One-party rule corrupts California electoral process – Daily Breeze
California Democrats control the governor’s mansion, every elected office statewide, the two seats in the United States Senate, 42 of 53 Congressional districts, and hold a supermajority in both houses of the state legislature. You would think that such electoral dominance would eliminate any need to further stack the process in their favor – but you were wrong.
Maybe the political class is paranoid because most California voters aren’t as far to the left as they are. Politicians know this and it is confirmed in most election cycles. In November, attempts to dump Proposition 13, reimpose affirmative action, allow 17-year-olds to vote, allow rent controls and abolish the cash bond caught fire.
Now what we are seeing is a tendency to try to keep democracy out of the hands of the voters.
The most striking example is the apparently unconstitutional appointment by Governor Gavin Newsom of a United States Senator, when the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution states that vacancies “shall” be filled by an election unless the legislature does not. ‘authorizes the governor “to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as directed by the legislature.” “
MP Kevin Kiley, R-Granite Bay, immediately questioned the constitutionality of Newsom’s appointment of then Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the post created when Senator Kamala Harris resigned to become vice president . Proof that he was right comes with the introduction of the Assembly Bill 1495, which ultimately creates the required special election, but not until November 2022.
“We’ll elect someone to serve for a month,” Kiley observed. “Here’s the really crazy part: Padilla will be running for re-election at the same time. So, on your November 2022 ballot, you’ll see what looks like a printing error: a race for the same Senate seat will appear twice. “
Senate Constitutional Amendment 1, introduced by Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, is another attempt by politicians to keep voters away from those in power. Hertzberg was the author of the 2018 bill that ended the cash bond in California, a highly unpopular law that voters overturned in a November ballot referendum.
In a referendum, a “yes” vote approves the law and a “no” vote rejects it. SCA 1 would reverse this, so that a “yes” vote would reject the law and a “no” vote would mean “yes” to the law. This is such an obvious attempt to confuse voters that it can only be seen as an attempt to undermine the referendum power of the people.
The California Constitution also gives the people the power to remove elected officials, and politicians obviously don’t like that either. To undermine the recall power, Senate Constitutional Amendment 3 by Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, would allow the recalled office holder to also appear on the recall ballot as one of the alternates. This would allow a governor to be recalled and re-elected on the same ballot.
Another attempt to manipulate the recall election in favor of politicians was a 2017 law that added months of budget and legislation reviews to the recall schedule in a bid to save Senator Josh Newman from an effort callback in progress. Today, some Democrats fear that the delay required by this law could harm Governor Newsom’s chances of survival. According to Politico, state budget officials have “asked California counties to speed up their estimates of recall costs by June 1, a move that could help the state hold an earlier recall election. than fall.
State Senator Steve Glazer described the partisan strategy in a recent tweet. “The best opportunity to beat this reckless recall of @GavinNewsom is to have an early election. He’s rebounded well on vaccines and on budget, ”Glazer wrote. “Its biggest threats are the unknowns: the variant of the virus, the fires, the reopening of schools. No reason to delay and give the opposition more leeway. “
Two more attempts to manipulate the recall election come to us from Senator Josh Newman, who was re-elected after being recalled for supporting the hated $ 5 billion gasoline tax hike in 2017.
Senate Bill 663 would give politicians affected by a recall access to the names and addresses of all those who signed the petition. This access would be followed by a 45-day period (instead of 30 days) during which signatories could remove their name from the petition. Fortunately, the obvious potential for voter intimidation was too great even for the legislature, and Newman quietly shelved the bill. But Newman has SB 660, an attempt to ban the collection of paid signatures. He claims, without proof, that the purpose of the bill is to prevent fraud. In fact, all this bill would do is increase the cost of writing the measures on the ballot. It promotes rich and entrenched interests.
Everything is intended to limit the power of Californian voters and to empower a permanent political class. The ghosts of Tammany Hall can only watch with jealous admiration.
Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.