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Why Newsom Is Telling California Voters to Leave Half the Ballot Blank


Unlike the sprawling forms Californians usually contend with in the voting booths, the ballots for the recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom ask only two questions:

Should Newsom be recalled? And who should replace him?

But, if my inbox is any indication, the short ballot is far from simple.

I’ve gotten questions from opponents of the recall who want to know whether answering the second question will invalidate their “no” vote on the first (it won’t). Some Democrats are looking for guidance on choosing the least conservative Republican replacement, in case the recall succeeds. And many voters are befuddled as to why Newsom has been telling people to ignore the second question all together.

“The single greatest confusion of this election is what your rights are in participating in the replacement election,” Raphael Sonenshein, the executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles, told me. “Voting should be simple, and this is not so simple.”

California’s peculiar recall laws dating back to 1911 shoulder most of the blame for this mess.

Recalls here are a two-step process: Voters decide whether to remove a candidate from office, and also who should be the replacement. (There are some states where the lieutenant governor automatically takes over for a recalled governor, but most states have voters select the replacement.)

What’s unusual about California’s law is that it requires both elections to happen on the same day, on the same ballot. And the incumbent, in this case Newsom, is barred from running in the replacement election.

So that leaves Democrats to negotiate a tricky political calculus: How do you endorse a replacement candidate when you don’t want the governor to be replaced at all?

Well, there’s Option A: Support a politically aligned Democrat in the replacement race and hope the candidate isn’t so popular that people vote to recall Newsom because they’d prefer the backup. Or, Option B: Ignore the second question and focus on the first.

The latter seems to be Newsom’s strategy. “One question. One answer. No on the recall. Move on. Send in the ballot,” the governor said recently.

In the 2003 recall election of another Democratic governor, Gray Davis, the party went the other route. Cruz Bustamante, the popular Democratic lieutenant governor, ran as a replacement candidate. Yet when Davis was ousted, he was replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican candidate.

Joshua Spivak, a senior fellow at Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform, said there’s no evidence that having a prominent candidate from your party on the replacement ballot increases your odds of staying in office. In other words, Newsom’s strategy may be the best way for him to win the recall.

“When you’re in the majority, it makes a lot of sense to have a stark choice, and having two different people to vote for is not a stark choice,” Spivak said. “The optics of saying ‘Ignore the second question,’ I think that’s particularly bad, but not necessarily the logic behind it, which makes a lot of sense.”

Bustamante himself, who now runs a consulting firm, told The Los Angeles Times last month that he supported the party’s decision not to endorse a replacement. On his own ballot, he said, he left the second question blank.

Still, confusion reigns.

In a poll released Wednesday, 49 percent of likely voters said they either wouldn’t fill out the second question or didn’t know who to vote for. Some California newspapers that have endorsed voting against the recall have recommended leaving the second question blank, while others have urged the opposite.

I’ve gotten a handful of emails from people who said they wrote in Newsom’s name for the second question, even though they knew it wouldn’t count. They just didn’t know what else to do.

Jessica Levinson, who teaches election law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said it was a “disaster” that members of the Democratic Party, who are supposed to be champions of voting rights, are advising people to leave parts of their ballots blank.

“Why would you say don’t even exercise your right to weigh in for who the next governor could be?” she said.

Levinson added that it was strategic for the Democratic Party not to endorse an alternative to Newsom. He will most likely run for governor again in 2022, she said, and it would be easier to win against a Republican, especially one who secured only a small fraction of votes in the recall election.

For more:

  • The New York Times has answers to your frequently asked questions about the recall election. Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to endorsements by California newspapers.

  • Democrats are hoping the new Texas law banning most abortions will motivate voters to support their party. Newsom warned on Twitter this week that the Texas ban “could be the future of CA” if the recall were successful. Read more from my colleague Reid J. Epstein on the political ripples of the Texas legislation.

