Politics Blog

About Zoellick

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By Sarah Phelan
Wolfowitz may be on his way out, but get this: Robert Zoellick the guy picked to replace him, was one of the signatories (along with Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, Zalmay Khalilzad, John R. Bolton, Richard Armitage, William Kristol, and others) of a Jan. 26, 1998 letter to President Bill Clinton drafted by the Project for a New American Century calling for "removing Saddam's regime from power."

Step Up! Sheehan hangs up her helmet.

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By Sarah Phelan

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You can't blame antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan for hanging up her helmet, but what excuse do the rest of us have? Sheehan kept the memory of her son alive and didn't flinch from confronting the truth that her son died for a lie. With the bloodiest month since the US invaded Iraq coming to an end, it's time for the rest of us to debunk Bush's "war" myth. There were no WMDs. And there is no enemy, now Saddam is gone. Read more »

Candidates and non-candidates

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By Tim Redmond

So much going on right now in the local political world -- and some of it so ephemeral.

Chris Daly's progressive convention is June 2, coming right up, and we still don't have a candidate for mayor. Matt Gonzalez gives an interview to BeyondChron and says he's not ruling out a run, but won't be making any announcement in time for the June 2 event. Will anyone? Read more »

Star studded Milk Club event

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By Steven T. Jones
Last night's annual dinner of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club was a truly memorable event that stands as testament to the strength, vitality, depth, and verve of this city's progressive movement. Read more »

About those whales ...

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By Tim Redmond

Yeah, I'm all for saving the whales and I even worked for Greenpeace once. But I have to say: Coast Guard boats and helicopters. Camera crews from all over. Front-page headlines. Read more »

City Attorney smacks down Jew's PUC investigation request, launches investigation into Jew

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Sarah Phelan

In addition to telling Supervisor Ed Jew that disclosure of his public records, including his PUC water usage records is permitted "because you stated in your letter and in comments to the public that your father's home is also your residence", City Attorney Dennis Herrera has asked the beleagured supe to provide the following information before next Tuesday, May 29 (which could be tricky since Jew is currently in China),: a copy of Jew's 2006 state and federal tax returns; a copy of his driver's licence; a copy of his vehicle registration cards; a copy of his utility bills--gas Read more »

Ed Jew throws a one-two punch at the PUC--then flies to China

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Guardian photo of Ed Jew by Charles Russo
By Sarah Phelan
Before leaving the country at 1am this morning for the home of his ancestors, beleagured Supervisor Ed Jew managed to find time--in between luggage packing and driving to the airport--to dash off a letter to City Attorney Dennis Herrera, requesting an inquiry into "the apparent willful disclosure of confidential personal information by an employee or employees of the Public Utilities Commission."

Wow. Read more »

Rescuing the sinking Shipyard

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Artist's rendering of Jim Mason's Mechabolic project
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Hogarth doth protest too much

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By Steven T. Jones
Even before reading the article about Club Six's conflict with neighbors that I wrote for tomorrow's paper, Paul Hogarth (a half-time housing activist with Tenderloin Housing Clinic and half-time managing editor for THC's Beyond Chron blog) has concluded that I'm being terribly unfair to the SRO residents of Sixth Street, all because Club Six advertises with us. Apparently he's psychic. Read more »

Prisons and schools

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No bookcase.

By Tim Redmond

Here's one of the saddest statistics I've seen in a long time: California will soon spend more money on prisons than on its university system.

Everyone in Sacramento seems to agree this is wrong. Read more »