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Surging recall effort now has Gov. Gavin Newsom worried

Surging recall effort now has Gov. Gavin Newsom worried

Recall movement is now being linked to “far right extremists”. The move smells of desperation and is likely to backfire.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom once promised that his coronavirus policy decisions would be driven by data shared with the public to provide maximum transparency.

However, now he is keeping secret the data his administration is using to drive state-implemented lockdowns.

On May 28, the Center for American Liberty (CAL) filed a public records request to the California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency seeking the science and data that Newsom used to drive lockdown decisions from Oct. 1, 2019 until that day. CAL executive director Mark Trammell said the state had pointed the CAL back to the state website, and withheld other data under a “deliberative process” exception, used to exempt the state from its duty to release public records.

Under Newsom’s lockdown order, indoor religious services are strictly forbidden. Trammell said they had, for example, requested data explaining why such services were forbidden while other retailers remained open. “If it’s safe enough to go to a marijuana dispensary or Macy’s or Costco that same standard should apply to parishioners in our congregation they should be able to sep in pews and wear a mask,” Trammell told Fox News in an interview.

On Friday, The Associated Press released a report detailing the secrecy shrouding one of the longest and most stringent lockdowns in the country.

State health officials have said releasing the data would confuse the public.

Furthermore, the coronavirus vaccine rollout in the Golden State is clearly lagging behind most of the nation.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that California has received 4.7 million doses of the vaccine – but it has only administered 1.8 million doses.

The data show it is doling out doses at a rate of roughly 4,565 per 100,000 people, which is slower than Texas, New York, Florida, Connecticut, Michigan, Georgia, and many others.

Data from Bloomberg ranks California dead-last among all 50 U.S. states in terms of the percentage of shots utilized (37.3%).

…About 3.4% of the state’s roughly 40 million residents have received a dose, according to The Los Angeles Times, ranking it 51 out of 59 states and U.S. territories. The publication’s data shows California behind just Missouri, Nevada and Alabama in terms of the number of first doses distributed.

We reported that Gov. Gavin Newsom was facing a surging recall effort, in the wake of his violating his own social distancing rules at a swanky restaurant over a meal with supporters. There are now 1.2 million residents who have signed the petition, very close to the nearly 1.5 million required for a formal recall vote.

The unexpected success clearly has the governor and his media supporters worried, as they are now tying the recall to “QAnon” and “right-wing extremists”.

[A Los Angeles] Times investigation found that recall campaign leaders, seeking to capitalize on the darkening public mood, allied with radical and extreme elements early on to help collect signatures. Those included groups promoting distrust of government, science and medicine; peddlers of QAnon doomsday conspiracies; “patriots” readying for battle and one organization allied with the far-right extremist group, the Proud Boys.

The recall gave those fringe factions a higher profile and a shared villain. They helped energize the campaign with large and often inflammatory rallies over masks, in support of Trump and against the election they falsely say was stolen from the former president — ripe venues to harvest petition signatures.

Now, many Legal Insurrection readers may be wondering exactly how many “right-wing extremists” actually reside in California. Few…which is why the article went on to state “Many supporters of the recall are not extremists and may not be aware of the far-right groups involved with the effort.”

It seems that, according to the new playbook, if one petition signer is an extremist, everyone who signs it is an extremist.

I hesitated to sign the recall, as I was part of the past effort to recall Grey Davis to replace him with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The effort really didn’t work out as I had hoped.

Now, I feel obliged to sign the recall petition and will do so at some point this week.

Thanks, LA Times!

The rant against the recall effort also targeted “anti-vaxxers” as well. Smears of this magnitude  suggest that Team Newsom is worried that he will have to face the will of the people far sooner than he anticipated. A successful effort to get the recall on the ballot, even if it doesn’t remove Newsom on office, will at least have the added benefit of putting a dent in any presidential aspirations he may have.

The tactic of smearing petition signers smells of desperation and is likely to backfire.


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2smartforlibs | January 24, 2021 at 4:04 pm

Let me tell you the results of the election after the recall. After careful liberal counting 98% for Gov Hairdo to stay in office.

    If “voting software” is used, forget it.

