Have you ever considered why there are only run-off elections for the lower offices? Parties have run offs in their primaries, but we have this "first past the post" method of determining the winner for the larger offices. This keeps people from voting their conscience out of fear of "splitting the vote" and electing their least-preferred alternative.
In a localist nation, "first past the post" would be scrapped in favor of run-offs for all offices, preferably instant-run offs or "ranked choice voting".
Also, no wonder citizens can't get state officials to REALLY stand up to the feds. State and federal politicians are both members of the same political club! Localism would ban parties that elect state and local officials from running candidates for federal office and vice versa. For more about localism, see Barnes and Noble ebook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/localism-a-philosophy-of-gov...
or Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B0GACAQ
Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)