Just when you think you’ve seen everything in California politics, along comes something new and astounding.
According to a news story by reporter Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee posted this afternoon:
Democrats are pushing a late-blooming bill to significantly improve state Sen. Josh Newman’s odds of surviving an effort by the state GOP and others to recall him from office.
Senate Bill 96, which became public Monday morning, would add months to the existing timeline of certifying a recall election for the ballot. The measure would virtually assure that any recall election would be held at the regularly scheduled June 5, 2018 legislative primary election.
The legislation was immediately attacked in an email message from recall the organizer, San Diego radio talk show host Carl DeMaio:
We just received word that Gov. Jerry Brown and Sacramento politicians just passed a law that will take away our ability to use the Recall Initiative this year to remove State Senator Josh Newman from office … Make no mistake: the law the Sacramento politicians just passed is unconstitutional and our coalition plans to file a lawsuit immediately.
This comes as KFI radio talk show hosts John and Ken are scheduled to do a live pro-recall broadcast tomorrow from the Ayres Hotel in Orange between 2:00-6:00. Carl DeMaio will also be broadcasting his KOGO talk show live from the same location from 3:00-6:00. The public is invited. (The Ayres Hotel is at 200 N. The City Drive in the city of Orange, right off of the 5 Freeway.)
Last week registered voters in the 29th State Senate District received a mailing from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association that included petitions to be signed by the recipients and also circulated to friends and neighbors: