Democrats in the California Legislature say they will seek changes to make it more difficult to challenge a sitting governor. The move comes just hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom beat back a recall election.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hours after California Gov. Gavin Newsom beat back a recall election that could have cost him his job, his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature said Wednesday that they will push for changes to make it more difficult to challenge a sitting governor.
That could include increasing the number of signatures needed to force a, raising the standard to require wrongdoing on the part of the officeholder and changing the process that could permit someone with a small percentage of votes to replace the state’s top elected official.
“I think the recall process has been weaponized,” Newsom said a day after his decisive victory.ADVERTISEMENTHe said the recall rules affect not just governors but school boards, city councils, county supervisors and district attorneys, notably in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where progressive prosecutors with reform agendas are facing recall efforts.
The governor noted that California has one of the nation’s lowest thresholds for the number of signatures needed to trigger a recall election. In Newsom’s case, organizers had to collect nearly 1.5 million signatures out of California’s 22 million registered voters in their bid to oust him, or 12% of the electorate who voted him into office in 2018. By contrast, Kansas requires 40%. headtopics.com
But the efforts faced pushback from those who organized the recall election against Newsom and questions from experts, who said California’s law is better than many others in limiting requirements that make it harder to recall politicians.“They’re working in opposition of the will of the people when they take action like that to limit our ability to self-govern,” said Orrin Heatlie, chief proponent of the recall effort.
There is little benefit for Democrats in pushing changes that could anger voters, said Joshua Spivak, an expert on recalls and senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform in New York.“From a political point of view, it’s kind of crazy, and I can’t imagine why they would spend political capital on this,” Spivak said. “Are you going to go to the voters and say, ‘Well, we didn’t deal with the homeless problem but yeah, we fixed the recall?’ It just doesn’t seem like a smart move.”
Newsom declined to say what changes he favors, saying he is too close to the process as a recall target who could someday face another attempt.Other Democrats were more specific.ADVERTISEMENT“We need to create a system where a small, small, small minority of Californians can’t create, can’t initiate a recall that the California taxpayers spent almost $300 million on and that frankly distracts and really has an impact on our ability to govern for nine months,” Assemblyman Marc Berman said.
State Sen. Josh Newman,who was recalled in 2018before regaining his seat two years later, said he will propose two constitutional amendments: one to raise the number of required signatures and another to have the lieutenant governor finish the governor’s term if a recall succeeds. headtopics.com
Newsom on Tuesday became only the second governor in U.S. history to defeat a recall; the other was Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker in 2012. The win cements him as a prominent figure in national Democratic politics and ensures that the nation’s most populous state remains a laboratory for progressive policies.
The race was seen as a test of whetheropposition to former President Donald Trumpand his brand of conservative politics remains a motivating force for Democrats and independents as the party looks ahead to midterm elections next year. With an estimated 74% of ballots counted, the “no” response to the question of whether to recall Newsom was ahead by a 28-point margin.
At the Capitol, Berman and Sen. Steven Glazer, who head the elections panels in their respective chambers, promised bipartisan hearings in the coming months, with the goal of proposing constitutional changes after lawmakers reconvene in January. Changes to the recall law must be approved by voters.
GOP Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto, vice chairman of the elections committee, said Republicans will seek to ensure the proposals protect voters’ ability to hold politicians accountable.The two elections committees will look at recall laws in other states and hear from experts on California’s process. headtopics.com
“I want to make sure we have is a system where a governor can’t be recalled and replaced by someone” who gets fewer votes because “that’s undemocratic, and there’s really no other way to say that,” Berman said.Nineteen states have some sort of recall process, Glazer said, but only Colorado has a similar two-stage process. The California system asks voters first whether they want to remove the incumbent. Then, if a majority favors removal, the candidate who gets the most votes on the second question becomes governor. In this week’s race, 46 candidates were on the ballot.
In the majority of other recall states, he said, the only question on the ballot is whether the official should be recalled. If a majority of voters say yes, the office is declared vacant and filled by appointment or a separate special election.Changes have the backing of the California Legislature’s two leaders, both Democrats, and their party holds two-thirds majorities in both chambers. But the final decision will come down to voters because the recall process was enshrined in the state Constitution in 1911.
“This is a system that was set up about a century ago and to the extent to which it’s still valid in its current form, it needs to be looked at for sure,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said.A Public Policy Institute of Californiasurvey in Julyshowed that 86% of likely voters approve of having a way to recall elected officials, a sentiment that transcends political parties, regions, and demographic groups. But two-thirds of likely voters also supported major or minor changes, though Republicans and Democrats split over the extent of the changes.
Newsom on Wednesday hailed the election results as evidence that most voters support his approach to the coronavirus pandemic, including mask and vaccine mandates.Supporters of the recall expressed frustration over monthslong business closures and restrictions that kept most children out of classrooms. Rising homicides, a homelessness crisis and an unemployment fraud scandal further angered Newsom’s critics.Read more: The Associated Press »
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Good Great! The expense and time spent while CA is SUFFERING with wildfires/COVID and homelessness was a waste! Then an 84% return! This has to stop! Rofl! Look at the shape California is in. More people are homeless than have houses. The homeless openly use drugs and dont forget the smash and grab thieves that are becoming so popularized. The smart people have already left, let's see how long California lasts now
1 ) Only replacement allowed must be the lieutenant governor 2) Signatures requirement should be much higher 3) Expenses must paid by those driving the recall. CaliforniaRecallElection California Recall RepublicansAreTheProblem Good. Bec $300 million later, that was bull hockey🙄. They need to do it for all elected positions bc the Repubs are going after lower level positions, too, all to gain power. It’s disgusting.
