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California Recall Not Covered by Tax Return Law, Judge Rules (1)

July 21, 2021, 11:05 PM; Updated: July 22, 2021, 12:12 AM

California’s new law requiring gubernatorial candidates to disclose their tax returns doesn’t apply to candidates on the Sept. 14 recall ballot, a state trial court judge said in a tentative ruling Wednesday.

The 2019 law applies specifically to direct primary election ballots, which the recall isn’t, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurie M. Earl said.

She granted requests from Los Angeles radio talk show host Larry Elder and one of his supporters to order Secretary of State Shirley Weber (D) to place him on the ballot. Her tentative order reverses Weber’s decision to exclude Elder from the ballot ...

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