Politics Blog

Migden: Clear Channel paid for the billboards

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By Tim Redmond

State Sen. Carole Migden just called me to answer the question I've been posing to her for a couple of weeks: Who paid for all those pro-Migden billboards?

Migden says it wasn't a secret donor; as far as she knows, Clear Channel, which owns the billboards, donated them, through the efforts of Michael Colbruno, a local Clear Channel exec who is a former Migden aide and remains close to the senator.

"My campaign paid for the printing," she said. Read more »

An attempt to wipe out local clean-money laws?

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By Tim Redmond

Calitics has this interesting report on a state bill (backed by both political parties) that could eviscertate loical campaign-finance laws.

No suprise, but still noteworthy

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By Tim Redmond

I'm impressed that Dr. Richard Carmona actually came out and said what everyone in Wsshington knew was going on -- that even doctors couldn't provide accurate and true information to the pubilc if it interfered with the Bush Administration's political agenda. The details are pretty stunning:

Carmona said he also ran afoul of politics on teen pregnancy prevention. Read more »

Harsh medicine

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By Tim Redmond

It hasn't gotten much press, but talk about harsh: China just executed the head of its food and drug agency for approving unsafe medicine. And over here, we can't even seem to put Scooter Libby in jail ....

How's the mayor's Hump Day going!? Oooooh, not so good

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By G.W. Schulz

> Homicides are up 20 percent this year over the same time last year, and much of it cannot be blamed on gang violence, according to the Chron, which suggests, like it or not, that City Attorney Dennis Herrera's gang injunctions can go only so far. Read more »

Mean and shallow

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By Steven T. Jones
Leave it to the poets to find just the right few words, which is what punk legend, performance artist, and former mayoral candidate Jello Biafra did in today's Chronicle. In an article on how Chicken John is running for mayor, Biafra distilled down the perfect pair of descriptors for Mayor Gavin Newsom: mean and shallow. Read more »

Shape San Francisco's future

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By Steven T. Jones
Years in development and 600 pages thick, the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report is a policy wonk's wet dream, but perhaps a tad inaccessible for most people. That's too bad because this is the plan that could determine whether there will still be jobs and homes for the working class 20 years from now, or whether policymakers will let the free market continue to gentrify the city. Read more »

Wolf in candidate's clothing

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By Steven T. Read more »

Holy shit! Josh wolf is running for mayor!

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By G.W. Schulz

So, people want to hate Josh Wolf for being what they perceive as a lawless anarchist. But he's just so damn polite. He defies virtually every useless assumption about the actual history of anarchism (still little-known among many Americans).

Wolf is like the consummate Boy Scout, but with badges that feature political slogans and old crustcore bands instead. Read more »

Latest Jew

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By Sarah Phelan

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