All the Fuss about California's Governor?
1: Some Facts
news these days is full of talk about California and the
drive to recall its governor. Why is that?
- California has a huge
budget deficit right now. Estimates show that the state
will have to come up with an extra $8 billion to pay for
all the expenses earmarked for next year's budget. That
means either new taxes or big cuts in spending.
Gray Davis is wildly unpopular in the state, partly
because he hasn't done a whole lot to make himself
- The budget that was
approved and ultimately led to the deficit problems that
exist now was passed by a divided Legislature, from which
both sides are taking this opportunity to blame each
other for the current mess.
- California law allows
for a state official to be recalled in between elections
if enough signatures urging recall are
- To get on this special
election ballot, people have to have collected only 65
signatures and have spent the $3,500 entry fee. For many
of the 135 people on the ballot, this is their only
chance to get to run for such a big office.
of the candidates being talked about the most in the past
few weeks is actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is running
as a Republican but has some Democratic views. He has no
political experience but is thought to be a sound
businessman and a good salesman for educational and
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