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Recall Looks Likely Following Court Decision

Two court decisions have made it more likely that an effort to recall Governor Davis could be certified for the fall ballot as early as next week. First a Los Angeles Superior Court judge refused to issue a temporary restraining order to the group Taxpayers Against the Recall, who had hoped to prevent certification of the recall until allegations of illegal signature gathering were investigated. Then the Third District Court of Appeals in Sacramento sided with a pro-recall group that sued the secretary of state to speed up signature verification.

Proponents of the Republican-led recall claim to have given counties more than one-point-six million signatures for certification — more than twice the amount needed to trigger a recall.

California Democrats including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi planned to join Davis in San Francisco today for a “unity rally,” attacking the recall effort as a right-wing power grab.