Newsom Recall Backers Sue to Block Framing of Effort as ‘Republican Takeover’ of California

Key backers of the recall election against California Gov. Gavin Newsom have filed a lawsuit to prevent the Democrat governor from framing the contest as a Trump-aligned Republican power grab in an official voter information guide that will be distributed publicly. Orrin Heatlie, the lead organizer of the recall campaign, and Mike Netter, a board member of the recall committee, are the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in Sacramento Superior Court. The activists call for each use of the word “Republican” and “Trump” to be stricken from Newsom’s so-called “recall argument,” the governor’s official response to the special election that will be included in the voter guide sent out ahead of the Sept. 14 vote. Heatlie and Netter argue that Newsom’s language misleadingly casts the recall as illegitimate and falsely implies only Republicans are behind the effort to oust him. “The messaging used by Governor Newsom is divisive and hate filled,” Heatlie …Read More

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