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Party membership matters in Congress
The recent editorial supporting Proposition 121 misses one very critical issue in considering a nonpartisan primary vote on candidates for Congress.
It seems the editor as well as those supporting this change overlook the basic fact both houses of Congress rely on party membership to determine which party has control. The minority party in the state could be denied a voice in the selection process for candidates. If this proposition passes, then membership in a political party becomes meaningless locally but of major importance in Congress.
The current structure of Congress has a Democratic majority in the Senate refusing to consider proposals by a Republican House strictly for political reasons. The public is not aware that a Democratic-controlled Senate even when it had a veto-proof majority of 60 until 2010 did not consider or vote on a budget for strictly political reasons during Obama's presidency.