Politics Blog

73 percent for Edwards? Whoa ...

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I'm not surprised that Hillary Clinton is faring poorly in a new DailyKos straw poll; the Kos folks have never been real fond of Hillary. But it's a bit startling that 73 percent of some 700 voters are supporting John Edwards.

Thios is not a fair, scientific or random sample and doesn't count for anything, really, but it's interesting.

Support the affordable housing plan!

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We can all argue forever whether Sup. Chris Daly's affordable housing plan is perfect, but in the end, it's way better than what we have now. Besides, as Daly points out, Jim Sutton is against it. Which is an excellent reason for everyone else to vote yes.

Now that Gerardo Sandoval has said he'll support the plan, the two swing votes are Sophie Maxwell and Jake McGoldrick. Read more »

The Milk Club: Remain calm ...

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So the Harvey Milk Club meets tomorrow evening (Dec. 11) to consider an endorsement for state Senate. It's Mark Leno vs. Carole Migden, and it's been all too ugly. Read more »

Young journos doomed to poverty and pink slips

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Cub reporters are finding it increasingly difficult to climb out of bed each day.

The pay sucks, everyone's eager to inform you of the real story you're failing to cover, and no matter how many late nights you put in, opportunities for advancement throughout the biz are slimming down with every new round of announced layoffs.

Spend each waking moment learning how to navigate Byzantine government bureaucracies so you can write a few cool stories, and the thanks you'll get in return is t Read more »

Mecke second, Hoogasian third

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Here's an interesting chart, thanks to Marc Salomon, totalling the second- and third-choice votes in the mayor's race. SInce Newsom won a clear majority, ranked-choice voting never came in to play, but if it had, and just for fun and the permanent record, Quintin Mecke came in second, Harold Hoogasian third, Wilma Pang fourth. Chicken John didn't come close to his goal of being the Number Two candidate.

I think I'm reading this right.

Newsom's new tax

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When I first saw this press release, I thought: Wow. Gavin Newsom realizes that there's a $250 million budget deficit, and he's actually trying to do something about it. We tax cigarettes because they're unhealthy, why not tax carbon emissions, which are killing the planet -- and raise a little money in the process?

Well, damn: There's a problem. The key word here is "revenue neutral." Newsom's going to give tax rebates to anyone who has to pay this new tax. Read more »

Democrats again reveal their complicity in BushCo misdeeds

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Bay Area congressional Democrats Tom Lantos and Nancy Pelosi: fighting imperial excesses, one capitulation at a time.
So congressional Democrats are angry about the New York Times revelation that the CIA destroyed videotapes of their agents harshly interrogating (ne torturing) al Qaeda suspects. Read more »

Polyamorous politicos

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This week, we reported on Sup. Michela Alioto-Pier’s divided love between San Francisco and St. Helena in Napa County where she maintains an additional home. But she isn’t the only local official who’s heart is torn. Read more »

PG&E FIRES PUC DIRECTOR!

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This is big, a clear sign of how Mayor Gavin Newsom is going to operate in his next four years: Susan Leal, the head of the Public Utilities Commission, is going to be fired because she's moving too fast toward public power.

Now keep in mind: Susan Leal is not by any means a radical public-power activist. Read more »

Poll canceled after Ron Paul backers crash the party

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Presidential hopeful Ron Paul
Last night at the Holiday Inn in San Francisco, an event and straw poll staged by the San Francisco Republican Alliance (a group started by former local GOP committee member and sacrificial Assembly candidate Gail Neira after she battled with local party leaders) that seemed geared toward supporting presidential candidate Fred Thompson was abruptly canceled when dozens of Ron Paul supporters showed up to vote. Read more »