Politics Blog

End the war!

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By Steven T. Jones
Good for Nancy Pelosi! It's great to see her finally get serious about ending this disastrous war and to start being a long overdue check on this out-of-control imperial presidency. Win or lose, it's the right thing to do and a move that makes me proud to be from San Francisco. Read more »

Killing closure

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By Steven T. Jones
How desperate is the pro-car crowd to kill Healthy Saturdays? Read more »

Free Muni: You read it here first

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Tim Redmond

I'm glad to see the Mayor Newsom is looking into free bus service. It's a great idea, even if, as Leftinsfnotes, it's probably just a political ploy in an election year. Read more »

Why we need a no-attacks pledge

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By Tim Redmond

The shit is already flying in the Migden-Leno race. Check out this nice piece of sleaze attacking Mark Leno as "the Kiddie Porn King."

No kidding.

That's why Leno and Migden both have to tell their supporters to knock it off.

Sucking up to PG&E's flack

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By Tim Redmond

Isn't this special? All of these liberal politicians in San Francisco happily sucking up to the chief hired gun for Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

For the record, Don Solem has made gobs of money over the years defeating public-power initiatives in San Francisco. That's not something I really want to celebrate.

Does it have to be a bloodbath?

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By Tim Redmond

Already, I'm hearing whistpers from both sides of the Leno-Migden contest, and already, they're getting nasty. Mark Leno told me this week that he will run an upbeat campaign, and that any negative attacks on Midgen "won't come from me." I suspect I will hear the same from Migden. But it's common in campaigns for elected officials to try to take the high road and let others -- their allies and suppoerters -- do the dirty work. Read more »

Leno announces

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By Steven T. Jones
Invoking the spirit of George Moscone and Harvey Milk "so that we may be worthy of their powerful legacy," Assembly member Mark Leno today announced his candidacy for the Senate seat now held by Carole Migden, setting off a high-profile fight between the two for the Democratic Party nomination next year. "Welcome to democracy in action. Read more »

Culture war at the Village Voice

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By Tim Redmond

Good article in the Boston Phoenix on the fallout from the New Times-Village Voice merger. The basic point that writer Adam Reilly makes:

The core of the old New Times chain was Southwestern and Southern. And those regions of the country have a different political culture — more socially conservative, more reflexively anti-government — than coastal markets like Los Angeles and New York, or progressive Midwestern enclaves like the Twin Cities. Read more »

Tourk for mayor

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By Steven T. Jones
After an uncomfortable exchange with Mayor Gavin Newsom at the Project Homeless Connect event earlier in the day, Alex Tourk was out with friends (including a long list of prominent people, many still in Newsom's camp) at Finnegan's Wake last night celebrating his birthday and I happened to run into him. Read more »

Fast start in 9

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By Steven T. Jones
The next Board of Supervisors race would appear to be only a faint blip on the horizon -- coming as it does after this year's mayor's race, the presidential primary a year from now, and the state primary fight in June '08 that will feature the Leno-Migden battle royale -- but contenders are already starting to position themselves. Read more »