SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Southern California conservative talk radio hosts have been cleared to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to recall a Democratic state lawmaker over his vote to raise gas and vehicle taxes.

State election officials formally approved the recall campaign against Sen. Josh Newman of Fullerton on Monday.

The Assembly and Senate narrowly approved the tax increases last month to pay for road repairs.

The recall is promoted by radio hosts Karl DeMaio of KOGO in San Diego and John and Ken of KFI in Los Angeles. They say they’re targeting Newman because he’s in a weak position after narrowly winning his seat.

Newman has said a recall would waste millions of dollars and disrespect the will of voters.

Recall organizers have until Oct. 16 to collect signatures from 63,593 voters.


Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

Comments (4)
  1. Jerry Cason says:


  2. Newman says a recall would disrespect the will of voters. What does he think his yes vote on the car and gas tax did, honor them?

  3. This is NOT about the gas tax. Don’t be fooled. Republicans in state senate want to spend taxpayer money to break the current Democratic supermajority. Recalling Sen Newman will not reverse the gas tax and this is a trick for political purposes!

    1. I guess you like being taxed.

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