The voters in this state are hell-bent on turning California into one big overpriced ghetto. This is just another small victory to that goal. So Republicans threw a $300 million dollar, anti-democracy tantrum on the tax payers dime. What’s new though? That is the most accurate headline by the media. Thank you AP
RecallWasteMoney Imagine that...🤣 Get rid of paid signature gatherers for recall petitions and ballot measures. If your side can't get enough volunteers to put in the time, your matter has no business being on the ballot.
Democrat Gavin Newsom survives California recall election, will remain as governor, NBC News projectsVoters were asked two questions: should Newsom be replaced, and if he is recalled, who out of his 46 opponents in the election should take his place? If there was a viable Dem alternative, he would’ve been gone. Ohh well … In October 2020, California had 22,047,448 registered voters, comprising 87.87% of its total eligible voters. Of those registered voters, 5,334,323 (24.20 percent) were Republicans. What a waste of taxpayer money for a party that has less then 25% of registered voters.
Not surprised. Republicans are killing themselves by not getting vaccinated and not wearing mask and telling their constituents not to do these things also. Yes, 6 times in 2 years is abusing it. whoever orchestrates the recall has to pay 50% of the cost. Good, waste of money Well this was so very expensive also.
until the next republican governor Love it. This will most assuredly backfire. Newsom bought this election, when before the vote he said he would send $3000 per family to Californication residents prior to the recall vote! Evidence of the Democrat corruption, 'Vote NO 3M to YOU!' _Politics Why didn’t they do it earlier?
After this fools run only people that’ll be left in California will be the super rich/poor and the Illegal Aliens. What a shame “The Dark Half”
Democrat Gavin Newsom survives California recall election, will remain as governorVoters were asked two questions: should Newsom be replaced, and if he is recalled, who out of his 46 opponents in the election should take his place? He slaughtered it. He didn’t just survive Rigged California deserves what they have coming….it’s already a shitshow 🤡
Of course they do. They want to keep power and lord over people at all costs. That’s good, but make sure we can get rid of a corrupt one if it becomes necessary. In October 2020, California had 22,047,448 registered voters, comprising 87.87% of its total eligible voters. Of those registered voters, 5,334,323 (24.20 percent) were Republicans. What a waste of taxpayer money for a party that has less then 25% of registered voters.
The recall initiator needs to pay for it if it fails. Send the bill for the cost of this sham to the CAGOP. All $260M. Congrats GavinNewsom!!! Tents live! 🖕🤡🖕 The gop owe California tax payers $300M.
Democrats warn of 'canary in the coal mine' for Latino voters in California recallWhile California Latinos voted to keep Gov. Gavin Newsom in office, they did so by a smaller margin than other Democrats have won in the past. All Americans are seeing racist are primarily talking about dishonest group narratives and primarily the Democratic Party. It’s propaganda to divide Americans- really don’t vote for people that compare groups, it’s ignorance. They won’t be good leaders. This tracks with '20, but at the same time OC has to be scary for republicans. I lived in Irvine for a year and outside of the nuttiness in Huntington Beach, that county is the epitome of 'I'll overlook your BS to keep more tax dollars' voters. They're still bleeding moderates.
🖕🤡🖕MOLON LABE Great. Now who do we see about getting the $280 million back? Do it in the name of fiduciary responsibility. So let me get this straight….voters followed the rules to require a recall election. Election takes place. Voters elect to keep the sitting gov. The winning party gets pissed and is changing the rules?
It's ridiculous how much that recall cost. If he does something illegal, fine,but if not,just vote him out at the next election. How about making it impossible short of impeachment? WTF, take control! I thought it was by the people for the people type situation? Not strip the peoples right to choose.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom survives GOP-led recall effort, NBC News projectsThe effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, has failed, according to NBC News. Steve Kornacki breaks down the results. ThankYouCaliforniaVoters 'Surviving' is hardly the correct word when you handily trounce a minitrump clone by almost a two to one with your victory called first within half an hour after the polls closed. The voters have spoken. Take note, trumpsters. We're still going to be here in '22. Duh 🙄
Californians to decide governor's fate in Republican-backed recall California voters will decide on Tuesday whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom in a special election that has pitted the state's majority Democrats against Republican supporters of former President Donald Trump. Californians (REP, DEM & IND) signed those petitions. to say it is Republican backed is not accurate. These people that collected signatures were pissed off at his antics and incompetence. He lost over $10 Billion with EDD inmate scam. That was enough to begin recall
California Lawmakers Plan Reform To State's Chaotic Recall SystemThe unsuccessful effort to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom from office has renewed concern about the way California handles recalls. nice Talk about a waste of millions of dollars that could have gone to schools, hospitals, elder care, etc. etc.etc. bravo!