Skip to comments.Californians Scramble to Oust Gov. Davis
Posted on 02/01/2003 9:04:25 AM PST by John Jorsett
NewsMax's many California readers have been buzzing for more information about a brief UPI item we ran describing a bipartisan coalition to recall corrupt and extremely unpopular Gov. Gray Davis. Here's the inside scoop.
Melanie Morgan of radio station KSFO in San Francisco tells NewsMax that she got the ball rolling when, in a recent interview with California GOP chairman Shawn Steele, she suggested an effort to recall Davis.
"He investigated it, and discovered that with the low voter turnout, we need just 675,000 signatures for a recall. The law says that we can't officially begin until six months after Davis was inaugurated. June 1, we're off and running.
"Steele is going to introduce the recall effort at the California Republican convention next month. In the meantime, Steele has enlisted former Carter pollster Pat Caddell to handle a Dump Davis democrat petition drive. Right/Left Coalition is born!" Morgan writes.
Thousands of volunteers have already contacted Steele to participate, Morgan reveals.
All it takes is 675,000 fed-up Californians? Gray, you might want to start hunting for a new job. Perhaps the state tax collector is hiring bureaucrats to haul in the huge tax increases you're shoving down the people's throats.
Excuse me, but was Davis inaugurated on December 1?
Right below my signature. And, since we have to wait until June, we may as well spend the time registering to vote under a few dozen names. It'll come in handy during the recall election and subsequent choosing of a new governor.
Does anyone want to bet California Republicans will reject the idea...They're as much a problem as the liberals.
SEC. 14. (a) Recall of a state officer is initiated by delivering to the Secretary of State a petition alleging reason for recall. Sufficiency of reason is not reviewable. Proponents have 160 days to file signed petitions.
(b) A petition to recall a statewide officer must be signed by electors equal in number to 12 percent of the last vote for the office, with signatures from each of 5 counties equal in number to 1 percent of the last vote for the office in the county. Signatures to recall Senators, members of the Assembly, members of the Board of Equalization, and judges of courts of appeal and trial courts must equal in number 20 percent of the last vote for the office.
(c) The Secretary of State shall maintain a continuous count of the signatures certified to that office.
SEC. 15. (a) An election to determine whether to recall an officer and, if appropriate, to elect a successor shall be called by the Governor and held not less than 60 days nor more than 80 days from the date of certification of sufficient signatures.
(b) A recall election may be conducted within 180 days from the date of certification of sufficient signatures in order that the election may be consolidated with the next regularly scheduled election occurring wholly or partially within the same jurisdiction in which the recall election is held, if the number of voters eligible to vote at that next regularly scheduled election equal at least 50 percent of all the voters eligible to vote at the recall election.
(c) If the majority vote on the question is to recall, the officer is removed and, if there is a candidate, the candidate who receives a plurality is the successor. The officer may not be a candidate, nor shall there be any candidacy for an office filled pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 16 of Article VI.
SEC. 17. If recall of the Governor or Secretary of State is initiated, the recall duties of that office shall be performed by the Lieutenant Governor or Controller, respectively.
SEC. 18. A state officer who is not recalled shall be reimbursed by the State for the officer's recall election expenses legally and personally incurred. Another recall may not be initiated against the officer until six months after the election.
SEC. 20. Terms of elective offices provided for by this Constitution, other than Members of the Legislature, commence on the Monday after January 1 following election. The election shall be held in the last even-numbered year before the term expires.
Reading the California Constitution, it appears that a recall election can have one or more candidates on the ballot, and Davis can't be among them.
That's what they said about Proposition 13, the Defense of Marriage Act, and other measures that the elite didn't like. This will be a grass-roots effort and we won't need their participation.
He's the guy that used the N-word publicly, isn't he?