Steven T. Jones

It's now about equal protection, not gay marriage

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By Steven T. Jones

The California Supreme Court's decision to hear legal challenges to Proposition 8 moves the debate about same-sex marriage toward a more basic legal question: Can a majority vote to take away the constitutional rights of a minority? "The passage of Prop. Read more »

Supreme Court takes Prop. 8 challenge

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Breaking news: The California Supreme Court has agreed to hear the challenge to Prop. 8 and to directly decide the question of whether a simple majority of Californians may use the initiative process to take away marriage rights from same-sex couples.

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Politics behind the picture

The Milk Issue: Would Harvey Milk be happy with San Francisco today?
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The new Harvey Milk movie, which opens later this month, begins as a love story, a sweet love story about two guys who meet in a subway station and wind up fleeing New York for San Francisco. But after that, the movie gets political — in fact, by Hollywood standards, it's remarkably political.

The movie raises a lot of issues that are alive and part of San Francisco politics today. The history isn't perfect (see sidebar), but it is compelling. And while we mourn Milk and watch Milk, we shouldn't forget what the queer hero stood for.Read more »

High-speed derailment?

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By Steven T. Jones

After navigating a political gauntlet on the way to the momentous Nov. 4 voter approval of the California high-speed train project that he set in motion 14 years ago, you might think Quentin Kopp would savor a moment of conflict-free peace. You’d be wrong. Read more »

Top consultant leaves Team Newsom

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By Steven T. Jones

Sometimes I love Facebook. I quickly find when people I know post interesting photos or break up with their boyfriends. Read more »

Politicians look beyond SF

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By Steven T. Jones

Is it too much to ask that our top elected officials focus on San Francisco rather than their political careers? Perhaps so. After all, if they can make it here, in this rough and tumble city, they can probably make it anywhere, or so their thinking goes. Read more »

The future is on track

Voters narrowly approve high-speed rail bond measure after a perilous run-up to the election
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On the day after the election, retired judge Quentin Kopp was finally able to exhale and enjoy his martini, even though there's still much work to be done in the coming years creating a high-speed rail system for California.

"I feel relaxed for the first time since June," Kopp, the proud father of high-speed rail in the state, told the Guardian at the Thirsty Bear brewpub in San Francisco shortly after arriving to an enthusiastic ovation from the large crowd of project engineers and contractors who had gathered to celebrate on the night after the elec Read more »

The people's election

On (almost) every level, the grassroots beat the establishment and the progressives beat the big money
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By midnight Nov. 4, the drama was long over: John McCain had conceded, Barack Obama had delivered his moving victory speech — declaring that "change has come to America" — and the long national nightmare of the Bush years was officially headed for the history books.

But in San Francisco, the party was just getting started.Read more »

Nader sullies his legacy

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Conservative SF capitalists waste $633,000

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Click here to give something back for all downtown has given.

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