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  •  great questions (4+ / 0-)
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    sfbob, Eyesbright, GleninCA, wdrath

    There are folks here on DKos who are involved in the Dem Party of California. Let's hope it is being discussed.

    Agree with your overarching points, but just one point is open to dispute. Mainly because our Dem base doesn't turn out in the June (primary) election and the GOP base does. 2012 was the first June election under the top-two system, and the GOP percentages in some districts (like CA-31) was 60% of the vote and in other cases more.

    Take CA-25 as an example: Democratic share of the votes in November was almost 50%, but in June's (primary) election the Dem vote was only 30% of the primary electorate. Under the old system it didn't matter.

    Now we need a campaign to get out the Dem base in the June election. That's what can be done right away. That's the only way to combat the "two and only two credible Republican" scenario, and prevent the very calculating GOP bigwigs in California from winning another fluke election. Believe me, they are plotting to do just what David is suggesting above.

    Another Bernie Sanders Gay Democrat.

    by brunoboy on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 01:42:25 PM PST

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    •  Miller can also pull a fake retirement (2+ / 0-)
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      calvinshobbes, GleninCA

      His announcement today will provoke a Republican to get in the race for CA-31. Then the day that filing closes for the June election, Miller simply "un-retires." Then Repubs have their favorite scenario lined up: they can get the top two spots again.

      Another Bernie Sanders Gay Democrat.

      by brunoboy on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 02:24:22 PM PST

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