Potential Gamesmanship by the Supermajority to Frustrate a Republican Governor

Commentary The Sept. 14 recall election is rapidly approaching. Polling indicates a 50 percent chance that Gov. Gavin Newsom will be recalled, possibly making him the second governor to incur the voters’ wrath in California’s 171-year history, and within the last two decades. The recall of Governor Gray Davis in 2003 was the first in California’s history and the second in U.S. history. They are rarer than Halley’s Comet. This is a big deal! Let’s say that the polling goes 60/40 and portends Newsom can expect to pack up his belongings and leave the Capitol. What should the State Legislature be considering, since the supermajority always plays games with the system? They certainly proved this when enough signatures were being gathered to recall State Senator Josh Newman. The California Legislature is currently working feverishly voting on bills before the end of session deadline on Sept. 10. Although this is their …

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