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JOSH'S 169th DAY

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by Amanda Witherell

Well, it's not exactly cause for celebration, but Tuesday, February 6 will be Josh Wolf's 169th day in jail and he'll now be known as the journalist with the longest record of incarceration for contempt in US history. Read more »

Fascinating tidbits

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By Tim Redmond

From the what-did-they-know-and-when-did-they-know-it department:

Fog City Journal reported friday that the folks at that online pub had asked Ruby Tourk in December about the rumors of her affair with the mayor. A short excerpt:

When we asked Ms. Tourk in early December about the deafening whispers, she denied everything and clammed up. Read more »

Now THIS is funny

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Take a deep breath,everyone

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By Tim Redmond

Our editorial on this whole mess is here

"Suturb, ut te"

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By Sarah Phelan

"Eturb, ut te" is "Et tu, Brutus" spelled backwards.

As such it seems a fittingly ass-backwards phrase to sum up the dynamics of the Newsom affair, which is so Shakespearian in terms of the lust, the lies and the betrayals, which ultimately led to yesterday's potentially career-shattering revelations, yet seems so ass-backwards in so many ways. Very very suturbing.

Newsom's other Peter problem

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By Steven T. Jones
At the end of yesterday's sex scandal whirlwind, I finally got a chance to talk with Newsom press secretary Peter Ragone about the scandal that got pushed aside by the larger scandal: Ragone being caught using pseudonyms in online posts and then lying to cover it up. Read more »

Newsom's apology

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By Steven T. Jones
There were lots of different ways that Gavin Newsom could have reacted to news that he was having sex with an at-will employee who was also married to his close friend and top adviser, but almost all of them involved an apology. Here’s what he chose to say this morning, in its entirety, followed by why I think he has fallen short and sown the seeds for dragging out this scandal longer than necessary:

“Thank you for coming here on such short notice. Read more »

It’s Getting Hot in Here

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It’s Getting Hot in Here
Sarah Phelan
Hours before all hell broke loose over at City hall over news that he'd been having an affair, Mayor Gavin Newsom showed up at the SFPUC's Climate Change summit to endorse long overdue efforts to combat global warming.

“God’s delays are God’s denials,” began Newsom, blissfully unaware that his former appointments secretary Roby Rippey-Tourk was about to confess to her husband Alex Tourk about the affair, and that Tourk would immediately confront the mayor--and resign from his post as Newsom's campaign manager. Read more »

An actual issue

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By Tim Redmond

I don't care about the mayor's sex life. Frankly, I'd rather not think about it. If he had an affair with a good friend's wife, that's between them. Makes him look like a jerk, but whatever.

There is, however, a more serious issue here, which is that Ruby Tourk was Newsom's employee. An at-will employee who could be fired at any time, at the mayor's call. That's why the city may well get sued here, and why this is really kind of a problem.

It really was, to quote the mayor, a lapse in judgment for the chief executive of a major city. Big time.

Wolf Still Caged -- 163 Days!

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by Amanda Witherell

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Alsup has again denied release of Josh Wolf, the 24-year-old journalist in jail. Wolf's attorneys had filed a Grumbles motion which argued that no matter how long Wolf is in jail, he will not change his position. Therefore, his incarceration is undue punishment and illegal. Read more »