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==Issues==
 
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===Top-two primary system===
After launching their campaigns for [[California Secretary of State]], [[California State Senator]] [[Alex Padilla]] (D) and ex-state Sen. [[Leland Yee]] - who ultimately had to withdraw from the race after he was arrested in March 2014 - expressed concerns about [[Ballot access requirements for political candidates in California|ballot access]] limitations for minor parties under the [[Blanket primary|top-two primary system]]. Then-Senator Yee opposed the top-two system since it was originally proposed on the ballot, and Senator Padilla said his office was looking into legislative solutions. Under new qualifications implemented with the [[Blanket primary|top-two primary system]], minor party candidates must collect 10,000 signatures to waive a filing fee equal to two percent of the first year's salary for state offices or one percent for members of Congress. Prior to implementing the top-two system, the number of signatures required to waive that fee was 150, so most minor parties opted to file petitions. Michael Feinstein, spokesperson for the California Green Party, said they would welcome any legislation that would seek to address ballot access problems for minor parties.<ref>[http://www.calnewsroom.com/2014/02/20/padilla-yee-looking-at-3rd-party-ballot-access-issues/ ''CalNewsroom.com'', "Padilla, Yee looking at 3rd party ballot access issues," February 20, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.calnewsroom.com/2014/02/14/in-statewide-debut-top-two-primary-blocks-third-parties-from-june-ballot/ ''Calnewsroom.com'', "In statewide debut, top-two primary blocks third parties from June ballot," February 14, 2014]</ref>
 
===Leland Arrest===
 
On March 26, 2014, Democratic candidate [[Leland Yee]] was arraigned on seven charges of corruption and firearms trafficking. Yee, along with 25 others, was involved in an FBI operation to uncover those suspected of illegal activities involving drugs, guns and arranging murder for hire. If convicted, Yee would face up to 20 years in a federal prison. He was released on a $500,000 unsecured bond.
 
Yee's alleged illegal activities stem from his debt acquired in a failed run for San Francisco mayor in 2011 and money raised for the Secretary of State race. Authorities believe Yee accepted money for official actions performed while in office. These actions included urging an agency to accept a software contract from a specific vendor in exchange for $10,000, writing a Senate proclamation to honor the Chee Kung Tong group for $6,800 and introducing a medical marijuana businessman to state legislators working on the issue for $21,000. Unknown to Yee, all of these paying contacts were undercover agents. In other attempts to raise money, Yee allegedly promised to help other undercover agents obtain illegal guns from an international arms dealer. <ref>[http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/26/6271916/fbi-california-sen-leland-yee.html#storylink=cpy ''The Sacramento Bee,'' FBI: California Sen. Leland Yee took bribes, trafficked guns, March 27, 2014]</ref>
 
  
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Under new qualifications implemented with the [[Blanket primary|top-two primary system]], minor party candidates must collect 10,000 signatures to waive a filing fee equal to two percent of the first year's salary for state offices or one percent for members of Congress. Prior to implementing the top-two system, the number of signatures required to waive that fee was 150, so most minor parties opted to file petitions.
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After launching their campaigns for [[California Secretary of State]], [[California State Senator]] [[Alex Padilla]] (D) and ex-state Sen. [[Leland Yee]], who ultimately had to withdraw from the race after he was arrested in March 2014, expressed concerns about [[Ballot access requirements for political candidates in California|ballot access]] limitations for minor parties under the [[Blanket primary|top-two primary system]]. Then-Senator Yee opposed the top-two system since it was originally proposed on the ballot, and Senator Padilla said his office was looking into legislative solutions.<ref>[http://www.calnewsroom.com/2014/02/20/padilla-yee-looking-at-3rd-party-ballot-access-issues/ ''CalNewsroom.com'', "Padilla, Yee looking at 3rd party ballot access issues," February 20, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.calnewsroom.com/2014/02/14/in-statewide-debut-top-two-primary-blocks-third-parties-from-june-ballot/ ''Calnewsroom.com'', "In statewide debut, top-two primary blocks third parties from June ballot," February 14, 2014]</ref> [[Green Party]] candidate [[David Scott Curtis]] has campaigned against the top-two system while independent candidate [[Dan Schnur]], who will be designated "no party preference" on the ballot since California’s Proposition 14 took away candidates' "independent" label option, is in favor of it. [[Democratic|Democrat]] [[Derek Cressman]] openly opposes the system but has not focused on the issue during his campaign.
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Also in the race, Democrat [[Jeff Drobman]] and two Republicans, [[Pete Peterson]] and [[Roy Allmond]], have not made their stances on the top-two system known as of April 2014.
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===Yee Arrest===
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On March 26, 2014, Democratic candidate [[Leland Yee]] was arraigned on seven charges of corruption and firearms trafficking. Yee, along with 25 others, was involved in an FBI operation to uncover those suspected of illegal activities involving drugs, guns and arranging murder for hire. If convicted, Yee would face up to 20 years in a federal prison. He was released on a $500,000 unsecured bond. Yee's alleged illegal activities stemmed from his debt acquired in a failed run for San Francisco mayor in 2011 and money raised for the Secretary of State race. Authorities believe Yee accepted money for official actions performed while in office. These actions included urging an agency to accept a software contract from a specific vendor in exchange for $10,000, writing a Senate proclamation to honor the Chee Kung Tong group for $6,800 and introducing a medical marijuana businessman to state legislators working on the issue for $21,000. Unknown to Yee, all of these paying contacts were undercover agents. In other attempts to raise money, Yee allegedly promised to help other undercover agents obtain illegal guns from an international arms dealer. <ref>[http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/26/6271916/fbi-california-sen-leland-yee.html#storylink=cpy ''The Sacramento Bee,'' "FBI: California Sen. Leland Yee took bribes, trafficked guns," March 27, 2014]</ref>
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Despite no longer being in the race, Yee's name will remain on the primary ballot. This is due to an election rule--scarcely seen outside California--barring candidates from withdrawing their names from the ballot after they file.
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
* [[California Secretary of State]]
 
