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What to know about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall efforts

So how does the recall work? What awaits you Here’s what you need to know:

How many signatures does the recall require?

For the recall to progress, promoters must submit a total of 1,495,709 valid signatures to county election officials. before March 17th, the deadline set by the court, which has been extended due to the pandemic. The number of signatures required is 12% of the votes cast in the last governor’s election, when Mr Newsom defeated Republican businessman John Cox in 2018.

And yes – as the office of the secretary of state recently highlighted in response to incorrect information circulating online – signatures of any official petition must be verified and held valid.

In this case, election officials must compare the signature of the petition to the signature of the voter in their registration file; signatures must come from a registered voter.

The counties have until April 29 to verify signatures. After that, the Secretary of State’s office has 10 days to determine if there are enough valid signatures to qualify the recall election. (Another note: Voters who signed the recall petition can withdraw their signatures within 30 business days of this decision, and county election officials have 10 days after that period to notify the Secretary of State’s office of the number. people who have withdrawn.)

How many signatures did this recall actually get?

According to the latest state report, as of February 5, supporters of Mr Newsom’s recall effort had submitted around 1.1 million signatures in total, including 798,310 signatures that were verified by county officials. .

Of those, about 84%, or 668,202, were valid, meaning they belonged to a registered California voter.

Is the recall election likely to take place?

That 84% figure is an unusually high rate of valid signatures, compared to, say, a typical petition to put an initiative on the ballot. Observers say this is an encouraging sign for supporters of the recall.

Additionally, experts have told me that polls suggest there are plenty of voters, including around six million who voted for former President Donald J. Trump, who are likely to support a recall.

Widespread dissatisfaction with the initial vaccine rollout could be contributing to these numbers. Finally, as the school year nears its usual end, with most students learning from a distance, the governor comes under fire from Republicans and members of his own party for failing to reach a broad agreement on how to bring children back to classrooms.

Still, experts said things could change dramatically before voters are asked to decide whether to end their governor’s term prematurely.

What happens if a recall campaign gets enough signatures?

The state’s finance department will work with the secretary of state’s office and county election officials to estimate the cost of a recall election. Once that happens, the estimate is sent to senior state officials, and then the Joint Legislative Budget Committee has 30 days to review and comment on the costs before the signatures are officially certified.

After that, the lieutenant governor – not the secretary of state’s office – is required to schedule an election between 60 and 80 days from the date of accreditation. This could be extended to 180 days if it consolidated the recall election with a regular election.

Analysts suggested that a recall election could take place in November.

Voters would be asked two questions: Should Mr. Newsom be called back? And if a majority of voters say yes, who should replace him? (In 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger was the winner of a crowded field of candidates.)

Is this unusual?

Kind of. California is one of 19 states, plus the District of Columbia, that allows public servants to be recalled. And while recall efforts have been launched for every California governor since 1960, only one has led to an election.

Read more:

  • Here is a detailed explanation on how to recall a governor in California. [CalMatters]

  • Here’s everything you might want to know on who is behind the effort to recall Mr. Newsom and the story of the governor remembers. [The Los Angeles Times]

  • What do the polls say? Here is a recent overview. [The New York Times]

  • The state has responded to many questions about the recall process – in 2003. (Take the estimated costs with a grain of salt.) [California Secretary of State]

  • Could Democrats delay recall? Here’s a look at possible ways to extend the timeline – although some say it could give the recall supporters more time. [The Sacramento Bee]

  • The governor recently approved a law that would extend a requirement that a postal ballot be sent to each eligible voter in every election “declared or conducted” before the start of 2022. [California Legislature]


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  • Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state is revamping its vaccination efforts and that more doses would go to the central valley, which has been criticized by the pandemic. [The Bakersfield Californian]

  • It started with a hot mic moment, in which there were jokes about parents wanting their kids to go back to school so they would be free to smoke weed. Then the entire Oakley Union Elementary school district board quit. [The New York Times]

  • In his latest reform move, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, seeks information on agents with a history of misconduct that could affect their credibility in court. [The Los Angeles Times]

