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August 07, 2003

Why Recall Will Improve California

Okay, this is like improvement in the form of cocaine, given the short-term framework, but the high could be long-lasting for some working families.

One reality for Davis is that he desperately needs labor unions, the latino leadership and other core constituencies not just to endorse him, but turn out their voters if we has any chance to survive. And they are demanding a price for that support. Within the next sixty days, Davis will likely sign a law allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses, helping protect consumer privacy from corporate marketers, and possibly even push through Senate Majority Leader Burton's ambitious "pay or play" universal health care bill for the state.

As Harold Myerson argues:

The bills certainly canít hurt his campaign, and at least heíll go out in a blaze of unaccustomed glory. Some administrations are famous for their first hundred days. Davis ó who shies from the business of legislating unless absolutely necessary ó may be remembered for his final 60.

Posted by Nathan at August 7, 2003 06:36 PM