California stuck in Dem-GOP binary

Posted on AllSides October 4th, 2022
From The Center
Photo by Rahul Lal, CalMatters
ANALYSIS

“If people just vote for an R or D then all of our conversations are a waste of time.”

Robert Howell, the Republican candidate for California insurance commissioner, shared that somewhat fatalistic sentiment — that voters cast ballots for candidates simply based on the letter designating their party affiliation — in a Los Angeles Times interview published Monday.

But, in the same interview, Howell appeared to reaffirm the very concept he was denouncing: He said he decided to run for insurance commissioner against Democratic incumbent Ricardo Lara because there initially weren’t any other Republicans in...

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