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The new primary dynamic

Original post made by Tim Hunt, Castlewood, on May 1, 2012

The open primary that is just about five weeks away has created a new dynamic.

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Posted by Richard Winger
a resident of another community
on May 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm

This good story would be better if it didn't refer to California's election system as an "open primary." Prop. 14 was not on the ballot as "open primary". A court ruled that it could not be described that way. "Open primary" has been defined in political science textbooks since 1907, and in US Supreme Court decisions since 1972, as a system in which each party has its own nominees and its own primary ballot, but on primary day any voter is free to choose any party's primary ballot.

But under Prop. 14, parties don't have nominees (except for President). It is not good writing to use one term to describe two very different things. It should be called a top-two primary.


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Posted by Watson
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm

" the notoriously loose-lipped Stark "

Looks like Pete Stark is at it again.
Check out this video released by the San Francisco Chronicle today.

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Sorry, but this isn't the same man we sent to congress 40 years ago.


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Posted by Tim Hunt
a resident of Castlewood
on May 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Is it a surprise that Pete isn't the same as he was 40 years ago-- Who is? I can remember him humbly walking the Livermore Rodeo Parade route in a red gingham cowboy shirt and blue jeans while his opponent rode in a convertible back in the 1970s (Yes, I witnessed it firsthand). Today, he and Eric Swalwell would reverse those spots--if Pete even deigned to attend. Being inside the Beltway for years skews--even corrupts--perspectives. Pete certainly isn't alone in having become an aloof Beltway insider, but stands well as an example.


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Posted by PartyParty
a resident of Downtown
on May 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

"If Swalwell receives a decent share of the votes in June, it will be interesting to see if the Democratic establishment continues to solidly back the ineffective Stark for another term years after he should retired or whether they’ll shift to a freshman who will face a tough challenge from two or more challengers come 2014. Out of deference to Stark, they’re sitting out this race."

Sitting out this race??? The Democratic establishment has backed Stark as he has received the endorsement of the California Democratic Party. There is no changing ships from that process. The endorsement stands through the general election. Because of the CDP endorsement, the Alameda County Democratic Party and Tri-Valley United Democratic Campaign also support Stark. Who is sitting out?