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California voters head to the polls today, casting ballots to determine whether Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will be recalled. The vote is just the fourth recall election of a governor in US history; only two incumbents went on to be recalled—one being California's Gray Davis (D) in 2003.
While the recall petition included a number of issues, the effort is widely viewed as being fueled by opposition to Newsom's handling of the pandemic. The movement gained steam after photos emerged of Newsom breaking protocol at a November dinner with lobbyists and officials at the luxury restaurant French Laundry.
The ballot has two questions—the first asks whether Newsom should be recalled, while the second asks who his replacement should be. A majority of voters must vote yes on the first question; if it passes, whoever has the most votes on question two will succeed Newsom (a majority is not
Newsom enters the day with polls showing a 16-point lead on the first question of whether he should be recalled—though analysts note the size and demographics of voter turnout are difficult to predict for such a referendum. Should question one pass, conservative radio host Larry Elder leads a pack of 46 possible replacement candidates.
Hurricane Nicholas made landfall last night along the Texas Gulf Coast, bringing 75 mph winds and dropping 3 to 4 inches per hour of rain in many areas. As of this writing, at least 9 inches of rain has fallen in the Galveston area, with the storm expected to drop 16 to 18 inches of rain in total, and up to 20 inches in isolated areas. Early this morning, the Category 1 storm weakened to a tropical storm but left at least 320,000 people without power in Texas (see map), while another 100,000 were in the dark in Louisiana.
The storm's trajectory (see here) heads northeastward, passing directly over many parts of Louisiana and Mississippi still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Ida two weeks ago.
The storm has slowed to a crawl, and is forecast to sit in the East Texas and central Louisiana regions through Thursday morning.
Dems Unveil Tax Proposal
House Democrats released yesterday an expansive tax proposal meant to largely fund a looming $3.5T social spending package currently under consideration.
Among other items, the legislation would raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 26.5% and the top individual tax rate (see brackets) from 37% to
39.6%. The top capital gains tax—which applies primarily to investments—would increase from 20% to 25%. A 3% additional tax would be applied to individual incomes above $5M, among a slew of other provisions. The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote on the package, estimated to raise roughly $3T in revenue, tomorrow afternoon.
Corporate taxes make up about 6% of federal revenue, while individual taxes account for roughly 47%. See where the government gets its money from here.
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