Politics Blog

The Daly Show

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By Sarah Phelan

In the past few months, I’ve attended numerous city hall meetings in which Sup, Chris Daly vigorously pushed for more police foot patrols. Also sitting through those meetings were reporters from the San Francisco Chronicle, who witnessed Daly pushing Police Chief Heather Fong to implement the program that residents of Daly’s district and other violence-plagued areas of the city, are literally begging for. Read more »

Josh Wolf meets Eminem meets Nelson Mandela

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By Sarah Phelan
Got a letter from jailed videographer/blogger Josh Wolf, saying he remains hopeful. Here are 3 reasons why.
1. Legendary lawyer Martin Garbus has joined Wolf’s team as Lead Attorney. That puts Wolf in the company of Eminem, Nelson Mandela, Daniel Ellsberg, Amy Tan, Al Pacino, Spike Lee, Sean Connery, Robert Redford and Michael Moore, to name a few of Garbus’ high profile clients. Read more »

Potholes, boozehounds and graffiti all stricken with fear in the wake of Newsom's speech

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By G.W. Schulz

Newsom proved during his State of the City speech yesterday at Burton High School in the Portola neighborhood that he's got all the skills in the world necessary to ... fill potholes. Look out world. Read more »

Who's attacking Daly?

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By Tim Redmond

When we last checked in with SFSOS, Ryan Chamberlain, the field director, was insisting that District 6 candidate Rob Black was about to be attacked by Sup. Chris Daly's big union backers. Poor Rob had been running such an honest, grassroots campaign. Read more »

Chris Daly video ads

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By Tim Redmond

There's a modest little war going on over low-tech video ads in the District Six race. I think this one, with sock puppets, is my fave. (Thanks to sfist. Then there's the more serious one, and this strange cat onethat I don't really understand. But fun to watch.

OCC -- the only true drama

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By G.W. Schulz

Sure, the ongoing battle between the Office of Citizen Complaints and the San Francisco Police Officer's Association makes for sexy headlines. But what about a break-in at the OCC's offices? Read more »

D6 Links

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By Steven T. Jones
For some good background links on Jim Sutton, SFSOS, Rob Black, and their attacks on Chris Daly, click here, here, here, here, here, and here.

The big SFSOS lie

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By Tim Redmond

Even by the rather low standards of San Francisco political campaigning, this one is a whopper. SFSOS has been a part of a coalition that has put out a series of vicious attack pieces on Sup. Chris Daly. The pieces, and I think the total is now eight, are nothing but attacks that slam Daly over and over again and urge voters to elect Rob Black. It's about the worst sort of downtown-funded negative politics I've ever seen in town. Read more »

A tissue for Newsom

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By Steven T. Jones
Kudos for the Chron's Cecelia Vega for debunking Mayor Gavin Newsom's pity-party television interview, in which he said he may not run for reelection. Vega punches her story home with some great phrases like "20-year-old Republican girlfriend" and "Washington-size dose of political posturing," but the real gems come from Bruce Cain and Gerardo Sandoval. Check 'em out. Read more »