Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Effort to recall Governor Newsom gains steam amid COVID-19 frustration

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Greetings! I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and special sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, wondering how it got to be February so soon. Here are the latest headlines from the Golden State on this Monday.

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Newsom feels the heat  

California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlines his 2021-2022 state budget proposal during a news conference in Sacramento on Jan. 8, 2021.

With COVID-19 ravaging the Golden State and creating economic hardship, Californians are frustrated. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom was already disliked by pockets of the state for his liberal policies, but the pandemic has pushed discontent to a new level. And Newsom is in the crosshairs.

A movement to make Newsom only the second California governor ever recalled is gaining steam. The recall effort’s lead proponent is Orrin Heatlie, a former police officer, who listed among his reasons Newsom’s decision to suspend the death penalty in March 2019 two months into his term, his stance on immigration, his French Laundry scandal, his gun control initiatives and his administration’s handling of unemployment benefits, among others.

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