Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Why is Proposition 14 such a good idea?

In politics one is often defined by their enemies.  Opposed to Proposition 14 are all the people who brought you California as it is - the political parties, the the trial lawyers, the labor unions.  With such a good bundle of opponents, it is almost not telling you what the proposition would do.  The measure is simple and an addition to the improvements already made by taking most of redistricting out of the hands of the legislature - in essence not allowing the politicians to choose their constituents.   

Proposition 14 would allow the general election to pit the top two finishers in a primary to run against each other rather than pitting the top finishers in each party primary.  What it would do for many districts that are over-whelmingly on one side of the spectrum or the other is to force candidates to be less reflexive.   Most Californians have some deep seated beliefs but many politicians run to the extreme in the primary so voters in districts are forced to vote against Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber.   There is at least the possibility that were 14 in operation that we could get candidates who went after a larger portion of voters than the narrow ideological band they need in a partisan primary.

I am voting YES on 14 - with enthusiasm.

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