii, exists to bring legislators, policy advocates, and industry professionals together to exchange ideas and have substantive discussions on the greatest issues affecting California lawmakers, businesses, and state residents. Though the discussion tends to focus on California, legislators and business professionals from other states are invited to share and learn....
  • There is Something About Prescription Drug Costs You Don’t Know

    Health care prices are always on the minds of consumers. This is no surprise since Americans now spend more of their disposable income on health care than at any other point in U.S. history. Scandals like the surge in EpiPen prices add fuel to a perpetual fire over rising health care prices in the United States, including the cost of prescription drugs. However, during the...
  • San Diego Voters Pass IVP Authored “Measure K”

    The Independent Voter Project is proud to have authored, organized, and supported one of the most important election reform measures in the history of San Diego: Measure K. Just months before the 2016 election, most political insiders believed that getting rid of San Diego's "50%+1" rule, which allowed candidates to be elected in low-turnout primaries, would never happen.  After a year of organizing community discussions,...
  • Education a Key Piece in Economic Discussions

    The Independent Voter Project’s 2016 Business and Leadership Policy Conference, an annual event with legislators, industry professionals, and policy experts, kicked off Monday with Idaho Governor Butch Otter (R) and Kevin Klowden, executive director of the Milken institute’s California Center, discussing specifically the economy. While Otter spoke of his own experiences in Idaho and Klowden discussed the current economic state and potential outlook for California,...
  • Battleground State May Enact Nonpartisan Elections

    Virginia Delegate Sam Rasoul has introduced new legislation that would implement a nonpartisan, top-two primary similar to California’s new election system passed in 2010 under Proposition 14 (authored by the Independent Voter Project, a co-publisher of IVN). Rasoul argues that the statewide reform will bring fairer and more efficient elections to Virginia. To recap, under the nonpartisan election model, all candidates and voters (regardless of...
  • Bill Bloomfield to LA Times: Top-Two Is Not the Death of the GOP

    In a response to an opinion piece published in the LA Times, essentially blaming top-two for the decline of the California Republican Party and California’s move to a one-party state, businessman and former independent congressional candidate Bill Bloomfield wrote a letter to the editor over the weekend, explaining that top-two is not to blame for the death of the California GOP; the Republican Party is...
  • Oral Arguments Granted in Suit Against Commission on Presidential Debates Lawsuit

    The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the FEC for not properly regulating the Commission on Presidential Debates. The court set a hearing date for Thursday, January 5, 2017, just under two weeks before the next president will be sworn into office. Level the Playing Field and its CEO, Peter Ackerman, originally filed the lawsuit in June...
  • California Legislators to Introduce Revolutionary New Presidential Primary Reform

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 09, 2016Contact: Jeff Marstonjeff@independentvoterproject.org619-820-0321    SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – Assemblymembers Adam Gray (D-Merced), Kristin Olsen (R-Riverbank), and the Independent Voter Project jointly announce the introduction of a new state constitutional amendment, ACA 13, that would create a single nonpartisan presidential ballot so that all California voters have an opportunity to cast a ballot for the candidate of their choice, regardless of their political affiliation, in taxpayer-funded presidential...