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Dems pass retroactive bill to block recall of state senator Newman

Jerry Brown transfers $100K to help intimidate signature gatherers

“The blockers intentionally try to create a hostile environment by yelling and screaming."
“The blockers intentionally try to create a hostile environment by yelling and screaming."

San Diego’s AM 600 KOGO’s radio talk show host, Carl DeMaio, appears to have Governor Brown and the Democratic-controlled state legislature nervous.

Video:

Video of Newman recall blockers

Orange Co. Dem vice-chairman attacking recall signature gatherers — "Are you gay?"

Orange Co. Dem vice-chairman attacking recall signature gatherers — "Are you gay?"

DeMaio’s Reform California campaign, and his attempt to recall State Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) has collected over half of the signatures needed to force a recall vote on the freshman senator.

It was Newman who cast the deciding vote on the newly imposed gas and car taxes.

An ouster of Newman would end the Democrats' super majority, which allowed passage of the new taxes without a public hearing or public vote.

In the Democrats' effort to stop the Newman recall, the legislature attached a bill to the recently approved budget, which may take away the ability to use a recall initiative to remove Newman from office.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the bill makes a timeline for qualifying a recall ballot measure months longer, thus pushing Newman’s recall to the June 8, 2018 primary election, rather than a special election.

The bill also requires every petition signature to be validated individually rather than a percentage sampling, thus dramatically increasing the cost of recall efforts. The legislation is retroactive, to specially include the Newman recall.

DeMaio and his organization say the new law is unconstitutional. “Our coalition plans to file a lawsuit immediately,” said DeMaio.

Meanwhile, in the senator’s 29th district; portions of L.A., Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, volunteer and paid signature gatherers are facing “Democratic operatives,” according to DeMaio.

On June 12, the vice chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, Jeff LeTourneau, was captured on video outside a grocery store attacking and berating signature gatherers because they are gay.

DeMaio and his L.A. talk-counterparts, John & Ken on KFI AM640, reported last week that Governor Jerry Brown has transferred $100,000 from his campaign fund to help fight the recall, by hiring, what the talk hosts have labeled as “union thugs.”

“The money is being used to hire “blockers”; paid operatives who are assigned to seek out and stand in front of signature gatherers,” said DeMaio. “The blockers intentionally try to create a hostile environment by yelling and screaming. The blockers knows that confrontation and creating scenes repels members of the public who are just trying to shop in peace.”

According to the Secretary of State’s office, there have been only nine recalls that qualified for the ballot, in which five were successful, including the 2003 recall of Governor Gray Davis.

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“The blockers intentionally try to create a hostile environment by yelling and screaming."
“The blockers intentionally try to create a hostile environment by yelling and screaming."

San Diego’s AM 600 KOGO’s radio talk show host, Carl DeMaio, appears to have Governor Brown and the Democratic-controlled state legislature nervous.

Video:

Video of Newman recall blockers

Orange Co. Dem vice-chairman attacking recall signature gatherers — "Are you gay?"

Orange Co. Dem vice-chairman attacking recall signature gatherers — "Are you gay?"

DeMaio’s Reform California campaign, and his attempt to recall State Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) has collected over half of the signatures needed to force a recall vote on the freshman senator.

It was Newman who cast the deciding vote on the newly imposed gas and car taxes.

An ouster of Newman would end the Democrats' super majority, which allowed passage of the new taxes without a public hearing or public vote.

In the Democrats' effort to stop the Newman recall, the legislature attached a bill to the recently approved budget, which may take away the ability to use a recall initiative to remove Newman from office.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the bill makes a timeline for qualifying a recall ballot measure months longer, thus pushing Newman’s recall to the June 8, 2018 primary election, rather than a special election.

The bill also requires every petition signature to be validated individually rather than a percentage sampling, thus dramatically increasing the cost of recall efforts. The legislation is retroactive, to specially include the Newman recall.

DeMaio and his organization say the new law is unconstitutional. “Our coalition plans to file a lawsuit immediately,” said DeMaio.

Meanwhile, in the senator’s 29th district; portions of L.A., Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, volunteer and paid signature gatherers are facing “Democratic operatives,” according to DeMaio.

On June 12, the vice chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, Jeff LeTourneau, was captured on video outside a grocery store attacking and berating signature gatherers because they are gay.

DeMaio and his L.A. talk-counterparts, John & Ken on KFI AM640, reported last week that Governor Jerry Brown has transferred $100,000 from his campaign fund to help fight the recall, by hiring, what the talk hosts have labeled as “union thugs.”

