California Democratic Convention, 4 pm

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By Tim Redmond

There's a lot of talk and excitement at the Progressive Caucus. A few years ago, there were only a handful of people showing up for this meeting; today, the room is totally packed.

But the real political action is at the Resolutions Committee, where the rebels in the party are demanding more accountability, sunshine -- and, in the end, more of a say in where state party money goes. Read more »

California Democratic Convention, 3 pm

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By Tim Redmond

I'm down in San Diego for the state Democratic convention, which Bob Mulholland, longtime political director for the CA Democratic Party, told me is "the start of the campaign to elect a Democrat to the White House." Seven presidential candidates will be here, more than have ever attended a state convention. Read more »

Political Theater, huh?

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President Bush staging political theater in May 2003
While President Bush whines about political theater, presidential candidate Barack Obama points out that ending the war in Iraq is just one signature away
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Perfect storm for Critical Mass

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By Steven T. Jones
It's a beautiful day for a bike ride! And San Francisco's daily newspapers are helping set the scene for the biggest Critical Mass ride in years. Read more »

What really happened at the Clint Reilly press conference on the settlement of the Hearst/Singleton lawsuit

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Okay, okay, after getting a note from my Contra Costa source who follows Singleton news coverage for me in the East Bay, I realized I better explain what happened to me after the Clint Reilly press conference Wednesday morning. My source said he saw my whacked up face in the blog below and "thought Phil Bronstein was up to his old tricks."

This was a reference to the famous incident in l993 when Reilly, then a political consultant, was invited to the old Hearst Examiner by then publisher Will Hearst to advise the Examiner on how to grow its circulation. Read more »

Arnold's dishonest rail stand

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By Steven T. Jones
Why can’t Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger or his proxies explain their opposition to high-speed rail? They try, as they must. After all, this is a green project lauded across the ideological spectrum and around the world for its potential to prevent global warming, dirty air, and clogged freeways and airports.
But all the answers Arnold’s people give are illogical, unresponsive, or contradicted by the experts. Read more »

Will the newspaper barons back down?

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By Tim Redmond

The Chronicle today went to great effort to suggest that Clint Reilly didn't actually get the concessions he claimed at his press conference on the settlement of his lawsuit against the big newspaper publishers. Read more »

Disapproving Characterization

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by Amanda Witherell

We just got this letter from Matt Dorsey. He didn't like the way we talked about the city attorney's office and their love/hate relationship with metadata. Sorry Matt! Read more »

Green Guerrillas Out of the Cage Tonight

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by Amanda Witherell

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The Green Guerrillas Against Greenwash will be cavorting in front of PG&E headquarters this evening at 6:15. The street theatre will be honoring 6.6 million lives devastated by the Chernobyl explosion, 21 years ago today. Read more »

Shows!

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Holy F**k at The Independent the next two nights, 27th & 28th, previewing material off of their sophomore full-length, due in September.  As well, thanks for the !!! preview.  Should you care to attend their performance at the Fillmore  Monday night.  Love to have you out.

In addition, sent you a copy of Land of Talk's debut ep, Applause Cheer Boo Hiss, prior to its March 19th release here in the U.S.  Already critically acclaimed in their home nation of Canada, the Montreal trio have been building momentum here in the U.S. Read more »