‘No party preference’ gains again

‘No party preference’ gains again

Breaking badCalifornia Democrats are enjoying the decline of the Republican Party. But they shouldn’t party hearty too quickly. Because their party also is not finding satisfaction with voters.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported:

Updated voter registration numbers released by Secretary of State Debra Bowen today show 23.1 percent of California voters registered without a political party preference – an all-time high. A total of 17,634,876 Californians are registered to vote.

That’s 4.1 million not registered with any party.

Democrats have 7.7 million registered voters, or 43.4 percent.

Republicans have 5 million registered voters, or 28.2 percent.

That means Republican registration is in third place, behind those with no party. On the other hand, Democratic registration is way below half and dropping.

People obviously are dissatisfied with the current system, which is so unresponsive to voter needs. Republicans obviously are having problems connecting with voters. Their current crop of candidates seems to be trying to change, but is unlikely to do better this Nov. 4. Any potential strong improvement is years off.

But Democrats are frozen into subservience to the powerful public-employee unions that write the campaign checks. That’s why pension reform is so halting, and comprehensive changes likely won’t occur until more municipal, and perhaps school district, bankruptcies shake the system during a future recession.

It also doesn’t help that voting seems to be meaningless. In 2008, voters approved Proposition 1A, $9 billion in bonds for a high-speed rail project. But the current project being built by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic-led Legislature doesn’t resemble what the voters were promised, as lawsuits against the project have charged.

In 2003, voters recalled Gov. Gray Davis and elected Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who promised not to raise taxes and to “blow up the boxes” of bureaucratic waste. Instead, he went on a spending binge and to pay for it raised taxes a record $13 billion.

Might as well stay home and watch reruns of “Breaking Bad.”

Note: The registration numbers were changed from the original, which used the Secretary of State’s 2010 numbers instead of those for 2014.


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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 25 September, 2014, 15:36

    The Republican leadership is full of idiots. Why are so many of them refusing to push back against illegal immigration? Many are actually jumping on board the amnesty bandwagon. It’s a given that the illegals, once legalized, will become democrats at their first opportunity. The democrat membership in Cali will continue to grow while more conservatives, like me, flee the Republican Party for repeatedly betraying us on fundamental conservative principles like immigration, taxes, equality under the law, etc….

    I’m convinced that we live under a one-party political system. I refuse to believe that seasoned politicians could be so stupid as to destroy their own political party by violating the very principles that brought them to power. I believe everything you see is willful.

    One big happy family.

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 25 September, 2014, 22:16

    Look at Hawaii.

    One party rule. Multi-generational welfare. Awful public schools with low parent invovlement. Service economy. Globalists vacation playground. Enviro stuff going down everywhere. High food costs. High housing prices. High fuel prices.

    Sound remotely similar?????!

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    LetitCollapse 25 September, 2014, 23:42

    Watching politics in California is like watching a Keystone cop movie where the cops get laughingly suckered by the crooks. The Republicans play right into the hands of the Democrats and then act bewildered over their declining membership and dwindling influence in state political affairs. Like I said, I can’t believe GOP’ers are that stupid – so I have to assume it’s all done willfully. If you ever notice, whenever there’s a close vote on an important bill there’s always a couple Republicans who will betray their principles and vote with the enemy while all the Democrats stand their ground. In fact, I have seen that happen several times. Yet I have NEVER seen a few Democrats stray from the party line and side with the Republicans to throw a vote in the favor of the state GOP. I have concluded that this is no coincidence. It is willful and intentional to sustain the one-party system.

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