It’s no secret that California is a one-party state. The Democratic Party has super-majorities in both chambers of the legislature. They have control of the executive branch. They write and enforce the rules in California politics.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party has collapsed in terms of both voter registrations and political influence.

But a new political party -- the California Common Sense Party -- is trying to introduce new political competition into California, not by pursuing an ideological agenda, but by appealing to voters from across the political spectrum who want to put practical policy before partisan politics.

Can it be done?