There's no way to predict what's next for California, as the most cursory glance at the upcoming gubernatorial recall election illustrates. But there are some harbingers of the tactics being used by foes of Wal-Mart Stores' plan to plant some 40 supercenters in California in upcoming years. Generally, efforts in other localities to block Wal-Mart have been focused on land-development and zoning issues. At bottom, the tactic has been to deny ground to Wal-Mart. But in California there's ...

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