Politics Blog

New city Web site will end hunger as we know it

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Gosh, look at that. The city has a brand spankin' new Web site appearing just as the mayor is inaugurated to his second term. There are even riveting photos of the mayor looking down right gubernatorial, but the board's section of the site still mostly looks the same. Why aren't there any steamy photo slides of Mirkarimi or Elsbernd? Read more »

This is going to be big

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Wow, will California ever matter. Clinton defied the polls and won in New Hampshire, but Obama will almost certainly win South Carolina and probably Nevada, and it will be a heated two-person race in California with both campaign fighting it out to the last voter.

I'm with Kos -- it's very cool that the first two democratic primaries went to a woman and an African-American. I like what John Edwards has been saying, but he's CTD at this point. Read more »

Inside Iraq

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The most recent issue of the New York Review of Books has a fascinating piece by Michael Massing on a blog run by Iraqi journalists that work for McClatchy Newspapers, one of the few outfits that has kept a Mideast bureau despite its fall into the black hole of massiv Read more »

Sandoval to run for judge

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Sup. Gerardo Sandoval tells the Guardian he will run for San Francisco Superior Court judge this June, creating the first contested judge's race in many years. Sandoval, who is termed out this year and says he will complete his term on the Board of Supervisors, still hasn't decided which of the 52 judges (a third of which are up for reelection this year) he will challenge, a decision he needs to make by the end of the month when he files his paperwork. Read more »

Fighting like ... tigers

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The battle between the San Francisco City Attorney's Office and lawyer Mark Geragos is getting hot. Geragos, who doesn't mess around, is representing the two young men who were injured in the tiger attack; Herrera is trying to limit the city's liability here.

Check out the exchange of letters here.

Of course, part of what Geragos is mad about is the way Sam Singer, the press flack for the zoo, has been slinging mud at the victims. Read more »

Supreme Court: Go, dykes, go!

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Today the US Supreme Court refused to consider the extremely odd request by a Dublin lawyer to strike down the trademark "Dykes On Bikes," awarded to the San Francisco Women's Motorcycle Contigent (you know, the many miles of hot revvin' lezzies that kick off the Pride parade each year), because the trademark was "hostile to men" and that the phrase was "immoral and disparaging."

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More Newsom changes

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City Hall sources tell us that Mayor Gavin Newsom has named Controller Ed Harrington as the new director of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, his former budget director Ben Rosenfield as the new controller, and close confidante Mike Farrah at head of the Office of Neighborhood Services, although Newsom's spokespersons have not yet confirmed the news. Read more »

Newsom taps law-and-order Republican

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Mayor Gavin Newsom's decision to hire former U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan to head the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice speaks volumes about his administration's philosophy and priorities. Read more »

Obama, hope .. and fighting

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Everybody loves Barack Obama today. That's good; he's generating tremendous hope and energy in the Democratic Party, he's got young people excited about politics, he's given Hillary Clinton a wallop ... and of course, of course, this country could do way worse than President Barack Obama.

His speech last night in Iowa was inspirational, full of the sort of stirring rhetoric that makes you want to drop everything and go to New Hampshire to knock on doors.

But I'm still a little nervous. Read more »

Nuclear fuel casks, safe and sturdy?

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This is in response to a comment from a reader assuring us of the safety of nuclear fuel casks. Sorry the video is a little soft and fuzzy, but you'll get the drift. Read more »