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If Newsom is recalled, how would a Republican governor get anything done?

Original post made on Sep 5, 2021

Some GOP recall candidates say they would use emergency power to pass their agenda, and try to persuade the Democratic Legislature.

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Posted by Farley Cooper
a resident of Los Altos
on Sep 5, 2021 at 9:15 am

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There will be noteworthy grumbling and minimal improvements regardless of whoever becomes (or remains) the governor of California.

And Dianne Feinstein is not going away anytime soon. She plans to run for re-election and if successful, she will be 94 at the end of this new term. Add another election/term and she could become a 100 year-old U.S. Senator.

Now how cool (or uncool) is that?


Posted by Janice Selznick
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 5, 2021 at 1:45 pm

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This article misses the point of eliminating (recalling Newsom). With an Independent, Libertarian, or Republican Governor in power, many of the bad ideas from the state’s legislature will arrive “dead on arrival.” That’s a big feature!

Get rid of the one-party rot.


Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 6, 2021 at 7:47 am

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Eliminating? Isn't it really more like seeing one person get more votes, being angry about it so you hold your breath until you turn blue if the losing side isn't proclaimed the 'winner'? Every parent knows, you don't act scared of the bluff. no one is going to be 'eliminated' by this charade.


Posted by Tyler Cannon
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 6, 2021 at 9:04 am

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> If Newsom is recalled, how would a Republican governor get anything done?

^ It's called bipartisanship.


Posted by John Donegan
a resident of another community
on Sep 6, 2021 at 10:09 am

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A Republican might not "get anything done", but at least they could veto the various brainfarts coming out of the Democratic legislature. That would be a big help.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Sep 6, 2021 at 10:18 am

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Another thing a Republican governor won't do -- release violent felons onto the streets of California. How's that working out for the pathetic increase in crime?


Posted by Vance Johnson
a resident of another community
on Sep 6, 2021 at 10:19 am

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°° If Newsom is recalled, how would a Republican governor get anything done?

Concurring with Mr. Donegan...by blocking or delaying all of the hairbrained Democratic Party initiatives that waste taxpayer dollars.


Posted by Mama
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 6, 2021 at 10:37 am

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I’m a very middle of the road Republican for recall on who did not vote for Elder. That said, recalling Newsom would give another governor the power to veto all the nonsense coming out of the state legislature. Just vote to recall and let the chips fall. Even the other Democrat might be better than our Prince of the French Market.


Posted by Mama
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 6, 2021 at 10:38 am

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I’m a very middle of the road Republican for recall who did not vote for Elder. That said, recalling Newsom would give another governor the power to veto all the nonsense coming out of the state legislature. Just vote to recall and let the chips fall. Even the other Democrat might be better than our Prince of the French Market.


Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 6, 2021 at 10:40 am

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What wastes more tax-payers dollars than this ridiculous/futile recall election? If repubs are such, uh, belt-tighteners was it? That's the theory we're going with here? They're going to pay what to abortion clinic vigilantes ? Elder wants to reduce vaccines? This will save money? How? (with a serious face)?


Posted by Patti Johnston
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2021 at 11:40 am

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- Another thing a Republican governor won't do -- release violent felons onto the streets of California. How's that working out for the pathetic increase in crime?

No different than the United States releasing terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, one of whom is now a Taliban leader.

The incarcerated should complete their full sentences with no time off for 'good behavior'.

Bad behavior is what sent them off to prison in the first place.


Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 6, 2021 at 1:13 pm

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I would expect gridlock in the legislature against all unreasonable Republican proposals, life as usual for Democratic legislation, and a lot of lawsuits to block any phony Republican Governor's "emergencies" in the courts. Ordinarily I would be angered by the Democrats' super majorities in the House and the Senate, but the CA Republican Party has gone so far whacko alt-Right that they really don't deserve a chance at governing. Not that I (a moderate Republican without a Party) think the Democrats are much better, but there are lots of moderate Democrats to keep the alt-Lefties under control --- most of the time.


Posted by We Are The People
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 6, 2021 at 2:33 pm

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Am Old enough to remember when California had a Republican Governor that release and CLOSED down Mental Hospitals? What was he thinking? This was the start of "Homelessness" crisis.
He was the start of The "Trickle down Theory". You see how that is working for all the Other Trickle Down States. Most are the POOREST in the Nation.
Cut Cost and Regulations for the Top 1% and complain when a Democrat Governor muscles in to level out the playing field.
I still can't Phantom how anyone would ever consider wanting "Elders"?
Oh, but they did want St. Reagan and The Orangeman?? Maybe it'll be Kaitlyn Jenner possibly? Why don't they just go into Walmart and interview?
Most Republicans are like the "Emperor that has no Clothes on!


Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 6, 2021 at 3:18 pm

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@ We Are The People ... Reagan last held the office of governor when his second term ended in 1975. So what have the Democrats in Sacramento been doing about the mental hospitals and homelessness for the last 45 years? They've had plenty of time and the majority vote in the capitol to undo that mistake. But wait .... They've wasted billions of our tax dollars on pet projects that either went or are going nowhere. Case in point, high speed rail. By the time they finish, if they ever do, the technology will have been replaced with something more efficient.

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BTW, how are Democrat policies working in California right now? Businesses, corporations and individuals are leaving the state in numbers that have produced a declining population for the first time in decades. Highest corporate taxes in the country (dems never have enough of other peoples money to spend), some of the highest property taxes anywhere, roads in disrepair, a failing public education system, crime and homelessness on the rise even in areas like Palo Alto and I could go on, but won't.

