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Democratic Senator Josh Newman on recall effort

File: Freshman state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, holds his daughter Cecily, six months, as he waits to be sworn-in to the state Senate, in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Newman was joined for the ceremony by his wife, Darcy Lewis, right.
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Freshman state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, holds his daughter Cecily, six months, as he waits to be sworn-in to the state Senate, in Sacramento, Calif.

State Senator Josh Newman is the target of a recall effort for supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s massive gas tax bill.

State Senator Josh Newman is the target of a recall effort for supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s massive gas tax bill.

The petition, led by former San Diego city councilman and current talk show host Carl DeMaio, has gathered over 30,000 signatures.

The recall attempt has generated outrage among Democrats and many political observers for what they see as a blatant attempt by state Republicans to target a politically vulnerable member of the Legislature to strip the Dems of their supermajority.

Yesterday, guest host Libby Denkmann spoke with DeMaio about the recall. Today, she speaks with Senator Newman for his take.

Guest:

Josh Newman, State Senator for the 29th Senate district of California, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Fullerton, and West Covina

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