Top Two Primary

CA Fwd rallies political reformers from across the US around nationwide agenda for change

Amid highly polarized national politics, reform groups seek path forward at state and local level Read More

Categories: 50 State, Democracy, Elections, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Elections

CA Fwd—Approaching a Decade of Making a Difference

Ten years into an era of reform, California's outlook has been shaped by public desire for change in how government served the people. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Governance Reform, Term Limits, Leadership Council, Accountability, Budget Reform, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Lenny Mendonca, Pete Weber, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, State Budget, Transparency

From the Ivory Tower to the Mean Streets of Santa Monica

Recent studies document the moderating effects of California's Top Two primary and independent redistricting reform Read More

Categories: Democracy, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

Lenny Mendonca: Hiram Johnson Would Like This California Era of Reform

Despite shortcomings, the state's citizen ballot initiative process has brought important reforms to California via direct democracy. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Term Limits, Leadership Council, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Lenny Mendonca

Help Wanted: More California women needed to run for public office

Report: While city councils have increased representation by women, the number of women in the California Legislature is down.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Top Two Primary, Government, Civic Engagement, Elections

VIDEO: Is California’s nonpartisan primary having a positive effect on politics?

Elected officials and election experts weigh in on the Top Two primary at event that took stock of the election reform approved by voters five years ago.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Top Two Primary, Elections, Proposition 11

Automatic registration and the “unknown” voter

What does the addition of the "unknown" voter category by the New Motor Voter Program mean for California political party outreach? Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Top Two Primary, Civic Engagement, Elections

A Time for Bipartisan Deals

State Senator Steve Glazer, elected over a fellow Democrat via the top-two primary, pointed the way to bipartisan compromise through six new political rules he says will result in a stronger democracy. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Governance Reform, Budget Reform, Elections, Proposition 14

Elections summit takes stock of California’s nonpartisan top-two primary reform

The question of the day in Sacramento was whether California's open primary reform was reducing partisan gridlock and creating more competitive elections.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Redistricting

California lawmakers reflect on effects of top-two primary at upcoming summit

California’s open primary also known as "top-two" to be a featured topic at election reform summit in Sacramento on August 19. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Government, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14

Are California top-two primaries transforming state politics?

Study claims California's nonpartisan primary has made elections more competitive and decreased dysfunction in the Legislature.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14

CA Fwd hosting summit on California’s nonpartisan primary

Sacramento event, open to the public, will look at the state's "top-two" or nonpartisan primary and the future of other election reforms and will feature Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Senator Steve Glazer, other elected officials and experts in elections. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14

Bipartisan conversations address next steps toward improved governance

Leaders from across the political spectrum and across California will take part in public discussions about how to restore California's role as the model for other states to follow in the areas of education, jobs and public engagement.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Governance Reform, Term Limits, Government, Leadership Council, Accountability, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement, Elections, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Redistricting, State Budget, Transparency

CA Fwd’s comment on U.S. Supreme Court’s redistricting ruling

Statement on Monday's ruling in favor of independent redistricting commissions in Arizona case Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Governance Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

U.S. Supreme Court upholds citizens redistricting

The Supreme Court affirmed the power of Arizona's independent commission to draw congressional boundaries, a decision that protects California's own citizens redistricting reform. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting

California’s political reforms are working

Latest special election in district with political makeup similar to the entire state shows how California's top-two primary is an incentive for less partisan politics. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Government, Civic Engagement, Elections, Governance Reform, Proposition 14, Redistricting

A tale of two elections

When the California Legislature hit the campaign trail, the normally cynical press corps had to concede the session was one of the most productive and bipartisan in a generation. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Governance Reform, Term Limits

Pete Weber and Jim Mayer: State political reform is working

The evidence is growing that voters are getting the political reform they wanted when they seized from lawmakers the authority to draw district boundaries, opened primary elections to all voters, and modified term limits to reduce constant campaigning. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Governance Reform, Government

California’s top-two primary still making news

The jungle primary has created a number of competitive elections but the low voter turnout needs attention as well.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Top Two Primary, Elections

Top Two Primary invites independent voters to the party, too

Independent voters have long been the Plain Jane of the high school that is American politics, but now they're invited to the party...without having a party Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Top Two Primary