Union Ally Paul Cook Eyes Senate

Steven Greenhut: The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported today that Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, is running for state Senate, which perhaps explains why Cook was seen last week at a union rally where left-wing unionistas decried budget cuts. Cook was there to save the wasteful Euro-socialist program that turns family members into dues-paying union members who get paid to take care of their own family members. Also there was Jim Silva, the big-government union Republican from Orange County and Brian Nestande from Palm Desert. Silva also is running for Senate. Perhaps we are seeing the results of the new open primary system. In the past, liberal Republicans had to pretend to be conservative to win GOP primaries. Now they can follow their natural pro-union, big-spending tendencies given that there is no real primary any more.  This is the first evidence that the system is working as its designers planned it. Of course, this will work to the detriment of taxpayers.

JAN. 31, 2011

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  1. Richard Winger
    Richard Winger 1 February, 2011, 08:51

    This piece would be improved if it referred to Prop. 14 as the top-two system, not the open primary. “Open primary” has been defined consistently in US Supreme Court opinions (since 1972) and political science textbooks (for over 100 years) as a system in which each party has its own nominees and its own primary ballot, but any voter on primary day is free to choose any primary ballot. Prop. 14 is very different; parties don’t have nominees. It is not good journalism to use the same term to refer to two very different things, especially when there is so much confusion anyway.

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  2. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 9 February, 2011, 16:31

    This so-called “Euro Socialist” program actually saves taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year over the cost of nursing home care. Your hatred of unions is so deep it blinds you to the facts. How sad.

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  3. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 10 February, 2011, 10:49

    Apparently, Steve prefers the old primary system, where candidates had to lie about their political beliefs and kiss right-wing butt in order to win. One might think that the anti-government zealots were successful at the polls in recent years under the old system. LOL!

    What he is really afraid of is that moderates who care more about the people of California than rigid anti-government ideology might actually win.

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