Will change in recall rules protect predaceous politicians?

By Jon Coupal | Compared to citizens of other states, Californians are pretty laid back. But while Californians may have a reputation for being “chill,” in the political realm, they can act with surprising intensity and speed.

Compared to citizens of other states, Californians are pretty laid back. But while Californians may have a reputation for being “chill,” in the political realm, they can act with surprising intensity and speed.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalIn 2003, when newly re-elected Gov. Gray Davis revealed that the budget was in much worse shape than he had admitted and announced a sharp hike in the car tax, Californians signed recall petitions at such a rapid pace that the recall qualified for the ballot on July 23. The election was held on October 7, and a new governor was sworn in on November 17.

Fast forward to, 2017. On April 6th, state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, cast the deciding vote to pass Senate Bill 1, a $5.2 billion annual increase in the gas and car tax. A recall effort was launched against him, and by the end of June, more than 80,000 voters in Senate District 29 had signed petitions to recall him. Only 63,593 signatures were needed to qualify the recall for the ballot.

Failing to learn the lessons of the past, the Legislature and the governor decided to change the rules for recall elections, enacting SB96 as a last-minute budget “trailer” bill. (Trailer bills are supposed to be “budget related” but that’s another legislative abuse).

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One Response to Will change in recall rules protect predaceous politicians?

  1. Conrad DeWitte says:

    Thank you for publishing Jon Coupal’s excellently informative article! It would be easy to become dispirited regarding political effort to fight the Democrat-Totalitarian majority in our state government offices. Instead a doubling-tripling of effort to identify and support anti-oppressive-government candidates and issues is the right strategy. Encourage and support our good candidates; they have won and prevailed in much darker days than this.