Gray Davis: The Most Fearless Governor in America

California thought it was electing a timid, inoffensive Governor. Instead, Gray Davis is knocking heads, even passing HMO reform

Native Californians learn at an early age that it's impossible to explain the place to the rest of the world, so why bother? Nobody believes it when Californians say they don't sit around worrying about earthquakes and mudslides; that they don't care when two professional football teams leave the state's largest city inside of three months; or that in the world capital of nutcase extremists, the guy who really seemed like an odd duck a year ago was Gray Davis, a nerdy gubernatorial candidate who claimed he would govern from the center, of all places.

California has the highest and lowest...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!