ENDORSEMENTS: National and state races - Page 5


She's been supported in the past by Don and Doris Fisher, who put a chunk of their GAP Inc. fortune into school privatization efforts. Torlakson wants more accountability for charters, opposes the Romero district-option bill, and has the support of every major teachers union in the state. Vote for Torlakson.




Sen. Leland Yee can be infuriating. Two years ago, he was hell-bent on selling the Cow Palace as surplus state property and allowing private developers to take it over. In the recent budget crisis, he pissed off his Democratic colleagues by refusing to vote for cuts that everyone else knew were inevitable (while never making a strong stand in favor of, say, repealing Prop. 13 or raising other taxes). But he's always been good on open-government issues and has made headlines lately for busting California State University, Stanislaus over a secret contract to bring Sarah Palin in for a fundraiser — and has raised the larger point that public universities shouldn't hide their finances behind private foundations.

Yee will have no serious opposition for reelection, and his campaign for a second term in Sacramento is really the start of the Leland Yee for Mayor effort. With reservations over the Cow Palace deal and a few other issues, we'll endorse him for reelection.

 Correction update: Yee's office informs us that the senator suports an oil-severance tax and a tax on high-income earners and "believes that Prop. 13 should be reformed," although he hasn't taken a position on Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's reform bill. 



Fiona Ma's a mixed bag (at best). She doesn't like Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and supports public power, but comes up with strange bills that make no sense, like a 2009 measure to limit rent control in trailer parks. Why does Ma, who has no trailer parks in her district, care? Maybe because the landlords who control the mobile home facilities gave her some campaign cash. She faces no opposition, and we're not thrilled with her record, but we'll reluctantly back her for another term.




When the history of progressive politics in modern San Francisco is written, Tom Ammiano will be a central figure. His long-shot 1999 mayoral campaign against Willie Brown brought the left to life in town, and his leadership helped bring back district elections and put a progressive Board of Supervisors in place in 2000. As a supervisor, he authored the city's landmark health care bill (which Newsom constantly tries to take credit for) and the rainy day fund (which saved the public schools from debilitating cuts). He uses his local influence to promote the right causes, issues, and candidates.

And he's turned out to be an excellent member of the state Assembly. He forced BART to take seriously civilian oversight of the transit police force. He put the battle to reform Prop. 13 with a split-role measure back on the state agenda. And his efforts to legalize and tax marijuana are close to making California the first state to toss the insane pot laws. As chair of the Public Safety Committee, he routinely defies the police lobbies and the right-wing Republicans and defuses truly awful legislation. We're glad Ammiano's still fighting in the good fight, and we're pleased to endorse him for another term.




Nancy Skinner has taken on one of the toughest, and for small businesses, most important, battles in Sacramento. She wants to make out-of-state companies that sell products to Californians collect and remit sales tax.


An endorsement for Jerry Brown in an uncontested primary. Wow. This time you guys really outdid yourselves. Face it: you are a bunch of over-the-hill, out-of-touch, fucking hippies that sold out their ideals ions ago. So why don't you do the progressive community a favor by firing yourselves and getting out of the way for a younger generation that still dreams and whose futures are actually at stake here. You've had your chances and you've failed miserably.

Posted by Matt Stewart on Apr. 27, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

Dammit, Doug Coupland, stop posting under pseudonyms.

Posted by jw on Apr. 27, 2010 @ 11:47 pm

Yes Matt, the future of the ones that can not defend themselves are at stake. And what I do not understand is why progressives still look to the government for the answer (protection)? I don't get it. What ever happened to the rugged individualism of men and women with the entrepreneurial spirit ? Did they drug it out of you Marin kids? What did they feed you in public school? Progressive dribble is what I guess.

Man up Matt !
Start a business. Run for Office. Raise a Family. Protect the Weak. Pull up Your Pants Matt and put down your IPod and get busy MAKING a difference and not "dreaming" that maybe government will help you.

Bigger G is not the answer. Her big Union buddies love the progressive movement. You are such useful idiots....it is a page from their playbook, right out of the communist manifesto.

Posted by Guest Retire Woolsey on May. 01, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

Obama is a socialist dictator hardy har!

Posted by etherealite on Sep. 29, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

"articulate"? really?

