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Could Latino voters make the difference in whether Newsom survives California's recall election?

Original post made on Sep 3, 2021

Democrats who want to keep Newsom in office and Republicans trying to oust him are vying for Latinos' votes in the Sept. 14 election.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 3, 2021, 9:19 AM

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Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 3, 2021 at 2:24 pm

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Latinos are leaning toward voting yes by a significant margin on the recall of Gov. Newsom, yet no mention of that in this article. I wonder why?

Democrats sending Sen. Padilla out to sway the Latino vote by speaking Spanish and calling the recall a Trump led Republican effort is foolish and shows how desperate Newsom and the Democrats are. The recall isn't partisan in any way. There are large numbers of Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and Independents who want to end the Newsom legacy of incompetence and failure.

Latinos can and will make a difference and are hard working people who aren't looking for Democrat handouts. Most were pro Trump in 2016, especially males and most want to keep the border secure and put an end to illegal crossings, drug and sex trafficking and gang violence, like every sensible voter in the state.

Newsom and the Democrats are in big trouble and they know it.

Posted by maguro_01
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 3, 2021 at 6:14 pm

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Sex trafficking? Gang violence? Illegal drugs? Yes, problems all and all being dealt with by police at all levels. Can those efforts be improved? One might think so. Any actual ideas out there? Apparently not.

Newsom has managed through withering drought, rampaging fires, plague, economic upheaval, homelessness on a mass scale, and Los Angeles otherwise as usual. The only things he hasn't had to deal with are a big earthquake and a war. I say give him a chance at those and vote no recall this month.

The leading candidate to replace Newsom is a Libertarian. Again how is a Libertarian to deal with withering drought, rampaging fires, plague, economic upheaval, homelessness on a mass scale, and Los Angeles? Make speeches about sex trafficking? Is there a no government Libertarian program for even that?

Today we even have a larger problem with the possibility that the United States itself may be breaking up.

When such large problems and issues are on the table, it's not the time for a usual right side "social issues" or "get rid of government" candidate in California. They seldom mean any of it anyway. Most of the "social issues" are aggravated by the current US practice of diverting as much of the US GDP upwards as possible, a situation mostly bought through the political system. Never heard of a Libertarian who could address that and stay funded.

Please remember to vote in this election.

Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 3, 2021 at 9:44 pm

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@ maguro_01 ... the only thing Newsom has "managed" through everything you mentioned is nothing. Everything you listed has gotten worse on his watch. I don't know what plague you're referring to, but if by that you mean the pandemic, he did a few good things and some bad. Most of the success in handling COVID was done on the local level, county by county. He had nothing to do with any of that except get out of the way.

And som what if a Libertarian makes a speech about sex trafficking. It will bring more attention to the problem than Newsom has done, who avoids the topic altogether. And as far as the other issues, it couldn't be any worse than what we already have, an optics driven incompetent failure.

Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2021 at 10:24 am

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This is a democracy. Republicans finding a way for their unpopular, poorly performing 3rd party to seize power IS a power grab.

Special elections makes it easier for a disgruntled unpopular group like Republicans to get power. If Republicans had to run on THEIR economic record without lying, they would lose to Newsom or any Democrat.

If a Republican wins, they would appoint a replacement for Dianne Feinstein (who is like 88 years old), shifting the balance of power in the US Congress to favor Republicans, devastating any ability of our nation to improve the economy & response to climate change.

The only way Republicans can get favor among CA Latinos is to lie to them. Democrats MUST counter Republican lies, like the LIE that Republicans are better for the economy. Democrats must get better at sharing the message that DEMOCRATS ARE BETTER FOR THE ECONOMY, because it means a lot to hardworking Latinos.

A nat’l nonpartisan study of how the economy did under both parties for 100years found the very richest do well under both parties, but everyone else does so much better when Democrats are in power, if you take any good chunk of time within the 100years & any measure of economic strength, the economy does WAY better under Democrats.

This is true in CA. Republicans throw CAn into deficits and Democrats preside over surpluses & a better economy.

This is largely because Republicans seem to believe broad investments in people and the economy are “handouts” but the upper crust of wealthiest never need to pay back via their taxes for the public investments they disproportionately benefit from to make their money.

Latinx Californians have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic economically and in deaths, for which Republicans deserve a larger share of blame for their misinformation campaigns (lies) & policies that so favor the upper crust of wealthiest & disadvantage everyone else.

Anyone who cares about our state’s and nation’s economy should vote NO.

Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 4, 2021 at 11:13 am

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The Democrat surplus Newsom claims to be at 29 billion dollars is mostly COVID bail out money from the federal government. So what's he going to do with it ? Where's all that broad investment in people and the economy been the last 3 years ? Is that why California businesses, the highest taxed in the country and thousands of people are leaving California and driving the state's record low population ? You want to blame Republicans for that ? He's doing the same thing progressives always do with most of our tax dollars. Spend it on wasteful and useless pay back projects. How about he do something meaningful about the homeless situation, fix the roads, manage water distribution, do something about fire management, make failing public education accountable and more .... I could go on, but won't. Newsom is concerned about one thing. Optics. And right now they'e not very good, just like when he was the mayor of San Francisco and failed on almost every level to live up to his campaign promises, including his assurance he would clean up the streets and put an end to the homeless predicament, which got much worse during his two terms. Do you want to blame Republicans for that too ? He's in trouble and knows it. California would be better without him in Sacramento, even if it's just until the next election. I'd be happy to vote for a moderate Democrat, but in California that's an oxymoron.

Posted by Janice Campbell
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2021 at 11:25 am

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All things considered, Republicans constitute only 25% of California registered voters so chances are Gavin Newsom will survive this recall vote.

The white population in America has now become a shrinking minority and this in turn will allow countless non-white immigrant voters to have a larger say in election results.

I don't have a problem with this development but I do do have a problem with newly-arrived immigrants and refugees from the Middle East, PRC, Central America, and India potententially determining the outcome of various regional, state, and national elections.

Most of them with the exception of multi-generational minorities in America (i.e. Asian/Hispanic/Black Americans) should not be a major determining factor/voter bloc regarding the overall direction of our country and its elections.

Posted by AlexDeLarge
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 4, 2021 at 10:40 pm

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Sadly, the grossly incompetent and of average intelligence Newsom will survive the justly so recall effort. Hopefully the effort will handicap Newsom's grotesque political aspirations. Can you imagine this neophyte with his sweaty palms on the leverages of power? Ugh.

Posted by Justin Morales
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 5, 2021 at 8:25 am

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Simply put, the Democrats have taken the Black and Hispanic vote for granted and Biden's 2020 campaign gaffe, "If you don't vote for me, you ain't black" sums this mindset up.

Truth is, there are countless Hispanic conservative voters and many of their families have been here for generations going back to the 1800s.

The conservative Hispanic voters embrace the 'pulling oneself up by the bootstraps' philosophy and have little respect or concern for the refugees crossing the border along with those who rely on public assistance.

There is often little in common between these two Hispanic groups (other than culinary similarities and parental language).

And to top things off, the 'white card' also enters into the picture as most lightly complexioned and professional white Hispanics want little to do with the brown Hispanics of Mexican and Indian heritage whom they view as backwards, uneducated, and unskilled.

Things are the same in the black community as lightly complexioned and educated African Americans tend to look down on the darker African Americans living in the ghettos and projects.

The bottom line is that whiteness assures a certain degree of professional success and neither group wants to take a step backwards or assist those they consider somewhat inferior and an embarrassment to their respective ethnicities.

And this makes sense to a certain extent as I share the same sentiments.

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