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Recall backers sue to remove 'misleading language' from voter guide | Newsom Recall Updates

The original proponents of the Recall Gavin 2020 effort filed a lawsuit seeking to remove what they call "misleading language" from the voter information guide.

CALIFORNIA, USA — Recall proponents sue to remove ‘misleading’ language from California voter guide

Orrin Heatlie and the original proponents of the Recall Gavin 2020 filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court seeking to keep what they are calling “false and misleading language” out of the California Voter Guide for the upcoming gubernatorial recall election.

The language Heatlie says they want to remove are claims the Newsom campaign uses, like “Republican recall,” that casts the recall effort as being an illegitimate Republican power grab.

“Newsom seeks to include these same flat-out lies from his supporters’ campaign ads in the Voter Information Guide and we have taken legal actions to stop it,” Heatlie said in a statement.

The public inspection period for the Voter Information Guide runs until Aug. 6, when it will be finalized, printed, and mailed to voters.

Faulconer campaigns on California cost of living, pitches tax cuts

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is campaigning on the cost of living in California as his latest message on social media.

“It’s too expensive to live in #California. And Newsom's one-time checks aren't enough. We need to make it more #affordable for people to live here. Instead of one-time checks, we need lasting #relief — I'll start by cutting your #taxes,” Faulconer wrote in a Facebook post.

Faulconer’s message of tax cuts – something he refers to as “permanent relief” – comes as tens of thousands of Californians are set to receive $600 Golden State Stimulus checks beginning in September 2021.

What election? California Democrats worry over recall apathy

California Gov. Gavin Newsom should survive the recall election against him if he can convince Democrats to come out to vote. But that may not be as easy as it sounds. 

Democratic registration almost doubles that of Republicans in the state. But the party's leaders are alarmed because Republicans appear more eager to vote. Recent interviews with voters show some Democrats have clear plans to vote for Newsom. 

But many others haven't made up their minds, don't know when the election is or aren't excited about Newsom. 

Anti-recall campaign manager Juan Rodriguez says the campaign is concerned about turnout and working to energize Democrats.

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

Will Trump be spoiler as California GOP seeks Newsom recall?

California Republicans see a chance of ousting embattled Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a September recall election.

The GOP can look for clues to a possible upset in Vermont, Maryland or Massachusetts, where Republican governors are in charge of solidly Democratic states. One thing in common for Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is they emphatically distanced themselves from former President Donald Trump.

But that isn't the case in California, where the leading Republican candidates either have supported or have ties to the ex-president.

Republican candidate John Cox says the race is about Newsom's incompetence, not Trump.

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

Key Dates

  • Aug. 4 - Republican recall candidates debate
  • Aug. 16 - First day to vote by mail
  • August 30 - Last day to register to vote
  • Sept. 14 - Recall election day

California Recall Fast Facts

On July 17, California Secretary of State Shirley Weber released a list of the 41 candidates who qualified to run in the recall election. About 70 candidates initially filed a statement of intent to run with the secretary of state, according to Ballotpedia

On July 21, Weber signed off on the finalized list of candidates who'll appear on the recall ballot. The number grew to 46 after a judge ruled that candidates should not be required to submit tax forms for a recall election.

The final day for candidates to file paperwork to run in the recall election was July 16.

The final report from the Secretary of State's office, released on June 23, validated 1,719,943 signatures on the recall petition. The recall effort needed 1,495,709 verified signatures to trigger a recall election. Approximately 441,406 signatures were invalidated.

Only 43 people of the more than 1.7 million Californians who signed the recall petition chose to remove their name from the list.

On July 1, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis finalized the cost of the election at $276 million.

More information on the recall election

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