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Majority in California against Newsom recall: poll
A majority of Californians oppose an effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), according to a new poll. Nearly six in ten likely voters say they would vote to keep Newsom in office in a recall election, a survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California found. Specifically, on the state's coronavirus vaccine distribution, a majority of residents polled said they have a positive view of Newsom's rollout efforts. Fifty-five percent ofNearly six in ten likely voters say they would vote to keep Newsom in office in a recall election, a survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California found.
The largest workers union in California is donating $1 million to help embattled Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) fight his recall campaign, which reached enough signatures to qualify for a ballot in April.
that the board of directors of SEIU Local 1000, which represents 96,000 California state workers, approved a $1 million donation on Wednesday that will go to the SEIU California State Council.
The council, according to the AP, oversees 17 unions and voted to oppose the recall effort last week.
Caitlyn Jenner Hits Gavin Newsom's Stimulus Checks, Calls Them 'Recall Rebates'
Jenner acknowledged the state's reopening may make it harder for her to win re-election, but said: "California is not forgetting."With a surplus in the budget, Newsom announced in May that he wanted to send a $600 stimulus check to about 67 percent of Californians and an additional $500 to families with children. Direct payments have shown to be a generally popular measure among Americans and while Newsom's plan would still have to pass the California legislature, it could score points with voters.
Forty-four members of the board voted for the contribution, nine voted against it and five abstained, according to the AP.
A petition to recall Newsom was first introduced in February 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the nation and caused the economy to shut down, . The petitioners were frustrated with how Newsom dealt with issues like immigration, homelessness and property taxes.
Anger at the governor, however, escalated amid the coronavirus pandemic, when some Californians criticized Newsom for his reopening effort and being caught dining at a fancy restaurant while tight restrictions were in place in the state and most residents were being urged to stay home.
The California secretary of state's office in April announced that the effort aimed at recalling Newsom .
Probe ordered on California death row inmate innocence claim
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday ordered an independent investigation into the conviction of death row inmate Kevin Cooper, who says he was framed for the stabbing deaths of four people, including two children, at a suburban Los Angeles home in 1983. Cooper, 63, maintains he was framed and has been seeking gubernatorial clemency since 2016. In his executive order, Newsom said he “takes no position" on Cooper's guilt or innocence orCooper, 63, maintains he was framed and has been seeking gubernatorial clemency since 2016.
Union members, however, were split on whether or not the organization should throw support behind Newsom and oppose the recall.
"Gavin Newsom will win this recall without our support," said Robert Bayze, a union member who urged the union to not take a position on the recall, according to the AP.
"The only thing that our support will do is further divide our union," he added.
The incoming president of the union, Richard Louis Brown, tried to block the group's contribution. He will start his tenure as president next month, after running a successful campaign on an anti-Newsom platform.
Brown is opposed to the state worker pay cuts Newsom enacted amid the pandemic, according to the AP.
The incoming president would need backing from the board of directors for his position, the AP noted. His anti-Newsom comments, however, caused a stir inside the union that largely supports the governor.
The big myths about recall elections
Only one of the commonly-held beliefs may be true.The first point is clearly correct. Recalls work wonders for ousting officials. Statistics are hard to come by, but surveys have claimed that somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of incumbent elected officials win their reelection runs. The recall turns that number on its head. According to my calculations, from 2011-2020 throughout the nation, about 60 percent of officials who faced a recall were removed. That percentage is largely unchanged from when I calculated it three years ago. Another 6 percent resigned. The numbers in California are even starker.
While the Newsom recall effort has qualified for a ballot, it must go through additional steps, including a cost estimate by state officials, before officials can set an election date, according to the wire service.
A survey from last month found that they would vote to keep Newsom in office in a recall election.
A number of challengers, however, are already jockeying for California's top job.
Olympic gold medalist and reality television star , former San Diego Mayor , businessman and former are among the candidates who have announced bids for the governor's seat.
Democrats move to cover recall costs, speed up election date .
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic leaders in the California Legislature announced Thursday the state would cover the estimated $215 million cost to stage an expected recall election that could oust Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, potentially allowing the contest to be held at an earlier date this year. The announcement came shortly after state analysts released the cost projection, based on figures submitted by the state's 58 counties thatThe announcement came shortly after state analysts released the cost projection, based on figures submitted by the state's 58 counties that conduct elections.