Christina Tobin, Libertarian for CA Secretary of State, announces schedule and opposes Prop 14

If you’re in California, check out ballot access reform advocate and Libertarian candidate for California Secretary of State Christina Tobin‘s newly announced schedule (Tobin is also getting help from some of the more prominent and respected ballot access reform advocates in the nation, like Richard Winger and Ralph Nader):

Christina Tobin Announces Schedule of Speaking Events and Launch of the “Stop Top Two” Website

Tobin, Libertarian Candidate for California Secretary of State, Continues to Advocate Against Proposition 14 with Ralph Nader’s Support

MILL VALLEY, CA (March 11, 2010) – Christina Tobin, Libertarian Party candidate for Secretary of State of California, today announced two speaking engagements scheduled for Friday, March 12. Tobin also announced the launch of the Stop Top Two website. Both initiatives are focused on fighting Proposition 14.

On Friday, March 12, Tobin will be interviewed on antiwar.com radio at 11:15 a.m. PST. Also on March 12, Tobin will speak to the 11th Annual International Conference of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy in San Francisco at 5:30 p.m. PST.

The Stop Top Two (www.stoptoptwo.com) website launched today. The website will be the leading site for Californians opposed to Proposition 14, the “top-two open primary.”

Ralph Nader, leading advocate for third-party candidate and full voter rights, stated, “Unless defeated, Proposition 14 would establish a two-party tyranny that prevents other candidate choices for California voters from the November election ballot. In short, Proposition 14 wants to shut you up if you disagree with the arrogant, big two-party politicians.” Nader continues, “I am pleased that Tobin is taking the lead on stopping this legislation with the Stop Top Two website.”

Proposition 14 includes the following: (1) increases the requirements for minor parties to remain ballot-qualified; (2) abolishes write-in voting for both Congress and state office in November; (3) treats candidates unequally by permitting members of “qualified” parties to have their party affiliation next to their names on the ballot, but not permitting that label for members of unqualified parties, like the Reform Party; (4) makes it virtually impossible for minor party and independent candidates to appear on the November ballot for Congress and statewide office; and (5) makes it impossible to implement Proposition 15, Senator Loni Hancock’s measure for public funding for Secretary of State candidates. Further, Proposition 15 has received extensive support. If Proposition 14 is passed by the voters, then Proposition 14 will obliterate Proposition 15.

“Proposition 14 adversely damages voters’ rights in numerous ways, yet the mainstream media in California has not publicized this information,” stated Tobin. “Ironically, media outlets have discussed how the American people are outraged with the top two parties. Imagine a law that allows only the top two newspapers or magazines to hit the newsstands. This legislation would make these parties dictatorial, which is why we are going to great lengths to get the message out. No on Prop 14.”

12 thoughts on “Christina Tobin, Libertarian for CA Secretary of State, announces schedule and opposes Prop 14

  1. Michael Seebeck, ballot analyst

    Actually, Prop 15 needs to go down as well, as it used to created a pilot program to piblicly fund elections on an uneven playign field that does not benefit minor parties at all. It was originally a piece of legislation that was pared down to the program from its original intent of doing the same thing for all state races. Looking at the current text (see http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/vig-public-display/060810-primary-election/prop-15/text-prop-15.pdf) it is now back to the original state.

    Prop 15 would require for a candidate to get public funding that they procure 7500 donations of at least $5 each to qualify, and each of those $5 has to be recorded and tracked to count, and becomes public record.

    IOW, the public funds go to the major parties broad support base, leaving minor parites out by sheer numbers, unbalancing the playing field even more against us.

  2. Bruce Cohen

    I had to use my search function to find the word “Libertarian” on her home page? Is Christina embarrassed to show her Libertarian colors?

    There is a grand total of four small print mentions of the word Libertarian out of all the text on the front page.

    Seems to me, someone is not very committed to the brand.

  3. Ross Levin Post author

    Bruce, it seems like she’s focusing more on the election reform aspect of it than the party itself. It makes sense, and it seems like a very good thing, IMHO.

