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    SACRAMENTO —  When running for partisan political office, what usually counts most are simple things campaigns often can’t control — especially in a low-profile statewide race. Take an office like state controller or insurance commission, for example. Or even a slightly higher-profile post such as attorney general. Regardless of all the analyses we’ve seen about last week’s state elections, the outcomes mostly can be explained quite simply. They were determined by basic factors that are so obvious they hardly get mentioned. The candidates’ positions on issues usually have little to do with the results because voters aren’t even aware of them. That’s especially true in a primary election. When a voter doesn’t know squat about the candidates — which is usually the case — the first thing that’s looked for on the ballot is party affiliation. Is the candidate a Democrat or a Republican? That’s the most important factor, particularly these days when politics are so polarized. Voters may also glance at a candidate’s listed profession. Incumbents hold a huge advantage, assuming they’re not linked to scandal. Has the candidate been...
    For the first time since 1890, a California gubernatorial candidate in the general election will hail from Northern California. State Senator Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) finished in second place Tuesday night to Gov. Gavin Newsom. Because of the top-two primary system in California, it was good enough to advance to November. Newsom, fresh off last year’s recall victory, garnered more than 1.9 million votes or 56.3% of all votes. Dahle, endorsed by the state Republican Party, finished second with 572,505 votes, or 16.8%. Now Newsom will face a Republican challenger that hails from north of Sacramento, an area that hasn’t had a candidate for governor in 132 years. The senator, who once represented Magalia and Stirling City as part of the state Assembly, now represents 11 Northern California counties, including all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sierra counties in the state Senate. His wife Megan Dahle represents his former assembly district that still includes parts of Butte County. He started his career in politics on the Lassen County Board of Supervisors...
    She was an Asian American candidate in a predominantly white rural county who was called “a carpetbagger” in election mailers from her detractors. She was harassed by 2020 election deniers. And she had to get a restraining order after anti-maskers forced their way into her workplace. And on Election Night, Natalie Adona won her race for Nevada County clerk-recorder and registrar of voters in a landslide. She had won 70% of the vote as of Thursday. “It’s a relief because I felt like I was put through the ringer,” Adona said. Like a growing number of small, local races, the unusually vicious election in this Sierra Nevada county was beset by all the ills of today’s American politics: conspiracy theories, election denial, bitter partisanship and rage over COVID-19 pandemic policies. California She called the 2020 election legitimate. Now she’s under attack in red California In Nevada County, a race for a county office has turned vicious, with claims of voter fraud and harassment of election workers. Since former President Trump lost the 2020 election...
    In a race that could serve as a test of Orange County’s appetite for criminal justice reform, Orange County Dist. Atty. Todd Spitzer held a significant lead over his three challengers Tuesday night, according to preliminary results. In early returns that consisted of mail-in ballots, it was unclear whether the race would head to a November runoff. Also seeking the county’s top prosecutor job were Pete Hardin, a former Orange County prosecutor and Marine veteran; Mike Jacobs, who spent nearly three decades as a prosecutor in the county; and Bryan Chehock, an attorney for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The race has largely centered on the stark ideological divide between Spitzer and Hardin, the only Democratic candidate. Spitzer has branded himself as a law-and-order candidate, focusing his messaging around punishing criminals to prevent Orange County from becoming like Los Angeles. Hardin has said that, if elected, he would not seek the death penalty in any prosecutions. He has also promised to replace cash bail with a risk-based system and to pull back on charging juveniles as adults....
    NEVADA CITY, Calif. —  The campaign mailer featured red letters over a distorted, close-up photo of the candidate’s face: THIS ELECTION VOTE FOR ANYBODY BUT NATALIE. It called Natalie Adona, who is Asian American and running for office in a predominantly white, rural Northern California county, “a CARPETBAGGER.” The postcards that were sent last month — which provoked outrage by some residents and by elected officials who called them racist — have been part of a vicious campaign for what was once a mundane, nonpartisan position: clerk-recorder and registrar of voters for Nevada County. Adona’s sins, in the eyes of her detractors: She called the 2020 election legitimate, and she enforced a mask mandate in a county office. Adona, the assistant clerk-recorder/registar, is running to replace her boss, Gregory Diaz, who is retiring. Poll workers separate mail-in ballots from envelopes Monday at the Eric Rood Administration Center in Nevada City, Calif.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times) “Who uses the word ‘carpetbagger?’” Adona said. “The Civil War wants its insults back.” She added, “It sort of seems like there’s fear that...
    The office of state controller is one of the least talked about in California politics but may be the most interesting race in the June 7 primary. Four Democrats and one Republican are vying to land one of the top two spots on Tuesday, along with a Green Party candidate, to ultimately compete in the November election to become the state’s independent fiscal watchdog. The incumbent, Controller Betty Yee, will leave the post in January due to term limits. The slate all but guarantees GOP voters will rally behind their party’s candidate, Lanhee Chen, providing the votes the fiscal advisor and educator needs to advance to the general election. But without a clear favorite among Democrats, the candidate who will face off against Chen remains a question mark. “Chen is going to be the top vote getter,” said Rob Stutzman, a Republican political consultant. “Amongst the Democrats, it’s a race for name identification, and often that goes to whoever has the most money spent on their behalf.” Democrat Yvonne Yiu, a member of the Monterey Park City Council, is...
