Politics Blog

And they're off

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Early results from the Iowa caucus -- the first presidential poll that counts -- show a tight pack, with Edwards leading, trailed closely by Clinton and Obama. It's virtually a three-way tie and it could stay that way because nobody else really has any votes, so the Iowa provision of voters whose candidates get less than 15 percent of the vote getting to revote won't matter much.
BTW, local Obama supporters are gathering in a few minutes over at Tosca in North Beach, so head on over if he's your guy and you're looking for kindred spirits.

Yucca Mt. bitch deadline: Jan. 10

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Known as Snake Mountain to the Shoshone, the Dept. of Energy wants to choke it with nuclear waste

Sharpen your pencils, folks. Only one week left to tell the government what you think about the plan to bury 70,000 metric tons of radioactive waste in a leaky tunnel in the middle of a sacred mountain in Nevada. Read more »

Unhealthy San Francisco

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San Francisco city lawyers head back to court in the morning, trying to persuade the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to set aside last week's court ruling that the city can't require employers to help pay for Healthy San Francisco. It's disgraceful that the Golden Gate Restaurant Association challenged the employer mandate on this innovative plan to provide universal access to health care, the product of a compromise between Sup. Read more »

Who should run for Lantos' seat?

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Newsom, Leno, Kopp -- it's a wide open field

The current field may not be thrilling, but potentially there are so many good choices.

Remember: Under the Constitution, you don't actually have Read more »

After Tom Lantos: The scramble

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Lantos, Speier, Yee: The mad rush is on

I'm sorry to hear that Rep. Tom Lantos has cancer, and I wish him well. Read more »

The secret zoo

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The late Tatiana. Read more »

Kucinich no-shows, ditto media

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Well, Dennis Kucinich had a good excuse for missing the kick-off of his “Peace Train” presidential campaign in San Francisco – the untimely death of his brother, Perry.

The media, however, didn't have an excused absence. Read more »

City College chancellor steps down; Christmas ruined for thousands

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How can the people of San Francisco make it through the holiday season without crying uncontrollably over the just-announced departure of San Francisco City College Chancellor Phil Day? Read more »

Tsk, Tsk...babies on the rise

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The Washington Post reports today that the US fertility rate is back up to replacement level. Read more »

"Insurance is not care."

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If you want a little perspective on the Governor's health plan, take a minute and read this amazing story (thanks, Calitics) about a massive protest organized to get a desperately ill 17-year-old girl a liver transplant. The liver was available; the doctors were ready. Read more »