Welcome to your weekly run-down of all the big news, strange rules and interesting happenings from the world of US politics.

It started with a bear, a contestant on an Australian reality TV show, an adult actress and a Democratic governor under pressure.

But next Wednesday AEST, it’ll come down to that same Democratic governor under pressure and a conservative talk show host who only jumped in the race a few weeks ago.

Plus, the bear is still there.

Tag the Kodiak brown bear, who has travelled with Republican candidate John Cox.

California is finally off to the polls folks. Residents in America’s most populous state will vote on whether their current governor — Democrat Gavin Newsom — should be recalled.

You can get caught up on the basic details of what a recall election is here, but as a quick reminder the whole thing will be a two-step process. Voters have to answer two questions:

  • Should Gavin Newsom be recalled?
  • If so, which…

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