  4. Bruce Cohen

    Hey fine with me, but stop pretending.

    PS Badnarik for Congress did the same thing and it backfired.

    This is another lesson the ‘Nolan’ taught in his ‘Politics 101’ classes.

    If you hide your affiliation and voters find out at the ballot box, they will vote for you less than your polling numbers.

    In my humble opinion, if this is about Ms. Tobin, it changes everything.

    If it’s about election reform, likewise.

    But if it’s about running for office as a Libertarian, why hide it?

    I’m just saying!

    And Laker@4, I have to agree with you in general, though not in specific.

  5. Be Proud!

    Attn: Christina Tobin:

    Please declare your Libertarian Party candidacy proudly and boldly on your website and on all you campaign materials.

    It doesn’t have to be the biggest lettering, your name should be biggest. Variations in size make materials more attractive. But, since you will be a Libertarian on the ballot, hiding your party in advance of the election will hurt you come election day.

    Make sure your donors and supporters know that you are a Libertarian. You will raise more money and get more votes.

  6. Christina Tobin

    Proposition 15

    According to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News, third party candidates need to gather 1/2 as much donations as compared the two party tyranny but only get 1/4 of the public funding. Independents must gather twice as many donations in order to get the same amount of public funding as the two party tyranny.

    If Third Parties gather half as many donations they should get half the funding, however, third parties should also be given the option to get the same amount of funding if they gather as many donations as the two party tyranny. Same with Independents. If they have to gather twice as many donations they should get twice the public funding. Independents should ONLY have to get the same amount of donations as the two party tyranny.

  7. Straight .......... from Lake

    Be Proud! [BE CAREFUL]
    // Mar 12, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Attn: Christina Tobin: [HEY GIRL IT IS YOUR CAMPAIGN! RUN IT AS YOU SEE FIT!]

    Please declare your Libertarian Party candidacy proudly and boldly on your website and on all you campaign materials. [HEY GIRL YOUR PARTISAN AFFILIATION WILL BE PLAINLY DISPLAYED ON OFFICIAL PRE ELECTION AND ELECTION DAY MATERIAL!]

    It doesn’t have to be the biggest lettering, your name should be biggest. Variations in size make materials more attractive. But, since you will be a Libertarian on the ballot, hiding your party in advance of the election will hurt you come election day. [BRUCE COHEN IS OFTEN, OFTEN WRONG AND COULD (QUIETLY) REVERSE HIM SELF YET AGAIN!]

    Make sure your donors and supporters know that you are a Libertarian. You will raise more money and get more votes. [NOT WITH LPCa ‘s DYSFUNCTIONAL REPUTATION …….]

  8. Straight .......... from Lake

    I have to agree with you in general [on LPCa], though not in specific. [Huh ??????? Same ole Multi personality BS/BC!]

    [How did the Long Beach state Lib scream fest go ????? How is being a disloyal American citizen going ???????? How is being a pro war, pro intervention Fake Lib going ???????????]

  9. To fascist Zionist Bruce Cohen .......... via Don Lake

    ISRAELI JUNTA SUED FOR THE MURDER OF RACHEL CORRIE!

    In January 2003, Rachel Corrie, a 23 year-old American Peace Activist & college student from Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington, tried to stop the unwarranted destruction of a private Palestinian home in Gaza when she was deliberately run down by an Israeli military bulldozer operator while she was calling out to him on a handheld bullhorn!

    Standing behind Rachel were three small children and their parents with whom Rachel was staying. She was properly identified in a red-fluorescent vest, like hunters wear, and calling out on the bullhorn!

    But the Israeli operator & his companion soldier deliberately ran into Rachel with the bucket of the huge Caterpillar bulldozer, knocked Rachel to the ground, ran over her, then backed up over her crushing her back where she died within minutes thereafter.

    No disciplinary action of any kind was taken against the soldiers by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) – even though the whole incident was recorded on camera and witnessed by scores of persons!

    See video stream

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