  • In case you missed it, a poll released on Wednesday shows strong support for Newsom, with 58 percent of likely voters saying they would reject the recall. Read more from Politico.

  • In 1911, California voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure that made the state the third to allow recalls. I wrote about the history of recalls this week.

  • More than five million ballots have already been turned in. Keep track here.


In her latest newsletter, The Times’s California restaurant critic, Tejal Rao, shares panzanella recipes, which give a second life to stale bread.

Today’s travel tip comes from Mackenzie Skye, a reader who recommends visiting Mendocino, which she calls “truly one of the most beautiful places.”

Tell us about the best spots to visit in California. Email your suggestions to [email protected]. We’ll be sharing more in upcoming editions of the newsletter.


This week I finished reading “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art” by the journalist James Nestor. It’s no easy feat to write about biology and medicine in a breezy, even funny way, but Nestor pulls it off.

The Dapper Dans, the pinstripe-suit-clad, straw-hat-wearing, a cappella singing group, is returning to Disneyland on Friday.

The barbershop quartet is set to return to Main Street U.S.A. as part of the next phase of the park’s reopening, reports The Orange County Register.

The group had its first rehearsal last week after the pandemic kept it apart for 17 months. The Dans are prepping Halloween dance numbers and songs, plus a bonus.

“We’re working on one little extra thing,” John Glaudini, a Disney Live Entertainment music producer, told the newspaper. “A little gift.”


Thanks for reading. I’ll be back on Tuesday. Enjoy your long weekend. — Soumya

P.S. Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Beach house support (5 letters).

Steven Moity and Miles McKinley contributed to California Today. You can reach the team at [email protected].

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Manitoba to lift last of fire and travel restrictions amid rainy weather


WINNIPEG —
The last of Manitoba’s travel and fire restrictions are being lifted thanks to the recent rainy weather.

In a release on Tuesday, the Manitoba Wildfire Service said the last restrictions which had been in place in Area 4 are being lifted at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

“Manitobans are reminded there are still some areas where the risk of wildfire may still exist even after the rain, therefore caution is required,” the province said in a release.

Manitobans in this area will once again be able to get burning permits through local or regional Manitoba Conservation and Climate offices. The province said campfires are permitted only in approved pits.

All trails in provincial parks have been reopened.

The province said as of Monday, 115 fires were burning in the province. Of these fires, 10 are out of control, four fires are being held, and 11 are under control. There are 81 fires that are being monitored by the province.

The largest of Manitoba’s out-of-control fires is more than 10,800 hectares in size. The fire is burning near the Bloodvein First Nation, and has been since July 16.

Manitobans are reminded to check with local municipal offices for more information about burning restrictions, as many municipalities have implemented their own restrictions. More information can be found online.

Manitobans can report a wildfire by calling 911 or the toll-free tip line at 1-800-782-0076.





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MIDAS SHARE TIPS UPDATE: James Halstead’s divi record raises floor


 

MIDAS SHARE TIPS UPDATE: Our tip James Halstead’s dividend record raises the floor


The last time flooring group James Halstead failed to raise its dividend was when Harold Wilson was Prime Minister. That was in the mid-1970s, some 45 years ago. 

The board juggled payments last year in response to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, but was ultimately able to raise the dividend to a new record of 14.25p, marking almost half a century of unbroken growth. 

The decision reflects Halstead’s culture as a family-style business that combines financial conservatism and product innovation. 

Founded in 1915, the business is still run by a scion of the original family, Mark Halstead, and still operates out of Greater Manchester. 

Set in stone: The last time flooring group James Halstead failed to raise its dividend was when Harold Wilson (pictured) was Prime Minister

Set in stone: The last time flooring group James Halstead failed to raise its dividend was when Harold Wilson (pictured) was Prime Minister

Today Halstead’s floors are sold to customers right across the globe, all the way from Scott Base in Antarctica to Svalbard Hotells in northern Norway. 

