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The Wrong Way to Fix California

June 15 (Bloomberg) -- California desperately needs courageous leaders with innovative ideas. Unfortunately, the new “top two” primary system, which went into effect for the June 5 election, is a step toward rewarding careerist politicians who tout the same old status-quo solutions.

In 2010, California voters approved Proposition 14, which installed a primary system similar to those that exist in two states: Washington and Louisiana. Previously, voters elected primary candidates from their own party, and the winner would face off against the other parties’ candidates in the general election in November. Under the new system, candidates from all parties compete against one another in the primary. The top two vote-getters fight it out in the general election, regardless of their party affiliation.