* [[California Secretary of State]]

Revision as of 14:32, 15 April 2014



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California Secretary of State Election

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Debra Bowen Democratic Party
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California State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Controller, Superintendent, Insurance Commissioner

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The California secretary of state election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Debra Bowen (D) was first elected in 2006 and is ineligible to seek re-election in 2014.

California is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election.[1][2][3]

Candidates

General Election Candidates

Lost in the Primary

Issues

Top-two primary system

Under new qualifications implemented with the top-two primary system, minor party candidates must collect 10,000 signatures to waive a filing fee equal to two percent of the first year's salary for state offices or one percent for members of Congress. Prior to implementing the top-two system, the number of signatures required to waive that fee was 150, so most minor parties opted to file petitions.

After launching their campaigns for California Secretary of State, California State Senator Alex Padilla (D) and ex-state Sen. Leland Yee, who ultimately had to withdraw from the race after he was arrested in March 2014, expressed concerns about ballot access limitations for minor parties under the top-two primary system. Then-Senator Yee opposed the top-two system since it was originally proposed on the ballot, and Senator Padilla said his office was looking into legislative solutions.[14][15] Green Party candidate David Scott Curtis has campaigned against the top-two system while independent candidate Dan Schnur, who will be designated "no party preference" on the ballot since California’s Proposition 14 took away candidates' "independent" label option, is in favor of it. Democrat Derek Cressman openly opposes the system but has not focused on the issue during his campaign.

Also in the race, Democrat Jeff Drobman and two Republicans, Pete Peterson and Roy Allmond, have not made their stances on the top-two system known as of April 2014.

Yee Arrest

On March 26, 2014, Democratic candidate Leland Yee was arraigned on seven charges of corruption and firearms trafficking. Yee, along with 25 others, was involved in an FBI operation to uncover those suspected of illegal activities involving drugs, guns and arranging murder for hire. If convicted, Yee would face up to 20 years in a federal prison. He was released on a $500,000 unsecured bond. Yee's alleged illegal activities stemmed from his debt acquired in a failed run for San Francisco mayor in 2011 and money raised for the Secretary of State race. Authorities believe Yee accepted money for official actions performed while in office. These actions included urging an agency to accept a software contract from a specific vendor in exchange for $10,000, writing a Senate proclamation to honor the Chee Kung Tong group for $6,800 and introducing a medical marijuana businessman to state legislators working on the issue for $21,000. Unknown to Yee, all of these paying contacts were undercover agents. In other attempts to raise money, Yee allegedly promised to help other undercover agents obtain illegal guns from an international arms dealer. [16]

Despite no longer being in the race, Yee's name will remain on the primary ballot. This is due to an election rule--scarcely seen outside California--barring candidates from withdrawing their names from the ballot after they file.

See also

External links

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References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Pete Peterson for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  5. The Sacramento Bee, "Republican leader of policy institute to run for secretary of state," April 23, 2013
  6. Alex Padilla for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  7. Roy Allmond for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named August15candidates
  9. Derek Cressman for Secretary of State 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 11, 2013
  10. Jeff Drobman for California Secretary of State, "Facebook Timeline," accessed March 28, 2014
  11. California Secretary of State, "Voter Guide: Voluntary Campaign Spending Limits for Candidates for Statewide Elective Office," accessed March 28, 2014
  12. Dan Schnur for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 28, 2014
  13. David Curtis for Secretary of State 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 11, 2013
  14. CalNewsroom.com, "Padilla, Yee looking at 3rd party ballot access issues," February 20, 2014
  15. Calnewsroom.com, "In statewide debut, top-two primary blocks third parties from June ballot," February 14, 2014
  16. The Sacramento Bee, "FBI: California Sen. Leland Yee took bribes, trafficked guns," March 27, 2014