Mar 17, 2010

CA: Green and Libertarian Parties Oppose Proposition 14

Speaking of Prop 14 . . . Green Party Watch relays a press release reporting the Green Party's positions on June 1st ballot measures:
The Green Party of California (GPCA) announced this week it was officially supporting only one of five propositions on the June 2010 ballot - a measure that would experiment with public financing of some candidates in the 2014 and 2018 elections to avoid the corrupting influence of lobbyists.
Voting at the party’s state convention in San Jose last weekend, delegates representing Green Party counties throughout the state agreed to support Prop. 15, which would use fees paid by lobbyists to finance Secretary of State candidates. It means smaller parties could receive up to $1.3 million in public financing for that SOS race.

PROP. 14: No Support. The GPCA heavily criticized Prop. 14, the so-called “top two” measure, which would, if passed, only allow the top two winners in the primary to be on the ballot in the November general election. The result, said the Greens, would result in fewer voter choices at time when voters are dissatisfied with current choices; increased candidate spending; muzzled smaller parties and their messages; and increased influence by the same moneyed special interests bankrolling Prop. 14.
The Libertarian Party of California also opposes the measure, and asks visitors of its website to "Join the Libertarian Party of California in preserving voter choice by opposing Proposition 14 on the June Primary ballot."  The page also links to Stop Top Two, which Ross profiled here at TPID the day the site launched.  

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