Latest and greatest news and views about California’s open primary initiative, Proposition 14, on the ballot June 8. Partisans showed their true colors last week with back-room deals and litigation on the ballot wording. Prominent independent attorney Harry Kresky’s commentary on HuffPo “Words Matter” sheds lots of light on the nature of our democracy. And Phil Keisling, Oregon’s former Sec. of State who went to bat for that state’s Measure 65 which would have opened the primaries to voters who don’t choose to affiliate with a party, has a neat idea to Reduce Partisanship in today’s NY Times.
Editorial: Pérez’s next act must be better than his opener (Sac Bee) Pérez was in charge when the Legislature’s attorneys engaged in a ham-handed attempt to help a union and the Democratic Party win a suit to water down the open primary initiative, Proposition 14 on the June ballot. The effort largely failed in the courts, but not for a lack of trying.
Proposition 14 offers mythic solutions for California (San Diego Conservative Examiner, Robert Rische) The problem, however, is Independents already hold all the cards in elections…. Thus, it is hard to understand why this group of voters is continually viewed as being disenfranchised, simply because they choose not to identify themselves with any major party. [NOTE: key word here is “simply”? Hmmm….. Doesn’t the term “disenfranchised” stand on its own? -NH]