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Reform East. Reform West.

   A couple of eddies today about reform, hoped for here and attempted there:

- Pass SUNY reform - Buffalo News EditorialSunylogo
   As Albany approaches its piecemeal adoption of the 2010-11 state budget, the twin fates of SUNY and the Western New York economy hang in the balance. Prospects for passage of a bill that would give the SUNY system greater independence appear iffy, but that worrisome fact merely calls for supporters to increase their efforts on behalf of the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act.
measure, which would allow campuses to set their own tuition rates and encourage partnerships with private companies, has broad support around the state but runs into a hotbed of opposition in one key constituency: Democrats in the State Assembly

- Watch this California experiment - Buffalo News Editorial
    ... It’s a device called an open primary. Starting next year, every time California voters choose a member of their Legislature, vote for governor or other statewide offices or fill one of their 55 seats in Congress, they will dispense with the idea of two or more primary elections or party conventions and throw every hat into the same ring.
   Every candidate for a particular office will run in a primary election against every other candidate for that same office. The two top vote-getters go on to the November general election, even if they are members of the same party, or of a minor party, or of no party at all.
   The hope is that the open primaries will attract more voters than the relatively few party hearties who now show up for the undercard. That, supposedly, will make the selection process more representative of the electorate as a whole, and less likely to be supportive of the left-wing Democrats and right-wing Republicans who can dominate the process.
   The Sacramento Bee and the LA Times liked the idea.
   George F. Will and Ralph Nader did not.
   Is that what they mean by politics making strange bedfellows?

  -- George Pyle/The Buffalo News  


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