The measure on the June 8 ballot would put all candidates for statewide, congressional and legislative offices on the same primary ballot. Passage could potentially weaken party power.
Two days after he was finally sworn in as California's lieutenant governor after a grueling partisan battle, Republican Abel Maldonado appeared on national TV with political comedian Stephen Colbert to discuss his signature issue, a primary election designed to reduce the influence of party hardliners in the Legislature.
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