Politics Blog

Norman Yee and JROTC

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I've gotten some calls and emails on our school board endorsements, particularly our comment that we couldn't back Rachel Norton because of her support for JROTC. (Okay, that photo's a bit of a cheap shot; she discusses her own position here.

Well, school activist Caroline Grannan asked me, why did you endorse Yee -- who, Read more »

The SF Weekly's big lie

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By Tim Redmond

Will Harper, who insists he's not opposed to public power, lashed out today at the Yes on H campaign. His claim: Supporters of the Clean Energy Act -- including me -- aren't being straight with the voters about what the measure means.

Yes, Will: Much of what is in the charter amendment could be done without going to the ballot -- if the mayor of San Francisco were willing. Read more »

The two Colin Powells: Obama’s and W’s

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Colin Powell and Jeffrey Wright

By Steven T. Read more »

Mayor's economic stimulus plan -- huh?

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Gavin Newsom just announced an "economic stimulus plan" for San Francisco. Guess he wants to get in on the action. Read more »

Sparring with Garcia

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I was honored to be a guest on KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny this morning, but I was once again dismayed by the conservative political spin of Examiner columnist Ken Garcia, another guest on the show. Read more »

Obama and the SF DCCC

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So Kos reports that Obama now has so much money he's thinking about sharing it with Democratic Party committees to help expand the majority in Congress. Read more »

How to make sure Obama wins

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Yeah, the debate went well, and Obama looked cool and together while McCain looked like he was losing it, but the election is still three weeks away, and this is by no means a sure thing.

I got a great letter today from Paul Loeb, the author and activist who I'm proud to count as a friend, and his message is both inspiring and important.

Go to the jump to read how you really, really can change the outcome of this election.

Obama vs. the Penguin

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As is increasingly often the case, Kos had the best debate wrap up -- McCain needed a game-changer and he didn't get it.

What he got was more reinforcement of what people don't like about him -- he's nasty and he spends too much time trying to attack Obama instead of offering his own ideas. Read more »

Again, Kevin Ryan carries the day

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Once again, Mayor Gavin Newsom appears to be letting his Bush Administration crime advisor, Kevin Ryan, , call the shots on a key policy measure. Either that or it's his political flak, Eric Jaye.

Because Newsom used to support the idea of a municipal ID card for immigrants. Read more »

Downtown's dirty tricks

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By Steven T. Jones

So everyone knew that downtown financial interests (such as the Committee on Jobs, Chamber of Commerce, Police Officers Association, the Association of Realtors, BOMA, PG&E, etc., not the mention their enablers at the Chronicle and Examiner) would be spending big money this election to try to buy the Board of Supervisors. And we knew they’d fight dirty, particularly in the swing districts of 1, 3, and 11. Read more »