Politics Blog

Will Newsom debate Clean Energy?

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The Sierra Club has challenged Mayor Gavin Newsom to debate the merits of Prop. H, the Clean Energy Act that Newsom and Pacific Gas & Electric are opposing. If Newsom accepts, the Commonwealth Club has agreed to host the debate at high noon on Oct. 23. No word yet on who would argue for the measure, but it would most likely be its author, Sup. Ross Mirkarimi, who is mulling a bid for Newsom's job in a couple years. Read more »

The other October 2

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By Stephen Torres

For most, this year’s Oct. 2 will be remembered as the day of the highly-anticipated debate between Veep candidates (if it's remembered at all). But for our neighbors to the south, it marked the 40th anniversary of one the bloodiest, and what many view as one of the most pivotal, days in Mexico's history.

It was 1968, the year Mexico City was to play host to the XIX Summer Olympiad. Read more »

CBC columnist censored over Palin

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CBC removed Canadian journalist Heather Mallick September 5 column about Palin after Fox complained

News that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation removed a Palin-critical column from its website after FOX News complained, got me seeking out the column in question to see what the fuss was about, 'natch.

Just in case that link gets blocked, here's how Ma Read more »

Those North Virginia commies

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Gee, this campaign is getting weird. John McCain's brother suggested this weekend that Northern Virginia is "communist country."

But, ooh, they love Omama there.

Congressman goes to prison in drag

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Whoa, this is special.

According to a story in the Pasadena Weekly, Rep. Read more »

Even Palin wants us to leave McCain

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Gov.Sarah Palin gave the Democrats a great slogan, when she said "John McCain is the man we need to leave...I mean lead," during tonight's one and only vice-presidential debate. Classic.

Senate seeks to "orphan" more art

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By Katie Baker

Thousands of visual artists wrote to Congress after the Senate passed the Orphan Works Bill (S.2913) on Sept. 27, urging their House representatives not to follow suit. As of now they haven’t, but the arts community is worried that the House will pass quietly behind the enormous economic issues currently distressing the country.

"Passing controversial legislation by this process, i.e. Read more »

Air District fined Lennar half a million dollars last month

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by Sarah Phelan

In a surprise revelation, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District mentioned yesterday that it had reached a $515,000 settlement with Lennar over the developer's failure to monitor and control asbestos dust at Hunters Point Shipyard.

BAAQMD executive director Jack Broadment brought up the settlement, which was dated August 8 and allegedly finalized in early September, during the air district’s October 1 board meeting. Read more »

Fundraiser tonight for local foods program

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by Amanda Witherell

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For anyone looking to squeeze in a little extra fun before taking in the Biden-Palin throwdown, Bay Area Community Services is hosting a fundraiser in Oakland tonight. Read more »

Veep vs. Veep: What NOT to look for tonight

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Sick of the endless hype-y analysis of tonight's VP debate preparations -- the "expectations bar" being spun like a top by all sides? Read more »