John Nichols in The Nation:
California voters will decide [this] Tuesday [June 8] whether they want real choices in their elections or the limited options afforded them by the two major parties.
Proposition 14, placed on the ballot as part of a political deal involving Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative insiders, would abolish the current system of nominating candidates in party primary elections and then having them run on a fall ballot that features Democratic and Republican contenders as well as Greens, Libertarians, candidates of smaller parties and independents.
The new system would have all candidates of all parties, along with independents, run in the same primary. Then the two top finishers would contend against one another in November. In decidedly Democratic districts, that could mean a “choice” between two Democrats. In Republican-leaning districts, the “choice” could be between two Republicans. In statewide races, more often than not, a Democrat would still face a Republican, but there would be no alternative.