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California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at San Francisco General Hospital on June 10. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The California Republican Party on Saturday chose not to endorse any candidate in the upcoming recall election that could remove Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) from office, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Republicans are hoping the decision will unite their base toward defeating Newsom, who is fairing well in polls. There are 24 Republicans on the recall ballot.

What they're saying: "We cannot afford to discourage voters who are passionate about a particular candidate, yet may not vote because their favored candidate didn’t receive the endorsement," Harmeet Dhillon and Shawn Steel, members of the Republican National Committee, said, per Politico.

  • "The California Republican Party should unite towards the sole goal of driving support for this historic recall," Kevin Faulconer, former mayor of San Diego, said.

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Georgia Senate hopeful Herschel Walker hooks a big fish

Republican Senate hopeful Herschel Walker at a Donald Trump rally. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Georgia Republican Senate hopeful Herschel Walker just nabbed an endorsement from top Senate Republican, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Why it matters: ​Walker has won over some in the national GOP establishment, which had been skeptical of the former football star and political newcomer.

Why 401(k) rollovers are so annoying

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If you happened to change jobs recently, you may have tried to transfer your retirement account from your former employer into an Individual Retirement Account or your new employer's 401(k) plan. If so, you probably encountered a bureaucratic gantlet — and you're not alone.

Why it matters: Kludgey processes around retirement account transfers result in people losing track of their funds, giving up important tax advantages, or otherwise disadvantaging themselves and being less prepared for retirement.

The hard math behind America's labor shortage

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Congressional Budget Office; Chart: Axios Visuals

Yes, the pandemic has created unusual temporary labor market dynamics. But in the bigger picture, the 2010s were a golden age for companies seeking cheap labor. The 2020s are not.

The big picture: In the 2010s, the massive millennial generation was entering the workforce, the massive baby bo0m generation was still hard at work, and there was a multi-year hangover from the deep recession caused by the global financial crisis.