Newsom won your vote against the seizure of CA.

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Californians woke up rudely in August when a poll conducted by the Institute for Government Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and the Los Angeles Times reported the shocking news that a whopping 47 percent of voters in California supported the withdrawal and only half would oppose it. An even more recent Survey USA poll is just as worrying, with 51% of likely voters supporting the withdrawal.

These figures suggest a much closer race than the progressives expected. (Editor’s note: TheLeafOnline recommends not to vote on the withdrawal on September 14 and to vote for Jacqueline McGowan, the cannabis candidate who is rising in the polls as a possible replacement.)

The stakes can’t be higher, not just for California, but for the rest of the country. Think about it: our 88-year-old Senator Diane Feinstein may step down in the near future, and any governor will replace her. This appointment could upset the balance in the Senate, with Democrats losing control and the ability to pass legislation and appoint reasonable judges. (If Supreme Court Justice 86-year-old Brier dies, the Republican-controlled Senate could block a deputy while Mitch McConnell presides over the Senate. The Moscow Mitch has shown that it is ready both to block the candidates and to hurry them in order to achieve Trump’s political program.. – ed.)

A frivolous attack on a progressive governor

Furthermore, there is no rational justification for this withdrawal. For the past three and a half years, under Governor Newsom, Californians have enjoyed and benefited from:

  • A strong economic recovery, with a surplus of $ 100 billion that could fund the governor’s plans, including $ 12 billion in incentive checks for two-thirds of Californians who will receive $ 600 each (plus another $ 500 for those with children).
  • A proactive, science-based approach to the pandemic, with some of the highest levels of vaccination in the country
  • Climate action to reduce fossil fuel production, which includes refusing fracking permits and prioritizing billions for water sustainability, a clean car plan and forest fire fighting equipment
  • 200,000 subsidized childcare sites and a free transitional kindergarten offered, making it possible for thousands more California parents to join the workforce
  • Aggressive homelessness plan, with $ 12 billion in support of housing and mental health services

Governor Newsom is also a women’s champion, doubling the state budget’s investment in sexual and reproductive health care and signing legislation to reduce alarmingly high maternal mortality rates among blacks. He has also worked with other governors to elect to protect reproductive rights across the country.

Remember your efforts, just another seizure of right-wing power

Despite, or perhaps because of, Governor Newsham’s accomplishments and proposals, Republicans who want to replace him with a Trump-like governor are organized and ready to vote on Sept. 14.

If both Newsom and McGowan lose, we will have a Republican governor who will repeal many of the reforms introduced not only by Newsom but by Jerry Brown before him. He (there are no viable women candidates for GPs) will repeal California’s climate protection policies, repeal gun safety laws and take away access to health care for those most in need.

Their leading candidate is Larry Elder, the closest to Trump in California. He has been accused of domestic violence and, among other things, called global warming a “boy” and promoted conspiracy theories against vaccination, promising to repeal mandates for masks and vaccines against COVID-19.

Make no mistake, this race extends beyond California, the stronghold of Trumpism, in all its forms.

There are only days left for voting by mail, September 14 in person

So be afraid, be very afraid. And vote by mail or in person on September 14!

So far, you and most voters in California have received their ballots in the mail.

Please vote NO in front of your ballot and mail it immediately. Tell all your friends to vote NO and join us in defeating this wrong reminder campaign. TheLeafOnline covers the vote for Jacqueline McGowan on question 2.


Dr. Marsha Rosenbaum is a sociologist living in San Francisco (marsharosenbaum@gmail.com). Dr. Carol Vinograd is a professor of medicine at Stanford University and a member of the WAR (Women Against Seizure) organizing group.

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