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Top 2 – Destroying Voter Choice

2010 was the year when the Republican Party nominated horrific choices for Statewide Offices such as Meg Whitman who believed she could buy her election, Abel Maldonado who decided to ditch his taxpayer pledge with Grover Norquist, Steve Cooley, who believed Proposition 8 should be defended because it was passed by the voters, but if marijuana legalization passed with Proposition 19 Steve would refuse to defend it, which made Steve look foolish. Mike Villines, was bought and paid for by the insurance lobby and also backfired on his pledge to Grover as well.

Many of us ended up voting for the Libertarian Party that year because we were fed up of the choices the Republican Party gave us. And thanks to Abel Maldonado and Charles Munger Jr, they gave us the turd sandwich known as Proposition 14. If you do not like what the establishment feeds us in June we have to choose between giant douche and turd sandwich in November with no ability to write in a choice.

Because of Proposition 14, we are going to have less third parties where the Green Party, Libertarian Party and the Peace and Freedom Party will likely lose their ballot access. Minor party candidates have more roadblocks to getting on the ballot now thanks to Proposition 14 where they have to get the same amount of signatures required as Republicans and Democrats to get on the ballot for no charge at 1500 signatures for State Assembly and 3000 for congress and state senate. Before Proposition 14, minor parties only needed at most 150 signatures to get candidates on the ballot for legislative races.

Since Top 2 destroys the chance for a minor party to get nominated in a general election, getting 2% in a statewide non-presidential general election it will be harder for parties to maintain their ballot access. If we want to preserve Top 2 and preserve ballot access, it should also be based on the minor parties presidential candidate or the performance during the Top 2 primary to determine ballot qualified status.

Many of us do not want to live in a world where it is just Democrats, Republicans and opportunistic Decline to States who express no party preference. Third parties help deliver new ideas and help keep the major parties on course. If people do not like the war on marijuana or do not want nuclear power, they can take advantage of the different ideas expressed by the third parties in our state.

I may of liked Charles Munger in his quest to make the California Republican Party more electable, but Proposition 14 is more like throwing the baby with the bath water. Even though the base of the California Republican Party may believe they are the Utah Republican Party, having third party competition does help hit home that the Republican Party does need to evolve or die in California if they want a Republican revolution to hit our state in the near future.

Living in a Democratic Party leaning community, I am not pleased that I will be faced with two Democrats battling against each other for Congressional District 35 this November. Even though proponents say this will force the candidates to reach out to non Democratic Party voters aside from them sending countless political mail and robo calls, they are not doing much to find common ground with Republicans to win our vote. However political parties who are out of contention  are hoping that the fratricide ends up draining the bank accounts of their opposing party.

Top 2 is a fraud and I hope the courts end up tossing this experiment down the trash can. Forcing voters to choose a vote that they can not believe in is very dishonest, at least in Top 2 state of Washington people who do not run in the Top 2 primary can become write-in candidates in the general election.

Welcome to your California US Senate Candidates

California voters are facing complex choices in who should be the number 2 choice for US Senate in the Top 2 primary this June. Voters from all partisan affiliations are going to be able to choose from all the candidates like the California recall of 2003 and vote for their favorite choice to go on to the November election. The top 2 of the 24 filed will be chosen for the November election.

Since there is little name ID for most of the 23 candidates running against incumbent US Senator Dianne Feinstein and the lack of a good farm team for the Republican Party, it is basically anyone’s game this election.

First we will begin with the Democratic Party candidates, Colleen Shea Fernald, she is a peace activist and friend to the occupy movement. Colleen supports sustainable living and environmental health. If you like Dennis Kucinich, you should look into her campaign.

David Levitt, is a computer programmer who wants to establish a campaign that is more progressive than corporate friendly incumbent Dianne Feinstein. David believes in the platform Contract for the American Dream to support the core values of the progressive movement to make America a better place. If you want to end our war in Afghanistan, end the DEA raids and prohibition on marijuana providers and expand Medicare to all Americans David is your man. David believes that since most of the Republican candidates failed to inspire voters, he believes he could overtake the majority of them in this primary.

Nak Shah is a populist candidate who believes we should stop taking on loans from foreign nations that get us indebted to such as China and stop spending money on wars and spend the money on infrastructure and social programs.

Dianne Stewart is running to focus on the issues of promoting small business and improving our education system. Our spending cuts have made our education system drop down from number 7 to number 46, and our cuts in the safety net with Medicare to boot 65 and 66 year olds from the system will end up adding more cost for healthcare to younger people and the businesses who struggle to help provide health care for their employees. Basic medical needs are more expensive to pay for than a generation ago, and that needs to change.

Mike Strimling wants to tax the rich. The gap between the rich of the poor is expanding and he wants to redistribute the money to reduce the wealth gap. Mike believes America was strong when we had higher tax rates and basically when there is less public services its basically a tax on the poor. Mike has an argument on how higher taxes on the affluent will help bring prosperity to our nation.

Read on if you want to know about the Republican candidates running.

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