Politics Blog

Lockyer on the media merger

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By Tim Redmond

I run into Bill Lockyer, the former state Attorney General (now treasurer) waiting his chance to get on stage. I explain to him that his successor, Jerry Brown, has formally closed any investigation in to the merger that gave Dean Singleton control over almost every daily newspaper in the Bay Area. "Any thoughts on that?" I ask.

His response:

"No. He's elected, and I've moved on."

Good to know your heart was in it, Bill.

Dem Con: Saturday afternoon

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By Tim Redmond

I got a chance to talk briefly last night with Rep. Jerry McNerney, the man who defeated Richard Pombo, and I asked him what the Democrats would do after Bush vetoes the Iraq funding cutoff. "Bring it back again, and again, and again," he told me. "That's what I would do."

At least it's a plan.

Dem Con, Saturday noon: Hillary's speech

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By Tim Redmond

Shortly before Hillary Clinton takes the stage this morning, perhaps 200 cheering supporters are lined up just inside one of the side doors that lead into the cavernous convention center. The rest of the press folks are mostly hanging out on the raised press platform or in the media section, watching state party chair Art Torres vamp on the main stage, so I wander over to the Hillary crowd see what's going on. Bob Mulholland, the veteran political director of the CA Democratic Party, wanders over, too. "What are you all waiting for?" he asks. "Hillary!" they shout. Read more »

California Democratic Convention, 6 pm

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By Tim Redmond

I just spent an hour with the star of the day, the former senator from Alaska, Mike Gravel who made news at last night's debate by asking Barack Obama who he's going to nuke.

Gravel is a character. He says the other candidates are "frightening," largely because he seems to think any of them might drop a nuclear bomb on Iran. Read more »

California Democratic Convention, 4 pm

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By Tim Redmond

There's a lot of talk and excitement at the Progressive Caucus. A few years ago, there were only a handful of people showing up for this meeting; today, the room is totally packed.

But the real political action is at the Resolutions Committee, where the rebels in the party are demanding more accountability, sunshine -- and, in the end, more of a say in where state party money goes. Read more »

California Democratic Convention, 3 pm

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By Tim Redmond

I'm down in San Diego for the state Democratic convention, which Bob Mulholland, longtime political director for the CA Democratic Party, told me is "the start of the campaign to elect a Democrat to the White House." Seven presidential candidates will be here, more than have ever attended a state convention. Read more »

Political Theater, huh?

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President Bush staging political theater in May 2003
While President Bush whines about political theater, presidential candidate Barack Obama points out that ending the war in Iraq is just one signature away
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Arnold's dishonest rail stand

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By Steven T. Jones
Why can’t Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger or his proxies explain their opposition to high-speed rail? They try, as they must. After all, this is a green project lauded across the ideological spectrum and around the world for its potential to prevent global warming, dirty air, and clogged freeways and airports.
But all the answers Arnold’s people give are illogical, unresponsive, or contradicted by the experts. Read more »

Will the newspaper barons back down?

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By Tim Redmond

The Chronicle today went to great effort to suggest that Clint Reilly didn't actually get the concessions he claimed at his press conference on the settlement of his lawsuit against the big newspaper publishers. Read more »

Disapproving Characterization

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by Amanda Witherell

We just got this letter from Matt Dorsey. He didn't like the way we talked about the city attorney's office and their love/hate relationship with metadata. Sorry Matt! Read more »