Happy Monday, California! We are July 19th. Here is CalMatters political reporter Ben Christopher, once again replacing Emily.
The not-so-short list
At 5 p.m. on Friday, potential candidates to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom were invited to present – in the form of administrative fees or signatures and five years of tax returns that have been posted sunday – or shut up.
According to list published Saturday evening by the Secretary of State, 41 have set up.
The crop of recall hopes in California comes in many different flavors, write CalMatters’ Laurel Rosenhall and Sameea Kamal. There are seasoned politicians (former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer), self-financiers (2018 GOP loser John Cox), headline-grabbing celebrities (notably Caitlyn Jenner), a phalanx of activists. left and right and a long list of regulars (and maybe not so regular) Joes and Jills.
There was also at least one notable absence.
Conservative radio host Larry Elder, who announced his candidacy last week and has already raised $ 382,000, was not on the Secretary of State’s list. Sunday, Swaddled elder assured his supporters that the list “was not certified” and that he expected to be on the finalized list due out on Wednesday.
The Secretary of State’s office responded on Sunday evening, publish a letter – which spokesman Joe Kocurek said the office sent to the Elder campaign on Saturday – that the campaign had submitted “incomplete” tax returns, a new requirement.
Elder posted a Twitter statement shortly thereafter, accusing the state’s chief electoral officer of “using shenanigans they invented to block the doors of the governor’s office.” (21 Republicans successfully qualified).
Elder also threatened to sue if his name was not put back on the list of candidates this morning.
Although eight of the candidates are Democrats, Newsom does not receive any well-known challenger within his own party. This makes it easier for the governor to keep his coalition united. But there is a risk that all the big names in the GOP on the ballot will contribute to what is already a large enthusiasm gap between center-left and center-right voters.
Where Newsom’s advantage is undisputed is money.
So far, according to CalMatters’ recently updated campaign finance tracker, pro-recall committees have raised around $ 5 million. Eight candidates, raising funds for their own campaign coffers, raised more than $ 100,000, for a total of $ 7.4 million (although $ 5 million came from Cox’s own pocket).
Meanwhile, Team Newsom has cashed in $ 31 million.
Even more voting drama: Real Estate YouTuber Kevin Paffrath can go through “Meet Kevin” on social media, but obviously state election officials don’t see this as a “bona fide nickname” and do not plan to include it on the ballot.
Paffrath said he plans to continue.
The net result of the coronavirus: Saturday California had 3,748,365 confirmed cases (+ 0.1% compared to the day before) and 63,598 deaths (+ 0.1% from yesterday).
More: CalMatters regularly updates this pandemic timeline by tracking the state’s daily actions. We are also tracking state-by-county coronavirus hospitalizations and lawsuits against COVID-19 restrictions.
Podcast: CalMatters reporter Rachel Becker joins the podcast to talk about the impact of drought in California on various communities: “It’s a patchwork of experiences, and it’s a patchwork of pain. You’ll also hear what the state is doing about it in the latest episode of California State of Mind.
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Other stories you should know
1. A first test for Bonta – and the law on police surveillance
Shortly after the Los Angeles cops shot and killed a man wielding a fake pistol on a busy stretch of Hollywood Boulevard, investigators from a new unit from the California Department of Justice arrived at the scene.
It may not sound unusual – when a person is killed, law enforcement tends to investigate. But in fact, it was a first.
A law passed in 2020 requires the state attorney general to investigate any incident in which a police officer shoots and kills an unarmed civilian.
Attorney General Rob Bonta, who Newsom snatched from the state assembly in March to become the best cop in the state, knows the law inside and out. He was co-author.
During his confirmation hearing, Bonta said he welcomed the opportunity to investigate the police shootings – a notable departure from his predecessor, Biden’s Health and Human Services Secretary , Xavier Becerra, who was more reluctant to meddle with local cops and prosecutors.
When Bonta announced earlier this month the formation of new investigative units to investigate these incidents, he stressed that he was eager to work alongside local law enforcement and prosecutors.
But if the going gets tough …
- Bonta: “Honestly, I don’t expect a lot of backsliding, tension or obstacles. We will be prepared for whatever happens and we will fulfill our obligations under (the law).
More criminal news: Two men from the North Bay area were accused of plotting to blow up the headquarters of the California Democratic Party.
2. How Newsom Stacks Up To Healthcare
During the election campaign and during his first months in office, Newsom made big and bold health care promises: reduced drug costs, a master plan to care for aging Californians, and a health care program. publicly funded single-payer health insurance for all, to name a few.
So how did it go ?
Not so well, writes Ana Ibarra, reporter at CalMatters.
This is in part due to the pandemic, which interrupted many of the governor’s major political plans and changed the political calculation around health policy.
But there is also the harsh reality that many of the governor’s political commitments – particularly his willingness to “tackle” a single payer – have always faced exceptionally long probabilities.
- Democratic Senator Richard Pan: “Everyone says, ‘Oh yeah, no problem, it should be easy to get Democrats or Progressives to vote for taxes,’ but this is also the land of prop. 13.”
3. New Tuition Fee Hikes Could Happen For UC – This Year And Forever
The University of California board is expected to vote on the tuition fee increase next year on Thursday. And the following year. And the following year.
UC leaders say the new tuition fee program, planned for two years, will bring much-needed stability to a system plagued for years by roundabouts and a long-term decline in its share of funding. the state.
CalMatters higher education reporter Mikhail Zinshteyn has the details: The new plan would steadily increase tuition fees, tying annual increases to inflation. But tuition fees would be blocked for each incoming class, so students and their families could better forecast their future education costs.
The possible increase comes at a politically sensitive time for UC, which has voted for an increase in student fees only once in the past decade.
No surprise, student groups don’t like the change.
But the plan also attracted some opponents in high places. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Pro Speaker Tem Toni Atkins, both Democrats, told Mikhail they were calling for a no vote. Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis is also opposite.
- Atkins: “This year has been pretty tough for so many Californians.”
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Hard shaking: Hospital lobbyists want to delay vital seismic upgrade rules. Lawmakers shouldn’t let them do it, writes Cathy Kennedy, president of the California Nurses Association.
Other things are worth your time
Bay Area counties are asking interior masking again // Chronicle of San Francisco
The four mega-donors supporting a California Criminal Justice Overhaul // Politics
Can Napa wine survive climate change? // New York Times
West is preparing for a “several days, several regions classic monsoon lighting event “// Washington post
Why the Californian coasts are the cliffs collapsing? // Atlantic
Death of two whales near San Diego invites the Navy to review the training protocol // LAist
LA Sheriff refuses to apply new mandate mask // CBS News
“This land is your land (but it is not your living room) ”: Sofa, beer cans left in the mountains // Sacramento Bee
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