|Originally posted by miriam
California also has the initiative and referendum format from the days of the Progressive Party a century ago.
Yes....we are known to be progressive in some ways, but behind the times in others.
Only registered voters were allowed to sign the petition to recall. The proponents of that drive, Issa and his group, are counting on all of the people who signed the petition in favor of recall will actually VOTE in the special election to recall, first of all and then to vote in a replacement.
I've noticed that all of a sudden there is a flood of people jumping into the race. Likely, that will split the votes between many people, so, realistically, someone with a small percentage COULD take that seat as was noted. Scary? Yes, in some aspects, but even scarier, to me, is to allow Davis to continue to make poor decisions for the State.
I am still learning all of the politics of politics. I kind of like the idea that Arnold Schwarznegger cannot be elected to the White House. I think that allows him to really be interested in the state of the State, so to speak, rather than use it as a stepping stone to the Oval Office. He is also a Moderate Republican, which, until now, I didn't believe existed, except for DH, who does favor Arnold and who knows a LOT more about politics than I.
To get back to the original topic, I think Larry Flynt's penchant for smut trash and shock talk is very likely his motivation for trying for the seat. I think that he may say he has concerns for the social ills of society, but his focus and his actions don't back that up for me. Again, this is very interesting all the way around and I think it's a great way to learn about politics to watch such a situation unfold.
Though....I kind of wish I didn't LIVE in this State since I will be affected by the outcome and have an obligation to vote in the election. If the election were tomorrow, I would have a very tough choice. It probably won't be much easier come October.