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Politics Top Democrats urge unity behind Newsom in California recall

02:15  02 may  2021
02:15  02 may  2021 Source:   msn.com

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OAKLAND — California Democrats are suddenly waking up to a nightmarish reality that in their solidly blue state, a small but determined band of GOP activists may soon set off a recall that puts Gov. Gavin Newsom ’s future in doubt. Alarmed party leaders, facing the threat of a chaotic and expensive election by the Democrats have supermajority control of both houses of the state Legislature in addition to every constitutional office, an unprecedented level of dominance in California — a state that gave rise to Gov. Ronald Reagan and Sen. Richard Nixon before the two Republicans entered the Oval Office.

The California Democratic Party faithful will hear from Gov. Gavin Newsom as he mounts a campaign to keep his job. Gavin Newsom outlines his 2021-2022 state budget proposal during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The California Democratic Party is gathering for its annual convention on the heels of a recall against Newsom reaching the signature threshold to qualify for the ballot.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Top Democrats urged California activists to stay united behind Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is facing a recall, during the state party's annual convention Saturday.

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlines his 2021-2022 state budget proposal during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The California Democratic Party is gathering for its annual convention on the heels of a recall against Newsom reaching the signature threshold to qualify for the ballot.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlines his 2021-2022 state budget proposal during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The California Democratic Party is gathering for its annual convention on the heels of a recall against Newsom reaching the signature threshold to qualify for the ballot. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

“I know we're united and ready to work to ensure that he remains doing what he does best: Fighting for Californians every single day," said Jaime Harrison, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

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The California Democratic Party is gathering for its annual convention on the heels of a recall against Newsom reaching the signature threshold to qualify for the ballot. For now Democrats are united behind Newsom . The governor has depicted the recall as an attack by former President Donald Trump’s supporters on California ’s progressive values, an argument that is proving salient among Democrats . Christine Pelosi, the outgoing chair of the state party’s women’s caucus and the daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said Democrats are excited to defend the state’s progressive ideals.

(AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will address the Democratic Party faithful Saturday as he mounts a campaign to keep his job. His address to thousands of activists at the California Democratic Party’s annual convention, held virtually, comes on the heels of state elections officials announcing that a The annual gathering, which began Thursday, serves as a forum to debate policy, endorse candidates and otherwise energize party members. With no other major contests on the state ballot this year, Newsom ’s expected fall recall election will be one of the highest profile races in California and

Harrison and others including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee and statewide elected officials addressed the California Democratic Party's virtual convention through pre-recorded videos, giving the annual event a more muted tone than most years. The gathering is typically held in person, bringing thousands of the party's more faithful activists together for days of policy discussions, networking and occasional controversy as delegates fight over the party's direction.

FILE - In this June 1, 2019, file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco. The California Democratic Party is holding its 2021 annual convention virtually from Thursday-Sunday, May 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this June 1, 2019, file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco. The California Democratic Party is holding its 2021 annual convention virtually from Thursday-Sunday, May 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Later Saturday, delegates will hear from Newsom as well as Vice President Kamala Harris, U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla and other prominent Democrats.

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The California Democratic Party is gathering for its annual convention on the heels of a recall against Newsom reaching the signature threshold to qualify for the ballot. His address to thousands of activists at the California Democratic Party's annual convention, held virtually, comes on the heels of state elections officials announcing that a preliminary count shows the recall effort against him has enough signatures to make the ballot. Voters will get the chance in the all-but-certain election this fall to decide whether the first-term Democrat should be booted from office before his term ends.

(AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will address the Democratic Party faithful Saturday as he mounts a campaign to keep his job. His address to thousands of activists at the California Democratic Party’s annual convention, held virtually, comes on the heels of state elections officials announcing that a The annual gathering, which began Thursday, serves as a forum to debate policy, endorse candidates and otherwise energize party members. With no other major contests on the state ballot this year, Newsom ’s expected fall recall election will be one of the highest profile races in California and

The gathering comes on the heels of state elections officials announcing that a preliminary count shows the recall effort against Newsom has enough signatures to make the ballot.

Voters will get the chance in the all-but-certain election this fall to decide whether the first-term Democrat should be booted from office before his term ends. Delegates at the convention are some of the party's most hardworking organizers, who can knock on doors, make phone calls or provide a cheering section at rallies for Democratic candidates.