Posted by Guest on May. 06, 2010 @ 7:46 am

to clarify my point, I think she's perfectly articulate but using that particular descriptor is a little patronizing

Posted by Guest on May. 06, 2010 @ 7:49 am

Ah, you mean "well-spoken, a credit to her people"? ;)

Posted by Guest on Jun. 01, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

"But here‘s where I stand. I think the president is handling this just right, because he has already doubled the troops in Afghanistan."

-- Barbara Boxer, Oct. 20, 2009

Beware for whom you vote.

Posted by Bill Jensen on May. 17, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

Really? really.
I'm sorry, would you like your rattle as well as your bottle?
Barbara Boxer is irrefutably one of the strongest progressive voices in the Senate, and a vocal antiwar critic.

Go let perfect be the enemy of good why don't you?

Posted by Conan Neutron on Jun. 07, 2010 @ 10:19 am

It's rare that I leave a category blank when I vote, but I simply cannot vote for Kamala Harris because of her position against decriminalizing sex work and demonizing sex offenders. I get that the Guardian is endorsing her because of her good points, but when a public official plays politics and uses your very existence to get elected, you have to draw the line somewhere. I am a progressive democrat and a sex worker. I will not vote for Kamala Harris or any democrat who takes these sorts of rightwing sex negative positions. If she is selected in the fall, even if it is a tight race, I will leave the field blank.

Posted by Guest on May. 19, 2010 @ 8:08 am

Perhaps the Guardian, rather than endorsing uncontested candidates, should endorse (to those of us who don't claim party affiliation and yet can request ballots from either party) candidates in neck-and-neck races who have the least likely chance of winning against the candidates you guys favor. Because really, the primary is all about the November elections, anyway. Just a thought.

Posted by Guest on May. 23, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

Perhaps the Guardian, rather than endorsing uncontested candidates, should endorse (to those of us who don't claim party affiliation and yet can request ballots from either party) candidates in neck-and-neck races who have the least likely chance of winning against the candidates you guys favor. Because really, the primary is all about the November elections, anyway. Just a thought.

Posted by Guest on May. 23, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

Oh - and also Stereotyping. Dreams. Determination. Intolerant.
These are some of the descriptors that popped into my head as I read the comments heretofore. [Like that one?] I am, truly, SOOO thrilled that the (supposedly) "younger" people who wrote them seem to be filled with entrepreneurial spirit and independence and --by golly Bill-- gumption! Seriously, that's what "younger" people are FOR! However, the lumping of all people 50 and older into categories like "hippy" and "old-therefore-stupid-and-useless" is very seriously an idiotic tact to take. If you are at the other end of old, stupid, and useless, that doesn't make you forward-thinking and vibrant. It makes you young, stupid, and useless. Although it seems to be true --for, perhaps, the majority of the population-- that the longer one lives, the fewer risks feel comfortable, do most of the rest of us really think that knee-jerk assessments, failures to consider the big picture while rushing judgment, and comparative broad-stroke ravings are the winning formula? They could all, every one of them, be written by folks from Fox News. Read 'em again. Perhaps it's the testosterone, I don't know. I know that the Editor of this valuable publication is a fine Midwestern boy who just happens to be 50 or older. He formed his views by living through them. I know you don't have that luxury, but you might, as they say, give peace a chance; and that means being at least enlightened enough to get past exclusionary rhetoric and find a way to bring people to your way of thinking by giving thoughtful explanations and arguments instead of using Little George Bush playground bully rantings and name calling. sheesh. Grow up and tell me why it's important that your ideas need to be both heard and heeded. What is it, precisely, that we can all go towards together? Or are you just trying to do some right-wing $#!% disturbing? If not, then how about finding ways to build community and coalition --regardless of age or any other "difference"-- and the message might come through much stronger and louder. Otherwise, I might join the rest of the people who find merit in my comments in taking a short nap in the middle of proceedings. Heard it before. Means no more now than it did then.

Posted by Guest KristiM on Jun. 03, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

Charter schools should be automatically classified as evil. Beware of didactic rationale for something you do not know of.

I will be voting for Gloria Romero.

Posted by Conan Neutron on Jun. 07, 2010 @ 10:20 am

Romero likes Charter schools

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2010 @ 9:19 pm