Politics Blog

A woman's place is in the House -- and the Senate

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By G.W. Schulz

I’ll never forget the first time I stood in the presence of Ann Richards.

Years ago during the late 90s when I lived in Austin, I worked at a little natural foods grocery store on the west side of town. Richards used to come into the deli quite frequently. Although she was a short woman, there was something about her stature that simply commanded respect. Plus, she was the widely revered former governor of Texas. She just exuded principled toughness. Read more »

Shoot me instead!

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By G.W. Schulz

It’s not healthy for the press to be relentlessly pessimistic. In that spirit, hats off to Gavin Newsom for introducing a new plan designed to counter the city’s surge in violence. Critics, including this newspaper, have repeatedly demanded a bold plan, and the mayor appears to be stepping up to the plate. Here's part of it.

There are a few problems with the plan, however. Read more »

The quiet force of Frontline II

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By G.W. Schulz

I mentioned yesterday that I’d been downloading older episodes of Frontline from the PBS Web site. The show has three major new episodes coming out next month. Read more »

Progressive Voter Index

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By Steven T. Jones
Despite Mayor Gavin Newsom's rhetorical efforts to dismiss the importance of ideology in San Francisco politics, this is a town the is deeply divided between progressives and Establishment moderate-to-conservatives. And the battle we fight is an important one that will determine whether San Francisco remains open to low-wage workers, tolerant of diversity, and a leader in combatting the dismal and divisive policies being perpetrated on the state and federal levels.
OK, OK, maybe y'all know that. Read more »

Who's in Dufty's "corner?"

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By Tim Redmond

Okay, so I tweaked Sup. Bevan Dufty a couple of weeks ago about an item that appeared in Matier and Ross Aug. 20. Read more »

The quiet force of Frontline

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By G.W. Schulz

So I’ve been watching older episodes of Frontline lately, the longtime investigative journalism program produced by PBS. You can download each of their past shows in pieces here. Sure, it doesn’t sound like the most exciting way to spend your free time, and it may even say something disturbing about my personal life. Read more »

The secret police

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By Tim Redmond

It's hard to even describe how horrible this state Supreme Court ruling on the secrecy of police disciplinary cases really is. Read it and weep -- or better, read it and hide. Under this ruling, the cops can do almost anything, and get away with it.

$20 million to spy on the press

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By Tim Redmond

This lovely little gem dropped Friday afternoon, just before the Labor Day weekend, when much of hte nation was't paying attention: The Pentagon is looking for bidders on a $20 million contract to monitor news media coverage of Iraq I could save the generals and admirials some money:

Get a clue, folks. The once-fawning news media is turning strong against the war.

You can make the check out to me.

Ammiano's coup

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By Tim Redmond

Matier and Ross reported Sunday what everyone on the San Francisco left knew was coming: Sup. Tom Ammiano is formally announcing his run for State Assembly in 2008. Aside from the fact that Ammiano would make an excellent state Assembly member, here's the political brilliance of the move: The only other person remotely rumored to be considering running for that seat is Sup. Chris Daly. Read more »

$70 million

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By Tim Redmond

Assemblymember Mark Leno has gotten one of the most important bills of the year through the state Legislature, and if the governor signs it -- and he might -- it could bring an additional $70 million to San Francisco, enough (for example) to wipe out Muni's structural budget deficit.

The billl would allow San Francisco the option of imposing a 2 percent fee on motor vehicle registrations -- the same fee that every car owner in California paid for years until Gov. Read more »