In California, for example, the Democratic Party controls everything from the Governorship to the dog catchers. And the Republican Party has all but collapsed.
In other states, the roles are switched.
But nowhere is there a party to represent independent-minded voters and put a check on partisan control.
This week, the Common Sense Partyannounced the launch of a new kind of political party. Not one built on an ideology. Rather, the party “is opening its doors to voters across the political spectrum who want politicians to put solutions over partisan politics.”
Some might think starting a third party is a crazy idea.
But, the party has a unique opportunity to be successful under California’s nonpartisan top-two primary because the Common Sense Party will be able to use its weight to support candidates during the first stage of the election -- not just for its own candidates, but “common sense” Republicans and “common sense” Democrats as well.
Once the California Common Sense Party has 67,000 voters registered it will be recognized as a ‘qualified’ political party. In just over a week, the party has already registered more than 10,000 voters.
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Certainly, politics in America is nothing like the sports industry. In the political game, when are you allowed to admit mistakes? When are you subject to rules that you or your allies did not write? Where are you encouraged to show your true and best self?
A new political party -- the California Common Sense Party -- is trying to introduce new political competition into California, not by pursuing an ideological agenda, but by appealing to voters from across the political spectrum who want to put practical policy before partisan politics.