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Steven Maviglio Analyzes California's 2012 Top-Two Primary Experience

Published on November 28, 2012, by in General.

Steven Maviglio has this commentary about the California 2012 election, including comments about how California’s top-two system worked. Maviglio is a former Press Secretary for former Governor Gray Davis, and a former aide to two members of Congress, and a former member of the Clinton administration. He runs a public affairs-campaign firm called Forza Communications.

14 Responses

  1. :-)

    F@#$% the f@$scist top two system.

  2. Demo Rep

    Will ANY Elephants stay in communist CA ???

    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V.
    NO primaries.

  3. Jim Riley

    The Sherman/Berman or Richardson/Hahn races were not caused by Top 2, they were caused by redistricting and the population shift away from the coast.

    All Top 2 did was make sure that the entire electorate got to decide who their representative in Congress is.

  4. Be Rational

    Oops … correction to @3 …

    “All Top 2 did was make sure that the entire electorate got NO CHOICE in deciding who their representative in Congress is.”

  5. Be Rational

    From the article … referring to “top two’s” …
    ” … anti democratic impacts of forcing a Democrat to choose between two poor GOP choices (such as in the Gaines/Pugno Assembly race) and the lack of third party candidates” … shows that Maviglio is joining the growing realization among commentators that “top two” is a failed, evil, anti-democratic system that needs to be abolished as soon as possible.

  6. #3-He gets it! Now the independent (NPP) voters in CA need to decide to learn how to use Top-Two to take away the major party’s majority locally (City Council), and the state (Legislature). The country needs to adopt Top-Two to remove their majority in Congress.

  7. Slam In A Y-Trap

    ….like a hole in the head.

  8. Demo Rep

    The communist Donkeys rigged the gerrymander districts in CA — so that the top 2 primary stuff is de facto meaningless in most gerrymander districts.

  9. #6, all California elections for city and county office are non-partisan and Prop. 14 has no effect on those elections.

    No state using top-two has ever elected someone outside the two major parties to Congress.

  10. Slam In A Y-Trap

    Top 2 Boots on your neck, choose one

  11. #9-It is a shame, that when there is an opportunity to use a new process to make a changes, voters stay passive.

  12. Slam In A Y-Trap

    Make a change to lock out all alternatives? No thx

  13. Slam In A Y-Trap

    # Ever

    # By design

    # Making the duopoly into a monopoly is the whole point

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