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.