Politics Blog

Half-speed progress on high-speed rail

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By Steven T. Jones
The Legislature is poised to rebuke Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's obstructionism on creating a much-needed high-speed rail system for California. Read more »

Eric Mar running for supe in D1

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By Tim Redmond

This was hardly secret, but now it's official: School Board member Eric Mar, long a progressive leader, will announce soon that he's running for supervisor in District One. And in the meantime, he's working against the McGoldrick recall.

A secret hold on an FOIA bill

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By Tim Redmond

An important bill to reform the federal Freedom of Information Act has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee, but can't go to the floor for a vote because one senator has placed an anonymous hold on it. Read more »

Sometimes it's just too easy

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by Amanda Witherell

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The pugnacious Nathan Nayman photo courtesy of examiner.com

Now, I know it's easy to get really jealous when other people write better than you do but plagiarism is still the deadliest of sins when it comes to putting the word out.

But don't let that stop Nathan Nayman! Read more »

Betting on the mayor

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By Steven T. Jones
I'll be the first to admit that I barely understand the complexities of futures markets, but I'm proud to say that I've already made a few hundred bucks off this fall's mayor's race. OK, it isn't real money, and this market for who will be our next mayor is a contrivance of the SF Usual Suspects. Yet it's a fun and interesting new way to handicap the upcoming race. BTW, I'm swimming in Ross Mirkarimi shares in case anybody wants to make me a good offer. Read more »

About Zoellick

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By Sarah Phelan
Wolfowitz may be on his way out, but get this: Robert Zoellick the guy picked to replace him, was one of the signatories (along with Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, Zalmay Khalilzad, John R. Bolton, Richard Armitage, William Kristol, and others) of a Jan. 26, 1998 letter to President Bill Clinton drafted by the Project for a New American Century calling for "removing Saddam's regime from power."

Step Up! Sheehan hangs up her helmet.

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By Sarah Phelan

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You can't blame antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan for hanging up her helmet, but what excuse do the rest of us have? Sheehan kept the memory of her son alive and didn't flinch from confronting the truth that her son died for a lie. With the bloodiest month since the US invaded Iraq coming to an end, it's time for the rest of us to debunk Bush's "war" myth. There were no WMDs. And there is no enemy, now Saddam is gone. Read more »

Candidates and non-candidates

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By Tim Redmond

So much going on right now in the local political world -- and some of it so ephemeral.

Chris Daly's progressive convention is June 2, coming right up, and we still don't have a candidate for mayor. Matt Gonzalez gives an interview to BeyondChron and says he's not ruling out a run, but won't be making any announcement in time for the June 2 event. Will anyone? Read more »

Star studded Milk Club event

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By Steven T. Jones
Last night's annual dinner of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club was a truly memorable event that stands as testament to the strength, vitality, depth, and verve of this city's progressive movement. Read more »

About those whales ...

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By Tim Redmond

Yeah, I'm all for saving the whales and I even worked for Greenpeace once. But I have to say: Coast Guard boats and helicopters. Camera crews from all over. Front-page headlines. Read more »