Govs Under The Gun

They were the demigods of the 1990s. Now voters have turned on them. Just ask California's Gray Davis

To live in California is to go about your business knowing the earth could move under your feet at any moment. That's pretty much the tectonic nature of California politics too, with voters regularly floating recall petitions to throw out their elected officials and pushing referendums on high-flown social questions like whether a police officer should be allowed to carry a ventriloquist's dummy. So over the past few months, while Governor Gray Davis has battled with the legislature over the state's deepening fiscal crisis, he has paid little heed to the underground rumble of a loosely organized effort to oust him...

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