Politics Blog

Preparing for nuclear attack

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By Tim Redmond

I grew up in the 1960s, the era of elementary school bomb drills and "duck and cover." I thought we'd gone beyond all of that, but apparently not: i just received from the federal Department of Health and Human Services a "Wallet guide for the media" called "Preparing for terrorism and other public health emergencies." It folds out into a nice handy tip sheet on what to do if we're attacked by mustard gas, nerve gas, antrax or a number of other awful things. Read more »

JUDGE GRANTS CLINT REILLY'S REQUEST FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION

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By G.W. Schulz

In a short decision released just hours ago, federal judge Susan Illston granted Clint Reilly's request to enjoin the Hearst Corp. Read more »

"I don't drink Diet Coke. I drink screwdrivers. And bathe in gasoline. 'Cause I'm a man."

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By G.W. Schulz

Looks like the San Francisco Police Officers Association is attemtping to remake the Afghan police force in its own Charles-Bronson image.

This month's POA Journal features a photo of an Afghan police advisor wearing one of the shirts quoting POA president Gary Delagnes from the last election: "I don't drink Diet Coke. I drink screwdrivers." If it's not so clear just yet, Gary Delagnes is a man. A tough man. He drinks screwdrivers. Read more »

A Day in the Life of Inmate # 98005-111 aka Josh Wolf

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By Sarah Phelan
San Francisco freelance journalist Josh Wolf has spent nearly four months in prison for refusing to surrender outtakes of videos he took at an anarchist protest turned violent. Recently, Wolf wrote a letter describing his typical day inside, which should be of interest to Oakland freelance journalist Sarah Olson and Honolulu Star-Bulletin journalist Gregg Kakesako, since they both just received subpoenas demanding testimony about quotes they attributed to 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, who faces a court-martial after denouncing the war in Iraq and refusing to deploy with his unit. Read more »

Dean Macris madness

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By Tim Redmond

So City Planning Director Dean Macris thinks the San Francisco skyline is not distinctive enough. Today's Chron quotes him supporting an 80-story tower next to the new transbay terminal:

"The current skyline is very flat, and needs some peaks to create a more distinctive look.''

Excuse me: Dean Macris is responsible for much of what the skyline looks like today. Read more »

Well, officially un-official

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By Tim Redmond

UPDATE: Mark Leno has written a letter to Fog City Journal saying that his run against Carole Migden isn't really official yet.

So I just called Leno to check it, and he says he won't make a final final decision until mid-January. But "I'm looking at it very seriously," he said, and added: "I'm getting a lot of encouragement from local labor leaders."

I told him that, from everything I'm hearing, it's seems pretty clear to me that he's in the race. Read more »

Leno v. Migden: It's official

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By Tim Redmond

The news that I knew was coming is now apparently official: according toFog City Journal, Assemblymember Mark Leno announced at the Harvey Milk Club holiday party that he will, indeed, challenge state Senator Carole Migden in 2008.

It's going to be a wild ride.

Already, the shit is flying: Migden, Luke Thomas reports, said that Leno is "a little nuttly, and he's out of a job. Read more »

Migden and Ammiano

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By Tim Redmond

Well, within a few minutes after my blog on Mark Leno and Carole Migden was posted, Eric Potashner, Migden's aide and political advisor, called me to say that Migden has endorsed Tom Ammiano for state Assembly and to poo-poo all the talk of a heated Leno-Migden race, which he says he isn't worried about.

Okay, I believe him. Read more »

Leno v. Migden: The mind reels

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By Tim Redmond

Well, the info I picked up last night was a bit off; Matier and Ross haven't run anything yet on the poll Mark Leno has done to evaluate his chances in a possible race against Carole Migden for state Senate in 2008.

But word about the race is all over town. The BAR checked in today with a story by Matthew S. Read more »

Leno v. Migden: The Poll

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By Tim Redmond

Look for Matier and Ross to report on the Chronicle tomorrow (Thursday) that Mark Leno's team has taken a poll on how he would fare in a challenge against Carole Migden for state Senate in 2008.

The poll, I'm told, was encouraging to the Leno camp. The Assemblyman will make up his mind in January, but I'm getting the strong sense that this is going to be a go.

And what a political free-for-all it will be.