World 3 Major Trump Donors Contribute $325,000 to Gavin Newsom Recall Effort
California Hospitals Blame Poor Vaccine Rollout on Lack of Transparency From Government
Hospital officials in California argue vaccine rollouts across the nation were politicized by the former administration, but they are unsure if the Biden administration will be able to supply the vaccine the state desperately needs.But the delay has nothing to do with the state's health care systems, hospital officials told Newsweek. The issue stems from a lack of transparency from the federal government.
The movement to recall California's Democratic Governorhas gained significant traction in recent months, with major GOP donors and backers of former President dishing out money for the cause.
Among those who have donated include threewho were big players in supporting Trump's 2020 presidential campaign.
California DA blasts Newsom for taking ‘no action’ to stop release of convicted killer who tortured teen
A man convicted of torturing, sexually assaulting and murdering a 17-year-old boy in 2001 will walk free because California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom took “no action” to prevent his release, according to the prosecutors who locked him up. Gerardo Zavala, 48, and six other Hispanic men allegedly lured Eric Jones, who was Black, to a house in Delano before beating, sodomizing and electrocuting him almost exactly 20 years ago, according to Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward’s office. He was up for parole in 2017, but Newsom’s predecessor denied it.
They include Beverly Hills real estate developer Geoff Palmer, who contributed $150,000 to the recall campaign, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Douglas Leone and his wife Patricia Perkins-Leone, who shelled out nearly $100,000, and retired construction equipment executive Howard Groff and his wife Susan Groff who donated $75,000.
Collectively, the three donors have given nearly $350,000 to the recall movement, Politico reported.
So far, the two Republican-backed groups that are leading the recall efforts say they have already raised $3.2 million and expect to surpass $3.5 million by this weekend.
Organizers of the petition will need to submit nearly 1.5 million valid signatures to the California Secretary of State's office by March 17 for the recall vote to qualify for the ballot.
California Hit With 1K Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Per Day, Audit Blames Newsom for Inaction
A report from California State Auditor Elaine Howle said that the Employment Development Department did nothing to stop paying fake claims for months. So far, the state has paid at least $10.4 billion to fraudsters, with an additional $20 billion under review. The EDD has been under intense fire in recent weeks after investigations have shown the agency's poor management and lack of protections cost state taxpayers billions. In some cases, millions of dollars worth of fraudulent claims were paid out to criminal gangs and prisoners.
By Friday, the RecallGavin2020 campaign said they, and expect to meet their mark in the coming weeks.
"We are in the red zone at the 10-yard line," Randy Economy, senior adviser and spokesperson for the campaign said Thursday.
This is the sixth attempt to recall Newsom, but the first to gain real traction. If the petitioners are successful, a special election vote to recall Newsom would be held within 60 to 80 days.
The campaign to oust Newsom began last summer, and has largely been motivated by the Democratic governor's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the state's economic oversight. Critics of the governor have pointed to a slow vaccine rollout, the state's, and strict coronavirus lockdowns.
The movement picked up more steam in November, when Newsom was seen maskless at a birthday party dinner after pleading with Californians to stay home and avoid public gatherings.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, Despite Pledge, Signed 1,709 Oil and Gas Production Permits
President Joe Biden signed an executive order halting oil and gas drilling. California environmentalists are pushing their governor to get on board.Out of all the Joe Biden administration's suite of executive orderson climate signed on Wednesday, advocates in California have latched on to one in particular: a promise to halt new oil and gas lease sales on public lands and offshore and to review existing leases.
According to a recent poll conducted by UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies,– from 60 percent to 46 percent – over the last four months. In that survey, 36 percent of voters said they would vote to oust Newsom if the recall measure makes it on the ballot, while 45 percent said they would not.
In the meantime,are beginning to line up.
Among those include John Cox, the Republican candidate who lost to Newsom in 2018, and Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who have both announced their intention to run against Newsom if given the chance.
"I'm in. Without question," Cox tweeted on Tuesday.
However, skeptics of the recall movement believe it likely won't result in Newsom's removal from office. According to leading U.K. bookmaker Betfair, the odds of Newsom being recalled are just
Former California Governor Gray Davis, who was recalled in 2003 and subsequently replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger,Newsweek that Newsom has "managed to weather the bad times" and predicted he would win re-election in 2022.
Ex-San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer To Challenge Gavin Newsom in Potential Recall Election
Kevin Faulconer is the third candidate to throw his hat into the ring as the recall petition against California's governor nears threshold.Kevin Faulconer, a centrist Republican who was San Diego mayor from March 2014 until December 2020, announced his bid almost a month after forming an exploratory committee to help him make the decision. He is the first major GOP candidate to formally announce a challenge to Newsom. The governor has not yet said whether he intends to run for reelection in 2022, when the next election is set to take place should the recall challenge fail.
Newsom himself has commented on the Republican-backed recall and said it would cost California taxpayers $81 million.
"Our budget is balanced. Our fiscal reserves are unprecedented. Our economy and employment are historically strong," he said. "Yet a handful of partisan activists supporting President [Donald] Trump and his dangerous agenda to divide America are trying to overturn the definitive will of California voters and bring Washington's broken government to California with this recall effort.
"The last thing California needs is another wasteful special election, supported by those who demonize California's people and attack California's values," Newsom added.
Newsweek reached out to Newsom for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.
California's Recall Gavin Newsom Campaign Touts 'Major' Announcement after $250K GOP Boost .
The petition for the California governor's recall has almost hit 1.5 million signatures, campaigners said.Speaking to Fox 11 Los Angeles on Thursday, Recall Gavin senior advisor Randy Economy said the campaign would be making a "major" announcement on Friday, and said the petitioners were "very close" to reaching the 1.5 million signatures they need to move forward with their recall effort.