  • Following the passage of proposition 22, companies hope to leverage their advantage and use the model to convert millions of additional jobs into employment contracts. [Bloomberg]

Learn more about the fight for Proposition 22. [The New York Times]

  • “If the studios wanted to kill the Golden Globes, they could do it overnight,” a source said. “But everyone likes to receive an award.” The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is criticized again – for breaches of ethics and automation rules. [The Los Angeles Times]

  • California almond blossom, the world’s largest pollination event, has begun. [The San Luis Obispo Tribune]


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How Doug Ducey, Republican Gov. of Arizona, sees his party after Trump

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey drew criticism from some fellow Republicans in November for what would be routine in other years: certifying state elections. But it was only the second time a Democratic presidential candidate has won the state in 50 years, and many Republicans backed former President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to reverse the results.

This weekend, the Arizona Republican Party is expected to censor Mr. Ducey, who easily won re-election in 2018, Cindy McCain and former Senator Jeff Flake at a state party meeting on Saturday. Mr Ducey, who has said he considers himself a conservative Republican, mostly tried to ignore the reprimands and traveled to Washington to attend President Biden’s inauguration. We spoke with him about the political atmosphere in Arizona and nationally, and what the no-confidence vote could mean for the future of the GOP.

The interview has been slightly edited and condensed for clarity.

What has marked you about the inauguration of the president and your stay there now?

It’s incredibly special to be at any grand opening. I thought the president hit all the right notes in his speech. And this is a new start for a new administration. It was amazing to me how locked down the city of Washington, the level of security there, and the armed troops on the streets with fences and barbed wire. And of course, that was in response to what had happened a few weeks earlier.

Barely two weeks after the riot on Capitol Hill, President Biden spent most of his inaugural address talking about unity. Do you think it is possible for the country to unite at this time when there are so many divisions?

When I saw that President Biden’s theme was unity, I thought maybe it was a bridge too far. But I think his speech introduced all Americans to what is possible. And I especially liked him talking about how we can stop this “ungodly war”.

We have the capacity to continue to disagree, to advance our political concerns. And I’m sure we’ll have a lot of disagreements. But I thought for an opening speech it was appropriate. We are currently divided as a country. We can have a more appropriate discussion and debate than what we saw several weeks ago in the nation’s capital.

Since 2016, Arizona Republicans have lost both Senate seats and lost the presidential race in 2020.

What do you think the party needs to do to win statewide in 2022?

The candidate will import. And I also think for Republicans across the country we need to think in addition and multiplication rather than in subtraction and division. And in both races that I had as governor, this is the posture that I had. Going out to rooms where Republicans may never have spoken to them is something I’ve embraced and enjoyed. I think our results speak for themselves, this is the right way to gain votes statewide.

You met Senator Mitch McConnell while you were in Washington. Are you ready to run for the Senate in 2022, when you will be appointed out of the governor’s office?

I am not a candidate for the United States Senate. I knew Chief McConnell through the seat opened with the passing of John McCain. The purpose of the meeting was to talk about the Covid-19 relief package.

Are you excluding your candidacy for the Senate?

I am not a candidate for the United States Senate. It’s a no. I’m 100% focused on being the governor of the state of Arizona. I accepted the role of president of the RGA. So I have a full time job and then a full time job beyond that. And that’s what I’m focusing on.

Is the Arizona GOP getting hurt by taking this vote against you and Ms. McCain and Senator Flake?

I gave little or no time to think about it. I will stand by what I said before. I think we are better and stronger as a party when we add people rather than the alternative.

What do you think would be the political fallout? Does the party risk becoming a sort of fringe political group by voting against its own two-term governor?

We’ve had this type of behavior in the water before in the state of Arizona, in fact, a number of times. So this fever will break too. And they’re going to do what they’re going to do.

Do you think a busted party like this could win?

Several times it has already been busted and the Republican Party has won statewide. And I’m actually not going to pay attention to it anymore. The national media seem to be giving enough. It really has nothing to do with our agenda here, my election or my re-election. I am convinced that we will be able to overcome all obstacles in our way.

When you think of Arizona Republicans, not just party activists, is it a McCain party or a Trump party?

