The impact of Prop. 14


Proposition 14 was the sleeper on the ballot; it's only there because Abel Maldonado refused to vote for a state budget unless both parties agreed to put it before the voters. And it's winning. The impact of open primaries could be dramatic; it could hurt progressive candidates, pretty much wipe out third parties and potentially change the shape of the state Legislature. Maldonado likes it because it shifts the balance of power toward "centrists" -- which actually means people who can raise a lot of campaign money. It's going to take a while to sort out the impacts of Prop. 14, but it doesn't bode well.


Letting people pick moderate representatives that represent their views is bad according to the progressives, because fringe parties might go from 1% of the vote in the state to 0.75%. Tim makes the same argument as SF's republican party leader did in the paper a few weeks ago, this means it likely is a good idea. If booth ends of the "everyone but us is stupid" spectrum hate it, it must be good.

IT burns up SF progressives that the rest of the state has moved somewhat closer to the style of party less elections that progressives like so much here in SF.

Approaching every issue without having to reference any other stated position is an interesting world view, thinking that an elected person who closely represents their district is bad is an interesting position for so called progressives, progressives who claim to want elected representatives who represent the people.

Oh and, its not like the states democrats don't wallow in special interest cash.

Posted by glen matlock on Jun. 09, 2010 @ 12:06 am

>toward "centrists" - which actually means people who can raise a lot of campaign money.

No it means people who are willing to compromise instead of holding for something perfectly compatible with their ideology, and ultimately that's what practical government is all about.
The current batch in Sacramento is too afraid of being voted out in a primary to even consider compromise, and that's a problem.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 09, 2010 @ 12:06 am

"Centrists." Ugh.

I refer to so-called "centrists" or so-called "moderates" as the people with the sore ass from sitting on that damn fence and not being able to decide what the hell they think. They don't seem to know who the hell they are or what they think. They are easily swayed by other people. They don't seem to have any convictions of their own. They are rather pathetic and mealy-mouthed actually.

Posted by Sam on Jun. 09, 2010 @ 12:22 am

Or as Jim Hightower said,
"The only thing in the middle of the road are yellow lines and dead armadilloes."

Posted by Greg Kamin on Jun. 09, 2010 @ 12:31 am

But answer me this, do you think that people elected to office should represent the voters? If so, then you don't seem to have any convictions of your own, it's just about getting your way.

Posted by glen matlock on Jun. 09, 2010 @ 12:42 am