Patt Morrison for May 27, 2010

Proposition 14 - creates a top-two primary election

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Proposition 14 on the California ballot could change the way primary elections work

Proposition 14, one of the most hotly contested ballot measures in the June 8 election, would change the way primary elections are conducted by allowing voters to choose anyone in the full field of candidates, regardless of party affiliation. The two top vote getters would proceed to the general election in November. Supporters see Prop 14 as the ticket to placing more centrist and less ideological politicians in the state legislature, and as being “business friendly.” But the state Democratic and Republican and other ballot qualified parties oppose the initiative, citing past ineffectiveness of open primaries, and they maintain this system would usurp their roles in the political arena.


David Fleming, founding chairman of the Los Angeles County Business Federation, also known as BizFed, which consists of 72 business organizations representing more than 110,000 businesses in the county. He is also of counsel at the corporate law firm Latham & Watkins LLP.

Michael Feinstein, co-chairs the Green Party and is former mayor of Santa Monica

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