The Republic's Linda Valdez is shilling for the "Top Two" Primary that Paul Johnson pushed--and voters overwhelmingly rejected--a few years ago.
"Reformers" have been trying to fix Arizona's elections for over a generation and all of their attempts have backfired. That's why the legislature went from a large group of moderates led by Burton Barr in the 1980s to well...to what we have today.
Campaign finance reform, term limits, public funding and letting Independents vote in partisan primaries was supposed to move the legislature to the middle. All of those proposals backfired--with the exception of letting Independents vote in Primaries which has simply been meaningless.
Under Valdez's resurrected Johnson proposal, all the candidates would run against each other in the Primary and none of them could use a party label. Valdez asks us to consider this scenario.
If you wonder how it would work, imagine if Ducey, Jones and the rest of the GOP candidates were in the primary race with DuVal. Imagine they all were vying to win enough votes from right, left and center in order to be among the two candidates who would move on to the general election.
OK. Now imagine this....Ducey and Smith are the two that survive the Primary and advance to the General. How's that for reform?
Sure, if the Democrats want to concede that they can't win a statewide race in Arizona then they will want to stage these "Jungle" primaries because they can ensure that the more moderate Republican wins.
That's what will happen, but I don't think it's what Linda has in mind.
Of course, what we have now isn't what Linda intended either.