IVP Calls on CA SOS Candidates to Reject Press Club Invitation

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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
If so, it is for voters to pass judgement, not the Press Club. We speak from experience when we say every candidate has a right to make an ass of themselves, and the voters have a right to see it. And, candidly, voters often judge candidates quite differently than we might expect.

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.

Sincerely,
Steve Peace
Jeff Marston
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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  1. dc_us bobconner  http://www.votedavidcurtis.org/curtis_proposes_debate_format_modification
  2. dc_us I'm pretty much right out of Fountainhead...(architecture)
  3. dc_us Hey Fred, nice to "see" you again,  http://www.votedavidcurtis.org/curtis_proposes_debate_format_modification
  4. dc_us Alex_G  I was as rude as I could possibly be, then I called my attorney, My attorney is very pleasant.
  5. dc_us http://www.votedavidcurtis.org/curtis_proposes_debate_format_modification
  6. Kountry Kev Listen were a federal republic. I'm a conservative, on the right. Fascism is a left wing ideology pal! U are the fascist
  7. R Gilder III Still with Kn here.
  8. R Gilder III uhhuh
  9. Kountry Kev 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
  10. Kountry Kev 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.
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Kountry Kev
Kountry Kev

Listen were a federal republic. I'm a conservative, on the right. Fascism is a left wing ideology pal! U are the fascist

Kountry Kev
Kountry Kev

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

Kountry Kev
Kountry Kev

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.

Kevin Newton
Kevin Newton

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 ;)

Kevin Newton
Kevin Newton

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.

nancyp
nancyp

perfect example of the scope of the partisan problem, and the need to address it

Brian Shank
Brian Shank

Kevin, democratic decisions can also be plurality rule as well as majority rule, which is how most elections in the US are decided.

Kountry Kev
Kountry Kev

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

Kountry Kev
Kountry Kev

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

R Gilder III
R Gilder III

A fascist. Hmm. I've read that somewhere before, seems to me...(meme)

Kountry Kev
Kountry Kev

@ Robert burns the fascists are the anti-gun crowd, progtards, libtards you are a disturbed individual and you need help!

Ricky R Jamison
Ricky R Jamison

Both MSNBC & Fox News are chock full of Extreme Wing Nuts.

Kevin Newton
Kevin Newton

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.

Gil Sery
Gil Sery

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.

Brian Shank
Brian Shank

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.

Kent Schisler
Kent Schisler

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....

Alex_G
Alex_G moderator

why not invite him? even if he was 'rude' as they say, why not let voters decide for themselves?

Kountry Kev
Kountry Kev

Were a republic. To the republic for which it stands. We're not a democracy

Duncan Webb
Duncan Webb

The "media" in our country is nothing more than propaganda machines for the liberal and conservative cults.

Kevin Newton
Kevin Newton

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.

Chad Peace
Chad Peace

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.

Kevin Gallagher
Kevin Gallagher

I'm going to post an obvious statement and ask: true or false, good or bad, or your thoughts? Dumb format...

Fred Conquest
Fred Conquest

Happens everyday in Nevada ... but we shall overcome. If You Want To Live In A Prosperous Nevada With World Class Schools, Healthcare, High Paying Jobs And Low Taxes Then Vote For Fred Conquest for Governor https://www.facebook.com/Iamnevada2014

Peter Johnston
Peter Johnston

It would be wonderful to find a media place that delivers fair, unbiased coverage of candidates.

Patrick Rowe
Patrick Rowe

I think the Green party are a bunch of idiotic commies but they should be allowed to go too.

Kevin Newton
Kevin Newton

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?

Gil Sery
Gil Sery

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?

William Monbleau
William Monbleau

True.. Media puts lots of spin in their reporting, and are so bias it's discustingly clear we only get their agenda driven opinion

Kevin Newton
Kevin Newton

Thank you R Gilder III ..... you are 100% correct.

Ed Augustine
Ed Augustine

Why I don't watch Fox News or MSNBC for political views, lol.

R Gilder III
R Gilder III

Kn is right. We are a constitutional republic.

Michael Carrasco
Michael Carrasco

I agree. Unfortunately I can't think of a better way to do it.

Kevin Newton
Kevin Newton

It can't "undermine our democracy" - the United States is not a democracy, and has never been one.

bobconner
bobconner

Kind of exposes the intent of the media; doesn't it?  Quite infuriating.

scpeacer
scpeacer moderator

The job of the press is not to determine who the voters should and shouldn't listen to.

dc_us
dc_us

@Alex_G  I was as rude as I could possibly be, then I called my attorney, My attorney is very pleasant.

dc_us
dc_us

I'm pretty much right out of Fountainhead...(architecture)