Undermining the Political Process in Prop13Land

From that Laboratory of Democracy...

So with term-limits, California's got revolving door politicians with no long-term commitment to (or working knowledge of) government institutions. With the 2/3's rule, they've got Republicans calling the shots on spending and taxation whether they're in power or not. With ballot initiatives, they've got impossibly complicated legislation being decided according to the budget of the various special interest media campaigns.

And now finally, as a condition of finally passing a budget, they've got a way to deny Democrats even from having their own primaries (from the LA Times):

Democrats initially said Maldonado's call for "open" primaries was too substantial to be pushed through in a budget deal. But Maldonado said the current budget stalemate proved that California could not return to fiscal sanity without fundamental changes in the way it elects its representatives.

Modeled on election rules in Washington state, the change -- if approved by the California electorate next year -- would allow voters to cross party lines and would have candidates of all parties competing in the same primary, followed by a runoff of the top two vote-getters. The plan would not apply to races for governor.

Maldonado's proposal would undermine the influence of political parties and was unpopular with Democrats, but their leaders pressed them to accept it as the price of ending the political logjam.

At what point do you fashioned a system with so many restrictions that majority rule no longer applies?

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