California Recall Election
The Charter School Industry Buys Itself A Governor
Supporters of privatizing education are already reaping the rewards of financing the campaign against the Republican recall of Gavin Newsom.
“A few wealthy individuals and corporations have bought up our private sector and now they’re buying up the government. Campaign finance reform is the most important issue facing us today because it impacts all the others.”
- Sen. Bernie Sanders
The 2018 election of Gavin Newsom was the latest in a long line of defeats for Republicans in California. The state was once reliably red but the party has not won a statewide race since 2006.
Unable to win over the voters, California Republicans have sought to disrupt the system by abusing the recall process. On March 15, 2019, notices of recall were filed against all seven of the top elected officials in the state just a couple of months after they were sworn into office. This included the first of six recall attempts against Gavin Newsom. Five of them failed.
When the governor took decisive action at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, he drew the ire of those who confused “personal freedoms” with the right to spread a deadly virus. This gave wind to the recall effort and, as a result, Californians will head to the polls on September 14 to decide if Newsom’s term will be cut short.
No matter how people vote on the recall it is very important that they select a candidate from the field of potential successors on the second part of the ballot so that they have a voice if the recall is successful. The list of Republicans on that list currently includes Caitlyn Jenner and Randy Quaid. To complete the circus atmosphere, John Cox, the Republican that Newsom defeated in 2018, has been campaigning across the state with a 1,000 pound Kodiak bear.
While polling shows that the recall effort is likely to fail, the experience of Gray Davis is a warning that nothing should be taken for granted…