Tim Redmond

The progressive convention

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By Tim Redmond

Supervisor Chris Daly is calling for a convention June 2nd to nominate a progressive candidate for mayor. It's a nice idea, and I'm all for it -- except that it would be a pretty major bust if we didn't have anyone prepared to acutally run for mayor at that point.

So the convention forces the left to get its act together and sets a deadline for someone to come forward and agree to be the nominee. Read more »

Jerry McNerny, the war and the netroots

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By Tim Redmond

So Rep. Read more »

Marginalizing Theresa Sparks

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By Tim Redmond

The Chronicle was a day late with the news of what went on at the Police Commission Wednesday night, and its story today was stunning in how it missed the point. Is it not at all worthy of mention that, for the first time in the history of the United States, a transgender person became president of a big-city police commission? Read more »

Mayor to veto housing money

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By Tim Redmond

The mayor's office is still mum on this, but we've heard today from several good sources that Mayor Gavin Newsom is planning to veto Sup. Read more »

Editor's Notes

Kamala Harris, please be a hard ass
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San Francisco district attorneys have never been known for fighting political corruption. You don't see politicians or corporate CEOs doing the perp walk around here — and trust me, it's not because there's a lack of criminal activity. Over the past 20 years, I've personally written or edited at least two dozen stories that involved clear evidence of lawbreaking by prominent San Francisco citizens, and not one of them has ever been held to account in a court of law.

(OK, I'll give Terence Hallinan credit for Fajitagate; at least he tried. Read more »

Nancy Pelosi wants energy independence

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By Tim Redmond

Rep. Nancy Pelosi is going to announce an energy independence plan by July 4.

Gee: I wonder if she'll include a gas tax, which even Business Week thinks is a smart move.

We've got the right wing agitated

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By Tim Redmond

I just thought I was asking a presidential candidate an obvious question, but my query to John Edwards about taxes -- and his hardly radical answer -- has gotten the conservatives all in a wad.

The San Diego Union even devoted an entire editorial to denouncing Edwards. My friends at San Diego City Beat asked me to respond; you can see my comments Read more »

Police commission politics

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By Tim Redmond

Theresa Sparks, a transgender activist who was honored as Woman of the Year by the state Assembly, called today to tell me she's going to run for president of the Police Commission, challenging former City Attorney Louise Renne, who currently holds the job and shows no signs of w Read more »

Fox news can't handle penises

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By Tim Redmond

Or even a coupla pretty tame crotch shots. Check out the anchor having a laughing fit.

Editor's Notes

Outsiders, rock stars, and the Democratic Party old guard
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The delegates to the annual California Democratic Party convention began trickling into the San Diego Convention Center on April 27, and one of the first people they saw was Barbara Cummings. She had stationed herself about a block away from the entrance and was holding a big "Impeach Bush and Cheney" sign.

"It's wonderful," the San Diego activist told me. "The delegates all want their pictures taken with us. The tourists want pictures too."

Inside the convention hall, the grassroots sentiment was pretty similar. Read more »