Curtis' Independents Un(der)recognized

RECEIVED Wed., March 23, 2005

Dear Editor:
    Thanks to Michael King for his piece on Comptroller Carole Strayhorn's audit of the Toll Authority [“Point Austin,” News, March 18]. I was at her press conference. What a hoot seeing the "one tough grandma" going after the highway robbin' bandits!
    Strayhorn is not just tough, she's smart. She knows that those who make the rules rule. I believe that is why she sent letters to thousands of people complaining about the toll roads, telling them that the “double tax” toll plan is one example as to why Texans need the right to statewide initiative and referendum. If we had statewide I&R, the citizens could have already defeated the toll plan by referendum or recalled the governor.
    I helped found Independent Texans, a loose affiliation of independent voters working for these kinds of political reforms. I also helped found The Neo-Independent magazine. The Neo-Independent is the only publication in the country which speaks to the growing plurality of voters – now 37% – who do not identify with a political party and want an end to special-interest-driven politics.
    Despite our numbers, independent voters remain unrecognized and treated as second-class voters. I will be speaking at BookPeople this coming Monday night at 7pm about what it means to be independent and the power of political fusion. Political fusion is a tool to empower the voters to reset the rules in our favor. I invite your readers (and writers) to join me in a lively discussion of how to shop the ballot and not lose your shirt!
Linda Curtis
Independent Texans
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