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

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.


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Steven Maviglio Analyzes California’s 2012 Top-Two Primary Experience — 14 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.”

  3. 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.

  4. #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.

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

  6. #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.

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