    Democrat Lori D. Wilson, the only candidate whose name appears on Tuesday’s special primary election ballot, appears headed to a win as the next representative in California’s 11th Assembly District. The only other official candidate, Erik Elness, a Brentwood Republican, was certified just last week to run as a write-in candidate for the seat, which opened up when former Assemblyman Jim Frazier resigned in late December. Early results in Solano County, showed Wilson garnering 13,549 votes to Elness’s 395. In Sacramento County, Wilson had 260 votes and Elness had 4 while in Contra Costa County, the Suisun mayor had 12,068 votes while Elness had 379. The primary comes at a time — once every 10 years — just before district boundaries will change. The winner will serve out the remainder of Frazier’s term this year, but a new representative will be chosen in November for the two-year term in the new Assembly district, which goes into effect just after that. Erik Elness of Brentwood announced on March 28, 2022, his write-in candidacy for Assembly District 11.  The old Assembly district...
    California Republican Rachel Hamm is running for Secretary of State in the June primary. Like many candidates, she is speaking about her motivation for running. Like many GOP candidates, she is claiming God was involved in her decision. Unlike any other candidate, Hamm says Jesus spoke to her son in a closet and told her to declare her candidacy. “I’ve been a prophetic dreamer so I had spent a lot of 2019 and 20 having a lot of political dreams that I was in office. And because our youngest son, Ezekiel is a seer I went and got him and I said, ‘Hey, can you look around and see what you’re seeing?’ Because I just really, I get a kick out of hearing him describe, you know, what he sees?” “And so, he said, you know, let me know if you see anything. And so he looked at my bedroom and my bathroom. He said, ‘There’s nothing there.’ And then he goes into the closet – which is where I had been when I was praying – and he said,...
    Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed official GOP candidate for Tennessee’s Congressional District House seat, Michelle Foreman, in-studio to discuss her top three legislative objectives. Leahy: Now, Michelle, what would be your top three priorities if you were to be elected and were to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly when they convene in January of 2023? Foreman: I have the top three. But I don’t want to start off by saying the platform is premised by protecting the Nashville way. Having grown up in Nashville, we have a Nashville way of doing things. No one likes politicians. They divide us, they turn neighbors against each other. But that’s not how I was raised growing up here in Nashville. We just didn’t do that. Democrats and Republicans live together. Leahy: So it’s interesting you mentioned the Nashville way. As you know, I must admit, I’m a Yankee way back when. Foreman: It’s okay....
    A Navy SEAL candidate who had just completed what’s known as "Hell Week" at the end of the first phase of BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition) training in Southern California died Friday after falling ill, according to reports.   Another BUD/S candidate remained hospitalized in stable condition, FOX 5 of San Diego reported.  The Navy said the candidates were not actively training in Coronado, California, near San Diego, when they required hospitalization and nothing alarming had happened during Hell Week, the station reported.  The trainee who died had been taken to Sharp Coronado Hospital while the other candidate remained at Naval Medical Center San Diego.  Navy SEAL candidates undergo Hell Week during the last week of the first phase of BUD/S training in Coronado, California, in 2018. The candidate who died is not pictured.  (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Abe McNatt) The deceased trainee has not been identified, pending notification of family. His cause of death wasn’t immediately known, according to the Navy.  Naval Special Warfare Command has opened an investigation. ‘Courageous, talented sailors’"My prayers are with the...
    Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer Courtesy of Todd Spitzer A liberal attorney trying to unseat the district attorney in conservative Orange County is accused of trying to date participants in criminal cases he prosecuted while working in the DA’s office six years ago, a document shows. Candidate Peter Hardin, who claims to have support from a Black Lives Matter-affiliated political action committee, is a “womanizer” who asked a defendant out on a date after dismissing a case against her involving domestic violence against her boyfriend, according to an internal memo obtained by the Washington Examiner. IT’S ‘LAW AND ORDER’ VS. ‘WOKE’ AND BLM IN BITTER RACE FOR ORANGE COUNTY DA’S OFFICE “Hardin was developing a reputation for being a womanizer and there was a perception that this may be impacting the way in which he handles cases,” said a memo dated Aug. 19, 2015, and written by Hardin’s supervisor, Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Contini. “I was told that this was the general perception of many people on his team, but they were reluctant to come forward because they...
    VENTURA (CBSLA) – Successful YouTube personality and the only Democrat running in the recall election, candidate Kevin Paffrath, says he’s running for governor because he believes California will be bankrupt in 20 years. Paffrath, who has two children, a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old, said he wants to prevent what he sees as dire economic consequences for the state before his children become adults. READ MORE: Gas Prices, Homelessness, Vaccine And Mask Mandates Issues Voters In Northridge And Pasadena Express Concern About The real-estate agent and prominent YouTuber, teaching financial education on his channel, voted in the recall election this morning. As a politician, Paffrath said he considers himself a JFK-style Democrat and a moderate who believes he can unite both the left and the right by investing in California first and then reducing the role government in residents’ daily lives. READ MORE: Orange County Voter Turnout For Recall Election Estimated At 46% By Mid-Afternoon Paffrath said Governor Newsom has misled the public about a variety of issues and has small ideas, adding that his own background in finance rather than...
