Politics Blog

"CHANGE IS COMING TO AMERICA" (if you hadn't heard)

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A large, dispersed crowd pressed towards the projector-sized screen at the front of the Grand Ballroom in the Fairmont Hotel when they saw that CNN was interrupting coverage of John McCain's speech (yawn) to go to Barack Obama's headquarters in Chicago.

The Democratic presidential candidate was making his way towards the stage, and the audiences here and on TV were equally ecstatic. Chants of "O-BA-MA!" rang out. CNN took the cue and dropped McCain entirely. Read more »

Mrs. Dewson's perspective

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Ruth Dewson, the owner of Mrs. Dewson's Hats at Fillmore St. and California St., where former Mayor Willie Brown gets many of his signature head coverings, used the term "mind-boggling" to describe the lack of support black leaders in the this state have given her presidential candidate, Barack Obama. She specifically called out preachers.

"When a politician comes to your church, you don't owe them anything," Mrs. Dewson said. She added that so many local black ministers support Hillary Clinton simply because they backed Bill Clinton in the '90s. Read more »

Obama wins San Francisco

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California may be Clinton country, but Barack Obama has won San Francisco, home of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and more than a half-dozen delegates. True, it's a symbolic win, but symbols are what we're looking at tonight. Mayor Gavin Newsom was a high profile Hillary backer, but the progressives on the Board of Supervisors and other bodies backed Barack. Numbers now in SF are Obama 52 % and Clinton 44% with 78 % counted.

Hillary campaign headquarters

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By around 9:30 pm it seemed clear at Hillary's campaign HQ that she had won the popular vote in California. A full room and diverse crowd gathered around the blaring TV, cheered and chanted her name. Rev. Amos Brown spoke to deafening cheers as he questioned the substance behind Obama's rhetoric but praised the "two fine democratic competitors." Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting spoke briefly.

Super Fat Tuesday

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I often find Fat Tuesday a dizzying night. And some of the usual factors are in play: beads around my neck and a cocktail within reach. But that's not why I'm reeling. Holy shit, this Super part of Fat Tuesday is overwhelming, with so many numbers coming in from so many states, with all of it being sliced and diced by so many talking heads and number crunchers. And as I watch the swirl of data, the main impression I get is that nothing much changed today, except for the fact that we're inching our truly weird democratic process toward an uncertain conclusion. Read more »

Obama's party at the Fairmont Hotel

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Finally settled in at the Fairmont downtown after searching fruitlessly in the beginning for a wireless connection.

The most significant thing I've seen so far tonight is Oakland City Attorney John Russo throwing his weight behind Obama and MCing tonight's event. Read more »

State props

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Prop. 92, the community college set aside, is going down hard and the Indian gaming contacts are uniformly ahead with about a million votes each, or 58 percent of turnout thus far.

Parks party celebrates

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Piggybacking on the turnout from the presidential election was one of the reasons that Prop. A, the $185 million parks bond, was targeted for this first ever February ballot, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department director Yomi Agunbiade told me at the Yes on Prop. A party at Boudin's Bakery in Fisherman's Wharf. "We're definitely riding that wave, " he said minutes after the proposition posted its first real numbers at 67.6 % in favor, surpassing that always difficult 66.6 % it needs to win. Attending the shindig are Sup. Read more »

Local and state numbers

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Where's the numbers from CA and SF? Hold on, folks, we're watching and waiting and we have people around town waiting to report and comment.

Clinton takes CA: Projection

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CNN is projecting that Clinton will win California. If that's the case, it will be thanks to her agressive absentee program; she banked a lot of votes over the past month, long before Obama began to pick up momentum.

That's a big political bounce for Clinton, even if it won't amount to a huge difference in delegates.