The Moderate Washingtonian

Outlook on politics and elections in the state of Washington from an overall centrist viewpoint. My views tend to be libertarian in nature, but at the same time are largely nonpartisan.

18 March 2008

Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

Sam Reed said it right: "Wow!" The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 against the state's political parties in overturning a lower court's decision that our Top Two primary is unconstitutional. This means that starting with this year's August primary, all candidates will be on a single primary ballot with the top two finshers advancing to the general election, regardless of party. For the record, Justices Scalia and Kennedy were the dissenters.

I'm absolutely floored by this decision. I had grown so used to courts siding with the parties over the people themselves, that I assumed SCOTUS would once again follow the lead of the lower courts. Happy, happy, happy!

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At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Island Republican said...

It is not such a big surprise due to the fact that the SCOTUS was over turning the 9th Circuit court. The 9th circuit court is a "favorite" court for the SCOTUS to reverse.

At 11:45 PM, Blogger TMW said...

True, though it's still a departure from previous judicial decisions on I-872 and from their ruling on the Jones case.


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