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Party Politics
When “Top-Two” Means “Only One”

Could open primaries help elevate a new breed of political moderates? California’s experience suggests otherwise.

Published on: December 7, 2017
Luke Phillips is a freelance researcher and writer based in Los Angeles, California. He has worked on Republican U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaigns in California.
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  • AbleArcher

    America only has one party anyway. It’s the party of illegals and deficits. If America was a democracy in any meaningful way then it would at least have three or more major parties. Legal weed. Some form of single payer. Each of these things easily getting well over 51% on opinion polls.

  • Jeff77450

    It’s upsetting to think that if not for illegal aliens & their offspring and abuses under legal immigration, to include chain-migration from legal immigrants, that California might still be red or at least not “navy blue.” How the citizens of California can fail to see that their fiscal model, to include their excessively generous pensions for state & municipal employees, is not sustainable is beyond me. I was stationed at Ft. Ord for a year-and-a-half in ’78/79. CA is a truly beautiful state. The blatant mismanagement is so sad. So much of the abuses & excess could’ve been avoided.

    • Unelected Leader

      It’s federal mismanagement and corruption. Land owners in the fruit growing regions, packing houses, and other food processing everywhere (as well as a myriad of other nontradable sector jobs) lobby for lax migration and amnesty for illegals, expansion of the H-1 and H-2 visas, etc. The nature of a nontradable sector job is such that you can’t outsource it to the Chinese were somebody else far away. You have to import the foreigner to take the job and drive down wages. Pure, old-fashioned, old-school corruption and greed. That’s all.

      A Republican from Virginia, for example, is right now the sponsor for HR 4092. And atrociously terrible bill that wants to expand the H-2A to an H-2C and bring in 450,000 more visa holders to work in food processing in meatpacking plants to further drive down wages. Outsourcing and illegals are loved by Dems and republicans alike. As AbleArcher quips down below, we effectively have one, corrupt party on some very important issues.

      • FriendlyGoat

        How Trump managed to convince working people that Republicans are not the party of “guest workers” is indeed a mystery—-but probably won’t remain so. The chances of Trump’s rhetoric against immigration being allowed to create wage-upping labor shortages are about zero.

  • Fat_Man

    What do you mean the California system didn’t work? It has turned the Democrat party in California into a super-majority. Wasn’t that what they wanted?

  • Gary Hemminger

    No progressive california politician will ever be elected to national office. Never. They simply will be killed in the south and midwest. Their message of destroy blue jobs to help with climate change will never resonate outside the blue states.

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