As the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger rebuilt himself before our very eyes, but in politics, reconstruction may be another matter. Tomorrow, the State of the State speech will kick off the re-election campaign of a governor aides say won't look like the same one who lost all those initiatives in last year's special election. Even supporters concede that Governor Schwarzenegger was "humbled" losing all four of the initiatives he backed as the culmination of his "year of reform." Tomorrow, his State of the State speech will promise a new direction. We get a preview of Schwarzenegger's new agenda--against the background of old conflicts in Sacramento
- Reporter's Notebook: A Remembrance of Civil Liberties Activist Frank Wilkinson
Frank Wilkinson died two days ago at the age of 91. A LA City official in the ---50s who espoused public housing in Chavez Ravine, he lost that battle and Dodger Stadium was built where 300 Mexican-American families formerly raised goats. In 1961, he spent nine months in prison for contempt of Congress after he refused to tell the House Committee on Un-American Activities whether he was a Communist. His later civil liberties work earned him a citation from the City of Los Angeles, which had once fired him for political reasons. Kit Gage is Director of the First Amendment Foundation and the National Committee against Repressive Legislation, which Wilkinson founded.
Marinucci's article on Governor Schwarzenegger pinning his political hopes on the State of the State
Walters' article on voters' rejection of Governor Schwarzenegger's political agenda
Phil Angelides' gubernatorial campaign
Steve Westly's gubernatorial campaign
Frank Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times obituary on