    Radio host and candidate Larry Elder comes out strong with new evidence that his party would rather topple democracy than tolerate election losses. Proving yet again that Republicans are now looking to delegitimize elections themselves rather than tolerate an America that might vote against them, Republican candidate and-of-course weird conservative radio personality Larry Elder announced a new site yesterday disputing the results of today's California gubernatorial recall election. You read that right. Yesterday, Elder directed his supporters to a link claiming that an election that hadn't happened yet was fraudulent and that's why Gov. Gavin Newsom won the day. Alex Seitz-Wald has the rundown, and as usual, the Republican position starts from a hoax and works backward. It's not just that Elder's site claims an election that he hasn't lost yet (but is going to) is rigged; the site even knows how it was—er, will be?—rigged! It's because reasons! "Statistical analyses used to detect fraud in elections held in 3rd-world nations (such as Russia, Venezuela, and Iran) have detected fraud in California resulting in Governor Gavin Newsom being reinstated as...
    Christian nationalists in California are making an aggressive push to have embattled Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) recalled. The candidate they are advocating for heavily aligns with their own political agenda. According to a new report published by Right Wing Watch, far-right Christian leaders and Republicans are advocating for conservative radio host Larry Elder. Holding a sharp position on key conservative issues like abortion, voting rights, and COVID mitigation, Elder has received an influx of support from conservatives religious leaders. One of his strongest supporters is Ché Ahn, a Pasadena, Calif.-based religious leader working to get as many evangelicals as possible to vote on the recall. In fact, Ahn has a long history of advocating for Republican candidates and controversial policies the party has long worked to enact. On Jan. 5, just one day before the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, Ahn appeared at the "Stop the Steal" rally which was organized to stir up the pro-Trump base. At the time, Ahn reportedly circulated misinformation about the presidential election by telling Trump-supporting rallygoers "that the election was stolen but...
    With just four days to go in the special election to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom from office, one of the candidates running for his job was seen picking up trash in Los Angeles on a very hot Labor Day. California State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley stopped by Kitson at noon Monday to meet and greet supporters and to pose in front of a window dedicated to him and the voter-initiated recall slated for September 14. Several business owners along Robertson Boulevard expressed their concern about the trash and dangerous waste left behind in back alleys by 'un-housed' residents in the area on a daily basis. 'Let me check it out,' Kiley told them. After residents took the 36-year-old Republican to see the mess, he volunteered to help clean up despite being dressed in a tailored suit. California State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley volunteered to pick up trash in alleyways in Los Angeles during a meet-and-greet campaign event on Monday  The 36-year-old gubernatorial candidate offered to help clean up after angry residents and business owners showed him the mess...
    California governor hopeful Larry Elder has claimed that his security detail was 'physically assaulted, shot with a pellet gun and hit with projectiles' during a campaign stop in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The GOP candidate was touring a homeless encampment on Venice Beach when he was confronted by protesters who threw eggs at him and shouted abuse. The event was quickly halted, and Elder was escorted to a waiting SUV.   Elder, who is vying to be the state's first black governor, has now claimed that his security team was shot by a pellet gun - which can cause serious injury at close range.  Elder tweeted : 'Today I kicked off the Recall Express bus tour. Before we even left Los Angeles, my security detail was physically assaulted, shot with a pellet gun, and hit with projectiles. The intolerant left will not stop us. We will recall Gavin Newsom. We will save California.'  The LAPD is currently investigating the attack, and no arrests have been made.  Elder's tweet came after an unidentified woman in a gorilla mask was filmed throwing an egg at him...
    An unruly activist nearly egged Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder in Los Angeles on Wednesday while his security team fended off a pack of aggressive far-left protesters. In a video posted online, Larry Elder and members of his campaign are seen walking through a neighborhood in Venice as an activist barely misses Elder after chucking an egg at him from behind. “We’re getting egged from behind,” a member of Elder’s team is heard saying in the video. Elder is then pushed into an SUV as a woman activist wearing a gorilla mask aggressively argued with one of Elder’s staffers. Take a look: Breaking: A flying egg narrowly missed the back of recall candidate @larryelders head after it was thrown by an activist wearing a gorilla mask in Venice. A scuffle broke out and the candidate was escorted into an SUV. Heres the raw (pun intended)CW: f-bombs@SpecNews1SoCal pic.twitter.com/FeFx3wnuSD — Kate Cagle (@KateCagle) September 8, 2021 The attack on Elder comes as the mainstream media has been aggressively working to discredit the current GOP frontrunner in the California recall election. Just last month, Politico reported allegations from...
    California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder and his campaign team were attacked by egg-throwing protestors while walking through a Los Angeles neighborhood Wednesday. Video footage shows an egg flying across the screen, narrowly missing Elder. Just seconds later, an unidentified woman in a gorilla mask throws another egg at Elder and narrowly misses. It is not known if Elder or any of his team members were struck by any eggs. (RELATED: ANALYSIS: Larry Elder Could Very Well Be The Next Governor Of California. Naturally, The Media Is Trying To Destroy Him) A member of Elder’s team can be heard in the video warning the candidate that they’re being, “egged from behind.” Shortly after throwing the egg and missing, the gorilla-masked woman gets approached by a male staffer and shouts “Don’t touch me, motherf*cker!” before appearing to slap him in the face, video shows. (RELATED: California’s Former Democratic State Senate Leader Endorses Larry Elder) WATCH: Breaking: A flying egg narrowly missed the back of recall candidate @larryelder‘s head after it was thrown by an activist wearing a gorilla mask in Venice. A scuffle broke...
