Will Open Primaries Work?

One of the basic arguments in favor of Proposition 14, the open-primary initiative on the June 8 ballot, is that it will help end gridlock in state government. Prop. 14 backers contend that Sacramento can’t solve any problems because it’s dominated by left-wing and right-wing politicos who can’t agree on anything. They say that open primaries will result in the election of more moderate candidates who will be able to put politics aside and reach compromises. But the Sacramento Bee reports that a similar new law in the state of Washington has yet to achieve that sweeping goal. And the CoCo Times reports that the California Republican Party has quietly devised a plan to help blunt the effects of Prop. 14 should it pass.

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