Historic California recall election underway
California voters will decide on Tuesday who of the more than 40 candidates on the ballot will replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election that could mark only the third time in U.S. history that a sitting governor has been elected. removed from office by voters. The push against Newsom began in February 2020 as supporters justified the recall based on the governor’s position on a number of political issues, including taxes and immigration. The process is different from other elections: the ballot will ask voters two questions: do they want to recall Newsom, yes or no? And if more than 50% of voters agree, then who should replace him? The election says whoever gets the most votes wins – even without a majority. Speaking at a rally in Long Beach on Monday night, President Joe Biden called Newsom one of the best governors in the country.
Hurricane Nicholas made landfall on the Texas coast
Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast early Tuesday, posing the threat of precipitation of up to 20 inches over parts of the Gulf Coast, including the same area affected by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and storm-hit Louisiana. Eric Blake, of the National Hurricane Center, predicted that Nicholas will hammer parts of the middle and upper coast of Texas with 8 to 16 inches of rain, and isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches are possible. The concern with Nicholas will be how slowly he moves. Storms have moved more slowly in recent decades and Nicholas could find himself stuck between two other weather systems, said Jim Kossin of the Climate Service. In flood-prone Houston, officials feared heavy rains expected by Tuesday could flood streets and flood homes. Authorities have deployed emergency vehicles throughout the city and erected barricades in dozens of places that tend to be flooded, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.
Democrats to propose tax hikes for the rich
House Democrats are expected to propose a series of tax hikes on the wealthiest Americans and businesses. The effort comes as Democrats seek ways to fund their spending proposals, including a large-scale expansion of the social safety net affecting family care, public education and climate policies. Taken together, the changes would bring in approximately $ 2.9 trillion in revenue. The proposals would reduce a tiered system for corporate tax, increasing the rate from 21% to 26.5% for companies with more than $ 5 million in annual revenue, while lowering it to 18% for businesses making less than $ 400,000. Individuals would know the rate at $ 400,000; households at $ 425,000; and married couples to $ 450,000. For high-income individuals, the capital gains rate would drop from 20% to 25%, depending on the plan. Democrats are expected to present the proposals, which they unveiled Monday, in committee Tuesday and Wednesday.
Apple event: will the iPhone 13 be unveiled?
IPhone fans, mark your calendars. Apple is broadcasting an event Tuesday from its California headquarters where the tech giant is expected to widely unveil its next iPhone (1 p.m. ET, apple.com). While the invitation to the event, titled “California Streaming,” doesn’t specifically include information related to the iPhone, September is typically the time of year when the company unveiled its latest smartphone. Last month, Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives said the iPhone 13 will likely experience a significant storage upgrade, up to a maximum of 1 terabyte. Currently, the iPhone 12 Pro has the most storage at 512GB. Other supposed features include cinematic video, which is essentially a portrait mode version for video, as well as the typical chip upgrade from treatment to help the device work faster.
Broadway reopens at full capacity
After being closed for 18 months, Broadway will reopen at full capacity on Tuesday. While not all shows are scheduled to reopen in September, many fan favorites such as “Chicago,” “Hamilton” and “The Lion King” are among the productions slated to sell out on Tuesday. Broadway performances were initially suspended due to COVID 19 on March 12, 2020. At that time, 31 productions were underway, including eight new premieres. In addition, eight productions were in rehearsal and preparing to open in the spring. Broadway employs nearly 100,000 people and is a vital part of New York City’s economy and tourism. Before the pandemic, nearly 250,000 people saw a show on Broadway every week.
Contribution: The Associated Press