    Republican California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder had eggs thrown at him while walking in Los Angeles on Wednesday, video of the incident reviewed by Fox News shows.  Elder was walking through the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles with members of his campaign team when the attack happened.  VENICE BEACH VIOLENCE REACHES BOILING POINT IN L.A. AS NEW VIRAL VIDEO EMERGES Video of the incident shows a first egg flying through the air and nearly hitting Elder. A member of Elder's team is then seen putting his arm on the candidate's back and saying: "We're getting egged from behind."  Shortly after that, someone threw a second egg towards Elder and his team. It is unclear from the video if Elder was hit by any eggs.  Multiple people also became physically aggressive towards Elder's team, including a woman in a gorilla mask who appeared to slap a security staffer in the face.  California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and candidate Larry Elder, who is the current Republican frontrunner in the upcoming recall election.  (AP/Getty Images) Elder, who would be the first...
    You read the headline right. Larry Elder is el más Latino of the major candidates in the California recall. Even though one of his campaign advisors is former California Gov. Pete Wilson, who rode anti-Latino sentiment in the 1990s to reelection but also turned off Latinos to the GOP for a good quarter-century. Even though Elder still serves as a mentor to Stephen Miller — who’s basically to immigrants what a shark is to a seal. But hear me out: Elder’s father was stern and distant; his mother, a saint. Both of them were California newcomers who scraped together earnings from blue-collar jobs to buy a home in a middle-class neighborhood that got tougher to live in as the years went on. But the couple kept Elder and his siblings in check, mostly by telling them to never whine and to always work harder. The young Elder absorbed that no-excuses mentality. He overcame an underachieving high school to find academic glory in college. He returned to his community and mentored young people who found themselves facing the same obstacles he...
    California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder explained on "Sunday Morning Futures" why he believes embattled Gov. Gavin Newsom "will be out of here" by September 14. Elder slammed the governor on Sunday for the surge in crime and homelessness in the state as well as the coronavirus shutdowns, which he argued led to a third of all California small businesses shutting down for good.  Elder made the comments as ballots are being sent to voters for California’s gubernatorial recall election of Newsom. In some counties, ballot drop boxes are already open and some election offices are available for early voting, ahead of the Sept. 14 contest. The 22 million registered voters in the nation’s most populous state have started to receive their ballots amid a surge in campaign activity, as the Republican replacement candidates stepped up their attacks on the Democratic governor and Newsom kicked into higher gear his efforts to encourage Democrats and other supporters to cast ballots.  Most of the latest surveys indicate that Elder, a conservative talk radio host, who jumped into the race about a month ago, is the...
    If voters decide to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 14, there are 46 people on the ballot who hope to take his job. And unlike the recall question, which requires a majority to pass or fail, the next governor of the nation’s biggest state could get the seat simply by beating out the other 45 candidates. That’s why the replacement race — if it comes into play — is wide open. Here are a half-dozen of the bigger names: JOHN COX SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 04: California republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox speaks during a campaign rally at Miller Regional Park on May 04, 2021 in Sacramento, California. Republican candidate for California governor John Cox kicked off his campaign with a press event that featured a live 1,000 pound bear. He will continue his bus tour across California over the next few days. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)  The bear. Sure, you might know Cox already — he’s the Republican who lost to Newsom in 2018 by nearly 3 million votes — but his early speeches in the recall...
    (CNN)Under fire with 3 weeks to go and ballots in the mail, California Republican Larry Elder has installed Jeff Corless as his campaign manager in the recall race for governor, a spokeswoman for the campaign told CNN. Cordless replaces the campaign's previous manager Louis Barnett, said Ying Ma, Elder's communications director. Cordless is a familiar figure in California GOP politics and is well-versed in state and national politics. He is also the former political director for Carly Fiorina, former 2016 Republican presidential candidate. The move was first reported by Politico. The campaign shake-up comes as Elder, a leading Republican candidate, faces heightened scrutiny of some of his past comments as a longtime talk radio host, including derogatory comments about women reported by CNN's KFILE. A CNN KFile review of his comments going back to 1996, show a lengthy history of disparaging comments about women, including recently in 2017 when he mocked women attending the Women's March as "obese." He also deleted a 2017 tweet in which he implied women attending the march were too unattractive to be sexually assaulted, according...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Many people have received their ballots for the special election to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. But there's been some confusion, so we breakdown the ballot so you can make sure your vote counts.Your ballot is really asking you two questions. Should the governor be recalled, or removed, from office, and second, who should replace him if he is recalled.RELATED: California recall election: Everything you need to know about the race against Gov. Gavin NewsomA "Yes" vote mean he should be recalledA "No" vote means you want him to stay in office.Whether you vote yes or no, you can then pick the candidate you'd like to see replace him.However, that candidate will only become the new governor if Newsom is removed from office.MORE | CA recall: GOP candidate Larry Elder promises to repeal vaccine, mask mandatesEMBED More News Videos Republican Candidate for Governor of California Larry Elder was greeted by cheers from a packed crowd at Calvary Church in San Jose Thursday. That will only happen if more than 50% of the ballots cast are "yes" votes.If...
