• Candidate for San Francisco Mayor, Broke-Ass Stuart. Photo via Facebook.
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  • Republican candidate for president, Jeb. Photo via Wikipedia by Michael Vadon.
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  • San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi held a press conference, 7/10/15, to "set the record straight" over the shooting death of Kate Steinle by convicted, undocumented felon, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez on July 1. Photos by Luke Thomas.
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Candidate for San Francisco Mayor, Broke-Ass Stuart. Photo via Facebook.

Body Politic: Mayor’s Race Survey Finds ‘Nobody,’ Broke-Ass Stuart, Lead Among Activist Social Voters

August 30, 2015 | 3 Comments

More than half of media savvy activist voters who responded to a survey said they have yet to find a candidate they will support in the San Francisco mayor’s race.

Posted in Media, News, Politics

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Bernie Sanders: Drawing Massive Crowds Yet Still Considered a “Long Shot?”

August 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an unabashed democratic socialist, is making quite a splash in the media and on the campaign trail. The question is, can an independent, democratic socialist win the Democratic nomination for president?

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Republican candidate for president, Jeb. Photo via Wikipedia by Michael Vadon.

Letter to Jeb Bush: Torture is Never Justifiable

August 18, 2015 | No Comments

The release of the Senate Torture Report should have reminded you that human torture is not only morally unacceptable – it is also a crime.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

"Donald Trump March 2015" by Michael Vadon - https://www.flickr.com/photos/80038275@N00/16512978040/. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Donald_Trump_March_2015.jpg#/media/File:Donald_Trump_March_2015.jpg

The Donald – Just What the Doctor Ordered

August 16, 2015 | 1 Comment

For once, we are pretty much all united as a nation – republicans and democrats – awaiting Mr. Trump’s next bombshell. And we know he will never disappoint us as he thankfully seems to have no control over his verbal spillage.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi held a press conference, 7/10/15, to "set the record straight" over the shooting death of Kate Steinle by convicted, undocumented felon, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez on July 1. Photos by Luke Thomas.

Body Politic: Tragedy and Blame

July 12, 2015 | 19 Comments

Random violence captures our social conscience like nothing else, and random violence in liberal San Francisco is especially attractive when it allows pundits and Republican presidential candidates to attack immigrants and progressive lawmakers.

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Body Politic: San Francisco Social Voter Insights

July 08, 2015 | 1 Comment

Voter file analysis enabled by the NationBuilder community building software shows that few voters wear their politics in their Twitter bios. They do, however, love to talk tech. And for every voter who identifies as an attorney or lawyer, five are CEOs or founders.

Posted in Media, News, Politics, Technology

Oil on canvass illustration courtesy Michael D'Antuono.

Will We Learn From the Charleston Killings?

June 28, 2015 | 12 Comments

In this violent nation of ours, there seems to be a disconnect between our Second Amendment “right to keep and bear arms” and the number of mass killings in this country.

Posted in Crime, Opinion, Politics

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Study: Shocking Racial Disparities in San Francisco Courts

June 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

African Americans in San Francisco are more likely to await trial behind bars than their white counterparts and face harsher punishment once convicted, according to a new study commissioned by the San Francisco Reentry Council.

Posted in Crime, News

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Comment on the Charleston Massacre

June 21, 2015 | No Comments

When African-Americans demonstrated against police brutality and racism in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland, and Oakland, California, they were called “thugs,” “rioters,” and “hoodlums.” But 21-year old Dylann Roof, a white supremacist, is being referred to as a “lone wolf” and of course, he must be mentally ill.

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Eliana Lopez’s Voice No Longer Silent in ‘What is the Scandal?’

May 30, 2015 | 3 Comments

Eliana Lopez, the wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, presented her new play ‘What Is the Scandal? / ¿Cuál es el Escándalo?’ to an ovation-standing audience of media professionals Thursday.

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Body Politic: Amy Farah Weiss’ ‘What If …’ Campaign for SF Mayor

May 29, 2015 | 12 Comments

The San Francisco mayor’s race is turning out to be something of a cake walk for Mayor Ed Lee, with folks like former Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Senator Mark Leno deferring from the race.

Posted in News, Politics

The ancient city of Bam, Iran, captured and published in a new book by Judy Iranyi.  Photo by Judy Iranyi.

Iranyi Publishes Book of Pre-Earthquake Arg-E-Bam Photos

May 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

The ruined, historic city of Bam is located in southeastern Iran. It is made entirely of mud bricks, clay, straw, and the trunks of palm trees. The city was originally founded during the Sassanian period (224-637) and while some of the surviving structures date from before the 12th century, most of what remains today dates to the Safavid period (1502-1722).

Ed Lee schwag handed out at the Democratic Party Convention in Anaheim. Photo by Adriel Hampton.

The Body Politic is Back!

May 21, 2015 | No Comments

Kamala Harris operatives at the Anaheim Convention Center were practically giddy on Saturday as video clips of U.S. Senate campaign rival Loretta Sanchez’s “war cry” gaffe began to flit from phone to phone.

Posted in Politics

Women gathered for a photo to express their support for Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

Mirkarimi Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign for Sheriff

May 17, 2015 | 22 Comments

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi officially kicked off his campaign for re-election Wednesday, vowing to build upon the progressive reforms of his predecessor while continuing to advance a progressive criminal justice vision of his own.

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Former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin announced Monday his second candidacy for District 3 Supervisor.  Photos by Luke Thomas.

Political Shock Wave: Peskin Announces D3 Candidacy

March 31, 2015 | 8 Comments

Former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin sent a shock wave through the San Francisco political establishment when he announced yesterday his candidacy to retake the District 3 supervisorial seat he previously held for two terms beginning in 2000.

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