Politics Blog

A classic Kopp smackdown

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Watching former Sup. and State Sen. Quentin Kopp take on a bumbling politician or incompetant bureacrat used to be one of the great works of political theater in California. Now that he's a retired judge, who has to show some sort of judicial temperament, you don't see it as often, but this smackdown of Republican state Sen. Read more »

The Chron misses the dirty money story

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By Tim Redmond

I'm glad to see that the San Francisco Chronicle is covering the downtown-money campaigns in District 1, 3 and 11. But the paper misses the real point. Read more »

Guerrilla campaigning in District 1

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by Amanda Witherell

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Our SFBG email inbox contained these photos this morning, sent by "Subcomandante Marcos" who said they were a "guerrilla street response to your excellent story in this week's issue."

For those who missed it, here's the story.

And more photos from Marcos. Read more »

Competing political narratives in SF

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By Steven T. Jones

San Francisco looks very different depending on where you stand. And that point is certainly being driven home this election season as voters hear two very different political narratives about The City. Read more »

Yes on Prop H rally at PG&E's house

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by Amanda Witherell

Clean Energy Act supporters gathered in front of Pacific Gas & Electric corporate headquarters on Wed., Aug. Read more »

McCain will die

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By Steven T. Jones

There's a great website, He's Going to Die, focused on the likelihood that John McCain would die while serving as president -- leaving us with the absolutely frightening prospect of President Palin. Yikes!
It features actuarial tables and links to lots of stories about the poor health of the man who seeks to be the oldest president in American history. Read more »

Tom Ammiano and the Greens

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By Tim Redmond

I respect the Green Party. We've endorsed a lot of Greens, from Matt Gonzalez to Ross Mirkarimi to Medea Bejamin. We even endorsed Nader the first time around. In San Francisco, the Greens are doing the right thing -- they're running local candidates for local office and building a base that way before they get all agitated about statewide and national races.

And if the Green Party wants to take the position that it endorses only Greens and not Democrats in partisan races, that's fine, too. Read more »

Where to celebrate or drown your sorrows

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We're in the process of pulling together a complete list of election night parties that we'll post here before Tuesday (feel free to send me yours at steve@sfbg.com). In the meantime, if you're not looking to party with local political luminaries and just want to find a public spot to drink and watch the returns roll in, our intern Katie Baker has found some spots for you.

By Katie Baker

Is it really almost over? I feel like I'm living in some kind of alternate reality, where we'll be analyzing poll results and fretting over swing states until the end of time. Read more »

The nonsense about Daly

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By Tim Redmond

And while I’m raving about the D1 race: The attempts to link Eric Mar to Chris Daly would be laughable if they weren’t so toxic. Read more »

Lunchtime fun tomorrow

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by Amanda Witherell

For all y’all who are roaming around the financial district tomorrow or need some diversion from the grind, swing by 77 Beale Street where clean energy activists are going to be installing three enormous wind turbines in front of PG&E’s headquarters. Read more »