    A Republican candidate running to replace California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia GOP recall candidate ends bid after heart attack Unvaccinated California Assembly employees risk losing jobs, speaker says Lawsuit challenges California recall process ahead of September election MORE (D) in the upcoming recall election was served with court documents in the middle of a debate. As The Los Angeles Times reports, GOP candidate John Cox was served court documents by a private investigator on Tuesday, who threw them onto the debate stage before being asked to leave. WATCH: CA Republican gubernatorial candidate in recall served subpoena during debate pic.twitter.com/jUue7ozmTh— Melody Gutierrez (@MelodyGutierrez) August 18, 2021 The documents apparently stem from a ruling made by San Diego Superior Court Judge Daniel Link earlier this year for Cox's campaign to pay a GOP political firm around $55,000 for political ads and another $43,000 for attorney's costs. These fees were racked up during Cox's unsuccessful 2018 gubernatorial campaign. The Times reports that Cox was dismissive of the incident, continuing with his opening remarks and referring to it as “a garbage thing." “It’s one creditor who...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is using increasingly stark language as he campaigns in the final month of a tight recall election, calling it “a matter of life or death” that voters keep him in office and he is increasingly targeting a single Republican candidate: talk show host Larry Elder. Mail-in voting already has started and Democrats worry their voters are less aware and motivated than Republicans, who gathered the signatures that gave voters a chance to boot Newsom from office a year early. Election Day is Sept. 14 but most votes will be cast before then. Newsom, a first-term Democrat who earlier relied on the bully pulpit of his office to make his case, is now in campaign mode, with a packed schedule of events. President Joe Biden announced plans to campaign for him, and prominent Democrats are warning California’s pandemic response, environmental leadership and progressive values are under serious threat. Newsom’s latest campaign ad, released Monday, puts the election in blunt terms: “What’s at stake in the Sept. 14 recall? It’s a matter of life and death,”...
    Mail-in ballots for California’s gubernatorial recall election are going out now, and notably absent from the roster of candidates to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom are any prominent Democrats. That’s because Newsom urged his fellow Democrats not to enter the race, arguing that doing so would lend legitimacy to the recall drive. As a result, some Democratic and left-leaning independent voters are thinking about writing in the name of an experienced politician with like-minded views just in case the Sept. 14 recall succeeds. They can certainly do so, but they’ll probably be wasting their vote. California law couldn’t be more clear about your right to declare your support for the candidate of your choice, even if that person’s name isn’t on the ballot. “Each voter is entitled to write the name of any candidate for any public office, including that of President and Vice President of the United States, on the ballot of any election,” the California Elections Code states. Even better, you don’t have to spell the candidate’s name correctly. You just have to scrawl a “reasonable facsimile” into the...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is using increasingly stark language as he campaigns in the final month of a tight recall election, calling it “a matter of life or death” that voters keep him in office and he is increasingly targeting a single Republican candidate: talk show host Larry Elder. Mail-in voting already has started and Democrats worry their voters are less aware and motivated than Republicans, who gathered the signatures that gave voters a chance to boot Newsom from office a year early. Election Day is Sept. 14 but most votes will be cast before then. Newsom, a first-term Democrat who earlier relied on the bully pulpit of his office to make his case, is now in campaign mode, with a packed schedule of events. President Joe Biden announced plans to campaign for him, and prominent Democrats are warning California’s pandemic response, environmental leadership and progressive values are under serious threat. Newsom’s latest campaign ad, released Monday, puts the election in blunt terms: “What’s at stake in the Sept. 14 recall? It’s a...
    The California Republican Party will not endorse a candidate in the state’s upcoming recall election, as 24 GOP candidates campaign to replace Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomOvernight Health Care: Study finds unvaccinated more than twice as likely to get COVID-19 reinfection | Half of total US population fully vaccinated | Federal workers who lie about vaccination status could be fined, removed California mandates vaccinations for all health care workers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure bill poised for Senate weekend vote MORE (D-Calif.). The party voted overwhelmingly on Saturday not to endorse a candidate in the September race over concerns that throwing their support behind one of the Republican candidates would divide the party and lead some voters to stay home, The Associated Press reported. Roughly 90 percent of the delegates who were at the party’s virtual meeting supported not endorsing one candidate, the AP noted. They were reportedly planning on choosing which candidate to endorse out of a small group of four, according to Politico. Twenty-four percent of California voters are registered as Republicans, according to the AP....
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Republican Party voted overwhelmingly Saturday not to endorse any candidate in the looming recall election that could remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, sidestepping a potentially nasty fight over a GOP favorite that threatened to divide Republicans and depress turnout in the nationally watched race. The lopsided vote to skip an endorsement — supported by about 90% of delegates attending at a virtual party meeting — reflected concerns that an internal feud among candidates and their supporters would cleave party ranks and sour Republicans who wouldn’t bother to vote if their candidate of choice was snubbed. READ MORE: Passenger Killed; Driver Arrested In Horrific Early Saturday Morning 880 Off-Ramp Crash There are 24 Republicans on the recall ballot, with leading contenders including talk radio host Larry Elder, former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox, state legislator Kevin Kiley, former Olympian and reality TV personality Caitlyn Jenner and former congressman Doug Ose. Two of the state party’s most powerful figures –- Republican National Committee members Harmeet Dhillon and Shawn Steel -– earlier...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Republican Party voted overwhelmingly Saturday not to endorse any candidate in the looming recall election that could remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, sidestepping a potentially nasty fight over a GOP favorite that threatened to divide Republicans and depress turnout in the nationally watched race. The lopsided vote to skip an endorsement — supported by about 90% of delegates attending at a virtual party meeting — reflected concerns that an internal feud among candidates and their supporters would cleave party ranks and sour Republicans who wouldn’t bother to vote if their candidate of choice was snubbed. There are 24 Republicans on the recall ballot, with leading contenders including talk radio host Larry Elder, former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox, state legislator Kevin Kiley, former Olympian and reality TV personality Caitlyn Jenner and former congressman Doug Ose. Two of the state party’s most powerful figures –- Republican National Committee members Harmeet Dhillon and Shawn Steel -– earlier helped set the stage for an endorsement vote. But they reversed course...