And speaking of the emperor having no clothes, you just perfectly described our current governor, the empty suit in Sacramento whose only concerns are optics. Right now they're very bad. Gavin is really worried and bombarding the airwaves with commercials from Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren won't help one bit. It's also why the giggling Kamala Harris was encouraged to stay away from his campaign. She couldn't even win California when she ran for president. People on both sides have her figured out.


Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 6, 2021 at 3:30 pm

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2021 at 7:49 pm

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Reaganomics--a repeatedly disproven economic theory more descriptively called "trickle-down" or laissez-faire economics, which Reagan's own budget director admitted was a front (a lie) to get tax cuts through on the very richest--has been the dominant economic ideology since Reagan was potus.

The Supreme Court has the entire time since Reagan's presidency had a conservative majority for an unbroken 50 years, and has handed down decision after decision in favor of the very wealthiest at the expense of everyone else. (See "Supreme Inequality" by Adam Cohen).

Democrats have repeatedly had to clean up after the messes Republicans make, like the massive Reagan deficit and the 2008 financial crisis (and massive Bush deficit which he made after Clinton left the largest surplus and was paying off the debt) after nearly 2 terms of total Republican dominance in all branches of federal government, while Republicans never take responsibility for anything. Democrats have been notoriously fickle voters and have never really understood the power issues involved in overcoming these structural inequities. As a consequence, they're stuck cleaning up Republican messes and dealing with Republican bullying and lying rather than solving problems like climate change.

The electoral college has a built-in advantage for Republicans, who find it easier to get out voters because they have found it easier and easier to lie about everything. (See Stuart Steven's "It was all a lie" on the topic of the "industrial lying" on the Right that has no equivalence on the left, as we saw culminate in the last administration.) As a result, since the '90s, a Republican has won the popular vote only once, just barely, and he was an incumbent, yet have been in office enough for trickle-down ideology, and the related disinvestment in our infrastructure and nation, to continue.


Posted by We Are The People
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 6, 2021 at 8:37 pm

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@what will they do next?
You are given the right to use your 1st Amendment Rights. But not your Facts.
Do you remember "Jarvis Gann"?
Every time a Republican comes into office, the Democrats have to clean up their messes. Everything that you brought forth, is the cause of what some Republican has done.
When the Dems began taking care of that particular mess, The Red States began giving Their 'strays' Bus tickets to California.
Addressing the Businesses/Corporations moving out. Good. Don't let the door smack you where the Good Lord Crack you. Business have been doing what they do for decades. Outsourcing & bringing in trained Workers from other Countries. Giving them Housing & signup Bonuses. So stop crying a river for the obvious.
Decline in population
High rent. Swartznegger was held back because who he was married to? I remembered when Obama was elected, he said "Finally we have a Friend in the White House"?
As for the the High Speed Rail? You're right. Other Countries have a better transportation system? But again when you take a look as to WHY nothing gets done, (BUT the Dems Pet Projects). Its always held back by something the Repubs is doing? It is said by the time the "Rail" is finish, it'll be outdated?
I don't particular care for a LOT of Their projects either. But They are the representatives for all Citizens.
Larry Elder is a Clown. He doesn't belong to a Subjected Race. Maybe with Ben Carson and Herman Cain (god rest his soul)? As for Kamala Harris, she does like to giggle a lot and at first I didn't want her as Vice President. I wanted Susan Rice.

As to Newsome being worried? Why? Usually in a off Season Democrats' don't turn out. But this is the Age of Mail in Ballots. You know the process that the Republicans can't stand.
My point is this... In the end, there shouldn't be a Recall.
Repubs always bring up what things cost, except when its their turn to perform. What about this Recall?
And the process sucks.


Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 7, 2021 at 11:49 am

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@ We Are The People .... I would say you did pretty well. Forget Kamala, you got Susan Rice as president.


Posted by Tristan Rogers
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 7, 2021 at 11:58 am

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There is no REAL leadership in America regardless of whether the Republicans or Democrats are in control.

So now that we have established that premise, what's next on the horizon?


Posted by We Are The People
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 7, 2021 at 1:19 pm

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@What will they do Next.

Susan Rice - Donald tRump?
Susan Rice - Donald tRump?
Anybody - Donald tRump?
Anybody - Donald tRump?
Anybody - COVID 19
Anybody - Insurrection
Anybody - All the rest of that FORM of pretend Presidency.
When tRump was ousted. The Country took a breath and "EXHALE".
Peace fell upon us. Rice untraditional. So was the experiment of the "Former Guy".
But I bet you good money that Rice knows that Jefferson is dead and would not of invited the "Taliban" to Camp David. Or the Russians into the Oval Office?


Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 7, 2021 at 2:47 pm

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Posted by We Are The People
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 7, 2021 at 3:59 pm

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Posted by NeilsonBuchanan
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 13, 2021 at 12:53 pm

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As I look at the Governor's office from 10,000 feet, I see a very safe Newsom during the recall and for the next general elections. I don't foresee viable candidate to displace Guv Newsom in 2021 or 2022.

Nothing is certain in politics but my calculus indicates that it is almost impossible for a viable Republican to survive primary election and emerge with enuf cred and funding to beat Newsom if he decides to run for second term. I am confident that Newsom wont repeat a fine dining blunder.


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