LIV has formed study group that is currently focused on political scientist, Lee Drutman's, new book, "Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop". Read this book review by Rich Winger, editor of Ballot Access News. If you're interested in joining the discussions, contact us at 512.213.4511 or email@example.com.
We will not claim these recommended sites are "objective" but they are honest and spur critical thinking and have an independent edge. Those with cross-partisan policy making intentions -- such as Grits for Breakfast and Charles Hugh Smith -- are rare gems.
If you have other blogs, sites or books you'd like to see us list, please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please tell us why you like the publication.
We are also starting a study group about independent politics. If you're interested, please contact us.
Thank you, you independent critical thinkers and open government advocates!
We recommend you add these to your reading lists:
Consortium News -- the first investigative journalism on the net, founded by the guys who broke the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980s and who came from and still work in "mainstream media" - with honesty and intellect galore.
Ballot Access News -- written by the premiere ballot access expert in the country, Richard Winger. Take a look at the miles of work they do every month to chronicle lawsuits, petition drives, legislative changes, book reviews and more to open up and clean up elections in the USA. Subscribe if you care, like we do, about competitive elections!
Blog Maverick -- The Mark Cuban Weblog: Know any billionaires who do their own weblog? Just one reason Mark Cuban is called the "people's billionaire." PS He's also a truly independent!
Anti-War.com -- "This site is devoted to the cause of non-interventionism and is read by libertarians, pacifists, leftists, "greens," and independents alike, as well as many on the Right who agree with our opposition to imperialism." Justin Raimondo, a Murray Rothbard libertarian, does a great job tracking this most important issue that involves the Presidency and highest levels of the U.S. government. Raimondo initially supported Trump but withdrew support stating that Trump could not be trusted.
David Stockman's Contra-Corner: Get to know the brilliant, independently conservative and always bombastic former Director of the Office of Management and Budget under Reagan, who describes his blog as, "the only place where mainstream delusions and cant about the Warfare State, the Bailout State, Bubble Finance and Beltway Banditry are ripped, refuted and rebuked." Stockman supported Trump for some illuminating reasons. Watch his 2/25/17 interview about Trump's economic inheritance.
Democracy Now!: is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television (DISH network: Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Free Speech TV ch. 348 and Link TV ch. 375); and on the internet. DN!’s podcast is one of the most popular on the web.
Charles Hugh Smith: A progressive independent thinker who deep dives into the "deep state" that is doing great harm to our country's economic and security well-being.
ZeroHedge.com: a little doomsdayish, but who isn't having come off of Wall Street (their names are fictitious). Moreover, if you don't feel that way about the peril of the continuation of debt growth to keep our economy going, you're not paying attention.
The Intercept: Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden's attorney, perhaps it's most famous writer and attorney has called the mainstream media on fake news with brilliance and finesse.
Grits for Breakfast: Scott Henson is the highly respected ace researcher, journalist and policy guy on civil liberties and criminal justice in Texas. He also founded, with his brilliant wife, Kathy Mitchell, Just Liberty, a 501c4 organization that is pushing for common sense and very needed reforms winding their way through the sausage maker otherwise known as the Texas legislature.
Texas Monthly Burka Blog: Longtime Texas political pundit, Paul Burka, retired after 34 years at Texas Monthly. His blog now aggregates some of the best political writers in Texas. Great stuff!
Quorum Report: Harvey Kronberg has our respect as a (if not, THE) top-notch political analyst of Texas politics. Though you have to subscribe for his worthy deep analysis dives, you can get the "Buzz" for free. These quick news alerts are a must see if you follow the Texas legislature. There are also his news clips that you can access for free -- a daily compilation of Texas press.
Though we urge you to get to know who owns you local and state media, many of them, to their credit, fully disclose this information such as the Texas Tribune. Though, to be honest, we have been disappointed for the past few years in the Tribune's failure to adequately cover the terrible mistakes going on with Texas groundwater just 40 miles east of the Capitol, we respect much of what the Tribune does do.
Your Local and State Press
If you're lucky enough to have a local newspaper, we hope you will subscribe. Though many people are reading their news online, in rural communities, newspapers you can hold in your hand still play a very important role.
In Austin, we love The Austin Bulldog: longtime professional writer, Ken Martin, is still the best around for local Austin news with a bite.
In San Antonio, we have come to appreciate The Rivard Report: a local independent online publication.
We have just started this section, so please post books about independent political efforts in our comments section.
Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop by Lee Drutman: See Rich Winger's book review here. The League of Independent Voters of Texas has started a study group of this book. Contact LIV at email@example.com or call 512.213.4511 (landline) to join the group.