Steven T. Jones

American Dreamer: Opening night

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Clay Doherty, Laura Spanjian, and Mirian Saez are Clinton delegates from San Francisco.

By Steven T. Jones

The massive Pepsi Center was less than half full a couple hours after the gavel fell to open the Democratic National Convention, but the city of Denver is bustling and eventually so was the hall. Read more »

American Dreamer: Make that 15,002

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By Steven T. Jones

Kid Beyond and I arrived in Denver about an hour ago after a 16-hour drive from Black Rock City, cruising through Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado, a couple of which Barack Obama will probably need to win in November if he’s to take the White House. Read more »

American Dreamer: Reaching for the Golden Apple

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Bay Guardian City Editor Steven T. Jones is driving to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, stopping by Burning Man on the way there and back, reporting on the intersection of the counterculture and the national political culture.

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American Dreamer: Introduction

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By Steven T. Jones

It’s been almost a year since Larry Harvey announced the 2008 art theme for Burning Man: American Dream. I hated it and said so publicly. Read more »

The trip

Fear and loathing on the road to the American dream
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Everyone I tell about my project thinks I'm nuts. Maybe they're right. But many progressives have been pushed to the brink of madness by what this country is becoming. Read more »

Newsom heads South

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One elephant case bumps another

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By Steven T. Jones
The big Ringling Bros. elephant abuse trial that I wrote about in the current issue of the Guardian has been delayed by two weeks -- for a politically interesting reason.
Federal District Judge Emmet G. Read more »

Dirty secrets under the big top

Lawsuits charge Ringling Bros. with abusing animals, endangering public health, and sabotaging its critics using CIA spooks. Could this be the end of the circus as we know it?
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The circus has come to town. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the largest and most profitable show of its kind in history, is in Oakland this week, and will be headed to San Jose next week. Spectators will see trapeze acts, clowns — and animals, particularly elephants, performing the trademark stunts that are considered the highlight of the event.

But the show may soon be over.

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Lawsuit challenges high-speed rail project

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Four environmental groups and two cities today filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court challenging the California High Speed Rail Authority's recent decision to lay track over Pacheco Pass, rather than goi Read more »

Arnold's tax flip: Spare the rich, tax the poor

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Faced with an overdue state budget that is simply not going to be balanced by spending cuts alone, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has commendably reversed his longtime pledge of "no new taxes." Unfortunately, he did so by choosing the most regressive form of taxes: a one-cent sales tax hike that would hit the poor far harder than the rich. Read more »