    Conservative radio show host Larry Elder has surged to the lead in Republican fundraising efforts in his campaign to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall election.  "The numbers announced by my campaign today solidify my candidacy to defeat Gavin Newsom in the upcoming recall election," Elder said in a statement Thursday. "Californians have shown up and believe in our mission to recall Newsom and elect me in his place. Newsom can raise an unlimited amount of funds for this election; therefore, every single donation to my campaign counts, whether small or large." He has raised $4.5 million for his campaign in just 19 days, eclipsing his Republican rivals. Elder has averaged $235,000 in funds each day since he entered the race on July 12, according to campaign filings.  LARRY ELDER BLASTS GOVERNMENT FOR RISING CRIME AND FAILURE TO PROTECT CITIZENS He ended the month of July with $2.3 million of funds after covering other expenses. The recall election will be held on Sept. 14.  Meanwhile, a committee opposing the recall of Newsom has fundraised $46 million through the...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican candidates heading into their first televised debate Wednesday in California’s looming recall election face a gamble: whether to pile up on Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom or try to undercut each other in front of a statewide audience. That’s the risk in the evening contest at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Orange County, California, which will provide a first-time look for many voters at a partial Republican field that hopes to see Newsom ousted from office in the Sept. 14 election. The two best known candidates will be conspicuously absent: Caitlyn Jenner has been in Australia filming a reality TV program, while conservative talk radio host Larry Elder will be at a Bakersfield fundraiser. His spokeswoman said Elder wants to debate Newsom and warned in a tweet that a “circular firing squad” among GOP candidates would only benefit the governor. That was echoed by Tim Rosales, a consultant for candidate Kevin Kiley, who said the four competitors on stage need to keep “firing at Newsom.” For Kiley, a Sacramento-area assemblyman, “This is his first...
    SACRAMENTO — All the major candidates trying to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom and replace him are Republicans, but some wear different stripes. There’s a variety to choose from. The starkest contrast ideologically is between conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder and moderate former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Sorry, can’t help you much on the best-known GOP aspirant: Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympic Gold medal-winning decathlete, reality television star and probably the most prominent transgender candidate in American history. She’s a recluse on public policy and has failed to tell us much about what she’d do as governor. “We’re running out of water. I am a big advocate of fire protection, OK?” she answered pesky reporters pressing for specifics at a July 9 news conference, her first of the campaign. Aides stopped the Q&A after 12 minutes. Days later, Jenner flew to Australia to compete in a reality TV show. Back to Elder and Faulconer: One example of how they differ is on racial discrimination. “It is bull— that racism remains a major problem in America,” Elder, who would be...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The official list of who’s running in California’s recall election of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom remained unsettled Sunday, with conservative talk radio host Larry Elder maintaining he should be included and state officials giving no details as to why he wasn’t. Secretary of State spokeswoman Jenna Dresner said all candidates who didn’t qualify were told why, but a spokesperson for Elder’s campaign said they did not receive any notification. The spokesperson, Ying Ma, said Elder submitted voter signatures from three counties and the campaign assumed the state hadn’t finished adding them together. Candidates must pay a nearly $4,200 filing fee or submit 7,000 signatures. READ MORE: Fast-Growing Alpine County Fire Forces More Mandatory Evacuations Though Ma said the campaign expected the issue to be resolved Monday, Dresner said “any changes to the list at this point would be through court order.” When Elder announced his candidacy July 12, he instantly became one of the most recognizable Republicans in the field given his years on talk radio and appearances on Fox News and was viewed as a...
    SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) – Caitlyn Jenner held her first news conference Friday as a Republican candidate for California governor, 77 days after announcing she was entering a recall election that could remove first-term Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. Meeting with reporters for just under 15 minutes, Jenner said she is a serious candidate in the Sept. 14 election and asserted she is leading the field of Republican candidates, even though no independent polling has been done that shows that. READ MORE: Search On For Driver In Florin Road Hit-And-Run That Left Woman With Life-Threatening Injuries “I’m here to win it,” she said. Jenner, who won the Olympic decathlon in 1976 and decades later became a reality TV personality and came out as a transgender woman, said she is better known than any other GOP candidate and even Newsom, who has been in office more than two years. “I have a tremendous advantage, obviously, because of name recognition,” she said. “To be honest with you, I’ve been in a lot of races in my life, and I know how to win. I just...
    California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner on Thursday said she could cut the salaries of California's elected leaders "in half" if elected. The tweet comes after The California Citizens Compensation Commission (CCCC) voted on June 8 to increase the salaries of California Gov. Gavin Newsom and 132 other elected state officials by 4.2%, effective in December. "Instead of rewarding myself with a raise like Gavin Newsom, as Governor I would reward regular Californians by cutting the salary of Sacramento politicians in half and returning that money to the people," the reality TV star and former Olympic gold-medalist tweeted with the hashtage #RecallGavin. The CCCC is required to meet every year by June 30 to decide whether or not to make any salary changes for elected state officials, CalHR confirmed to Fox News. CALIFORNIA GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM SAYS HE WON'T LIFT STATE OF EMERGENCY ON JUNE 15 Newsom's salary would get a boost of $8,800 to $218,500 per year, the Los Angeles Times first reported. The average salary for California legislators is just over $100,000, according to the National Conference of State...
