SB96 is a bill that will pass the California State Senate today. It changes the rules of a recall election. The Media spin on this was for the obvious reason of saving embattled and extremely vulnerable State Senator Josh Newman who won his election by less than 2,000 votes in 2016.
I got some news for the news – Newman will lose no matter when the recall election is.
SB96 does the following – (which will have the effect of delaying the certification of Recall until after the 12/7 deadline. 12/7 is significant as the Governor could consolidate the Recall onto the next regularly scheduled election.)
- It allows a 30 day cooling off period where people can withdraw their signatures. (This is designed to allow labor unions and other thugs to intimidate people who signed in to sending notes to the registrar to withdraw)
- It creates a bureaucracy to evaluate the cost of the recall (another 30 day delay and uses tax dollars to promote one of the primary campaign issues against a recall – the cost)
- It requires the counties to count every single signature, instead of using a “Snap Count”. This allows left-leaning counties to drag their heels as long as necessary to delay the certification until after whatever deadline is needed
It would be easy to stop here and say, gheez, they are changing the rules to save Josh Newman. All this does is keep Newman in office 6 months longer, it is not worth the bad PR and the residual bad blood post tax increase.
The real reason as I have learned from both a well-placed Capitol Source and a Labor Union Source is much more sinister.
The California Nurses Association have declared war against all opponents of the Single-Payer Healthcare Bill. The Nurses association is the second most powerful union behind the SEIU. They are fast becoming the most powerful.
They believe they are entitled to $250k a year salaries with lifetime retirement benefits at all of our expense. If single payer passes, the biggest winners would be the Nurses. The biggest losers, of course are all of us whose healthcare would be rationed and provided by the same people that brought us the DMV.
The Single-Payer Bill only passed the Senate 23-14, but did so with massive arm twisting and intimidation by the Nurses.
The Nurses are stalking assemblymembers and threatening to Recall them if the bill does not pass. The votes are not currently there in the Assembly to pass the bill.
Connect the dots.
With the proposed rules of SB96, recalling an assemblymember becomes impractical. With the vulnerable Josh Newman as cover – SB96 is brilliant in what it accomplishes. You would have to start a recall of an assemblymember in an even-numbered year, which guarantees its’ failure to qualify (because the assemblymember is already on the ballot). Or, you would have to start the recall right after the election (which you can’t do for 60 days anyway). This means, you have about a 3 month window to effect a recall of an Assemblymember, to have the recall election NOT be consolidated with the following regular election.
Even with all of the money and power the Nurses Union has, they could not overcome these obstacles.
I have to tip my cap to the democrats with SB96. This is one of the most brilliant bills I’ve seen from them in a long time.