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Mecham stirs a tempest

As a Pontiac dealer in Glendale, Ariz., Evan Mecham handled his share of recalls, but he surely never expected to be the subject of one himself. Yet after just two months as Governor of Arizona, Mecham, 62, faces not only a storm of criticism over his appointments -- and the lowest approval rating of any new chief executive in local memory -- but also a growing effort to recall him.

A right-wing Republican, Mecham outraged civil rights leaders by rescinding the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Said Arizona House Minority Leader Art Hamilton, the state's most powerful black: "Mecham seems...