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    What Happened? In its recent recall election, Republicans underestimated how much California has turned into a one-party state

What Happened? In its recent recall election, Republicans underestimated how much California has turned into a one-party state

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Last month, residents of the Golden State decided that Gavin Newsom would continue as California’s Democratic Governor following a recall attempt led by state Republicans. Jeff Cummins writes that Republicans ultimately misjudged the election; Californians were not frustrated enough with the state’s COVID-19 response to remove Newsom. 

Following the 2020 US General Election, our mini-series, ‘What Happened?’, explores aspects of […]

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    A recall effort over the state’s COVID-19 response means an uncertain future for California Governor Gavin Newsom.  

A recall effort over the state’s COVID-19 response means an uncertain future for California Governor Gavin Newsom.  

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Much of the response to COVID-19 in America in the past year has been led by state governments. In California, Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom is now facing an effort to remove him from office fueled by perceptions that his administration has mishandled its pandemic response. Jeff Cummins writes that while poor crisis management also drove a successful 2003 recall effort which saw Arnold Schwarzenegger replace Democrat […]

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    In California, party polarization and divided government means more initiatives aimed at funding programs and fewer which cut taxes

In California, party polarization and divided government means more initiatives aimed at funding programs and fewer which cut taxes

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In nearly half of US states, voters are able to directly influence state budgets through the ballot initiative process. In new research, Jeff Cummins examines what drives ballot box budgeting in California, finding that while divided government means more budget related initiatives, it makes tax cut measures less likely as legislators who are otherwise at loggerheads can generally agree […]

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