September 2017 BayAreaGOP Newsletter Articles
Republicans & Voters Fight Back Against Democrats’ Abuse of Power
Supporters of the recall of Senator Josh Newman (D-SD 29) have filed 66,289 valid voter signatures, 2,696 more than required to launch an election. This should have triggered a 10-day clock for Secretary of State Alex Padilla to certify the count, and for Governor Brown to call an election.
But voters have been on a roller coaster ride as the Democrats continue to put up roadblocks to deny them the opportunity to support or recall Senator Newman. Here is a summary of the activity:
- Recall supporters appear to have successfully gathered signatures to recall Senator Newman prompting Democrats to protect their vulnerable member.
- Democrats hijack a Veterans budget trailer bill to give State officials an undetermined amount of time to analyze the cost of the special election, and to allow voters 30 days to rescind their signature on the recall petitions, effectively delaying the recall vote till June of 2018.
- Voters in SD 29 report that anti-recall operatives are going door-to-door encouraging signers of the recall petition to confirm their signature, when in fact signing rescinded their support for the recall.
- Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. files a legal challenge to the anti-recall legislation, and on August 14, the appeals court delays enforcement of the law due to violation of the single subject rule.
- On August 18, election officials in three counties confirm more than enough valid signatures have been filed.
- The FPPC removes longstanding restrictions on campaign finance limits for elected officials contributing to recall elections.
- Democrats pass and the Governor signs SB 117 on August 24 with similar language to delay the recall in order to get around the single subject violation.
- On August 28, Padilla fails to certify the count and declares he will follow the law according to SB 117.
- Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. files another legal challenge claiming SB 117 violates the due process rights of recall proponents. The court date has not yet been set.
Ling Ling Chang: Former Assemblywoman Seeks Recall Seat
Former Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang has announced that she is running for the seat of Josh Newman, the embattled state senator facing a recall challenge after voting to increase the gas tax. Winning the seat would break the Democrats’ two-thirds supermajority in the state Senate.
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