Independent Voters of Nevada


Representative Amodei's letter to Congress regarding congressional hearings on the barriers independents face to full participation in the political process.

From the Conference of Independents Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City

On Saturday, February 12, 2011, 465 people from 35 states came together to discuss the independent movement. The conference began with several introductions and a presentation from Jackie Salit, President of, which illustrated the position of the independent movement in our hyper-partisan political process. The ultimate question presented was, "can independents reform America?"  

Jackie Salit and Dr. Fred Newman held a special live session of Talk/Talk (their weekly philosophical review of the top political news) which was a very insightful discussion about the independent movement and Democracy. Michael P.W. Lewis (Chair of Independent Kentucky), Wayne Griffin (Chair of the South Carolina Independence Party) and Joelle Riddle (Founder of Independent Voters for Colorado and a County Commissioner in La Plata, CO) provided dispatches from the movement. A panel discussion with some of the most knowledgeable people on the independent movement rounded off the morning (see the list of panelists provided under the picture of the panel below).

The afternoon session proved to be just as insightful and even more entertaining. Upon returning from the lunch break, we heard more dispatches from the movement, there was an Abraham Lincoln Birthday Commemoration (introduced by David Cherry, United Independents of Illinois), an audience discussion (an open mike session moderated by Jackie Salit, Lenora Fulani and Harry Kresky which I participated in--see the photo at the bottom of this posting), a mock trial (The Parties vs. The People) and a discussion about the mock trial (moderated by Cathy Stewart and Jason Olson). This conference was, in my opinion, extremely empowering and motivating, I am honored to have been able to represent Nevada at this national event and I am looking forward to the next one. 


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Photo credit: Kenneth Pietrobono

(Jackie Salit)

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(The states with open primaries are yellow.)


Photo credit: Kenneth Pietrobono

Panel discussion with Jackie Salit (President of, Harry Kresky (General Counsel-, John Avlon (CNN Contributor, senior political columnist The Daily Beast), Theresa Amato (Executive Director of Citizen Works), Jim Mangia (President & CEO of St. Johns Well Child and Family Center), Bradley Tusk (Founder of Tusk Strategies), Lenora Fulani (Co-Founder of, Michael Hardy (Founding member and general counsel of National Action Network) and Cathy Stewart (Chair for New York County Independence Party).


Photo credit:  Kenneth Pietrobono

(Catana L Barnes, President of IVON-Independent Voters of Nevada, making a statement during the open mike session.) 


The event was rebroadcasted on CSPAN February 26, 2011 at 11pm ET/8pm PT. The afternoon session can be viewed via Livestream here.  You can view photo albums from the event by clicking on the Recent Photos link at the bottom of the side panel to the right. You can also find more links and photos at

Get a copy of the conference on DVD here.



My personal thoughts on the shooting in Arizona.

January 11, 2011

     Last Saturday's shooting is extremely bothersome and very sad. Preliminary reports about the shooter indicates that he was a very troubled young man who should have been through a psychiatric evaluation and, possibly, receiving psychotherapy. This may have been a direct attack on a political figure but, with regards to finger-pointing, we need to remind ourselves that this was not an isolated incident. There have been many other acts of violence fueled by our economic and political climate that have had fatal consequences such as the man that flew his private plane into an IRS building in Texas back in February, 2010. These are senseless acts taken by a very small portion of our population. Most people, despite the overwhelming amount of stress the current economic and political climate has on them, do not turn to violence and I think it is extremely important to remind ourselves of that. Most people choose to use their voices and their right to vote as the way to make their feelings and opinions known. Unfortunately, many people are feeling more and more disenfranchised by their representatives in Washington D.C., that they don't really care about anyone but themselves and their parties, which only leads to political discourse that is not beneficial for anyone and pushes unbalanced individuals to act out. To ignore this fact would be a dishonor to all of us, especially those who have lost their lives as a result. I believe that all of us owe it to ourselves, our country and to those who have lost their lives to move forward in a more civil manner while remembering that the individuals who have acted out with violence are in the minority. I also believe that our representatives in Washington D.C. have an obligation to step up and demonstrate to the people that they do care by engaging in civil discourse with one another and finding common ground on all of the issues that our nation is faced with. My heart goes out to all of the victims of these tragedies which includes the family members, friends and our society as a whole. I do, however, believe that we can overcome all of this and make our country a better, more civil place to live.

Catana L Barnes

President of Independent Voters of Nevada

Hyperpartisanship fosters divisiveness and hatred   By Catana L Barnes   December 11, 2010

     Since the midterm elections on November 2, 2010, I have noticed an increase in the amount of divisiveness and hatred that is being fostered by hyperpartisanship. I read stories in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, on miscellaneous blog sites, the statements and stories posted on Facebook and Twitter, etc., and what I have observed is unsettling. Rather than our political leaders coming together to find common ground, there appears to be a greater desire by the controlling parties for disruption.

