Politics Blog

Photo of the week

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Isn't this special? Joe Veronese, police commission member and state Senate candidate, and Julie Veronese, pose with Warren Hinckle, who is in his usual sartorial splendor. (Thanks to Luke Thomas and Fog City Journal)

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McGoldrick lets us down

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By Tim Redmond

Jake McGoldrick was the swing vote on the wrong side on the 3400 Cesar Chavez project. Some interesting comments and debate here.

I don't think McGoldrick is corrupt (as one commenter says at leftinsf), and I'm not going to support the attempt to recall him (as another proposes), but I'm deeply disappointed. Read more »

A real "green" in 2008?

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by Amanda Witherell

Awesome enviro news website Grist is gauging the greenness of the presidential candidates through a series of interviews. So far none of them are perfect, but we’ll see what Dennis Kucinich has to say when he gets in front of their mike. Read more »

Our unnecessary nuclear future

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by Amanda Witherell

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photo of Diablo Canyon nuke plants courtesy of PG&E's Jim Zimmerlin

Sigh. Just when you're starting to think something productive might occur in the legislature, enter the monkey wrench. A recently released study outlines exactly how we could be planning for an energy future free of nuclear and coal. Read more »

Senate energy bill helps nukes

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By Tim Redmond

The New York Times reports today that the Senate energy bill contains huge government subsidies for new nuclear power plants. This is no joke, folks: As we've been reporting in the Guardian, these folks are back. Read more »

Duuude -- a top pot cop?

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By Tim Redmond

The Examiner's having fun with front-page headlines today ("Better sit down for this -- Muni removes benches"), but my fave is the interview with the co-chair of the Marijuana Offenses Oversight Committee. I've known Michael Goldstein, fomrer Harvey Milk Club president, for years, and I don't think he ever expected to be called the city's "Top Pot Cop."

This is strong?

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By Steven T. Jones
Frankly, I'm not terribly disappointed to hear that Matt Gonzalez isn't running for mayor. Having basically bowed out of public life after losing the last mayor's race, I just didn't see how he was a good rallying point for the progressive movement, let alone a real threat to win. Read more »

Why Did Gavin and Ruby Have Sex?

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By Sarah Phelan
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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have managed to uncover 237 motivations for why people have sex, including, “I was bored,” “I wanted to feel closer to God,” “I wanted to get a promotion,” “The person was a good dancer,” “It seemed like good exercise,” “I wanted to break up a rival’s relationship,” “I wanted to have a baby” and “I wanted to give someone else a sexually transmitted disease.”

Other reasons cited in the U Of T press release, include, ”I wante Read more »

Charity or political corruption?

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By Steven T. Jones
PG&E just put out a press release patting themselves on the back for placing sixth on the San Francisco Business Times' annual list of the top 70 corporate donors to charity, thanks to the $14.7 million in donations the company made last year, it's biggest year ever. Read more »