Politics Blog

Guardian wins $15.6 million

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Shit! Mike Lacey flees the courtroom after losing a huge verdict
Photo by Charles Russo

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"Raise taxes. That clear enough?"

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I guess there's something to be said for term limits. State Senate President Don Perata, who will be out of office next year, said loud and clear yesterday something that's needed to be said for a long time in this state: The governor's budget cuts are unacceptable. And the state needs to find some new revenue.

The L.A. Read more »

SF activists campaign for Obama in Texas

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Cat Rauschuber, Barack Obama and Julian Davis in Texas.
By Julian Davis and Catherine Rauschuber
(San Antonio, Texas) __ When we arrived here Friday afternoon, we had little idea what our experience of campaigning for Barack Obama would hold. We have several friends who are field organizers for the campaign and have been hopping from state to state, adding to Obama’s string of electoral victories. Read more »

Three days and counting

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The jury in the Guardian's lawsuit against the SF Weekly finished its third full day of deliberations without returning a verdict. The 12 members will be back at it tomorrow morning at 8:30.

Dems running out of ballots in Texas

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*UPDATE: It's happening in Ohio, too.

Below is a quick post from the Austin American-Statesman. Read more »

Harry goes to war; Bush twins don't

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The (hot) prince at war: Where's Jenna?

Yeah, the hype over Prince Harry getting assigned to combat duty in Afghanistan is way over the top. (As the U.K. Read more »

No verdict yet

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The jury in the Bay Guardian's lawsuit against the SF Weekly finished its second full day of deliberations without reaching a verdict Monday. The 12 members will be back at work tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, the Chronicle weighed in with a nice, fair story by Meredith May Saturday. Read more »

More on the Nader-Gonzalez question

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I got a call from Matt Gonzalez this morning and he wasn’t happy about my post yesterday on his decision to run for vice president, which wasn’t surprising. Read more »

The jury has it

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The Guardian's case against the SF Weekly finally went to the jury yesterday.

A little after 1 pm, Judge Marla Miller called in a bailiff, explained the verdict form to the jurors, and dismissed the panel to begin deliberations.

The move came after both sides presented detailed closing arguments, seeking to tie together weeks of testimony, reams of exhibits and contradictory opinions from a total of five expert witnesses.

Judge Miller started the day by describing the applicable law to the jurors and explaining how they should interpret the facts. Read more »

The hit man's big duck

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Andy Van De Voorde, the Denver-based hit man for the Village Voice Media chain who is out here to cover the Guardian’s trial against the SF Weekly, rambles on at great length in print, using nasty personal attacks to fuel his vitriolic blogs.

But when you try to ask him a question in person, he’s not quite as forthcoming.

I tried to engage him outside of the courtroom yesterday. Read more »