It’s a celebration of both. It is a broad coalition. It should be a big tent. There are a lot of people in this party who have great affection and respect for John McCain, his service, his heroism and his heritage, and we also support President Trump.

Let’s talk about the Republican Party at the national level. How do you think the party is leaving Trump without alienating its supporters? Is there some kind of reorientation that needs to happen?

I think the party is better off when it sets an agenda and actually presents good ideas and good policies. It’s also good when it comes to stopping or defending ideas that we think hurt people or may have good intentions but don’t have good results.

And when we focus too early on Election Day or think back to what might have happened on the last Election Day, it doesn’t always translate into positive steps. You’re talking about the next race and it’s now two years away, the best thing you can have is a good record, a good candidate and a good campaign.

I’m going to ask you a few questions about the housekeeper part. Arizona is currently an epicenter of the pandemic. What do you think needs to be changed to bring rates down there?

Our rates are dropping right now. What we have just experienced is our second wave. I don’t think you can ever anticipate what you know about this virus. It is vicious and unpredictable. And no one said there would be just two waves. We are seeing our ICU hospital capacity decrease, and we are also seeing our hospital discharge increasing. So these are all good signs.

But the only time a solution has been presented is when a vaccine is available. So our goal right now is to make sure we do all the steps to slow the spread, to protect the lives of people inside the state, while working as quickly as possible with real emergency and a sense of purpose to achieve this. vaccine in people’s arms.

You are the governor of a border state, which has talked a lot about border security. Mr. Trump identified so strongly with the detentions and the wall. With him gone, what do you think is going on with border security there?

I really hope the new administration cares about public safety in the state of Arizona and our border states. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. So I hope they will want to embrace the good things that have happened in terms of protection around the border.

Mexico is Arizona’s largest trading partner, but we also had some very real border issues four years ago involving drug cartels, human trafficking, and child sex trafficking and , anyway, these have been drastically reduced. And I hope the administration will continue to team up to protect the people, schools, and neighborhoods of Arizona residents.

Were you surprised that Trump supporters were basically split into a group between people who stood by his side when he wanted to overthrow the election and people like you who didn’t?

I look at it differently. I couldn’t have been more supportive of President Trump or his re-election until election day. After November 3, the job is to count the votes, add up the number, verify the vote and make sure it is correct. Arizona’s 15 counties certified the vote. I took an oath to uphold the law and respect the Constitution. I did my duty. I have been frank that I think the people who misinformed the Arizonans are wrong and that they should not and they should be held responsible.

What should accountability look like? And how to counter this disinformation?

I countered him in the Oval Office with the President. I talked about the accuracy of the Arizona vote, how we have implemented postal voting, reformed and improved it every two years since 1992. What we do in Arizona is proven and has proven itself. And when the administration filed a complaint with the Supreme Court, Arizona was not named.

As for the people who have lied and misinformed the public, it is up to the voters to decide. Voters must hold them accountable. And it appears that they have also received letters from private sector companies wanting to hold them accountable for their language as well.

Do you think Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs or Paul Gosar should be kicked out of the House for trying to block certification Arizona Electoral College votes?

I think people should be exposed for what they said and be held accountable for the statements they made. At the end of the day, in those offices you report to the people and the people make the final judgment. And in Congress, their peers can pass judgment.

Would you support the primaries against them?

We’re two years away from any election, so I’m not going to accept that. I want to drop politics.

How is it possible to let politics fall behind in this atmosphere by being the governor?

By leading with a political agenda that you want to advance in your legislature.

Do you think Trump is a weakened force without Twitter? Do you think he will be an important political force for a long time to come?

President Trump is a dominant voice in politics and, of course, within the Republican Party and social media it was a way of communicating. So having him off social media was unique because we haven’t heard from him except for the public appearances and speeches he gave.

But he’s a guy who has found a way to overcome obstacles in the past. And, of course, sites and platforms aren’t the only sites and platforms out there. And I am someone who believes that we should have freedom of speech and more speech is better than less speech. And I think the rules should be applied uniformly and I don’t think they have been applied uniformly.