California Governor Gavin Newsom survives recall effort in California with big Democratic support and massive cash haul from rich donors, while Senate Democrats to revive filibuster fight and top stories in Democratic politics.
California Governor Gavin Newsom easily fended off a recall effort and top Republican challenger Larry Elder thanks in part to a massive influx of cash from wealthy donors to the tune of $70 million allowing him to out-advertise his opponents on television and online, the New York Times reported.
The Times reported that Newsom spent more on defending against the recall effort event on his 2018 election. This fact has raised concerns for Democrats for 2022. They want to know why it was necessary to burn a mountain of cash to win in the most liberal state in America.
Among the wealthy donors supporting Newsom are some big names from Hollywood and Silicon Valley: Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings donated $3 million; real estate magnate George Marcus gave $1 million.; Dr. Priscilla Chan, a philanthropist and the wife of the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, contributed $750,000; philanthropist George Soros gave $500,000; Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg gave $500,000.
Top Democrats also rallied around the governor including President Joe Biden who traveled to California on the eve of the vote to stump for Newsom, implying Elder was a “Trump clone.” Biden said a Republican governor would be anti-vaccine, antiwoman, antiworker, a climate denier, and against a woman’s right-to-choose, The Hill reported.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Vice President Kamala Harris also appeared alongside Newsom in recent days. Former President Barack Obama recorded a video supporting Newsom.
On Tuesday, Senate Democrats rolled out a new proposal for voting and elections, and taking aim on the filibuster, The Hill reported.
“I think we need to move forward with a voting rights bill,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). “What we need to do is abolish the filibuster or drastically reform it.”
Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) said that if Republicans won’t support legislation to revise voting rights, then Democrats will “have no choice but to revisit the rules of the Senate.”
The obstacle to revising the filibuster remains Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) who has said time and again he does not support eliminating the filibuster.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he is giving Manchin the room to “make this [voting rights bill] bipartisan. And we’re giving him the opportunity to do that with the bill that he supports.”
An analysis has found that six major climate provisions included in the $3.5 trillion budget bill proposed by Democrats could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the US by nearly 1 billion tons per year by 2030.
The reductions would come chiefly from a combination of clean electricity programs, as well as through tax credits for clean energy such as wind and solar, according to an analysis from the nonpartisan Rhodium Group, CNN reported.