To All Candidates for Secretary of State,
As co-chairs of the Independent Voter Project, we are respectfully requesting that all of the candidates for secretary of state decline to participate in the Sacramento Press Club event scheduled for Wednesday. The Press Club has chosen to deny David Curtis, a Green Party candidate, the right to participate in this debate.
This decision reflects both an ongoing bias in the media against third party candidates, a fundamental lack of understanding of California’s nonpartisan primary system, and a level of hubris generally reserved for politicians. The club has justified its position by claiming that Mr. Curtis was “rude.”
"When the press appoints itself as the arbiter of candidate access, it undermines our democracy and infringes upon each voter's right to a comprehensive view of the choice of candidates."Independent Voter Project
The two major parties continue to enjoy a competitive advantage in both fundraising and free media attention. This, of course, has the effect of undermining the rights of the fastest growing group of voters in our state — independents.
In the old closed primary system, Mr. Curtis would have been ignored by the Press Club twice. Once in the primary and again in the general election. And, in that system, it was true that Mr. Curtis had no chance of actually winning the election.
However, as both public and private polling has confirmed, Mr. Curtis has a very real chance of making a top-two runoff in this year’s secretary of state race. Moreover, if he were to make it to November against a Republican opponent, Mr. Curtis would be favored to win the seat.
When the press appoints itself as the arbiter of candidate access, it undermines our democracy and infringes upon each voter’s right to a comprehensive view of the choice of candidates. Those who seek to be this state’s chief election officer should be at the forefront of protecting that right. To fail to stand up for Mr. Curtis is to fail to stand up for each of those voters.
INDEPENDENT VOTER PROJECT
Author of California’s Open Primary
P.S. We also respectfully recommend, in the event that the Press Club should see reason and reverse its position, that Mr. Curtis recognize that his opportunity to be a serious contender is dependent, in part, on his ability to demonstrate an ability to express his passion and his beliefs in a manner that voters associate with civility and mutual respect. A fact underscored in the same polling and focus groups that point to his potential as the first third-party candidate to be elected to a California statewide office.
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Listen were a federal republic. I'm a conservative, on the right. Fascism is a left wing ideology pal! U are the fascist
It's Amusing and annoying at the same time how u progtards try to rewrite history and make up all kinds of bs as you go along. The history is there, the constitution, bill of rights, pledge of allegiance, Declaration of Independence were all very clear. We've been using them for centuries, it didn't just become a secret hand shake that never happened as u and tyrant speakers and leaders would like to persuade the masses of morons in this nation. You should be ashamed of yourself
There is a difference between republic and democracy. A "republic" stands for each individuals rights. A Democracy, represents the majority, as does socialism . A democracy is well known and documented as a soft form of communism. As an individual, as u all are as well, a republic better suits everyone's needs. In a democracy you may like something the democracy doesn't support, and you're not represented. I am not a fascist. I am pro 2a, and not a fan of the NRA. The NRA is not a fan club. It's a non profit, citizen funded organization, founded to stop "tyrants" and " fascists" and "liberal progtard communists" -all the same to the republic, from turning the United States into a totalitarian state.
I see your point, and you do have a valid point. Many elections are plurality rule. My comments, as to the "nation" being democratic, referred to the election of the President and Senate etc. While the Senators elected win in a democratic manner the Senate itself is not democratic, nor is the election of the President. Hope this clarifies. On a brighter note .... I sure managed to get some decent comments going on the Facebook post ;)
I get tired of these pseudo-intellectuals who throw out political labels without any understanding of what the term means. Fascism is a system which invokes the primacy of the state and authoritarian nationalism. Nowhere have I supported, or stated any belief that such a system exists here, or should do so. People should become educated about a label before they use it.
The bigger worry is the quiet state-by-state usurping of the Electoral College that's going on right now. 12 states and counting. http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/04/21/states-quietly-sign-plan-change-election-system
Kevin, democratic decisions can also be plurality rule as well as majority rule, which is how most elections in the US are decided.
To the republic for which it stands is not a meme tyrant. It's the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the united stars of America. If you don't like it get lost and move to England or some other crap country and stop trying to ruin this one pos
Fascism is to the left, after communism, than socialism, then democracy, bein a conservative is on the other side of the fence, where this country started and the country functioned properly. All the horror shows we see in this country are a result of straying away from the "republic" which represents each individual and their rights. Not divide and conquer like democracy, communism, socialism, and the. The entirely conquered fascism
@ Robert burns the fascists are the anti-gun crowd, progtards, libtards you are a disturbed individual and you need help!
If elections were highly democratic then the candidate with the most votes would be President, not the candidate with the most electoral colleges who don't always vote the way the people do anyway. I don't know what you mean Gil - two wrongs etc - but my statement remains - the United States is not a democracy and never has been one. Majority rule (which is how a democracy works) was specifically excluded by the Forefathers. You can debate a pure democracy versus a democracy democracy all you wish to try and split hairs, but my original response is correct, is acknowledged legally and politically as correct, and will always be correct. And that is the point I made, and the reason I made it.
Someone needs to teach Kevin Newton that 2 wrongs don't make a right. Assuming that I agree with your statement that America never acknowledges the various forms of other types of ideologies, that has NOTHING to do with the type of democracy used in the U.S. You're comparing apples and oranges, instead of red apples and green apples, which is the point Chad was trying to make.
I still go back and forth on this myself. I would prefer no one use the term democracy to describe the US or its states. Re: Kevin Newton: "nothing in this country is democratic .... democratic principles do not apply here." I don't believe this statement is entirely correct. Although the neglect or removal of rights of law-abiding citizens by vote or election is prohibited, which is why I prefer the term republic and not democracy, we indeed use democratic processes and principles when choosing political officials. Elections are highly democratic or utilitarian, and the more-so the better.
I'd like to ask those responsible for "Independent Voter" to give those who follow you some ADVICE on what we can do, now that we've ridden ourselves of the Republican and Democrat Politicians & Candidates. Please advise....
The "media" in our country is nothing more than propaganda machines for the liberal and conservative cults.
So there's various forms of socialism, communism, etc? Funny, America never acknowledges that. Bluntly, nothing in this country is democratic. Majority never rules - democratic principles do not apply here. It doesn't matter which labels you wish to attach to it, it is not democratic.
Kevin Newton There are a variety of forms of a democracy. You are referring to a pure democracy. Which you are right, we are not a pure democracy.
I'm going to post an obvious statement and ask: true or false, good or bad, or your thoughts? Dumb format...
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How about getting the article right then? Isn't that what we expect our fourth estate to do? Deliver FACT? It doesn't have to be raised every time, but it does if the author of the article insists on referring to this country as something it is not. Would you object if they called the U.S. a Communist State, or would you ignore it and focus on other points in the article?
Does whether or not the U.S is a democracy or constitutional republic have to be raised EVERY time IVN makes a new post? How about answering the question asked for a change instead?
True.. Media puts lots of spin in their reporting, and are so bias it's discustingly clear we only get their agenda driven opinion
It is amazing that someone can rank third in the polls, has a good chance of making the general election in November, and still is denied access to a debate where voters could decide for themselves what they think of the candidates. The press should not have this kind of influence on elections.
@Alex_G I was as rude as I could possibly be, then I called my attorney, My attorney is very pleasant.