    Our new mantra should be: voting software = fake election.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to | January 24, 2021 at 4:33 pm

      I think that there should be an open source project to develop and replace Dominion software. That would fix the immediate problem.

      Somewhat longer term, we should for the same for voting machines. Every voting machine would be the same, any private company could build it.

      It would be pretty hard for anyone to game them.

        henrybowman in reply to JusticeDelivered. | January 24, 2021 at 4:47 pm

        That’s one way to envision the result. Another is to consider that the minute somebody figures out how to own one of them, he owns them all. (Think Windows, Heartbeat, PanDa….)

          JusticeDelivered in reply to henrybowman. | January 24, 2021 at 6:37 pm

          We saw in the recent election that much of the fraud was paper ballots with corrupt people. Maybe connected to central systems which can look for abnormal patterns and ring the alarm, or maybe have that capability in the machine.

          The whole voting system, top to bottom, is flawed. The problem is not just voting machines, it really is broad scale corruption.

        stevewhitemd in reply to JusticeDelivered. | January 24, 2021 at 7:37 pm

        Better solution: count the ballots at each polling station by hand, in full public view. Parties could have observers present and the count would be video-recorded. Each and every polling station would do this — that means each would have a few hundred ballots to count. That’s easily managed by hand. Then the numbers go to the state/county election boards, but the numbers are public so no chicanery.

        Contested and provisional ballots would still go to a central site for review.

        And of course, do away with mail-in ballots for average voters. You want to vote — show up.

        What a goddam joke that we even tolerate the existence of organizations like Dominion.

        What the hell does “voting software” do?? Who needs it, except anyone trying to rig election?

        A company like Dominion – at BEST – should be in the business of supplying paper and pencil ballots with serial numbers on them.

        The existence of ANY entity to “process” voting is de facto scam.

        Until our vote are in person, on paper ballots, the count of which is witnessed by all parties: Chairman Xi will be sitting on his fat ass, ordering election results in our country to suit his liking.

        This is beyond discussion: it’s got to be an all or nothing proposition, or we need to secede out of the fascist hellhole our nation is quickly becoming.

        Problem is that most government employees/state officials are democrats- that are losing, or have lost their moral connection to the truth and fairness. They will find a way to screw it up because there is never enough republicans with the smarts or desire to be involved in the election system on that grand of scale.

      Yes, but the vast majority of the fraud was ordinary ballot stuffing.

    If you want to sign the petition to recall Governor Gavin Newsom in California, here is the official website of the recall effort. Just click on your county and there will be a list of all the locations that are hosting recall petitions and where you can sign one. Most counties have many, many public businesses hosting petitions. And, you can download your own petition from the website if you want to…..

    Sign it! It’s easy!

voting? no longer means anything, not anywhere in the Banana Republic of North America any more

Standard leftist playbook for the next four years: “All of our opponents are Far-Right Wing White Nationalists with violent tendencies who should be driven from their jobs, expunged from the public, and thrown in prison for their extremist rhetoric.”

“Now, many Legal Insurrection readers may be wondering exactly how many “right-wing extremists” actually reside in California. Few…which is why the article went on to state “Many supporters of the recall are not extremists and may not be aware of the far-right groups involved with the effort.”

Well, it’s only fair. Most voters who reside in California aren’t sexually-confused far fringe wacko communist freaks, but that’s the government that always gets voted in.

    randian in reply to henrybowman. | January 25, 2021 at 4:59 am

    Most voters who reside in California aren’t sexually-confused far fringe wacko communist freaks, but that’s the government that always gets voted in.

    I’ve long been convinced that California isn’t as far left as its reputation suggests, and that significant vote fraud is at play to get the election results we see. Nobody complains because they’ve bought the ruse that the electorate really is that leftward.

Colonel Travis | January 24, 2021 at 4:56 pm

Does anyone know anyone who follows QAnon seriously? I don’t. I was curious about it long ago but when I realized how cryptically stupid it was (which didn’t take long), I ignored it.

The left either lies about the magnitude of QAnon influence or is too stupid to realize there isn’t one, except in their head full of rocks, and/or both.

They always have to invent monsters and dog whistles and collusion because they cannot win any argument without fear and force.

