Politics Blog

Obama rocks SF

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Guardian photo by Lane Hartwell
Presidential hopeful Barack Obama's speech last night in Bill Graham Civic Auditorium looked more like a rock concert than political rally, with a crowd of about 7,000 snaking through San Francisco for almost a mile and taking several hours just to get inside, past the metal detectors and large contingent of Secret Service agents. Read more »

BONDS INDICTED

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Fifty-three comments in 20 minutes. Extraordinary. Here's the original press release from the U.S. Read more »

Leno wants a piece of the ship

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Assemblymember Mark Leno told me yesterday that he's going to pursue one of the suggestions in our oil-spill editorial and see if the state can put a lein on the Cosco Busan. Read more »

Lightly Oiled Plovers in Hawaii...

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...may be a bad joke, but this is funny!

Spinning Newsom

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I attended SPUR's regular post-election wrap-up yesterday, which was a bit irregular in that it was almost a week after the election (owing to the delayed election results) rather than the next day and it wasn't hosted by respected local pollster David Binder. Read more »

Censure Dianne!

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I've wanted to do this since about 1982, but now there's a grassroots movement in the California Democratic Party to censure Sen. Read more »

The vacationing mayor

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This hasn't been that big a deal in the local press, but isn't it pretty screwed up that the mayor of San Francisco, the day after an oil spill that was causing catastrophic environmental problems in his city. took off to Hawaii on vacation?

I mean, he's supposed to be in charge here, supposed to be a leader. He could have postponed his trip a few days, right?

Newsom's numbers back up

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Another set of election results are in, and now Gavin Newsom is up above 72 percent. Interesting that he's picked up as the precinct ballots are counted; obviously, the absentees were particularly conservative this time around.

PG&E's Tag on the Golden Gate

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photo courtesy of wmchu on flickr

I've ridden my bike across the Golden Gate Bridge hundreds of times, and often stopped to watch the sunset or to look down at the awesome power of the tide ripping by, but yesterday, for the first time, I walked all the way across. I noticed something I'd never seen before. Read more »

Pay Back's A Bitch

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What’s newsworthy about Board of Supervisor President Aaron Peskin changing his vote three weeks ago on Sup. Michela Alioto-Pier charter amendment tightening laws controlling the Ethics, Elections and Sunshine Commissions?

Nothing—except the real reason the Chronicle’s running dogs of the press were dragged out of their kennel this weekend to tear into Peskin’s Oct. 23 change-of-heart vote: the Gap’s Don Fisher is pissed off that he poured $185,000 into Prop. H, only to see it fail on the Nov. 6 ballot. Read more »