    Democratic candidate for governor of California Kevin Paffrath, 29, joined the Daily Caller’s Jorge Ventura to discuss his campaign and proposed policies. Paffrath is an investor and real estate broker with 1.6 million subscribers on his Youtube channel,’Meet Kevin,’ where he teaches finance. Paffrath lives in Ventura with his family and if elected would become California’s youngest governor in the state’s history. “It’s really what has happened to California in these last 20 years and the face of that is Gavin Newsom,” said Paffrath.”California is falling apart and the basis of my run is everyone is leaving. “Paffrath says he was considering to move Florida to escape the traffic, homelessness, and state income taxes in California, but has decided to stay and run for governor to fix these issues. (RELATED : ‘Brought To The Breaking Point’: California Republican Blames Newsom For Residents Fleeing The State) Paffrath announced his run for governor on his Youtube channel with a 31-minute video detailing his proposed policy in a 20-part plan. “California is a disaster,” he said. Housing costs and shortages are some of...
    California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner has released a new campaign video that targets the failings of Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration.  The video, released online Saturday, highlights how California is No. 1 -- in all the wrong ways.  "We’re number one in regulations, we’re number one in taxes, and we’re number one in people exiting this state," Jenner says in narration. "It doesn’t have to be this way."  The video is a call-to-arms for voters to make the state competitive again with the likes of Texas and Florida, which have seen a surge of new residents, with a large number coming from California.  Additionally, businesses have started to leave the state as well: Elon Musk revealed in December 2020 that he had moved to Texas and was working to relocate his business from California to the Lone Star State, the Observer reported.  CAITLYN JENNER: CALIFORNIA IMMIGRANTS SHOULD HAVE PATH TO CITIZENSHIP Jenner’s message focuses on the business environment and regulations in California, which she believes have contributed to the exodus. She previously highlighted Newsom's overreach on a number of areas, including...
    Caitlyn Jenner wasn't forthright when she said she didn't vote in the 2020 election, according to a voting record obtained by Politico. Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk documentation shows the California gubernatorial candidate cast a ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. Jenner told CNN in an interview that aired Monday evening that she did not vote in 2020 after voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. She claimed she opted to play golf that day instead because she 'couldn't get excited' about propositions on the ballot, which she said are the only thing that matter since it's impossible to get California to turn red in a presidential election. Despite this claim, Jenner is running as a Republican – although she said she doesn't fully identify as a Republican. Newly revealed documentation from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk shows Caitlyn Jenner did vote in the 2020 general election between Trump and Biden In an interview with CNN that aired Monday, Caitlyn Jenner told CNN she didn't vote in the 2020 election and instead went...
    Los Angeles (CNN)California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner said Wednesday that she is committed to building former President Donald Trump's wall at the southern border but that she favors "modernizing" the nation's immigration system to help some of the undocumented immigrants in this country gain US citizenship. Jenner, who is challenging Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom in the Republican-led effort to recall him, did not offer any specifics Wednesday night about what changes are needed in the immigration system during her first television interview as a candidate, with Fox News' Sean Hannity. But she appeared to be trying to straddle the line of appearing compassionate while also describing herself as "pro-law enforcement" and "pro-border protection." "We need to spend some money to have a fair and equitable immigration system," she said when Hannity asked her if she supported "sanctuary cities." "I am all for the wall. I would secure the wall. We can't have a state, we can't have a country without a secure wall." When Hannity asked whether she would "eliminate all of the sanctuary status that currently exists in...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Beauty vs. the Beast -- that is how Republican John Cox is framing his campaign against California Governor Gavin Newsom.The former gubernatorial candidate, who lost to Newsom in a landslide in 2018, is hoping for a do over through the recall election. On Tuesday, he launched his biggest effort yet: a $5 million ad buy that will air on television across the state.The ad begins with Newsom looking at himself in a mirror as a voiceover says Californians will have a choice between voting for "pretty boy" Newsom or "the beast," Cox."California's falling off a cliff. High taxes, unaffordable costs. Even Elon Musk left," Cox says, as a giant growling bear emerges. "We need big, beastly changes in Sacramento. I'll make them."The ad ends with a voiceover saying: "Recall the beauty. Meet the nicest, smartest beast in California, John Cox."Total Recalled - The story of America's largest, wildest governor recall election
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Beauty vs. the Beast -- that is how Republican John Cox is framing his campaign against California Governor Gavin Newsom.CA RECALL ELECTION: Everything you need to know about the race against Gov. Gavin NewsomThe former gubernatorial candidate, who lost to Newsom in a landslide in 2018, is hoping for a do over through the recall election. On Tuesday, he launched his biggest effort yet: a $5 million ad buy that will air on television across the state.The ad begins with Newsom looking at himself in a mirror as a voiceover says Californians will have a choice between voting for "pretty boy" Newsom or "the beast," Cox."California's falling off a cliff. High taxes, unaffordable costs. Even Elon Musk left," Cox says, as a giant growling bear emerges. "We need big, beastly changes in Sacramento. I'll make them."The ad ends with a voiceover saying: "Recall the beauty. Meet the nicest, smartest beast in California, John Cox." John Cox is really going all out with the beast theme. New slogan: "Meet the Beast"New twitter handle: @BeastJohnCox This new logo...
