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Gaming the Top Vote-Getter Primary

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OPINION- I have been asked to weigh in on the current political field of candidates and I have participated in friendly debates with my fellow (and lady) Republicans. At the recent meeting of the Morongo Basin Republicans, the members pretty much endorsed the candidates along party lines with an added emphasis if he or she donated big bucks to the club for campaign headquarters OR if he or she lived in the Yucca Valley zip code. What about the open seats that are non-partisan?

Let me say this right now…Vote NO on Proposition 41 and Vote YES on Proposition 42.

My Democrat friends and I have been observing an unusual trend of huge Democrat support for Republicans both financially AND with endorsements.  Following the money, when possible, there has not been any obvious rhyme or reason for this new trend until today.

I read a very interesting Editorial written by a Democrat who is voting for Tim Donnelly just to increase the odds his incumbent choice (Brown) will TROUNCE him as the weaker candidate in the November election.

This is the thinking of several Republicans I know who are voting for Democrat, Karalee Hargrove, for Assembly! Others are NOT gaming the system but voting to support her for having the guts for running for office after raising only $4,000 and unable to afford to pay for a candidate statement costing SEVERAL thousand dollars. (You Go Girl!)

With the two Republican Titan candidates for Assembly spending their huge war chests of money to sway the voters, could Hargrove slip past these two going right up the middle? Citizens love to root for the little guy…er, gal as the beloved hometown long shot. Remember what happened in the Neil Derry/James Ramos race when the local 29 Palms resident tossed his hat into the ring? What’s his name?

The publisher of Cactus Thorns, Dan O’Brien…a staunch Republican has opined with his personal post as a private citizen endorsing Gary Jeandron while expressing his love and adoration for his friend Karalee. “Endorsements are sometimes hard on friendships.”>LINK

Here is the Editorial written by Steve Maviglio. Maviglio is a Democratic strategist and a former deputy chief of staff in the California Assembly. Maviglio is working for a campaign that is attacking Steve Glazer.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/23/6426222/viewpoints-more-mischief-in-top.html#mi_rss=Opinion#storylink=cpy

Viewpoints: More mischief in ‘top-two’ primary system

Published: Friday, May. 23, 2014 – 12:00 am

I have a confession to make. I’m voting for Republican Tim Donnelly for governor in June. Not because I agree with him on any issue. But because I can.

This year’s primary election marks the first time that California’s “top-two” primary system will allow voters to choose any candidate running for the state’s top offices. Voters not aligned with any political party get to vote for the candidate of their choice – without being forced to register with a political party. Yet it also allows Democrats to vote for Republicans, and Republicans to vote for Democrats.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/23/6426222/viewpoints-more-mischief-in-top.html#mi_rss=Opinion#storylink=cpy

That is an invitation for mischief. For example, I want Jerry Brown, who polls say will glide to victory in June, to face the weakest candidate possible in November. Hence my vote for Tim Donnelly, a tea-party radical, whom Brown will dispatch with little effort in the general election.

This bizarre concept of strategic voting is nothing new in other states – Rush Limbaugh famously dubbed a similar attempt by Republicans to manipulate the 2008 Democratic presidential primary “Operation Chaos.” Until the top-two primary, California was protected from these kinds of political high jinks. This year, however, political consultants are developing new opportunities to hijack our state’s electoral process. For the rest of this Editorial see this>LINK

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/23/6426222/viewpoints-more-mischief-in-top.html#mi_rss=Opinion#storylink=cpy

 

 

 

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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell

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