Politics Blog

The State of the Union is ....

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By Tim Redmond

Pathetic.

It's as if nothing that has happened over the past four years has made any difference to the president. He started off by saying that the private sector, and tax breaks, were going to solve the health-insurance crisis, which is demonstrably wrong. Read more »

State of the union, uncensored

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By Tim Redmond

This is pretty funny.

Pop Matters hates the new Village Voice

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By Tim Redmond

I know all this talk about what New Times has done to the Voice can get a bit tiresome, but I can't resist any article that calls Mike Lacey "a Philistine who hates New York City." Enjoy.

Hell to the chief

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By Tim Redmond

The president's state of the union speech doesn't start for another few hours, but already anyone who cares already knows what he's going to say. But it's not going to be easy to talk about Iraq the same day that his new commander in the region calls the situation "dire."Read more »

How to Make a Pigeon Burrito

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By Sarah Phelan

No, this isn’t my secret recipe for surviving life in the city on a tight budget. Instead, this is my not-so-secret recipe for helping get wild birds out of spaces they’d rather not be in—like trapped in the bay window of Farley’s coffee house on Potrero Hill, which is what happened last week when I was having lunch in the famed establishment and a pigeon flew through the door, then tried to escape, but hit the window, instead.

Understandably, everyone panicked at the sight of a pigeon flying into a window. Read more »

Newsom loves the poor. Huh.

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By Tim Redmond

I'm a little late on this; somehow, I missed it when it came out. Read more »

The Migden-Daly axis

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By Tim Redmond

The prospect of Mark Leno running against Carole Migden has set off an intriguing little internal political tiff in the progressive community. Read more »

Jon Carroll Chronicle tales

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By Tim Redmond

Everyone knows how power works and how daily newspapers are part of it, but it's always nice to have an insider give you the actual goods every now and then.

Jon Carroll, who is often the Chron's best columnist (although I also like Ray Ratto) weighed in today on the Yalie scandal that he's calling "Gleegate." He has little to add to the debate (actually, Ken Garcia, who is normally an idiot, actually had Read more »

Another Team Newsom screw-up

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By Tim Redmond

Does Newsom's press secretary, Peter Ragone, really think it's helpful to launch personal insults at members of the Board of Supervisors? Read more »

Newsom's political team shits the bed

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By Tim Redmond

Gavin Newsom has always had sharp, well-paid political advisors, starting with consultant Eric Jaye. His public-relations operation has been well-honed, his every move designed to keep those popularity ratings soaring and keep him on the fast track to higher office.

But the wheels are starting to fall off this train.

There was, for example, the drinking issue, and his fig Read more »