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Pennsylvania’s independent voters helped elect Democrat John Fetterman, seen here, over the GOP contender for the U.S. Senate seat, Mehmet Oz. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Independent voters can be decisive in elections – but they’re pretty unpredictable, not ‘shadow partisans’

Pollsters, pundits and politicians all get it wrong when it comes to independent voters, who have become a crucial – and sometimes decisive – group in American politics.
Attorney General Merrick Garland, right, announces his appointment of a special counsel to investigate handling of classified materials in Joe Biden’s possession. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Special counsels, like those examining Biden’s and Trump’s handling of classified documents, are intended to be independent – but they aren’t entirely

Special counsels can help administrations avoid the perception of bias, but politics is never fully out of the picture.
The Jan. 6 House Committee announced four recommended charges against Donald Trump, including conspiracy to defraud the US. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

What the criminal referral of Trump means – a constitutional law expert explains the Jan. 6 committee action

The House Committee’s criminal referrals show that the proceedings are not just about a historical record – they argue that Trump should be held accountable for four criminal charges.
Merrick Garland, center, announcing on Nov. 18, 2022, that he will appoint a special counsel for the Department of Justice investigation into former President Donald Trump. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Special counsels, like the one leading the Department of Justice’s investigation of Trump, are intended to be independent – but they aren’t entirely

Special counsels are not entirely independent, but they do still help administrations avoid the perception of bias.
Sen. Raphael Warnock, the incumbent Democrat, is up against Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a runoff election to choose who will represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate. AP Photo

Georgia runoff elections are exciting, but costly for voters and democracy

Georgians appreciate the national attention from the runoff election, but the cost and tendency for a drop in turnout may lead to reform of the state’s ballot contests.
Mehmet Oz speaks on Nov. 8, 2022, shortly before losing his bid for Pennsylvania senator during the midterm elections. Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images

Celebrities in politics have a leg up, but their advantages can’t top fundraising failures

Celebrity politicians have instant name recognition. But unless they trump competitors in fundraising, and hit other check boxes, they aren’t any more likely to win than traditional politicians.

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