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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 09:57 PM
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NYT: In Southwest, a Shifting Away From Party Ties
SHOW LOW, Ariz. Political parties are like cowboy boots in many parts of the West. If one pair doesnt fit, you try on another.

Hal F. Butler is old enough to remember when the boots here in Navajo County were overwhelmingly filled by Republicans, and then, beginning in the late 1940s, how the county turned Democratic. Mr. Butler became a Democrat in the 1950s at the urging of his mother, a staunch Republican who said the Democratic Party was the party of the future for an ambitious young man.

Now Mr. Butler, who is 81 with half a century of elected and appointed office behind him, including a stint as Show Lows mayor, sees an emerging third wave: the age of the independents is here, he said, and his own family is shifting along with it.

The independent vote is swinging everything, he said. Theyre going to be the powerhouse.

Nowhere has the shift been more pronounced in recent years than in the Southwest, where Republicans have enjoyed an overwhelming advantage since the days of Barry Goldwater. Here in Arizona, people who reject the old major party labels are by far the fastest-growing category of voter, with the number of independents doubling over the last 10 years, to more than one in four.

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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 07:46 AM
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1. Wouldn't mind seeing some Independent Candidates as well
To tell the truth I believe it would be a breath of fresh air. I am not at all impressed with how the Democrats have behaved in the last Decade.
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