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‘This is their Hail Mary’: California GOP bets on gas tax repeal

July 6, 2018

By Carla Marinucci and Jereny B. White : politico – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO — California Republicans are banking on a ballot measure this fall that the embattled state party believes can stave off a Democratic wave in November — and perhaps even spark a GOP revival in the run-up to 2020.

Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego city council member, announced this week he’s raised more than $1.1 million online for his campaign to repeal the 12-cent-a-gallon gas tax backed by Gov. Jerry Brown — and polls suggest it may be heading for a November victory.

DeMaio, now a San Diego radio talk-show host, insists he’s seized on a “kitchen table” issue that has energized voters across the spectrum. California is home to the highest average gas prices in the nation, according to a recent study.

The repeal effort — known as Proposition 6 on the November ballot — has also attracted backing from state and national Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. They are counting on it to energize enough voters to save a handful of endangered California GOP House members — which could prevent the House from flipping Democratic… (more)

Do the Republicans have the ear of the displaced middle class in California? Can they have the hearts and minds of the voters who have lost the lottery and are hanging on by their fingernails to overpriced rental units they can barely afford? Are they hearing the protests against density and gentrification that is forcing people out of their homes?

Why are these pleas for relief falling on deaf ears in Sacramento? Will we see some changes in leadership in November and will the people who switch allegiance be pleased with their choice? In this year of Trump it is hard to predict how people will react or if they will vote at all.

Could we see a gas tax repeal, a close governor race, and a repeal of Costa-Hawkins in November? is the electorate schizophrenic and confused or is that how they perceive their leaders? Are they to be tolerated but not trusted?

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