The article reviews two books, one by a former Republican Oklahoma congressperson (Edwards) and the other by a left wing, now independent, activist (Salt), who both write on the need for independent voters to become a more powerful force. The article cites a few interesting ideas for the national level and healthy developments at the local level. Political Independents: The Future of Politics? - The Daily Beast Edwards (the Republican) details prescriptions for each of these problems: primarily election reform, including open primaries and redistricting reform and congressional reform, including filibuster reform.... Edwards also proposes ways to reduce the amount of money in politics, such as limiting congressional contributions to that which can be raised from a congressmanâ€™s constituents and requiring a percentage of free advertising time be given to candidates in exchange for private entitiesâ€™ lease of public airwaves.... The Constitution, Edwards points out, does not even require the speaker of the House to be a member of Congress.... He therefore suggests that one solution would be to require that more than a narrow majority of members of Congress vote in favor the speaker of the House on secret ballot. (In Salt's book)...readers get to meet outsize independent political personalities, like Kentuckyâ€™s Michael Lewis, and gain insight into the court wrangling that accompanied the passage of Californiaâ€™s new nonpartisan top-two primary system and its new independent redistricting system, both of which were strenuously opposed by the two parties who sought to keep the status quo in place by almost any means necessary.