The company invented vinyl sheet flooring, known as Polyflor, in the 1940s and this remains the cornerstone of its success, used in schools, stations, offices, shops and homes in 180 countries worldwide. 

Hospitals are major customers too. About a quarter of Halstead’s revenue comes from the healthcare sector and virtually every NHS trust uses its flooring, as do hundreds of Covid-care and vaccination facilities worldwide. 

A focus on healthcare helped Halstead to withstand the worst effects of the pandemic, while its ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances allowed the firm to gain market share from larger rivals. 

In a trading update earlier this month, Halstead said he expected record results for the year to June 30, 2021, with analysts looking for a 7 per cent increase in sales to £255million and an 11 per cent rise in profits to £49million. 

Further growth should be forthcoming this year and beyond. The group has been making strong gains in America, with medical facilities particularly attracted to the firm’s hard-wearing and well-priced vinyl flooring. 

Other international markets are in Halstead’s sights, too. Overseas expansion was curtailed during the pandemic, but is gradually regaining momentum and should deliver results as travel becomes less challenging. 

Closer to home, Halstead’s luxury vinyl tiles, which look like wood or stone, are increasingly popular among homeowners, not just in kitchens and bathrooms but also in home offices and gyms. 

Like most manufacturers, the group has been hit by a shortage of raw materials, as well as higher shipping costs and absenteeism among employees exposed to the coronavirus. 

While these may create some short-term issues, the firm’s long-term prospects remain robust. 

Midas verdict: Midas recommended James Halstead shares in November 2018 at £3.72. They have risen 55 per cent since then to £5.50 and should continue to gain ground. A proud British business with a global reputation, Halstead has repaid shareholders handsomely. A strong, long-term hold. 

Traded on: AIM Ticker: JHD Contact: jameshalstead.com or 0161 767 2500 





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Best Things To Do In Virginia City


On May 26, 1863, road-weary prospectors, who had yet to strike it rich, panned for gold in Alder Creek before stopping for dinner. They hoped to find enough gold to buy tobacco once they reached civilization again. They found enough for tobacco and then some. 

The Alder Gulch discovery would constitute one of the biggest gold strikes in North America. From 1863 to 1889, $90 million (worth about $9 billion today) in gold came out of Alder Gulch. And within a year, nine mining camps would line Alder Creek. Shops, saloons, an assay office, and a bank to hold all that money would eventually line the boardwalks. Virginia City would become Montana’s territorial capital and wood, stone, and brick buildings with glass windows would replace miners’ tents. My great-great-great-grandfather, Dr. Byam, would open his medical practice in Nevada City.

Of the nine original towns, only Virginia City and Nevada City remain. These two towns could easily have gone the way of the other mining camps, disappearing forever. But in the late 1940s, Charles Bovey began to buy and restore the area’s buildings. The larger Virginia City was named a National Historic Landmark in 1961. It, and neighboring Nevada City, became living museums.

Here are the best things to do in legendary Virginia City, Montana:

Gypsy Arcade in Virginia City.
Gypsy Arcade (Photo Credit: Teresa Otto)

1. Stroll Along Virginia City’s Boardwalk

Shops, restaurants, galleries, and a hotel line Wallace Street, Virginia City’s main thoroughfare (Highway 287). All are housed in historic buildings. As you stroll along the wooden boardwalks, you’ll not only see a place to grab a bite to eat or get an old-timey portrait, but also see blacksmith shops, an 1863 barbershop, and the Montana Post that printed the territory’s first newspaper beginning in 1864. This outdoor museum mingles with present-day businesses. 

Signs identify each building and tell a bit about its history. Those that have become part of the museum contain artifacts from their early days so expect to see period clothing, canned goods with original labels, and fortune-telling machines in the Gypsy Arcade. Virginia City and neighboring Nevada City contain the second-largest collection of Old West artifacts in the U.S. after the Smithsonian Institute.

Pro Tip: You can download a map here. A walking tour highlights Virginia City’s historic buildings, homes, and churches and provides information on their background.

