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Schwarzenegger Backs Open Primary, Stem Cell Props

Thursday, 21 October 2004 12:00 AM

The "Governator" is backing a pair of ballot initiatives slated for the Nov. 2 election that are not popular with his Republican Party, but which are leading slightly in statewide polls with voters.

Will his support be enough to tip the balance?

First, Schwarzenegger is backing Proposition 71, a $3 billion stem cell initiative that would provide almost $300 million every year for ten years for stem cell research. Opponents say the money would be used for embryonic stem cell research, but it is not clear that this is the case, and so Arnold is in a gray area of support with this one.

(Contrary to what Democrats and their allies in the media would have everyone believe, President Bush and many Republican lawmakers only oppose using federal funding for new embryonic stem cell lines; they have funded research on existing lines, and have no issues with adult stem cell research.)

Secondly, the governor backs Proposition 62, a measure which would "drastically alter how Californians pick candidates for the Legislature, Congress and statewide office," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Prop 62, otherwise known as the blanket primary measure, "would replace the current system with one similar to that in Louisiana. Under Proposition 62, voters could cast ballots for any candidate in a primary and the top two vote-getters would face each other in the general election, regardless of party," said the Times.

That means the general election might not find the top Democrat vote-getter and top Republican-vote getter facing off. It would mean the top two vote-getters, be they from one party or the other, or the same party, will face each other in the fall general elections.

And for once in California politics, state Democrats and Republicans are in agreement: Neither part wants the Governator to support the measure.

But, says Arnold, Californians "deserve to have an open primary so they can vote for whomever they'd like, no matter what party a candidate represents.

And, he adds, "I didn't come to Sacramento to make political parties happy."

It might not matter. Opponents have also placed Proposition 60 on the ballot, which — if it passes — will lock-in the state's current electoral process by enshrining it in the state constitution.

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