More than 800k signatures have been verified in the effort to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom.
“Recall proponents must submit nearly 1.5 million verified signatures from registered California voters by March 17. As of February 5, proponents had submitted 1.1 million signatures, 800,000 of which have already been officially verified. Of those verified signatures, 84 percent belong to registered voters, which the New York Times notes is an unusually high percentage compared to typical recall efforts.” (Reason)
- There are 800,000 verified signatures for the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom as of February 5 — roughly 53% of all verified signatures needed by March 17. That number is expected to increase, both since the verification is dated February 5 and because the effort is gaining momentum.
The recall campaign crossed the 1,495,709 signature threshold in gross signatures (i.e. overall number, including non-verified signatures) needed by March to force a recall election. However, in every signature-based effort, there will be some signatures invalidated, so recall groups have continued to gather more signatures.
- Reason summarizes Californians’ potential concerns with their governor’s handling of the pandemic: “In California, schools remain closed, meaning 6 million childrencontinue to be subjected to ineffectual virtual learning. The vaccine rolloutgot off to a terribly slow start. The second ban on outdoor dining, which was in place from early December until late January, has been lifted but was in place for far too long. The 10 p.m. curfew for all non-essential work and gatherings, which was put in place at the end of November, was finally lifted at the end of January. And, as Newsom asked residents to continue to stay home and avoid gatherings this fall, he was caught redhanded attending a lobbyist’s 12-person birthday dinner at the Michelin-starred French Laundry in early November. “
- Although much of the mainstream media is still downplaying this critical story, California Democrats are now “scrambl[ing]” as they realize it’s getting serious. As POLITICO reported: “It is starting to feel too late for Democrats to stop the recall train. Organizers say they have collected 1.5 million signatures, but need a few hundred thousand more to ensure they have enough that are valid.”
- The Republican National Committee has contributed $250,000 to the recall campaign, as POLITICO first reported, and the California Republican Party has contributed $125,000.
- According to the Washington Examiner, Governor Newsom’s approval rating is just 31% — down from 49% in October — and “36% of respondents said they support the recall effort against Newsom, which has gained popularity among Democrats.”
CPAC kicks off with welcome reception as President Trump is expected to speak Sunday.
“At least eight 2024 hopefuls will speak at CPAC, the conservative movement’s premier conference this weekend in Florida, giving Republicans their clearest look yet at who’s competing in the traditional GOP presidential lanes. But there’s only one lane that really matters: the one currently occupied by former President Donald Trump.” (POLITICO)
- CPAC kicked off this evening in Florida, and a full day of programming begins tomorrow. Tomorrow’s major speakers, according to the CPAC agenda, include Donald Trump, Jr., Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Tom Cotton, and Sen. Josh Hawley.
- President Trump will speak at CPAC — the major conservative conference — this Sunday in Florida. It’s his first major speech since he left the White House and President Biden was inaugurated.
- Axios reports that President Trump’s message will be that he is “Republicans’ ‘presumptive 2024 nominee,'”setting him at the head of the next presidential primary.
- In recent weeks, President Trump has met with Republican leaders to talk about strategy for the 2022 midterm election. Democrats have the majority in the House and Senate, but it’s a slim margin, and Republicans want to re-take the majority in the midterm election.
- President Trump will also attend the Republican National Committee’s donor retreat later this spring, per The Hill.
House Dems’ campaign chair: “I’m doing a deep dive to figure out why the polling sucked” in the 2020 election.
“‘I’m doing a deep dive to figure out why the polling sucked, why we were misled on the status of certain races … on how we do digital, on how we use qualitative research versus quantitative research,’ [Rep. Maloney] said. ‘There’s a lot to learn. We’re looking at it … and we will have a report.'” (The Hill)
- Rep. Sean Maloney, the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), said the campaign committee will be producing a report on what went wrong for House Democrats in the 2020 election.
- Despite a “blue wave” predicted by the media and pollsters, House Democrats lost 15 seats and have a majority so narrow that Rep. Nancy Pelosi almost lost her role as Speaker of the House.
- Because of the disappointing 2020 results, the previous DCCC chair, Rep. Cheri Bustos, stepped down.