Terror In The Statehouse

Never mind their budget blues. It's an election year, so politicians are singing about homeland security

California has, as they say, some issues right now. Its budget deficit could reach $12 billion, its energy costs remain sky-high, and its politicians are still fighting over how to fix the failing public school system. But Governor Gray Davis devoted much of his State of the State address last week to more life-and-death matters. "All four hijacked planes were bound for California," said Davis, dressed in a blue shirt, a red tie and an American-flag lapel pin. "More than 100 fellow Californians paid the ultimate price for our freedom." In memory of those who died on Sept. 11--"to build a...

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