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Vice President Kamala Harris stands with Gavin Newsom during a campaign event against his recall election. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Vice President Harris attended a Bay Area campaign event Wednesday in support of California Gov. Gavin Newsom ahead of next week's recall election.

Why it matters: The Tuesday election will be only the second time in California history that a gubernatorial recall campaign has succeeded in getting on the ballot. Newsom, a Democrat, is facing challenges from numerous candidates, including conservative talk radio host Larry Elder.

The big picture: The effort to recall Newsom gained speed after he was photographed last year at a dinner in Napa County as coronavirus cases surged and the state government restricted social gatherings.

  • Newsom has also been criticized for reportedly misleading the public about the progress his office made in shoring up wildfire prevention.
  • Harris, who previously served as attorney general of California before becoming one of the state's senators, has known Newsom for a long time.

What they're saying: Newsom told supporters that "our principles, our values, are on the ballot" and warned that Elder would be sworn in as governor if the recall effort succeeded.

  • Newsom slammed Elder's positions on climate change, reproductive rights, voting rights and anti-immigrant sentiments.
  • Harris said Newsom understood the "plight of working people" and praised his stances on a number of issues including paid family leave, unions and women's rights.
  • She praised Newsom's "vision" and "courage" and called the recall effort a "political game."

Of note: Harris also warned that the effort to recall Newsom was about a "whole lot more" than just California, and that it would be replicated by Republicans around the country if successful.

  • "They think if they can win in California, they can do this anywhere. Well, we will show them — you're not going to get this done. Not here, never."

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California’s abortion providers intro plan to expand care, funds if Roe goes

The crowd outside the Supreme Court during the oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health Organization. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Abortion providers and supporters in California, including the leader of the state's Senate, on Wednesday unveiled a series of recommendations to make the state a haven for people seeking abortions in the state if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Why it matters: The Supreme Court is considering a Mississippi case that has thrown Roe's survival into question. Without it, abortion would immediately become illegal in 12 states, and more would likely follow suit.

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.