RECALLED DOWNLOAD: The first domino for recall fell straight.
Democratic legislators said today they will relinquish the legislature’s 30-day window to review recall costs and paved the way for a previous contest to determine the fate of Gavin Newsom’s government.
Many initially expected the election to take place in late autumnperhaps around the first Tuesday in November, which serves as election day for equal numbers of years. But mid-September to early October is now the safest bid.
Some Democrats suggest Newsom will benefit from it from a previous recall based on the recent voting power and growing voter confidence in California̵
Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon made the call after receiving an estimate of $ 215 million for recall today from Newsom’s Department of Finance. This figure accounts for the amount that 58 counties say they need to run the special election this year. It was a little surprising to see leaders move so quickly to waive the cost evaluation window, but they also said they will reimburse counties in the upcoming budget bill.
Two more major timing variables remain. One lies in the hands of the lieutenant colonel Eleni Kounalakis, a Newsom ally who elects an election date 60 to 80 days from the time the revocation is certified by the state election chief. The Ministry of Finance has control over the second variable – whether it should condense or eliminate its own 30-day window to review the recall costs. And Newsom has swayed with both arbitrators.
Finance spokesman HD Palmer would not say much on the question of how many of those 30 days his department needs. Palmer threw in a wild card: State law says finance must also come up with a different price to consolidate the election with the next regularly scheduled election – even though everyone knows it will not happen.
So the date could depend on whether Financing wants to break slide rules and abacuses to perform the second calculation.
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FAULCONER BOOST: California’s recall of air wars intensifies as an independent spending committee puts a larger coin on Republican candidate Kevin Faulconer. Fund for a Better California has spent $ 1.2 million buying airtime on Sacramento and Los Angeles media markets, according to the Ad Impact advertising tracker.
Fund for a Better California is primarily funded by real estate agent Gerald Marcil, a regular contributor to Republican causes and graduates both in California and nationally, and a real estate LLC. While the content of the ads was not immediately clear, the organization was created specifically to bend Faulconer’s governor run. A PAC representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Faulconer, the former mayor of San Diego, has positioned itself as the election of California’s Republican establishment and accumulated endorsements from various Republican elected officials. Support from a deep-seated flashlight in California Republican politics like Marcil could strengthen this position.
The only other candidate who has incurred seven-figure expenses so far is John Cox, who self-financed $ 4.7 million in ads with him and a 1,000-pound bear.
DUCKING THE TRUMP QUESTION: Reality TV star and recall candidate Caitlyn Jenner has not spent much on ads, but she still gets plenty of free time. On “The View” this morning, Jenner was asked if she thought Trump won or lost the 2020 election.
“I do not get into it. The election is over. I think Donald Trump did some good things, “she replied.
Host Joy Behar further pressured: “But did he win?”
“He was a disturber when he was president. I want to do the same. I want to go in and be a thoughtful jerk in Sacramento. We need to change the system. I want to change the positive system. “
Just a guess, but the Newsom camp may already be writing fundraising emails and cut ads of that clip alone. Say what you want about outsiders, and tell voters you want to “do the same,” since Trump is not going to get you very far in California.
YOUR HONOR: Newsom today dismissed the U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez, which struck California’s gun ban on Friday, equating the AR-15s with “a Swiss Army knife.”
Newsom dropped a bunch of one-liners at a San Francisco event to highlight the State’s appeal of the decision.
He called Benitez a “stone-cold ideologue” and said his decisions are “press releases on behalf of the gun lobby.” He said that if Guns & Ammo had an editorial page, it could just run Benitez decisions on that spot. He said the judge was a “wholly owned subsidiary of the gun lobby and the National Rifle Association.”
California Rifle and Pistol Association President CD Michel responded by accusing Newsom of “tyranny” of the kind Benitez’s family fled Cuba to flee. “Now that Judge Benitez ruled against Gavin Newsom, he is shamefully attacking a federal judge with politicized false forgeries because Newsom got a result he did not like.”
BACK TO LIFE: A lawmaker in California today handed out his bag of tricks to revive a controversial tax increase on firearms and ammunition sales that failed on the assembly floor last week just before a key deadline.
Assemblyman Marc Levine added his bill what is known as an “emergency clause”, which will bring it into force immediately if it is signed into law. Bills with urgency clauses also get more leeway with legislative deadlines, which Levine hopes will help him revive AB 1223.
But for his plan to work, lawmakers in the House must forgive AB 1223’s blown deadline by suspending a legislative rule known as Common Rule 61. Even if they do, the bill will face tough odds. California’s tax measures need to clear a two-thirds voting threshold, and the bill – which would levy a 10 percent tax on the sale of small arms and an 11 percent tax on long guns, rifles, ammunition and firearms – was eight votes shy last week. – Alexander Nieves
Links compiled by Katy Murphy
– Almost the entire Bay Area is in the worst drought category. (San Francisco Chronicle)
State and local government officials in California calls for reconstruction in areas ravaged by forest fires, finds a new report. (Associated Press)
– San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin said he will receive treatment for alcohol abuse after grieving a department head at a public meeting and other matters of conduct. (San Francisco Chronicle)
– The murder case against multimillionaire estate heir Robert Durst faces another setback when the defendant was admitted on Thursday. (Los Angeles Times)
– Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer changed his mind about flying the rainbow flag in the city after listening to voters’ stories. (Los Angeles Times)