Republican influence in the state continues to wane. Image
Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared at California Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento after the polls close on Tuesday. Credit. .. Jim Wilson / The Hfrance.fr
By now you've probably heard that Governor Gavin Newsom has easily defeated a Republican-led effort to recall him, with the vote count this morning, showing 65% of Californians opposed his removal.
Newsom 's lead was so wide when the first figures were released last night that many news outlets declared the race over within an hour of the polls closing.
"We are enjoying a majority 'no' vote tonight here in the state of California ", the governor, looking tired , atold reporters in Sacramento around 9pm
There are many things to remember about the election, need to reform the callback process wobbly from California under The Democrats' success in rallying voters by referring to Donald Trump . But what is most astonishing to me is what was revealed about the diminishing power of the Republican Party in California.
This state was once a Republican stronghold that turned red in the presidential elections. We produced Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, who we also twice elected governor.
Yet the share of Californians identifying themselves ascains fell from 35% in 2003 to 24%. now. (Meanwhile, the fraction of registered Democrats edged up to 46.5% from just under 45%, while those with no party affiliation rose from 16% to 23%, with an tend to lean towards Democrats .)
The reason I choose the 2003 numbers is is because this year provided an ap route for Republicans hoping to recall Newsom. In 2003, Californians elected Gray Davis, a Democrat, and replaced him with Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican.
But in 2021, a similar feat has always been going to be a much steeper climb.
Democrats now outnumber reps almost twice as numerousblicains.
"When you have such a big disadvantage, when your party is only 24 percent, well you have a problem", said Joshua Spivak, senior researcher at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College, who recently wrote a book on recall elections. "They just don't have the voters.
In addition, during the 18 ofIn recent years, party lines have hardened. By 2003, Democrats were more willing to criticize their party's governor, while Schwarzenegger had cross-appeal as a moderate Republican, and also a movie star.
" Arnold was a perfectly acceptable alternative to many Democrats, "said Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles.
This year, however, Republicans have failed to rally around a candidate who could appeal beyond the far right, such as my colleague Jeremy W. Peters reports .
Kevin Faulconer, the centrist Republican candidate on the ballot, gatheredi have little support throughout the campaign, although there is looks like the kind of moderate Republicans who have caved in here in the past .
Meanwhile, Larry Elder, a conservative far-right radio host, quickly has become the most popular candidate for booster supporters. But, as Tuesday's results show, Elder's appeal to Republicans did not translate into Democrats, who overwhelmingly voted to keep Newsom in power.
There are no obvious answers as to what the future of the Republican Party will be in California. But Newsom is ready for target re-election in 2022 , (yes , in fact) so whatever tactics the party chooses can become clear soon enough.
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The rest of the news
Booster shots: Healthy Americans, including many living in California, seek out doses of rappel of coronavirus, unwilling to wait for federal approval. "These doses don't last forever, so I didn't feel guilty about taking one that probably would have expired, " a woman who lives in Del Mar told The Times .
Theranos trial : a key whistleblower testified Tuesday in the fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes .
Drinks to go : a bill that would allow restaurants to continue serving take-out cocktails until 2026 awaits Newsom's signing, Eater San Francisco reports.
Climate change : President Biden's visit this week to California and other western states was an ultimate opportunity to sell the importance of mitigating global warming .
Presidential War Powers: Barbara Lee, who represents Alameda County in Congress, has spent two decades building consensus to curb war permits that have been stretched beyond their original intent. But the withdrawal from Afghanistan has complicated the debate.
LAPD vaccine resistance: approximately 2,300 Los Angeles Police Department employees reported that they could seek waivers of a vaccination warrant because of their religious beliefs, according to an investigation by NBC Los Angeles . In addition, six staff of the LAPD are suing the city for its vaccination mandate, reports CBS News .
Museum of Contemporary Art: The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art announced on Tuesday that Johanna Burton will become the institution 's sole director and the first woman in this role .
Urban Heat Islands: San Diego authorities are identifying parts of the city where temperatures te nd for reach dangerously high levels in an attempt to cope with the dangers of extreme heat, The San Diego Union-Tribune Reports .
LAPD error: New report from federal investigators reveals that Los Angeles police miscalculated the amount of fireworks they got placed in a containment container before detonating them and causing damage in a southern LA neighborhood in June, Los Angeles Times reports .
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Mills College : l One of only 37 colleges for women left in the country, Mills College will merge with a universeBoston private entity and will become “gender inclusive”, The San Francisco Chronicle reports .
Unaffordable housing for teachers: Despite teacher salaries among the highest in the country, educators in the county residents of Santa Clara have a harder time affording housing than teachers across the country.
A New report from online broker Redfin highlights a housing paradox in Silicon Valley: Good public schools drive up house prices, while high house prices drive out teachers. Learn more about the Vallejo Times-Herald .
Stricter plastic ban: With single-use plastic bans already banned, the City of Berkeley is considering also to ban the use of thicker plastic, reusable plastic grocery bags as well as the thinner plastic bags used in the produce aisle, Reports Berkeleyside.
Salmon Chinook: The drought and heat waves that hit California this year have been disastrous for the state's chinook salmon, which h died before se reproduce in massive quantities, reports the Washington Post .
What we eat
These the ears borrow the flavors of cacio e pepe, a traditional Italian paste made from pecorino , parmesan and black pepper. Image A chardonnay vineyard near Santa Rosa, California Credit ... George Rose / Images
Where we are traveling
My colleagues have asked readers to tell them about 'places that enchanted or comforted them in a dark year, and brought together 52 of these suggestions " to remind us that the world is still waiting. "
On that list is Santa Rosa, a place full of resilience and majesty. Learn more .
Tell us about your favorite places to visit in California. Send your suggestions to CAtodayHfrance.fr . We will share more in future editions of the newsletter.
Between wildfires, pandemic and drought, this summer in California has not been easy.
So on September 22nd marking the end of the season, I ask you to share what helped you get out of this. Maybe it was a postponed vacation, a trashy TV show, a delicious meal you cooked, or your late night stroll.
Send me your favorite summer memory at CAtodayHfrance.fr as well as your name and the city where you live. If you want to include an image, make sure it is oriented horizontally.
And before you go, some good news
In Volcano, a town of about 100 people an hour's drive from Sacramento , an all-volunteer theater group rekindles joy in a gloomy year.
The pandemic, the fires - everything is fading on stage, said the 'actress Brenda Metzger at The Los Angeles Times .
In the Volcano Theater Company production of "Hay fever" by Noel Coward, Metzger plays the flirty flapper Myra Arundel.
"When you play g you have to stay in the moment," Metzger told the newspaper. "When I'm on stage, I'm Myra. And what matters most to Myra is fucking. "
Thanks for reading. I'll be back tomorrow. - Soumya
P.S. Here is Mini crossword of the day , and a hint: Participate in a democracy (4 letters ).
Steven Moity and Mariel Wamsley contributed to California Today. You can jointhe team at CAtodayHfrance.fr .
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