Politics Blog

Now THIS is scary

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By Tim Redmond

THe Bush Administration is quietly moving to give an eight-member panel appointed by the president the ability to kill any federal program or agency -- unlilaterally. Read more »

Dem Greens

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By Steven T. Jones
So the Bay Area's best and brightest liberals continue to leave the Democratic Party in frustration, the most recent being gubernational candidate, author, and anti-death penalty activist Barbara Becnel, who fought for years to help redeem and save Tookie Williams, who Californians executed last year. Read more »

Come on, Mr. Sheriff

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By Tim Redmond

Here's a great idea: Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Ross Mirkarmimi are pushing for a resolution that would call on the San Francisco sheriff to refuse to carry out Ellis Act evictions. Read more »

An itemized bill for murder

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By G.W. Schulz

Both the Contra Costa Times and the Sacramento Bee ran large Sunday features on their front pages chronicling gun violence in the East Bay and Sacramento County. Read more »

Private-prison blues

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By G.W. Schulz

Nashville is known mostly as a home for some of the best and worst artists country music has to offer. But the city has quietly played host to something else over the years – privatization. The Nashville business community is dominated in part by the nation’s largest privatization outfits, which earn lucrative contracts performing services for the public sector such as hospital and jail management. Read more »

World War III

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By Tim Redmond

It's not news that Newt Gingrich announced last week that World War III has begun. Some people in the progressive blogosphere are taking this seriously, saying it signals a new GOP offensive and the possibility that the Bush Administration is going to launch more military action in the Middle East. Read more »

Jesus built my veto ... It's a love affair

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By G.W. Schulz

This week’s presidential veto may not have been signed if Bush were forced to call each and every American suffering from a debilitating spinal-chord injury to explain his position on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research.

The dialogue in such a fantasy might have gone something like this:

American suffering from debilitating spinal-chord injury: “Uh, yeah, Mr. Read more »

Make those donuts ...

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By Tim Redmond

Wow! A committee chaired by two former police chiefs thinks the police chief should have more power in disciplinary cases. Go figure.

As Joe Pop-O-Pie says, make those donuts with extra grease ....

The rent-control lie

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By Tim Redmond

I've been hearing this shit now for more than 20 years: Landlords say the reason there's no new rental housing built in San Francisco is because of rent control. Read more »

Olympic schemes

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By Steven T. Jones
Kudos to Sup. Gerardo Sandoval for his voicing skepticism about whether San Francisco should want to host the Olympics in 2016, as Mayor Gavin Newsom is pushing. Read more »