Politics Blog

Veep vs. Veep: What NOT to look for tonight

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Sick of the endless hype-y analysis of tonight's VP debate preparations -- the "expectations bar" being spun like a top by all sides? Read more »

GGRA members accused of hypocrisy

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News that GGRA has decided to file an en banc appeal of the Ninth Circuit’s ruling upholding the City’s Healthcare Security Ordinance got supporters of the City’s ordinance expressing dismay and puzzlement. Read more »

Schwarzenegger snubs Harvey Milk

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by Amanda Witherell

hm.jpg Today Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have designated May 22 as Harvey Milk day. Read more »

Rev. Billy blesses Prop. H

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By Steven T. Jones

Rev. Billy
and his Church of Stop Shopping is rolling its anti-consumerist revival through California and including a stop tonight in San Francisco, where he'll bless Prop. Read more »

Newsom reacts to Yes on 8 ad

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You Tube has already posted this parody of the Yes on 8 ad that features Newsom

By Saadia Malik

Mayor Gavin Newsom yesterday commented on the television ad urging California voters to approve Pr Read more »

Will SF's healthcare ordinance go to Supreme Court?

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The Ninth Circuit's decision to uphold San Francisco's Health Care Security Ordinance got everyone wondering if the Golden Gate Restaurant Association will take the matter all the way to the Supreme Court.

GGRA’s executive director Kevin Westly told me they might, or they might ask the Ninth Circuit to do an en banque review, instead, which involves all eleven Ninth Circuit judges.

“Healthy San Francisco is a good program and employer spending mandates are a separate issue," Westly said, repeating a Read more »

Bailout economics 101

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Dennis Kucinch, who voted against the bailout, has a remarkable basic lesson on how the bailout would have worked. In a letter to his supporters, he writes:

Here is a very quick explanation of the $700 billion bailout within the context of the mechanics of our monetary and banking system:

The taxpayers loan money to the banks. But the taxpayers do not have the money. So we have to borrow it from the banks to give it back to the banks. But the banks do not have the money to loan to the government. Read more »

Report blasts Newsom's top crime advisor

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By Steven T. Jones

Former U.S. Read more »

9th Circuit OKs City's Healthcare Access Plan

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has decided in favor of the city's healthcare access ordinance.
The Golden Gate Restaurant Association, which was the group that filed suit against San Francisco over the City's trailblazing plan, could still appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, a move that would cost beaucoup bucks all round.
Here's my favorite part of this recent ruling, written in delicious legalese:

"There may be better ways to provide healthcare that to require employers in the City of San Francisco to foot the bill. Read more »

Pelosi's failed speech

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By Steven T. Read more »