Politics Blog

Meet the candidates: Grasshopper Alec Kaplan

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The Bay Guardian is interviewing the candidates for the 2007 elections. We'll be updating this entry as more information comes in. Read more »

Chicken's in the news again

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And this time, it's a total non-story. This is the big, three-deck, front-page banner head in the Examiner. And why? Who cares if a Newsom aide gave $95 to Chicken John Rinaldi's mayoral campaign? Everyone knows Newsom is going to win; Rinaldi himself says he's running for number two. This is a performance, a Chicken John special, and Rinaldi hopes to make some points along the way about the importance of arts in San Francisco. So Mike Farrah gave $95 to see the show. Read more »

Jew out, Chu in. Who? Chu

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Mayor Gavin Newsom finally stepped up today, filing official misconduct charges against the twice-indicted Sup. Ed Jew, and removing him from office pending permanent removal by the Ethics Commission and Board of Supervisors. A PDF of the charge and related letters is available here. Read more »

Jew, You'll be a Woman, soon

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Photo by Charles Russo
Or at least your District 4 replacement might be

With the legal noose tightening at the federal and the state level around beleagured Sup. Read more »

Mahmoud Ahmadinegay

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This one's a real corker. Iran's national nightmarish, Holocaust-denying president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke today at Columbia University -- in the interests of promoting democratic exchange, of course! Read more »

Meet the candidates: Ahimsa Sumchai

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The Bay Guardian is interviewing the candidates for the 2007 elections. We'll be updating this entry as more information comes in. Read more »

Are the cops doing their jobs?

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For the first time ever, the San Francisco Controller's Office (using outside consultants) is conducting a survey on the behavior and effectiveness of the SFPD. You can fill it out online here.

This is part of legislation by Sup. Ross Mirkarimi, and it's important that all parts of the community respond. Read more »

Stopping the GOP's dirty trick

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A ballot measure that would effectively guarantee that the next president is a Republican -- and quite possible guarantee GOP control of the White House for years to come -- is headed for the California ballot, and the Democratic party has been a bit slow to respond. Read more »

Hey, did Gavin think about this?

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We know at this point that Mayor Newsom didn't seek legal counsel before he decided to ask for everyone who runs anything in town to resign. If he had, and he'd thought about it a little bit, he might have discovered what City Attorney Dennis Herrera did: This could cost the city big money.

I'm not talking about lawsuits by forcibly resigned employees -- Newsom had ever legal right to do what he did. Read more »

Broken democracy

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The implications behind today's big news that San Francisco has an unreliable voting system are mind-boggling. It's bad enough that it's going to take weeks of hand-counting ballots before we'll know the results -- not just after this November's snoozer election, but also after the high-stakes February and June contests. Read more »