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Recall!: California's Political Earthquake : California's Political Earthquake - Larry N. Gerston

Recall!: California's Political Earthquake

California's Political Earthquake

Paperback Published: 28th February 2004
ISBN: 9780765614575
Number Of Pages: 187

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In politics, as in so many other areas, California is unique. The state's economy - the largest in the nation, and sixth largest in the world - is given to dramatic swings. Its legislative system is often defined by gridlock on matters large and small. The use of the initiative, one of the tools of "direct democracy", has become commonplace. Over the years, California has had more than its share of political turmoil. But for pure melodrama, nothing matches the 2003 campaign to recall the state's sitting governor, Gray Davis. Recall! relates the latest and most dramatic chapter in the political history of the Golden State. The authors are recognized experts on California politics and regular local television political analysts. They provide fascinating coverage of the events leading up to Davis's replacement by bodybuilder-turned actor-turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger; describe the large and colorful cast of characters involved in the special election; and demonstrate how California's one-of-a-kind mix of political, economic, and social circumstances made it all possible.

The Politics of Recall
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
Elements of a Perfect Storm
The Power Crisis
A Plunging Economy
The Budget Deficit
And Then the Rains Came...
The Shaping of the Battle
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
Governor Gray Davis: Triumph, Decline, Denial
Who Is Gray Davis?
Governor Davis: "Implement My Vision"
Slow Reaction: A Governor in Denial
Davis Agonistes
Qualifying for the Ballot: A 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
Republications Engaged
An Election Is Ordered
The Campaign
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...
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
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
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
The Outcome
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
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
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?
Recall Timeline
The 2003 Recall Election and California Politics on the Internet
About the Authors
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ISBN: 9780765614575
ISBN-10: 076561457X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 187
Published: 28th February 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27