- State GOP shoots itself in foot again (By Tom Elias, Long Beach Press Telegram) The latest self-destructive move came at the party's late-winter state convention, where activist delegates voted to stage an end-run around the "top-two" open primary election system that now allows all voters to cast ballots for any candidates they like, regardless of party. That system gets its first large-scale test in the statewide primary set for next spring.
- DIANNE HARDISTY: No tombstone yet for the GOP (The Bakersfield Californian) And the top-two open-primary system is expected to give moderate candidates better election chances. If moderate Republicans finish in the top two, likely more independent and Democratic voters will elect them.
- ON SACRAMENTO'S DYSFUNCTION - Relief may come - in 2012 (John Diaz, San Francisco Chronicle) However, relief may be on the way. Two voter-passed initiatives - redistricting reform, the open primary - are likely to force legislators of both parties to start reaching for a wider base of support in 2012 and beyond. Republicans who cling to their no-tax pledges while public education is deteriorating and potholes are proliferating are going to have to explain themselves to Democrats and independents.
Sunday, April 03, 2011
Proposition 14 Challenges Parties to Go Beyond Their Base
CALIFORNIA PROP 14 FALL-OUT