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Editorial: ‘No’ on California recall, ‘Yes’ to McGowan’s run for governor

Unlike most candidates in the Sept. 14 recall election, Jacqueline “Jackie” McGowan is campaigning against the recall itself. She supports Governor Gavin Newsom, a longtime ally of cannabis reform, alongside his candidacy for office. McGowan, a proponent of cannabis policy, sees his candidacy as “an insurance policy and a way forward” for Democratic voters.

And, unlike many Democratic supporters who are calling for an early vote against the recall, leaving the replacement ballot blank, McGowan sees the danger of having a Republican take office who could easily subvert the gains made. from the cannabis community. With the main GOP contender accused of abusing his spouses by his ex-wife and others who are against cannabis, McGowan sees a great danger in ignoring the second vote – and the past.

McGowan gained momentum in the polls after a mention by comedian Bill Maher in a recent issue. “You can vote for Jacqueline McGowan,” Maher said, “which promises to facilitate a fair cannabis market in the state, … but vote NO on the recall.”

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Many people in the cannabis community know McGowan for his tenacious battles against local bans on cannabis retailers and producers. While supporting California’s legalization process, McGowan is critical of California’s high taxes and over-regulation that have allowed the traditional underground market to thrive and that has made the legal market struggle.

McGowan, an advocate for cannabis policy, predicts that his cabinet will prioritize the creation of $ 5 billion in new revenues from the legal cannabis industry. The new dollars will go to small businesses, childcare and education at bargain prices. While backing Governor Newsom while maintaining her seat and saying she votes “no” against the recall, McGowan feels the Democratic party has made a serious mistake in returning to the playbook that lost Governor Gray Davis two decades ago. .

In those elections, like this one, the party’s position was to vote “no” on the recall and leave the second vote, on a potential replacement, blank. When Lt. Gov. Jim Bustamante presented to give the Democrats a candidate, the party not only turned its back on him, but campaigned against him. As a result, the state’s top office fell to the GOP for eight years under celebrity candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger has proven not so bad, but McGowan thinks the GOP candidates who support Trump in this year’s election are a much bigger threat.

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McGowan is the only major Democratic candidate who does not support the record. “I have not signed the recall petition and urge voters to vote NO on the recall. But if voters remember the governor, I am the Democrat who will give priority to supporting affordable housing, he said. a green infrastructure, protecting the right of women to choose and follow the CDC COVID-19 ”guidelines.

Larry Elder, the main opposition candidate, Larry Elder, “earned his living by making provocative comments,” says McGowan, “the war he has waged against women has gone too far. From the mock premenstrual syndrome ( PMS), a medically recognized disorder, referred to as “Punish My Spouse” to promote a 1950s manual on How to be a good wife on his website, Elder is the posted type for misogyny. ”

TheLeafOnline.com will continue to cover Ms. McGowan’s candidacy moving toward

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