In watching the national Democrats' often disappointing and flaccid behavior these days, a lot of folks often ask me - what's the alternative to the Democratic Party? The answer is that it doesn't have to be an either/or, zero-sum alternative with fusion voting. Attached is my newest piece in the San Francisco Chronicle which shows how one third party is using this system to build up very real, very centrist and very progressive power in one of America's largest states. This is a model that can be replicated all over the country - not just in the 8 states that allow fusion. But that means it will take real efforts to reform election laws to allow fusion - and thus, democracy - to flourish.