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In the third Star Wars Movie , it's a young child enrolled in the Jedi Order Academy who explains why he will soon fall into the hands of his enemies. "Master Skywalker, there are too many! " Exclaims the child just before his death.
As someone who grew up in California and has followed his politics for decades, it's pretty clear why Gouv, Gavin Newsom survived the recall attempt. It was a numbers game.
In 2003, when voters ousted Gray Davis from the governor's office and replaced him with action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, California was a much less liberal state. Democrats only held an eight point advantage in the inion of voters. This year, supporters of Newson's recall have been confaced with a state where the Democrats had a 23 point inion advantage (47% to 24%, the others expressing no party preference). No Republican has won more than 47% in a statewide race since 2006.
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With the failure of Newsom 's recall, you can expect Democrats and their media to all This is to ally and question the very validity of the California recall process. Ironically, the recall is a progressive-era reform built into the state constitution for 110 years and designed to allow citizens to speak out if special interests or a one-party state come to dominate. the state government.
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" The recall process is crazy "New York Times columnist Paul Krugman intends. The Los Angeles Times attacks forces "who exploit this outdated law to seize power.
California Sen. Alex Padilla describes the recall as "partisan, reckless, dangerous". An Atlantic magazine columnist reports that Newsom told him that if he survives the recall, "he will consider changing the law to make recalls more difficult." "
Secretary of State Shirley Weber, who was herself appointed by Newsom earlier this year, wondered if it should be possible for someone to become governor without winning a majority of the vote. She also suggested that the signing threshold required to force a recall election for governor might be too low. State lawmakers have already sent in at Newsom's office a bill prohibiting paying professional signature collectors to collect signatures in order to pute recalls, initiatives and referendums on the ballot.
State Senator Ben Allen, a Democrat from Santa Monica, introduced a constitutional amendment that would allow a politician facing a revocation to also stand as a replacement candidate. The best voter, whether titular or challenger, would serve for the remainder of the term. In practical terms, such a change would make recalls almost impossible.
Another idea would be for the Lieutenant Governor of California to automatically gain access to the governor's office, which would likely negate the chance that voters could use the recall to move into another ideological orientation. Yet another proposal would dramatically reduce the reasons allowed for a recall.
Some Democrats fear their party's zeal to bring the recall process to its knees may be curbed. Even Gray Davis the only governor ever rapsLe in California History said that any change in the recall process "should be a bipartisan effort ".
But the likelihood of that happening is low or zero.
"The Democrats, who already dominate California politics, are the ones who want changes that, in effect, would further strengthen their control by making it more difficult, if not impossible, to oust an incumbent of governor or some other office, "notes Dan Walters, the dean of California political journalists who is now a columnist at CalMatters.org." A person's reform is the power journey of another person. "
The real danger of any measures to limit recalls is that they would also limit the right of voters to put initiatives and referendums on the ballot. This power may be the only control over California 's One State of Party.
The left has undergone serious policy reversals during the s votesur measures to 12 ballots last November. rent control and rejected a law designed to unionize app-based delivery and ridesharing are drivers. On crime, they approved a referendum that overturned a bail reform law recently passed by liberal lawmakers.
But the most interesting result was the defeat of Proposition 16. This Voting measure would have removed a provision from the state constitution that makes it illegal for the government to "discriminate or give preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color , ethnicity or national origin. This language was added to the California constitution in 1996 and last year the Identity Politics Democrats in the legislature launched a sneak attack on it by placing a repeal proposal on the ballot at the lastminute.
But on election day, opponents of Prop osition 16 won by 14 points, winning all counties outside of Los Angeles and the Bay Area. A third of African Americans opposed it, along with a majority of Asians and a plurality of Latinos.
Voters often use far more common sense than lawmakers. A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found that 60% of voters said decisions made through it are likely better than those made by the governor and the legislature.
This is why attempts to arbitrarily limit recall or initiative must be resisted. It is a matter of civil liberties which should unite people of good will on the right and on the left.
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