Rethink 2014: Political Primaries

Jan 8, 2014

Credit Sara Plourde

Characterized by partisan gridlock, grandstanding and an unwillingness to compromise, the 113th Congress is well on its way to becoming the least productive legislature in American history. Elected officials increasingly hail from the ideological fringes of their respective parties, leaving little room for moderation, dialogue or consensus around even routine issues.  The march to the partisan battlelines -- some argue -- starts long before a candidate is sworn in. It begins during the primary, when extreme views draw audiences and media attention away from the moderate middle. Today, we’re prodding one of New Hampshire’s sacred cows by asking whether it’s time to dramatically reforming the way we do primaries.

In on the conversation is Dean Spiliotis is civic scholar in the school of arts and sciences at SNHU, and Seth Masket is a political scientist at the University of Denver and a frequent contributor to Pacific Standard

And check out some primary reforms the GOP is considering for 2016: