Politics Blog

I'm back

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After an epic five-week trip to Bolivia and Peru, I'm back manning the news desk here at the Guardian and trying to catch up on what's happening. And it seems the biggest things that have changed in my absence are my perspective and energy levels. Read more »

Newsom's wind shifts Obamaward?

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This morning I attended the grand opening ceremony of the pretty incredible-looking Hotel Essex, an 84-unit rehab completed by Community Housing Partnership and Mercy Housing that now houses 84 formerly homeless people in their own apartments (complete with kitchenettes!), with on-site counselling, recovery, and job-training services available. Read more »

Leno on Newsom's budget cuts

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Assemblymember Mark Leno, who is challenging state Sen. Read more »

Take that, PG&E!

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And congratulations go out to San Joaquin Valley Power Authority, which has reached a settlement agreement with PG&E over how the utility company has been behaving itself with regards to Community Choice Aggregation (CCA.) Best part: PG&E has to pay. Read more »

Moth Bills, Moth Balls

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The Assembly Agriculture Committee passed two pieces of legislation today authored by Assemblymember John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) and related to the Light Brown Apple Moth controversy.

“We need to back up and walk through each outstanding issue in a science-based, clear way using neutral third party experts," said Laird, who has been dealing with the LBAM furor since last summer, and has one of the best website's in terms of tracking the progression of arguments and lawsuits related to the moth.

So, just what will Laird's leg Read more »

McCain called his wife a what?

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Got an interesting letter from writer Paul Loeb today. It's an open missive to Hillary Clinton outlining why she should remember that John McCain is the real enemy, not Barack Obama. It includes a little snipped I had somehow missed: A new book on McCain reports that he once lashed out at his wife during a campaign event and called her a "cunt."

What a swell guy. CHeck it out:

Migden on Newsom's cuts

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Our editorial this week calls on the two candidates for state Senate, Carole Migden and Mark Leno, to speak out against the Newsom budget cuts. I haven't heard from Leno, but I got the following message from Migden this morning:

"I completely agree with your take that Mayor Newsom's budget cuts are cruel and will take from those who have little or nothing to give. Read more »

TIny Moths, Giant Misinformation campaigns

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Just when you think there couldn't be more to be said on the moths, a new flurry of arguments crops up.

Two competing pieces out today, both using science to support the pro and cons of aerial spraying for the Light Brown Apple Moth.

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In a piece called "Moths and Misinformation", A.G. Read more »

Man hating: the new U.S. birth control

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By Paula Connelly

A highly effective birth control shot, made specifically for men, has been developed in Australia! It has been proven to be as effective as a vasectomy but without long-term effects. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical companies are not funding efforts to make this revolutionary mode of contraception available to the public. They don't think men will buy it, even though it has demonstrated a fraction of the side effects associated with the female birth control pill. Read more »

Q: Will the Spray Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

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A. Not if you keep looking at porn.

Yesterday’s, er, news that men (sex, sex, sex, money, money, sports) take greater risks after viewing porn, got me wondering what will happen to the stock market when the feds start spraying female moth pheromones.

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Will the market go soft? Will everyone, drag queens included, start dressing as giant female moths? Read more »