Democrats sped up Gavin Newsom’s recall to avoid California crises. They’re happening anyway
Gavin Newsom meets with Latino leaders in East Los Angeles on Aug. 14, 2021. - TNS

Once the recall effort against Gov. Gavin Newsom qualified for the ballot, Democrats who control statewide offices had a choice. They could delay the vote or speed it along. They chose to set an early recall election date, and changed state law in order to do so in late June, reasoning that things were looking up as the state re-opened and COVID-19 rates declined. Setting the date on Sept. 14 at the time appeared likely to coincide with the reopening of schools while avoiding the peak of California’s wildfire season. With ballots arriving and the election just three weeks away, however, Califo...