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August 20, 2003

If It's Wednesday, The Democrats Must Be In Power

Sacramentos: the Fresh Government Maker

Let's suppose the California recall goes as expected. Gray Davis gets tossed, and Arnold Schwarzenegger takes office with 18% of the vote or some such thing. It need not be Arnold, pick Gary Coleman or Arianna "Can't drive 55" Huffington, if you wish. I'l stay with Arnold, otherwise I'll have to rewrite the next paragraph.

Once the election is over, what's to stop a liberal version of Darryl Issa, and there are a lot of liberals as rich as Issa in California, from financing another petition campaign to recall Arnold? A petition with 12% of the votes cast in the previous campaign is all that's needed to force yet another recall, and one could probably get a similar percentage of California voters to sign a petition for the Flat Earth Society.

Hell, why wouldn't Gray Davis do it himself? Assuming he loses this recall election, and that doesn't seem like such a stretch, for some reason, he should have a few million left over in the campaign coffers--easily enough to fund a petition drive. And the beauty part is, if the second recall succeeds, he won't have to compete for votes with the Terminator. (Or Shorty, Mr. Porno, Ms. Porno, or Mrs. Hagar. Just take your pick.)

And odds are another recall would also succeed. No matter what happens, a significant portion of the electorate is going to be mighty pissed about the results. Whomever is the next governor of California will undoubtedly get into office with a minority of the total vote, perhaps even as low as 20% of the total. (Again, unless Gray Davis somehow beats back the recall, and I can't think of anyone other than Gray Davis who wants that, if only for the sheer entertainment value of watching 100+ candidates fight the count out.)

Soon, the natural condition of California politics may be that any pol can force a recall election, but no pol can withstand one. The Mediterranean climate will finally wash over into politics, and California will become the Italy* of the Pacific.

Atsa spicy meatball.

*57 changes in government since 1945

Posted by Bigwig at August 20, 2003 11:26 PM | TrackBack
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too much difference between being pissed at the results, and being pissed enough to actually go out and sign something. or, god forbid, to let some freak with a clipboard pull you aside in front of the grocery store to sign it. *shudder*

Posted by: tanya at August 21, 2003 05:01 PM

> The Mediterranean climate will finally wash over into politics, and California will become the Italy* of the Pacific.

Perpetual recalls would be a vast improvement as a political class with time on its hands is huge problem (as CA often demonstrates). The more time they spend fighting/campaigning, the less time they spend "helping".

And, unlike daughters, they don't grow up into something useful and we never loved them anyway.

Posted by: Andy Freeman at August 22, 2003 10:52 AM

There's a minimum time limit of six months after the election before the recall can be scheduled. So best case (unless you happen to disagree with Andy's post, in which case it's worst case) is, a new circus, I mean election, twice a year until the regular governors election, when the party candidates actually get a major advantage.

But it won't go on too long. CA voters will get tired of it and pass a referendum to change the rules.

Or if one wants to dream, maybe CA voters will notice how much better things are with an effectively nonfunctioning government...

Posted by: markm at August 23, 2003 07:36 PM

In light of the recent information that has surfaced, making Arnold a potential criminal, odds are that a recall can easily be justified and able to fuel the emotions of the anti-Arnolds. And it need not wait six months to begin -- that would have been for the Republicans if they failed to get Davis recalled. The Dems could start now, if they wanted to.

Posted by: RicK at October 8, 2003 12:29 AM


February 11, 2005


Major Organizer
Recall Arnold Movement
Owner, Grassroots-CA-OH-FL
21845 Grand Terrace Rd., #23
Grand Terrace, CA., 92313
TEL.: (909) 872-1826

Dot, Moderator

GRAND TERRACE, Calif.-A Grand Terrace liberal progressive activist has received enough signatures to commence the recall of Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar.

Last Friday, Hank Ramey, who owns the Yahoogroup, Grassroots-CA-OH-FL, has received a total of 66 signatures for the Notice of Intention to Recall Schwarzeneggar. Ramey needed a minimum of 65 signatures to commence the recall.

Last summer, Ramey attempted to file a previous Notice of Intention, but he was short by 12 signatures of the state's registered voters.

"This Recall", Ramey said, "will continue to go on until we get the Petitions approved. Once the Petitions are approved, we will invite all Americans to come to California to circulate the Recall Petitions."

Ramey has to get at least $250 to get has Notice of Intention published in the San Bernardino Westside Story Newspaper, plus $230 he still owes for the prior publication. Donations for the publication costs can be sent to the above address, as well as for donations for telephone costs.

After it is sent for publication, Ramey has to serve the Notice on Schwarzeneggar, which he'll do by certified mail, and file it with the Acting Secretary of State's Office. Schwarzeneggar has seven days to serve and file his Answer to Ramey's Notice. Ten days after the service and filing of the Answer, Ramey will file proof of publication and two proposed recall petitions with the Acting Secretary of State's Office. If approved in 10 days, Ramey and Grassroots would have 160 days to get signatures equal to 12% of the votes cast in the October 2003 recall election.

Posted by: HANK RAMEY at March 27, 2005 06:13 PM
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