Election 2012

The Guardian Clean Slate 2012

End the death penalty -- Yes on 34. Yes (sigh) on B. Rizzo and Selby for D5 supervisor, Eric Mar in D1. Print this out and take it to the polls!

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NATIONAL RACES

President: Barack Obama

US Senate: Dianne Feinstein

Congress, District 8: Nancy Pelosi

Congress, District 9: Barbara Lee

Congress, District 12: Jackie Speier

STATE CANDIDATES

Assembly District 13: Tom Ammiano

Assembly District 19: Phil Ting

State Senate District 11: Mark Leno

BART Board District 9: Tom Radulovich

BART Board, District 7: Zachary Mallett

STATE BALLOT MEASURES

Proposition 30: YES

Proposition 31: NORead more »

The sleazy money typhoon

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CORRECTION: This article has been updated to correct inaccurate information.

 

The flood of money into the San Francisco elections over the past month is mind-boggling. We've never seen this level of independent-expenditure attacks in district elections. We've never seen an out-of-nowhere conservative candidate with no political experience at all spend half a million of his own money to buy a San Francisco Assembly seat. It could be a very ugly Nov. 6.Read more »

The most shameless campaign mailer of the year

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This is out-of-control shameless: David Lee -- the pro-landlord, pro-downtown, pro-any-form-of-development candidate who is running against Sup. Eric Mar in District 1, is trying to hit Mar for supporting 8 Washington.Read more »

Okay, this is funny

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It only works once; if everyone all over the web starts using this gag, I'll get totally sick of it. But right now, it's worth a laugh.

Davis needs to drop out

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EDITORIAL Kay Vasilyeva, a member of the San Francisco Women's Political Caucus, has come forward with the allegation that District Five candidate Julian Davis grabbed her and put his hand down her pants at a political bar crawl in 2006. That was six years ago, but it's still important — and more than the incident itself, the response we've seen from Davis is highly disturbing. He's utterly denying that it ever happened, and retained a lawyer to send Vasilyeva a letter threatening her with legal action if she continues to talk.Read more »

Is Obama in trouble?

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There's no doubt that Mitt Romney got a nice, juicy bounce from the first presidential debate. There's no doubt that President Obama's performance was so bad that even his friends call it a world-class fuckup.Read more »

Weird homophobic attack ad from the Association of Realtors

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Gee, this ad that's up on You Tube, apparently paid for the the San Francisco Association of Realtors, is creepy, strange and a bit homophobic.

It starts with a bunch of kids chanting about sending "Eric Mar back to Mars" -- huh? -- where, presumably, there are still happy meals with toys in them, because I can't figure out why else all these children would be doing a political attack ad. Creepy element number one.Read more »

Why the parks bond could lose

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A general obligation bond to improve San Francisco parks ought to be a slam dunk, particularly when it's getting pushed by Sup. Scott Wiener, who isn't exactly a pro-tax kind of guy. The left always votes for these things. Wiener's lining up the moderates. Proposition B would, in normal circumstances, get 70 percent of the vote.Read more »

Obama choked. Big time.

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I realize Romney lied, over and over. I realize that the Democrats are trying to point that out, and the president is trying to spin his way out of it. And some people actually think Obama "won" the debate. But debates are about image as well as substance, about appearing confident and presidential -- and speaking in a way that reaches the average undecided voter. That means using stories and simplifying things and delivering information in an understandable, linear way. Romney did that, beautifully. Obama did not.

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The agri-chem industry's secrets

Say yes to Proposition 37 for the health of our families

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OPINION This November, California voters will decide on a question that affects us all: Do we have the right to know what's in the food we're eating and feeding our families?

This high-stakes food fight has become the most expensive issue of the upcoming election. Pesticide and junk-food corporations have already poured $25 million into an effort to defeat Proposition 37, a simple labeling measure that would inform California consumers about whether our food has been genetically engineered.

What is it that these corporations don't want us to know?Read more »