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Part I. The Politics of Recall 1. The California Republic: More Like a Nation Than a State Land of Direct Democracy "California Sets the Pace": Tom Brokaw, NBC News, October 8, 2003 California's Economy: Ranking Sixth in the World If the State Were a Nation Diversity Compounded by Diversity Fractured Political Parties Out of History and Diversity: Opportunity-and Opportunists 2. Elements of a Perfect Storm The Power Crisis A Plunging Economy The Budget Deficit And Then the Rains Came Part II. The Shaping of the Battle 3. The Legislature: Gridlock Defined The Problem of the Two-Thirds Vote The Term-Limits Paradox Safe Districts and Dangerous Legislative Conflicts Adding Fuel to the Fire 4. Governor Gray Davis: Triumph, Decline, Denial Who Is Gray Davis? Governor Davis: "Implement My Vision" Slow Reaction: A Governor in Denial Davis Agonistes 5. Qualifying for the Ballot: Right-Wing Conspiracy or Convergence of Interests? Qualifying for the Ballot Instigators and Visionaries The Stealth Campaign: The Internet and Talk Radio Darrell Issa's Golden Egg Davis Fights Back Republicans Engaged An Election Is Ordered Part III. The Campaign 6. The 75-Day Sprint The Recall Goes to Court A Two-Part Affair Gray Davis: Defending Slippery Turf Arnold Schwarzenegger: Capitalizing on the Mystique of Celebrity Cruz Bustamante: The Democratic Alternative Tom McClintock: The Conservative Conscience Peter Camejo: The Liberal Conscience Bill Simon, Peter Ueberroth, and Arianna Huffington: The Dropouts The Supporting Cast And the Winner Is 7. The Issues Voter Concerns Candidate Positions The Economy and the Budget Education: We're All for the Kids Energy: Crisis and Conspiracy Theories Immigration-and Immigrant Candidates Social Issues: Gay Rights, Gun Control, Abortion, and Women's Rights Other Issues: The Environment, Health Care, and Political Reform Issues: The Bottom Line 8. Interest Groups: Taking Sides The Right: Conservative Groups and the Recall The Left: Liberal Groups and the Recall Labor: Rallying the Troops Business: A Winner at Last Indians: California's Newest Players Follow the Money Personality Politics: Movie Stars and Political Stars A Different Sort of Election 9. The Campaigns and the Media: Whose Election Is It Anyway? The Campaigns: Shaping the Messages The Polls: What Did We Know and When Did We Know It? The Debates The News Media: Kill the Messenger Alternative Media: Celebrity Politics The Final Cliffhanger Part IV. The Outcome 10. Davis Loses the Recall Battle A "Normal" Political Campaign in an Abnormal Political Climate A Mandate for Change Key Factors The Schwarzenegger Surprise Voting Groups A Smooth Operation After All Anatomy of a Defeat 11. Recall and Political Stability in California: Can They Coexist? Putting the Pieces Back Together Lessons Learned The Permanence of Structural Issues California Recall: "Perfect Storm" or Trendsetter? The Uncertainty Ahead 12. Epilogue Out with the Old-In with the New Schwarzenegger the Activist Early Victories Early Defeats Early Compromises The Movie Star and the Bully Pulpit More to Come-But What? Appendix A: Recall Timeline Appendix B: The 2003 Recall Election and California Politics on the Internet Notes Index About the AuthorsLibrary of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: