Politics Blog

The power of press pressure

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By Steven T. Jones

The power of the press can be overstated. Over two decades in this business, I've written many good words about too many bad situations and watched nothing change. So it's nice to know that a couple drums that I've beaten recently have been heard and heeded by the powers-that-be. Read more »

Better health care at half the cost

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By Tim Redmond

Just as a universal health care bill by State Senator Sheila Kuehl heads to the floor of the Senate, a fascinating new study shows that Canadians get health care just as good as United States citizens get -- at half the cost.

Halloween on the Parking Lot (Pier)

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By Sarah Phelan

When Mayor Gavin Newsom and Sup. Bevan Dufty announced that they are thinking of holding Halloween at Pier 30-32 I was like, Pier Where? I walk along the Embarcadero on my way to work pretty much every day and I’ve never noticed a Pier 30 or a Pier 32, come to think of it. Today, I discovered why I couldn’t recall this elusive piece of pierdom: It’s actually a giant friggin' parking lot. Read more »

CALIFORNIA'S COLLEGIATE FUNNY MONEY CONTINUES: How City College simply flipped your cash bills for a ballot-measure jackpot

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By G.W. Schulz

It must suck to be a celebrity reporter for the Chronicle and have your stories buried on page B9. Read more »

Attack of the crazed bloggers

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By Tim Redmond

Wow, this is special. Two bloggers from The Mayor and the Hair -- a sort of deranged pro-Newsom blog -- showed up at a bar where some local bloggers were meeting to dump drinks on one of the hosts of GavinSucks.com.

Everyone is having fun with it. Read more »

State Senate race geting crowded

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By Tim Redmond

The race for state Senate in San Francisco is getting more crowded: Joe Veronese, son of former Sup. Angela Alioto, appears to be ready to jump into the race. Read more »

New York Times beats libel suit in Texas

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By G.W. Schulz

The 2003 package of investigative stories known as "A Dangerous Business" ranks highly among adoring muckrakers. It was put together as a joint PBS Frontline episode and series of articles in the New York Times, all led by journalistic juggernaut, Lowell Bergman. The series highlighted in excruciating detail workplace safety problems at a pipe manufacturing plant in Tyler, Texas, owned by the Alabama-based company, McWane, Inc. Read more »

FIREWORKS, TEENAGE GIRLS AND AN SFPD PATROL CAR: Former cop caught in alleged corruption snafu

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By G.W. Schulz

Chronicle gossip sluts Matier & Ross caught up with an interesting scoop today involving a guy who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. His name is Arkady Zlobinsky. That’s him below in a photo the Chron ran, which kinda looks more like a Glamour Shot stolen from a bargain-bin picture frame than a staff-produced image. Read more »

The difference between Democrats and Republicans

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By Tim Redmond

There are times that I've wondered about this, too, and asked whether the two major parties have any real differences. Gold help me, I supported Nader in 2000, out of frustration over the Clinton Administration's economic policies.

But then you get a reminder like this. No Supreme Court justice appointed by a Democrat these days would have supported an attack on reproductive rights. 5-4, with Bush's guys in the lead. It's just going to get worse.

Now the Chron front page really IS a PG&E ad

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By Tim Redmond

We've often accused the San Francisco Chronicle of acting like a public-relations mouthpiece for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. But it's not even funny anymore: The Chron today has a big front-page ad from PG&E -- and, perhaps not coincidentally, the paper almost totally ignored the news about a key step toward public power.

The front-page ad, accompanied by a note from the publisher, has turned some heads among local journalists. Read more »