Finger-pointing and name calling within the political arena is nothing new. There has always been 'party pride', and, with that, a degree of divisiveness. However, I am not talking about the status quo, I am talking about a whole new level of divisiveness and hatred for the 'other guy' that, many believe, may lead the United States into another civil war.

On a daily basis, I read divisive and hateful comments like, "Republicans are the only true patriots (a.k.a. Americans)," "Democrats are liberal nut jobs," "independent voters are low-information voters," "everything that is wrong with this nation is so-and-so's fault," and, most disturbing, that it is time to take violent action against one another to, "restore this nation back to what the founding fathers envisioned this country to be." These statements are a reflection of how much the controlling parties are influencing politics through hyper-partisan discourse. Unfortunately, our political leaders are so out of touch with their own behavior that they quickly revert to hyper-partisan rhetoric as soon as any attempts to find common ground have been unsuccessful.

Now, more than ever, our country needs political leaders that are actually going to listen to their constituents, put an end to hyperpartisanship, and do what is best for the country by working together to find common ground solutions on the issues. We need political leaders that embrace unity rather than divisiveness and hatred, and who understand that unity is the muscle of a strong country. Ultimately, our political leaders need to remember what many of our founding fathers realized, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall."




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 Catana L Barnes

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Upcoming Events

IVON's Next Meeting

Monday, November 18, 2013

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location:      Juicy's Giant Hamburgers   NEW Location!

301 S Wells Ave, Reno, NV

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If you need more information and/or to RSVP, please e-mail Catana L Barnes at [email protected]

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Every independent voter and independent minded voter is invited to attend!

Article in Nevada News & Views

Independents Are Not Moderates

By Sarah Lyons, the Director of Communications for, a national association of independent voters and activists.

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From the Conference of Independents Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City

Independents now represent 40% of the electorate nationwide.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead


Join the Book Club for Independent Voters!

Politics for the People is designed to take you behind the scenes for a look at politics and history from an independent’s point of view.

Our Book Club will read and discuss books of interest to independents. We're now 40% of Americans.

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Book Club Selection for June

This is a good book for understanding the historical aspect of partisan politics.

Book Club Selection for February

I highly recommend this book to everyone! This was an exceptional read.  Catana Barnes, President of IVON

From Macmillian

As our country’s politicians engage in bitter partisan battles, focused on protecting their own jobs but not on doing the nation’s business, and political pundits shout louder and shriller to improve their ratings, it’s no wonder that Americans have little faith in their government. But is America as divided as the politicians and talking heads would have us believe? Do half of Americans stand on the right and the other half on the left with a no-man’s-land between them?

Hardly. Forty percent of all American voters are Independents who occupy the ample political and ideological space in the center. These Americans are anything but divided, and they’re being ignored. These Independents make up the largest voting bloc in the nation and have determined the outcome of every election since World War II. Every year their numbers grow, as does the unconscionable disconnect between them and the officials who are supposed to represent them.

The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents tells the story of how our polarized political system is not only misrepresenting America but failing it. Linda Killian looks beyond the polls and the headlines and talks with the frustrated citizens who are raising the alarm about the acute bi-polarity, special interest-influence, and gridlock in Congress, asking why Obama’s postpartisan presidency is anything but, and demanding realism, honest negotiation, and a sense of responsibility from their elected officials.

Killian paints a vivid portrait of the swing voters around the country and presents a new model that reveals who they are and what they want from their government and elected officials. She also offers a way forward, including solutions for fixing our broken political system. This is not only a timely shot across the bows of both parties but an impassioned call to Independents to bring America back into balance.

Amazon: $16.97 / Kindle $12.99 * * * Barnes and Noble: $16.97 / Nook $12.99

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Copy of a letter to President Obama about independent voters and our current two-party, partisan, political system.


Dear President Obama, October 19, 2010  

I am an independent voter who is politically active in my community, and concerned with the divisiveness of our current political system. Through my political activism, I have had the opportunity to discuss multiple issues with people, and every single voter I have spoken with does not believe that any voter should ever be excluded from any part of the political process. Unfortunately, that is exactly what our current two-party system does, and that is why we believe that the two-party political system no longer has a place in our 21st Century Republic. Instead, we believe it is time to move our country forward by embracing non-partisanship and opening up the entire political process to include independents. We believe that the well-being of our nation depends on unity rather than divisiveness, and doing away with partisan politics and ideologies will help make that unity possible.  


Catana L Barnes

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