The Republican Party is attempting to overturn democracy yet again, this time in California. Trump allies, conspiracy theorists, and anti-vaxxers are counting on low turnout among Democrats, Independents, and progressives to pull off their scheme to replace Governor Newsom with a right-wing Republican.

The stakes are high: Our governor has the power to appoint Senator Dianne Feinstein’s successor should anything happen to her. A Republican governor can appoint judges and can roll back environmental reforms legislated by Newsom and former governor Jerry Brown.

The leading candidate to replace Newsom is a conservative talk show host and climate change denier who is against a woman’s right to choose and says the minimum wage should be $0. If Larry Elder or any of the other 40-plus candidates are elected, we could have a Republican representing California in the Senate, anti-choice judges, and renewed fracking and off-shore drilling. If this doesn’t give you nightmares, I don’t know what will.

A “yes” vote of more than 50 percent on Question #1 means that a candidate with as little as 10 percent of the vote could replace Newsom.

Ballots are mailed August 16. Vote “no” on Question #1 (you can leave Question #2 blank) and return your ballot ASAP (postmarked by September 14).

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Think it can’t happen here? It can and it will if we don’t take the threat seriously. Don’t let this phony and anti-democratic power grab take over the bluest and most populous state in the US. Vote “no” on the recall.


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