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The California recall, 10 years later
The California recall, 10 years later

How different would California be today if voters had not ousted Gov. Gray Davis 10 years ago Monday, a mere 11 months after reelecting him to a second four-year term? What one error could Davis have avoided, if he could replay his abbreviated tenure, that would have led voters to simply shrug on Oct. 7, 2003, and say to themselves that it was better to stick with the debacle they knew than the one they didn't know? Those what-if kinds of questions can't be fully answered. They're more appropriate for a science-fiction movie. The kind that would star, say, Arnold Schwarzenegger. But the recall was no movie. It was a real case — so far the only one — of...

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