The Opera House in Virginia City.
The Opera House (Photo Credit: Teresa Otto)

2. Enjoy A Show

An 1890s livery stable found new life as the Opera House in 1949. Each summer, the Virginia City Players, Montana’s oldest professional acting group, entertains visitors with a two-part show — melodrama and vaudeville. These are family and dog-friendly shows, with the adult humor designed to go over the little ones’ heads. Yes, you can bring your dog (provided he or she doesn’t bark).

The Brewery Follies features two shows daily during the summer. Geared toward an adult audience, expect to enjoy some comedy, music, and maybe a Montana-made microbrew. 

3. Learn About Vigilantes

Virginia City and Nevada City were boomtowns. Their population grew to several hundred within a couple of weeks of the gold discovery. 

Lawlessness followed, arriving before the lawmen did. The first legal system, a miners’ court, met, tried, and decided the verdicts of criminals in the early days with input from the townspeople. When the sheriff arrived, he was lured to the dark side. He was suspected of tipping off robbers to the route and timing of gold shipments out of Alder Gulch to Bannack, a larger, established town 80 miles away. A group of men, called vigilantes, formed and met secretly to clean house after about 100 people were killed during robberies in the fall of 1863. Sheriff Plummer didn’t escape them.

Kiskadden building.
Kiskadden building (Photo Credit: Teresa Otto)

On Wallace Street, vigilantes reportedly met in the Kiskadden building and hung five men, convicted of robbery and murder, in the Hangman’s building days after they hung Plummer. 

The Hangman’s building was later repurposed as the Virginia City Water Company. A plaque tells of the water company’s owner, Sarah Bickford. Born into slavery, she came to Montana after she was freed and became the first African American woman to own a utility company in the U.S.

In Nevada City, vigilantes met in Dr. Byam’s office that still stands on Highway 287. You can look into the ground floor parlor and doctor’s office.

Rodent graves in Virginia City.
Rodent graves (Photo Credit: Teresa Otto)

4. Check Out Boot Hill

If you’re curious about the final resting place of five outlaws hung by the vigilantes in 1864, head up to Boot Hill cemetery. There you’ll see five wooden grave markers and occasionally a cowboy boot left in lieu of flowers. The graves were unmarked until 43 years later.

On the opposite side of the road, you’ll see the rodent agent graves — a spoof on the human ones. Local resident and friend, Angela Mueller, maintains these miniature markers. Pay a visit to learn about their crimes.

Pro Tip: Follow signs to the Virginia City cemetery. The road branches. Take the road to the left (west). The gravel road is well maintained.

5. Visit Virginia City’s Museums

Along with the historic buildings and their displays that constitute an entire town museum, Virginia City has two museums to check out. 

J. Spencer Watkins Museum.
J. Spencer Watkins Museum (Photo Credit: Teresa Otto)

The J. Spencer Watkins Museum is full of photos and artifacts from Virginia City’s early days including a printing press, a gun collection, old photographs, and a sheepherder’s wagon.

The Thompson-Hickman Museum also has a large collection of historic photos, information on the mining dredge that wreaked havoc with the landscape but unearthed the harder-to-find gold, and artifacts from Virginia City’s Chinatown. In 1870, a third of Virginia City’s population was Chinese men, working as miners, in service industries, and running gambling parlors. A couple of oddities like a petrified cat and a replica of Clubfoot George’s clubfoot (vigilantes hung him and buried him on Boot Hill) are definitely out of the ordinary. 

6. Take A Tour

You can give your feet a break and view the city from a stagecoach with Vigilante Carriages. On your narrated 30-minute tour, you’ll learn about the Alder Gulch as you head to the spot where gold was discovered.

Pro Tip: Tours are first-come, first-served, and leave from Wallace Street near the Opera House.

Larger groups can be accommodated on the historic Fire Engine Tour, a 35-minute narrated tour that runs from May through late September. 

