Orange County Breeze just received an election update from the Orange County Registrar of Voters. The election updates will continue until the count is officially certified.
This particular update reminded me that Orange County is likely to face punishment at the hands of our Democratic Overlords in Sacramento for recalling Josh Newman (D) and voting in Ling Ling Chang (R).
That primary election update reported that Josh Newman is still recalled, with 55,919 yes votes (58.6%). And Ling Ling Chang is still replacing him, with 30,587 votes (34.6%).
Gov. Jerry Brown and his allies were up front and loud in support of Josh Newman and his opposition to the recall.
But don’t expect the boom to be lowered equally on all the counties in State Senate District 29, formerly represented by Josh Newman. Despite rules against it, that District was drawn to cross County lines after the 2010 Census. It sprawls across three Counties: Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside.
It is unlikely that reliably Democratic Los Angeles County and manageably Democratic Riverside County will feel the sting of retribution from Sacramento.
Feisty and uncooperative Orange County is much more likely to get smacked down.
So watch for Sacramento to punish Orange County by withdrawing warm-and-fuzzies extended as bribes to voters to convince them to vote against the recall.
If the money was budgeted merely as a way to keep Josh Newman in office — regardless of the merits of the program being funded — it will vanish like dew in the morning of a hot summer’s day.
Remember this. Avoid accepting money tied to Sacramento (or Washington, for that matter). It never comes without strings, and can always be yanked if you get out-of-line.
Voter registration as of May 21, 2018
According to the statistics kept by the California Secretary of State:
|County||Democratic||Republican||No Party Affilation|
|Los Angeles||2,635,249 (51.18%)||916,313 (17.79%)||1,345,693 (26.13%)|
|Orange||501,739 (33.85%)||541,278 (36.52%)||375,595 (25.34%)|
|Riverside||373,367 (37.94%)||337,550 (34.30%)||220,698 (22.42%)|