    Caitlyn Jenner, candidate for California governor, opposes transgendered biological boys competing in girls’ sports, TMZ relieved Saturday. When asked by a reporter what Jenner thought of certain states that have passed legislation to protect girls’ sports from transgender biological boys participating in them, Jenner said, “This is a question of fairness.” “That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school,” Jenner said. “It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools, Jenner reiterated. Jenner later made a press release saying, “I think everybody deserves an opportunity to play in sports, no matter who you are, or what your identity.” NEW: @Caitlyn_Jenner says NO transwomen competing in women’s sports. pic.twitter.com/Ngur4gDYKw — Yvonne Bailey (@ydbeep) May 1, 2021 Jenner’s answer to the culturally debated question of whether transgendered individuals should compete in sports in which they have a converse biological makeup is noteworthy because Jenner is transgendered, having won a men’s Olympic gold medal before becoming a reality TV star. More than five states have banned transgender biological males from computing in...
    Fox News contributors Leo Terrell and Joe Concha joined "The Story" Friday to discuss Caitlyn Jenner announcing she will run in a recall election aimed at ousting Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsome. JOE CONCHA: This is a candidate that has 3.5 million followers on Twitter. Gavin Newsome doesn't have 2 million Twitter followers. As far as name recognition she [Jenner] has it. Don't dismiss this, remember how a recall works. The questions basically are, "Do you want governor Newsome gone?" If a majority say yes, he's gone. The second question is, "Who do want to replace him?" If enough candidates jump in that pie gets cut up into a lot of pieces in a hurry. [Arnold] Schwarzenegger won in a recall effort in 2003. Donald Trump, when he announced in 2015, not many people gave him a chance. Jesse Ventura became governor of Minnesota, Al Franken senator of Minnesota, and Jerry Springer was mayor of Cincinnati. So you're telling me that Caitlyn Jenner has no chance? Precedence says don't dismiss it completely. LEO TERRELL: Joe [Concha] mentioned the name recognition for Kaitlyn. I'm going to be honest, winning an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and being in a reality show does not win the prize for me or convince...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backed embattled California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday and rejected any notion that Democrats should run a back-up candidate as an insurance policy during Newsom's likely recall election later this year. "I think it’s an unnecessary notion. I don’t even think it rises to the level of an idea," Pelosi said Thursday during a news conference with reporters.  Pelosi suggested the recall effort is being funded by backers of former President Donald Trump and said Democrats should all help Newsom stay in office. "I think that the governor will defeat this quite successfully, and we’ll all help him do that," Pelosi, D-Calif., added. NEWSOM RECALL EFFORT ORGANIZERS SAY THEY SUBMITTED 2.1 MILLION SIGNATURES BY DEADLINE Backers of Newsom's recall effort needed 1.5 million valid signatures from California residents by March 17 to trigger a special election later this year. Organizers of the effort say they turned in 2.1 million signatures by the deadline. Election officials have until April 29 to validate the signatures for a final tally, but the governor has acknowledged the effort was likely successful to...
    The recall campaign against California Gov. Gavin Newsom – once considered a pipe dream in a state firmly in the grip of Democrats – is nearing its threshold to qualify for a ballot. Should it lead to a recall election, and should Newsom be removed from office, it would mark the second time in less than 20 years such an event has taken place in California. That another Republican-led recall campaign has made it this far, has evoked discussion as to whether Republicans might be able to regain a foothold in the Golden State. Others, however, remain more cautious on such pronouncements. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., arrives for the House Judiciary Committee markup on the Justice in Policing Act in the Capitol Visitor Center on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (Reuters) Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., was a Republican gubernatorial candidate in the 2003 recall election to remove Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat, from office. McClintock came in third place, behind Democratic candidate Cruz Bustamante, and Republican candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger, who ultimately won, and was re-elected in 2006. "My...
    Californians have Georgia on their minds. Dreaming of securing Democratic control of the Senate, residents of the Golden State are volunteering to temporarily move to the Peach State to help get out the vote for Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock in their Jan. 5 run-off elections against GOP incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. If the Democrats capture both seats, the Senate would have 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris casting votes to break ties. Democrats will also control the White House and the House come January when President-elect Biden succeeds President Trump. “I can’t just sit home and raise money,” San Francisco resident Joseph Killian, 38, a project manager for a tech company, told the San Francisco Chronicle. Killian, and his friends donated $50,000 to half a dozen Democratic Senate candidates — but most of them lost. He wants to go to Georgia to knock on doors or do whatever is necessary to aid the Democrats. “When you look at some of those races where (we donated and) we didn’t win, this is our...
    Hats and clothing bearing the slogan “Make America Great Again,” or MAGA, will be allowed in polling places in California because they do not advocate specifically for any particular presidential candidate. The Los Angeles Times pointed out the contradiction Thursday: supporters of Joe Biden cannot wear their campaign swag, most of which includes the candidate’s name, but Trump supporters can wear anything that says “MAGA.” The Times cited state election officials, and regulations issued last month — which note that slogans like “Black Lives Matter” and “Build Back Better” would be allowed — just like MAGA and “Keep America Great” (KAG): Prohibited materials and information include, but are not limited to: A display of a candidate’s name, likeness, or logo A display of a ballot measure’s number, title, subject, or logo Buttons, hats, pencils, pens, shirts, signs, or stickers containing information about candidates or issues on the ballot Any audible broadcasting of information about candidates or measures on the ballot Loitering near or disseminating visible or audible electioneering information near a vote-by-mail drop boxIt should be noted that a campaign slogan or...
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