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Schwarzenegger Goes Non-Partisan

Well, it didn’t take long for Gov. Schwarzenegger to make good on his non-partisan approach to partisan politics. In an article from the LA Times, he says he endorsed Prop. 62 because Californians "deserve to have an open primary so that they can vote for whomever they’d like, no matter what party a candidate represents." He added, "An open primary is an important reform that will lead to more mainstream legislators from each party coming to the Capitol to solve California’s problems." Big Arnold did not define what a mainstream legislator is, but one might infer that it has something to do with the degree to which one holds fast to the principles of one’s party. I’m open to a correction on this point.

The article concludes by reminding readers of the following:

Californians approved an initiative similar to Proposition 62 in March 1996 and used a primary election system that allowed voters to cast ballots regardless of party registration in 1998 and 2000.

The U.S. Supreme Court, acting on a lawsuit filed by party leaders, declared that system unconstitutional in 2000. The court ruled that only political party members had a right to pick their party’s candidates.

Supporters of Proposition 62 said they have addressed the court’s concerns and believe this version of a blanket primary would survive a court test.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll let the Times’ Michael Ramirez literally draw my conclusion.

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