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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Not voting? Then you can only blame yourself

(AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

National estimates say only 14 percent of registered voters show up for primaries. My guess is that you guys might be a bit more engaged...so let's say 20 percent.

The problem, as I see it, is with so many "safe" seats and races, the primary is the only competitive election. We have been conditioned to think about general elections as "important," but it seems the political parties figured out they can't control the masses and would rather play to a smaller, more passionate crowd. In some cases, a few thousand votes TOTAL are cast in the primary!

The result?

By the time you -- the average voter -- gets engaged in the process in October, the candidates have already been chosen and the winner has been pre-determined by the "R" or "D" next to their name. We are only left to grumble about the choices, and many end up voting for the lesser of two evils.

But if we do not participate in the primaries, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

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About the Author


I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass upů so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".

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