“The money is being used to hire “blockers”; paid operatives who are assigned to seek out and stand in front of signature gatherers,” said DeMaio. “The blockers intentionally try to create a hostile environment by yelling and screaming. The blockers knows that confrontation and creating scenes repels members of the public who are just trying to shop in peace.”

According to the Secretary of State’s office, there have been only nine recalls that qualified for the ballot, in which five were successful, including the 2003 recall of Governor Gray Davis.

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The point made in the video (with its terrible, distorted audio) is that these signature gatherers (like so many) lie in order to get those signatures. We've seen this happen many times in San Diego, esp. the infamous Barrio Logan petitions backed by the shipyards. Carl DeMaio, who is gay, does not have the support of the majority of the LGBTQ community in San Diego, and never has. He's been booed at Pride parades. His political behavior is disgraceful. He's never figured out how to do something worthwhile with his life, as opposed to Todd Gloria.

June 23, 2017

It's ok for them to be obnoxious and intolerant, because our Democratic overlords are better than the people they claim to represent. They will make the Jefferson State a reality.

June 23, 2017

If the signature gatherers are, as accused, stating the petition is about reversing the gas tax, this amounts to fraudulent misrepresentation of the facts. And they should be prosecuted and/or banned from gathering any signatures in the future.

June 23, 2017

Signature gatherers are paid employees of companies that do this as a business. These companies are usually hired by the Republicans since their causes are not popular and can't get volunteers to do the work. This is definitely the case here with Carl DeMaio and the hatchet job he's doing for the Republicans.

Signature gatherers are typically aggressive and intimidating since they get paid per signature they collect. I hope we learn who is paying for this.

June 23, 2017

I don't think Carl does anything, unless there's money involved. That's how he operated in DC for years. He needs to go back there.

June 23, 2017

Mr. Harrison doesn't avoid the telltale signs of Republican hackery. There is no Democrat Party, except as a decades long attempt to rename the Democratic Party, by those who oppose that party. The picture "flipping off" anyone who reads this magazine, doesn't name who, what, when, where, and why, and seems to only show The Readers' attitude. Fix this.

June 23, 2017

There are so many problems with this article - first of all - Newman wasn't the deciding vote. The Republican senator from Merced was.

Also, a recall is meant to happen when an elected official has done a scandalous act - not because s/he voted for a bill. We have elections for that. Recall is also not meant to be used as a political machine. Recalling someone to take the supermajority away is plain unethical. Again, we have elections for that.

And lastly - the signature gatherer were down-right lying to people to gather signature. The new bill ensures that they cannot do that. So I do not see anything wrong with "every petition signature to be validated individually rather than a percentage sampling".

June 23, 2017

Solvingprob: a recall vote is an election choice. Recalls are the voter's authority over their representatives and their actions, not just scandalous ones. While funding of recalls comes from many sources, funding for elections also have many too.
California legislators wield too much power for their own, and more importantly, the people's good. There is absolutely nothing unethical about using recalls as a method of change.

I do agree with you outright lying to obtain a signature should be consider fraud. But fraud is typically a criminal act and we're innocent to proven guilty in a court of law, beyond a reasonable doubt. If we were to remove that standard, I suspect our jails would be filled with lying, fraudulent politicians.

The people who vote in the Senator's district will decide this issue, if the recall gathers enough valid signatures, not you or me. With that said, any changes to the recall processes only weakens the people's power to hold their representative accountable and in this state that not a good idea.

June 24, 2017

The recall process varies by state, as is their right. Some states require a charge of misconduct. Others do not. "Any changes to the recall process" doesn't necessarily mean it "weakens the people's power." It can sometimes make the process better. Especially when rabble-rousers like DeMaio want a recall launched just because he doesn't like how they vote on issues. This is outrageous Trumpian behavior.

June 24, 2017

"Volunteers" usually means unpaid work, if these signature gatherers are actually working for no money that would be notable. I doubt this is the case. Johnathon Hale, who is behind the video posted, is also behind Carl DeMaio, as his husband. Reposting a video without noting this, and not even giving the names of the "volunteers", and others, is the shameful journalism we associate with the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, not with the Reader. Not yet.

June 25, 2017

Here are the facts. "Johnathon Hale" was born John Theodore Wyckoff Jr. Per LGBT Weekly, May 17, 2012: “Yes; it is a felony and the crime was burglary,” said Pulaski, Ark. District Court clerk, Tom Barnes to San Diego LGBT Weekly as we sought to verify that, as John T. Wyckoff Jr., Hale was convicted as a felon for the crime of burglary. Hale, as Wyckoff, was arrested for stealing items from an American Eagle store, where he had been employed in Little Rock."

June 25, 2017

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