Politics Blog

Scooting Away with a Bang

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By Sarah Phelan

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George W. Bush clearly enjoys fireworks.
With a huge uproar going on over his July 2 decision to spare former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby a 30-month prison sentence, Bush is now stoking the flames by saying he won’t rule out a pardon.
Boom! Boom-boom-boom! Kapow, kapow, pow! Read more »

CCA: FULL STEAM AHEAD

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by Amanda Witherell

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This afternoon Mayor Gavin Newsom signed legislation permitting the city to move forward with its plan for Community Choice Aggregation. Read more »

Paris Hilton is not news

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By Tim Redmond

Holy shit -- watch Mika Brzezinski try to argue that on MSNBC and get treated rather shabbily by her male co-anchors.

There's fire, a shredder, a sniffing scene -- and a very good journalistic point. Don't miss it.

Fiona Ma and the cops

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By Tim Redmond

Thanks in part to a San Francisco legislator, a bill to reform police secrecy is dead in the water. SB 1019, by state Sen. Gloria Romero of Los Angeles, did in the Assembly Public Safety Committee when not a single committee member would move to consider the bill. Read more »

The Nation blasts SF Weekly's parent

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By Tim Redmond

Long, detailed article in the Nation this week by John Wiener on how sharply the LA Weekly has declined since Village Voice Media, the parent company of SF Weekly, took over.

It's exactly what a lot of us predicted: No more endorsements. No more progressive politics. No more reporting or commentary on the war in Iraq. Sad.

Who paid for Migden's billboards?

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By Tim Redmond

There's been a fair amount of flap over the big billboards featuring Carole Migden that appeared all over the Third Senate District around Pride weekend. The messages -- describing Miden as a leader and thanking her for her work -- don't include any statements identifying the donor who paid for them. Read more »

Finally, a real Chicken takes on Newsom

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Chicken John's was among the first "Faces of Burning Man"
the Chronicle ran as part of their series a couple years ago.

By Steven T. Read more »

Pelosi's SPUR earmark

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By Tim Redmond

Nancy Pelosi has stuck a $231,000 earmark in the federal budget to help the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association build a new Urban Center in San Francisco. The move stirred up some controversy on the floor of the House today, when Rep. Read more »

This is ugly

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By Tim Redmond

Another sign that Bush has shifted the Supreme Court successfully in his direction: The Court just ruled that schools can't use race in school assignments. Everyone at SFUSD was waiting for this ruling, most of us hoping that the court would allow some consideration of race in placing students. Read more »

The Chronicle's looney

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By Tim Redmond

The San Francisco Chronicle apparently thinks a retired Wall Street Journal reporter who now lives in Berkeley and who wrote a remarkably homophobic piece on San Francisco politics way back in 1995 is the perfect persion to comment on the current Board of Supervisors. Read more »