Pro Tip: They can accommodate some guests with mobility issues. Please call for more information.

Adler Gulch Shortline Railroad.
Alder Gulch Shortline Railroad (Photo Credit: Teresa Otto)

7. Hop The Train To Nevada City

The Alder Gulch Shortline Railroad connects Virginia City to Nevada City. You can begin your 15-minute narrated trip at the historic train depots in either town. The train passes old mining equipment, a gold-panning attraction, and a small lake popular with fishermen and picnickers.

The Living History Museum.
The Living History Museum (Photo Credit: Teresa Otto)

8. Step Back In Time In Nevada City

The Montana Historical Commission’s Nevada City Living History Museum allows you to mill around a restored Old West town. As you tour the cabins, houses, shops, and schoolhouse, you can learn about 1870s Nevada City with reenactors in period costume. They demonstrate spinning, broom and basket making, and changing a wagon wheel.

For an immersive experience, you can stay in one of the cabins or tents overnight, wear period costumes, do chores, and cook over the campfire with the reenactors guiding you along the way.

Pro Tip: Enter the museum through the music hall. Most buildings at the museum are wheelchair accessible. For a living history experience with reenactors, plan to visit on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

9. Try Your Hand At Mining

You can learn more about gold mining and give it a try at the River of Gold on Highway 287 near Nevada City. While you probably won’t find gold, you have a great chance of finding garnets both here and at Red Rock Mine and Garnet Gallery in nearby Alder, Montana. 

Pro Tip: No worries if you don’t have any mining experience. You’ll get a demonstration and help along the way.

10. Where To Eat, Sleep, And Shop

For casual dining, Nacho Mama’s serves Tex-Mex, and Bob’s Place serves pizza and sandwiches. For fine dining, head to the Wells Fargo Steakhouse. You’ll find mouthwatering steak, seafood, and bison carpaccio on the menu. The Star Bakery — in Nevada City — serves American fare in hearty proportions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you’re looking for a sweet treat, visit Montana’s oldest candy store, Cousin’s Candy or the Virginia City Creamery.

For local accommodations, Virginia City’s Fairweather Inn and the Nevada City Hotel and Cabins are popular. They have several ADA-accessible rooms and pet-friendly cabins. Airbnb hosts offer historic cabins, as well. Visit Virginia City’s webpage for lodging options. 

No trip to Virginia City would be complete without browsing in the shops that line Wallace Street. The Dancing Buffalo Gallery (in the train depot), Ranks Mercantile, and Ruby Chang’s Gift Shop are my favorites.

Pro Tip: The nearest large commercial airport is near Bozeman, Montana, 66 miles away. If you are adding a trip to Virginia City to your Yellowstone National Park expedition, West Yellowstone is 85 miles away. 

Virginia and Nevada cities are summer destinations. Attractions open in May and begin closing after Labor Day. For more information, including package deals, visit the Virginia City/Nevada City website.

Look beyond Montana’s rugged beauty and discover its rich and remarkable history:



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Tell us about a UK pick-your-own farm for the chance to win a holiday voucher | Travel


Few things scream summer more than strawberries and cream – and with DIY picking now in full swing (with social distancing measures in place), we want to hear about your favourite farms for filling your punnet.

Whether it’s strawberries, raspberries, cherries, rhubarb, blackberries – or anything else that’s in season, tell us where you love for a bit of pick-your-own and why. We promise not to tell if you follow the “one for the basket, two for me” technique!

If you have a relevant photo, do send it in – but it’s your words that will be judged for the competition.

Keep your tip to about 100 words

The best tip of the week, chosen by Tom Hall of Lonely Planet, will win a £200 voucher to stay at a Sawday’s property – the company has more than 3,000 in the UK and Europe. The best tips will appear on the Guardian Travel website, and maybe in the paper, too.

We’re sorry, but for legal reasons you must be a UK resident to enter this competition.

The competition closes on 22 June at 9am BST

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