A modest proposal
Given the current political situation in Texas, I wonder if now is a good time to propose two good-government changes to the ballot.
1. Stop electing judges.
2. End straight-ticket voting.
I happen to think that they dovetail together quite well, and that now is the perfect time. Democrats have the motivation to change because it will greatly increase their chances of winning statewide in 2010, 2012, or 2014. Republicans have the motivation to change because there is a latent fear that hegemony may not last forever.
If we stop electing judges, we'll shorten the ballot to the point where we don't need straight ticket voting as a convenient option anymore.
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