FILE - In this April 5, 2021, file photo, Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom visit the Upper San Leandro Water Treatment Plant in Oakland, Calif. The California Democratic Party is gathering for its annual convention on the heels of a recall against Gov. Gavin Newsom reaching the signature threshold to qualify for the ballot. Newsom is set to address the party faithful Saturday, May 1, alongside other big names like Vice President Kamala Harris. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this April 5, 2021, file photo, Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom visit the Upper San Leandro Water Treatment Plant in Oakland, Calif. The California Democratic Party is gathering for its annual convention on the heels of a recall against Gov. Gavin Newsom reaching the signature threshold to qualify for the ballot. Newsom is set to address the party faithful Saturday, May 1, alongside other big names like Vice President Kamala Harris. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Newsom and his allies are also hoping to keep the entire party united behind him, and so far no other Democrats have announced plans to challenge him.

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(AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will address the Democratic Party faithful Saturday as he mounts a campaign to keep his job. His address to thousands of activists at the California Democratic Party’s annual convention, held virtually, comes on the heels of state elections officials announcing that a The annual gathering, which began Thursday, serves as a forum to debate policy, endorse candidates and otherwise energize party members. With no other major contests on the state ballot this year, Newsom ’s expected fall recall election will be one of the highest profile races in California and

The California Democratic Party is gathering for its annual convention on the heels of a recall against Newsom reaching the signature threshold to qualify for the ballot.Rich Pedroncelli/APShow MoreShow Less. Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox, former congressman Doug Ose and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner are among the Republicans running to replace him. For now Democrats are united behind Newsom . The governor has depicted the recall as an attack by former President Donald Trump's supporters on California 's progressive values, an argument that is proving

With no other major contests on the state ballot this year, Newsom’s expected fall recall election will be one of the highest profile races in California and the nation. Republicans angered by Newsom's liberal policies launched the recall in early 2020 and his pandemic response fueled anger among a wider swath of voters. Democrats cast the effort as an attack on the state's progressive values, a theme that echoed through the convention.

Lee, who represents Oakland, said recalling Newsom would thwart California's efforts to build more affordable housing and curb homelessness.

“A recall against Gov. Newsom would not only be a setback in resolving the housing crisis, it would be bad for all Californians," she said.

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, left, and then Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talk as they asses the damage during the Creek Fire at Pine Ridge Elementary in Auberry, Calif.   Harris will address California Democratic Party activists on Saturday, May 1, 2021, her first time speaking at the party's annual convention as the second highest office holder in the country.   (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, left, and then Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talk as they asses the damage during the Creek Fire at Pine Ridge Elementary in Auberry, Calif. Harris will address California Democratic Party activists on Saturday, May 1, 2021, her first time speaking at the party's annual convention as the second highest office holder in the country. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian, File)

State Controller Betty Yee said a special election could cost $90 million, which she called a waste of taxpayer money that could be better spent elsewhere. State finance officials have not yet done a formal estimate of the total cost.

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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, then Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and California Gov. Gavin Newsom bring food to firefighters at Fresno Fire Station No. 11 in Fresno Calif.  Harris will address California Democratic Party activists on Saturday, May 1, 2021, her first time speaking at the party's annual convention as the second highest office holder in the country.  (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, then Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and California Gov. Gavin Newsom bring food to firefighters at Fresno Fire Station No. 11 in Fresno Calif. Harris will address California Democratic Party activists on Saturday, May 1, 2021, her first time speaking at the party's annual convention as the second highest office holder in the country. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian, File)

In the recall, voters will be asked two questions: Should Newsom be recalled and who should replace him? He cannot run on the second ballot. Votes for that question will only be tallied if more than half of voters want Newsom gone.

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox, former congressman Doug Ose and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner are among the Republicans running to replace him.

The convention's theme was California Strong, and the morning session featured stories from nurses, teachers and others who struggled during the pandemic.

Harris' planned remarks are highly anticipated among California Democrats, who helped her rise through the state's political ranks, from San Francisco district attorney to state attorney general to U.S. senator, before she was chosen by Joe Biden for his presidential ticket.

FILE _ In this Feb. 18, 2021, file photo, Vice President Kamala Harris holds a videoconference in Washington.  Harris will address California Democratic Party activists on Saturday, May 1, 2021, her first time speaking at the party's annual convention as the second highest office holder in the country. She previously served as one of the state's U.S. senators. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE _ In this Feb. 18, 2021, file photo, Vice President Kamala Harris holds a videoconference in Washington. Harris will address California Democratic Party activists on Saturday, May 1, 2021, her first time speaking at the party's annual convention as the second highest office holder in the country. She previously served as one of the state's U.S. senators. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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