    I have come across Q enthusiasts, and they are, frankly, silly. Q appears to have been a loose group of low-level people who are so thrilled to be privy to government information, they must leak it, but they have to make it cryptic to keep out of trouble.

    All of which means it’s pretty useless.

    There are people who spin wonderful, exciting stories featuring things that would be highly unlikely to happen in our country, because these people have not one clue how our system works. They don’t know what powers the President has (and does not have), and that is just the beginning of it. They make a big point of saying what the President is going to do, with great assurance, and no factual or legal basis.

    There are people claiming that DJT is STILL President and able to arrest all kinds of members of the other branches of government, and that Joe Biden is not physically located at the White House. Personally, I think the the FBI lurkers simply jumped the shark with that one.

    Oh, no, they exist. I live in a very conservative area (which is great.) However, this means that I am well familiar with the loons on our side. And they are most definitely loons. Q theorists, chem trail people, anti-vaxxers, the “Covid vaccine is going to implant a chip in you” folks, the “5G is going to barbeque us all!” brigade; yep, they’re all here.

    But at least the loons on our side just want to be left alone.

      Colonel Travis in reply to Anonamom. | January 25, 2021 at 12:02 pm

      Right, I know they exist. I’m just asking how much of a force are they? As a conservative, I do not see their influence at all in the real world. Maybe I’m out of the loop. I know of one tinfoil hat Trump voter in my entire sphere of family, friends, acquaintances. And that person isn’t armed, wouldn’t storm any building, etc.

Newsom’s problems extend beyond his covid response. He has trouble keeping the lights on as well. That was what led to the Gray Davis recall.

I lived in California from the time I was 8 years old. I loved California. I backpacked the Sierra Nevada, played at the seashore, went to Disneyland in its opening year and took my own kids there numerous times. I worked for forty years with the same employer and I loved my job, a job that allowed me to stretch my wings and fly. I raised my two girls there and then my brother’s two kids. Do you have any idea how hard it was to move away? But that’s what we did in 2011. The state was a disaster then, and with the return of Jerry Brown for his third time, the handwriting was on the wall. We started looking for a place in Idaho that week and moved in April of 2011. I miss my family, I miss my friends, I miss the Sierra. But I was afraid to go to the grocery store two blocks from my house after dark. My once beautiful town was a hellhole, full of illegals from Mexico and S. America. Crime was through the roof. Mind you, I lived 30 miles from San Francisco.

My son has now left his high paying job and moved twenty minutes from us. I’m hoping the others can get out soon. Thank you, Democrats.

    gonzotx in reply to JoAnne. | January 24, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Once upon a time in California

    technerd in reply to JoAnne. | January 24, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    I used to love traveling to San Francisco for conferences and vacations. The last time I was there I went to a club in the convention area. When I exited the club after midnight, the streets had so many homeless that it looked like a scene from Escape from New York. I have never returned.

    Colonel Travis in reply to JoAnne. | January 24, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    That’s tough, JoAnne, but you made the right decision. My wife and I were in Idaho last summer just briefly, I overheard some people talking at a park. One of them said, “Oh, you’re a refugee from Southern California like we are!” This was in Twin Falls. Lots of new housing going up there. Reminded me of the hoards moving to DFW, Texas, where I am. Although I’d rather have the density (lack thereof) of Twin Falls than DFW.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to JoAnne. | January 24, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    I can relate to why you moved. I am in Michigan, Ghettos continue to grow, slowly destroying adjacent communities. Non assimilating Muslims multiply almost as fast rabbits. China virus has made it more difficult to liquidate.

    One of my children is impaired, and I need to move so that they are caught in what is rapidly becoming a 3rd world shit hole.

    I am looking to move to a nice, rural conservatative community, and I will not do anything to try and make it less conservative.

