Gavin Newsom

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Will Face Recall Vote

Secretary of State’s office verifies his opponents have gathered enough valid signatures.

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It's official: Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom is on his way to facing a recall election.

On Monday, Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber announced that supporters have gathered more than enough valid signatures—1.6 million of them—to force a vote over whether Newsom will complete his term in office.

The state's last such recall election occurred in 2003, when Gov. Gray Davis—also a Democrat—was booted out of office by voters. Davis became increasingly unpopular due to his mishandling of an electricity crisis, which saw rolling blackouts during the summer heat.

Under Newsom, California has actually seen a return of summer rolling blackouts, but that's not the only justification for the current recall push. A number of voters are particularly upset about Newsom's reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has included unilaterally shutting down the state and tying reopening measures to hotly contested "equity metrics" and other politicized policies that seemed to have little to do with protecting public health.

Recall supporters still face an uphill battle. Yes, Newsom's overall popularity has taken a hit in the pandemic, but more than half of all voters still approve of his performance, according to a March poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. If the recall had been held at the time of the poll, only 40 percent would have voted him out. If the state continues to reopen, Newsom's support might not just hold steady but even start to increase.

Recall supporters also have another problem. Polling shows that Republicans heavily support the recall effort while Democrats heavily oppose it. Since Democrats overwhelmingly outnumber Republicans in the state, the math would seem to speak for itself.

On the other hand, summer is approaching and that might mean more rolling blackouts and related troubles, which might draw attention to Newsom's recently announced plan to completely ban fracking and phase out oil production within the state by 2025. Newsom's ambitious environmental agenda might end up hurting him at the polls if hundreds of thousands of people have to endure power outages during the hottest parts of the year.

So far, three Republican candidates have announced their intent to run as potential replacements should Newsom be recalled. They are businessman John Cox (who ran against Newsom in 2018 and lost by more than 20 percentage points); former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer; and former Olympian turned reality television star and transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner.

More candidates will surely come forward and, yes, it's going to be a circus. Remember that when Davis was recalled, 135 candidates ran to replace him. Only four of them broke the 1 percent barrier. Three of those candidates officially ran as Libertarians, collecting a combined total of 5,887 votes out of more than 9.4 million votes cast.

Californians who signed the recall petitions have 30 days to ask the secretary of state to remove their names. If enough signatures remain after that, the state's Department of Finance then gets 30 days to calculate the election cost, then another 30 days to review those figures, and then it's up to the state's lieutenant governor to set the date for the actual recall election, which will fall somewhere between 60 and 80 days from the final certification of signatures. If all of that goes as planned, the recall election will likely take place sometime in September, October, or November.

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  1. “…but more than half of all voters still approve of his performance, according to a March poll by the Public Policy Institute of California”

    Same with Cuomo in NY:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/24/upshot/andrew-cuomo-polls-governor.html

    all I can say is those places fucking deserve the government they continue to vote for

    1. Polls said: Hillary by a landslide!!!

      Take some comfort in that.

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    2. The problem is that many of these assholes don’t really love the policies as much as they claim; if they did, so many of them wouldn’t eventually leave and go somewhere else, which is why California just lost a congressional seat for the first time ever.

    3. The majority of voters don’t bother voting. They don’t deserve a governor who got less than 50% of the vote.

  2. Odd how the signatures for ballots in November could be verified in seconds, but this took months.

    1. Nothing to see here. Move along comrade.

    2. also that anyone who signed teh recall has a month to call in and have their name removed from the recall which can get it tossed. How come we don’t have a 30 day change your mind on elections.

      1. Good point. I like it

  3. I expect it will be seconds again for the recall election that Newsom will win when however many votes he needs turn up in the middle of the night after the polls have closed.

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  6. I don’t live in California, and I don’t have ID. Can I still vote on this issue by mail?

    1. Only if you identify as black.

      1. BIPOC, please.

        1. I’ve never understood why race hinged on whether you’re bisexual or not.

        2. Bipolar Canadian?

          1. B lack, I ndigenous, (and) People of Color

            1. B lack, Indigenous, (and) People, of Color

  7. Democrats (or at least the ones commenting on this story in the Washington Post) think that the bar for recall is way too low.

  8. Haul him out by his club tie.

  9. “and former Olympian turned reality television star and transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner.”

    No one named Caitlyn Jenner ever entered any Olympic event.

    1. At the time, she had the balls to enter the Olympics as Bruce.

      1. “Had.” That ship has irrevocably sailed.

        Balls away, my boys, balls away.

    2. People changing names isn’t all that unusual or controversial, whatever you may think about the nature of gender.

      1. Well in my 49 years in Cali, I only know one woman who changed her name. So in my observations it’s not common at all?

        1. They’re all single or didn’t adopt their master’s surname? That strikes me as unusual. Unless they’re Asian, in that case the bride isn’t worthy of taking the family surname.

  10. And if Gavin manages to stay in office then I’m sure Sevo, Nards, LC, Red Rocks, JesseAZ and the rest of the Cyber Ninjas will be really to deal with the totally obvious”voter fraud”!

    1. lol is projection therapy beneficial?

      1. Nope, douchebaggery is pretty clear to see in others.

  11. “Recall supporters still face an uphill battle. Yes, Newsom’s overall popularity has taken a hit in the pandemic, but more than half of all voters still approve of his performance, according to a March poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. If the recall had been held at the time of the poll, only 40 percent would have voted him out”

    The people who want him to stay don’t really care whether it’s him or some other Democrat in 2022, and chances are that Newsom will be replaced by some other Democrat in 2022 anyway.

    Meanwhile, the people who want Newsom out would walk miles through the desert in their bare feet to vote against him. It isn’t just the number of people who say they’d keep Newsom; it’s also the intensity of the people who dislike him.

  12. As an ex-Califuck-a-knee-an, I think it’s something they need to do repeatedly. Now do every state senator and assembly member.

    1. Now do every state senator and assembly member.

      Yes, please.

  13. I strongly support recalls and impeachments as means to hold these clowns accountable and “clean the stables.” We use them much to infrequently to chase the clowns from office, and Newsom is a clown. Like with Trump, partial impeachments or failed recalls risk becoming future deterrents to the next one. Newsom surviving is a worry, because California for its / his multitude of failures is doing very well compared to the rest of America on the biggest issue of the pandemic.

    California has lowest COVID-19 case rate in nation
    https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-04-26/california-lowest-coronavirus-case-rate-nation

    Newsom was a hypocritical bad example and deserves little, if any, credit; but if he gets enough to survive recall that is a shame for California and a brake on recalls and impeachments, when we need them at full throttle.

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