In the California primary elections on Tuesday 8 June, voters will decide the fate of Proposition 14, a ballot measure to establish a “Top Two” primary system. If passed, Prop 14 would virtually wipe out Green and independent politics in the state of California.
Green Change has an article on “The Top Five Reasons for Californians to Reject Top Two Primaries” and allows you to quickly write and send a letter to the editor opposing Proposition 14 to your local newspaper.
Green Party US steering committee member Mike Feinstein has an article in the LA Times about “The Prop 14 Bait-and-Switch”.
Laura Wells, candidate for the Green gubernatorial nomination, blogged about her reasons for opposing Prop 14:
Prop 14 is one of those propositions that may sound good, but is terrible!
www.stoptoptwo.org/ gives you a lot more information, but in summary….
Prop 14 pretends to be “open primary,” but more accurately should be called “top two,” or party-killer! Only two candidates would be left in November, when Prop 14 would exclude all the independent, alternative political parties like the Green Party, Peace and Freedom, and Libertarian. Prop 14 would favor only Democrats and Republicans that are incumbents or highly funded. Even the Democratic and Republican Parties don’t like it because it would reduce voter choice within the parties. Mega-corporations, like insurance companies, with their huge campaign contributions – bribes actually – are the chief proponents.
Please vote NO on Prop 14, and spread the word as widely as possible to your California contacts, NORTHERN and SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
Human Rights Examiner reports on CA Green state representative candidate Linda Piera-Avila’s view that Prop 14 will bring “corporatocracy through discrimination, repression and disenfranchisement.”
Recent polls have indicated general support for Prop 14, showing that the misleading advertising campaign by the alliance of political insiders and corporate interests behind Prop 14 has been effective. If California Greens want their party to survive, it’s crucial that they not only vote against Prop 14, but spread the word as far and wide as possible.