Political Leadership – Greatly admired, but not understood, and thus, contradictorily under appreciated. America’s voter electorate community is in migratory political transition. In particular, California voters are increasingly, since 1996, changing to register as non-partisan Independent voters.
How long does it take to become effective on Capitol Hill, and thus, impact crucial committees that are important to California? This can be achieved with a national agenda for preliminary candidate training. Such a training curriculum would include: “what to do and how to function” as a qualified pre-trained freshman Senator. This, in preparation for national service, prior to the General Election, will be proof of leadership by earning increased qualifications and credentials, and by not waiting until after the results of the November election. This is like learning functional work skills prior to applying to a job opening. It constitutes appropriate professional and personal initiative and emphasizes commitment on the election campaign resume!
Extended comprehensive training for California federal candidates would include additional pragmatic syllabus developed as a public service by organizations such as: The Fund for American Studies (George Washington University in WDC), the Ronald Reagan Ranch, the Pacific Legal Foundation, The World Affairs Council of California … .
Nonpartisan Independent Candidate qualifications and experience:
1. Previous candidate as non-partisan Independent, declined-to-state, unaffiliated (district or state-wide…both is best)
2. Previous candidate in a partisan primary but did not achieve being on the General Election ballot as typically not appealing to the radical wing of that political party’s “regular” partisan primary voters and subsequently changed to non-partisan Independent voter registration because of disgust with politics-as-usual
3. Previous author of non-partisan California Constitutional Amendment(s)
4. Previous some involvement in non-partisan election process (such as election worker volunteer in their county)
5. Previous voter signature gathering experience
6. Previous experience in local community or county administrative infrastructure or educational district issues
7. Minimum of previous consistent frequent voter history
8. Minimum of changing voter registration to non-partisan before November 2010
GOAL: Achieve non-partisan Independent candidates (2 November, 2010) in every: California Assembly District, California Senate District, US Congressional District, US Senate and California Governor and California Lieutenant Governor campaign. Each candidate needs to accomplish an effort to gather signatures to qualify to be on the November General Election Ballot and all will be supported in this effort with a collective over-reaching state-wide focus. Regardless, not all will succeed (but with enough collective exposure to be note-worthy write-in candidate (not a quitter) and positioned to be a future successful candidate on a future General Election ballot). Significantly, while they are gathering signatures for themselves, they can also gather signatures for the other candidates (in overlapping other elected office districts) and the following list of superlative California Constitutional Amendments that are the harmonized and consistent campaign platforms for all non-partisan Independent transformational candidates.
There should be a nationally uniform constituency communications platform that is more useful than ineffectual “town hall meetings”. This would be an admirable “power to the people” service that would demonstrate a fully developed pragmatic-populist campaign. This communications platform will also become the secure communications platform solution to empower higher quality legislation development between governmental offices on Capital Hill and all 50 States district offices of the House of Representatives and Senators.
The political parties have never provided funding to reimburse the California Department of Elections for costs attributed to such services for their political party primary election nomination process. Therefore, the political parties must implement their own internal nomination process without any taxpayer funding.
Current law provides that when a person “is” 18 years on the day of a General Election they may register and vote in that General Election. The new amended qualifications to be changed to … when a person “will be” 18 years….
This Initiative will provide that such a person, who will be 16 years on the day after a California gubernatorial General Election, may register to immediately be a lawful California voter with all rights, privileges and responsibilities in the next following California gubernatorial General Election and all intermediate federal, state, county and local elections.
This Initiative will provide that such a person, who will be 14 years on the day after a California presidential General Election, may register to immediately be a lawful California voter with all rights, privileges and responsibilities in the next following US presidential General Election and all intermediate federal, state, county and local elections.
This Initiative will be the transformational means for such youth to immediately start developing their political experience. They can immediately start gathering signatures by inspiring family, friends, teachers, etcetera (who are registered voters) to circulate petitions as the qualified voter. They can personally gather signatures by having an adult citizen, as the qualified voter; accompany them as they talk to voters, in a multi-generational empowerment effort.
Current law provides that non-partisan Independent candidates must gather a large percentage of voter signatures in mostly undefined district or state geographical area.
This Initiative will provide that a district candidate must gather voter signatures throughout that district (demarcation by all the Zip codes of that district). This Initiative will provide that a state-wide candidate must gather voter signatures throughout all of California (demarcation by all 58 counties). A minimum number (X) of voter signatures if gathered personally by the candidate. A minimum number (X times 10) of voter signatures if gathered by unpaid volunteers personally coordinated by the candidate. A minimum number (X times 100) of voter signatures when gathered by paid voter signature collectors (individual gathers or professional gathers by such a business).
This Initiative already exists as was proposed in 2007 but did not gather enough signatures to be on the ballot.
Current law provides that a runoff-election is not required in some elections (resulting there is not a popular mandate for the new elected person), and that other elections require a secondary run-off election (at additional cost to the taxpayers and always with a reduction in the number of voters that determine the results.
This Initiative will provide that Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) (see http://instantrunoff.com for partial overview of the procedure) be implemented in all California election jurisdictions. It is not “instant” so the term is something of a misnomer as “instant” refers to the fact that a second runoff election is not required (to achieve 50%+ elected vote count).
As the Electoral College election calculation determines the newly elected US President, this procedure would qualify a non-partisan Independent candidate to be listed on ALL 50 state ballots when the candidate has otherwise obtained qualification on enough state ballots to reach the numerical calculation of majority of Electoral College votes.