Joel Anderson

The Josh Newman recall effort is all about retaliation

The Josh Newman recall effort is all about retaliation

One of the more troubling things happening in California politics right now is the signature-gathering effort to recall freshman state Sen. Josh Newman from his seat in the 29th District, straddling Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. Efforts on the ground consist of canvassers in parking lots and supermarket entryways, confidently offering shoppers a chance to repeal the latest gas tax hike if they sign.

That’s an enticing offer. Commuters with young families and steep mortgages, late-career professionals closely monitoring their 401ks as the 2008 recession sits uncomfortably in the rearview, and retirees with grandkids climbing a tuition mountain — everyone wants a...

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