California's Budget Experiment

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    California's Ballot Experiment

    In a few weeks, California will hold its primary election. Not much news will be made, since the two major parties' presidential candidates are already known. But this election will be different for Californians in a major way. Because when the general election rolls around in November, there will likely be no third parties on the ballot for voters to choose from. Furthermore, in some races, there may be only one party represented on the general election ballot. [...]

    The voters passed Proposition 14, which mandated a scheme known as "Top 2" voting. Explaining it is pretty simple, but what it could mean is a lot more complicated. In the primary election, all parties are free to put up as many candidates as they like for any particular office, as usual. But only the top two vote-getters -- from all parties combined -- will advance to the general election. In essence, the primary becomes the general election, and the general election becomes a runoff vote between the top two candidates.
    While the presidential race is exempt from this scheme (presidential candidates from all parties will be on the general election ballot, as usual), most other offices will use "Top 2" voting: U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and all state races (legislative and executive). What this means, for example, is that Dianne Feinstein may be facing a fellow Democrat on the ballot this November, with no Republican (or Green, or Libertarian) on the ballot at all.​

    I foresee some extreme "buyers remorse"...
     
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    Too much Sun or Too much Pot out there? :lol:

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    Yea, we all know about the California experiment. The rest of us have been laughing at it for years. :lol:
     
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    It is how they plan to keep Republicans from winning with a plurality when the Leftist vote gets split between the Socialist candidate, the Communist candidate, the Democrat, etc.
     
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    Democrat One Party Rule run amok in CA
     
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    Bingo!

    And they only have a $16B deficit too!
     
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    I say we build a fence around California and keep them all there. They could easily be a third world country in no time. :eusa_drool:
     
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    Who are "they"? This was a voter passed initiative, 53% to 46%.
     
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    Damn...Headline was supposed to be ballot, not budget. :lol: More coffee needed!
     
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    The gubmint dependent voters who now dominate the electorate, of course.
     

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