    Truejim in reply to JoAnne. | January 24, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    If you don’t my asking, I am interested to know which town, exactly, did you live in that is 30 miles from the People’s Republic of San Francisco, which you describe as having descended into a form of Barbarism? I ask as myself a resident of the People’s Republic. I can imagine a number of possibilities in every direction, from Point Reyes to the Northwest, Napa to the Northeast, Dublin and Livermore to the East, Fremont to the Southeast, Palo Alto to the South, and so forth. But there are too many possible directions for me to make such guesses worthwhile. So I would appreciate your letting me know.

      danvillemom in reply to Truejim. | January 24, 2021 at 8:18 pm

      Jim – My story is the exact same as Joanne’s except we did not escape until 2017. We still own our home in Danville (30 miles east of SF) and have family living in it. Almost every night there are “visitors” that wander the streets looking for packages, breaking into garages, cars etc. We have an extra car old car in our driveway – we have taken out the battery and made sure there is nothing that is stored in the car to cause a broken window. Needless to say we are happy to live in rural AZ.

        Truejim in reply to danvillemom. | January 25, 2021 at 1:11 pm

        Danville, heh? I haven’t been there in at least 15 years. I have during that time been in other towns in Contra Costa County, such as Walnut Creek and Concord. But not Danville. I recall it as a pleasant enough suburb. I gather from what you say that that was then and this is now!

          danvillemom in reply to Truejim. | January 25, 2021 at 5:49 pm

          Jim – Yes it is not the same. People come from all over at night to “visit” the nice neighborhoods. Since we have easy freeway access the porch, mailbox, car thieves come….anything that is not nailed down is fair game. Since Contra Costa has a Soros sponsored DA the criminals run the show.

Too bad Californians are dumb enough to fall for the ruse that the recall is driven by “right wing extremists” and they will vote based on bigotry and bias instead of common sense.

    alaskabob in reply to Guardian79. | January 24, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Well it’s true… everyone wanting recall is right .. far right of Newsom. It’s not their position.. but his. It takes a far far Leftist to destroy Cali and turn it into Nuevo Venezuela.

    The irony is that many of the restauranteurs driving the recall are democrat hipsters.

    They were dumb enough to vote ‘liberal fashion’ and support their own suicide. Maybe they’ll learn.

    Probably not.

When you’ve lived in paradise for so long, you start to lose sight of how paradise can be lost. That it could even BE lost.

Decadence breeds complacency and risk aversion. The patriots of ’76 weren’t worrying about how declaring independence would affect their stock options. Right after the signing, some were even cracking dark jokes about who would have the easiest death after they were all facing the gallows.

    A giant factor in 1776 was the weather: every single event surrounding the Colonies and the Revolution involved incredibly cold winters.

    California has basked in the sun too long. It melted the brains of enough people living there.

State health officials have said releasing the data would confuse the public.

How so? Sounds to me like they’re admitting the data doesn’t support their decisions.

Planned Politician is karmic irony.

It’s hard to think of a lying slimeball who deserves this more. OK, maybe Cuomo, but that won’t happen.

Nothing says extremist like a legal recall effort!

State health officials have said releasing the data would confuse the public.

I’m sure it would. They would be confused why the data doesn’t actually justify the lockdown.

Bucky Barkingham | January 25, 2021 at 7:17 am

Maybe you should think twice about signing that petition since everyone who does will now be labeled a “Right Wing extremist” and entered into a state data base for future re-education or cleansing.

Justice for Ashli Babbitt!

“State health officials have said releasing the data would confuse the public.”

That tells you everything you need to know about their opinion of “the public” doesn’t it? Makes me believe that there is no scientifically valid justification for your actions, Governor Hair Gel.

It also makes a person wonder what else you may be trying to hide. Maybe someone needs to scrutinize that $1 billion face mask deal you made with China. Who made how much money from that deal and how much of it found its way back to you and/or your campaign? How many other “secret” deals are there that no one has discovered yet?

I’m sure there’s a peachy job waiting for him in the Harris-Biden administration.

California, do the right thing and flush the Newsom turd…

Yes, sign the petition even though it might not do much good. First, I’d be astounded if the Secretary of State actually counts the signatures honestly. And even if they do, I can’t imagine this state throwing out Newsom unless another equally leftist democrat runs in a recall election. But so what? Anything that makes Newsom squirm (and throws the left off its game) is a good thing. And I do think a successful recall petition would help keep Newsom from higher public office, even if he prevails in a recall election.