Articles Posted in the Politics Category

  • Nopa+/Divisadero Merchants Association

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    NoPa+/Divisadero Merchants Association Release D5 Debate Video

    NoPa+ and Divisadero Merchants Association today released video of their spirited public debate between candidates vying to be the next elected District 5 Supervisor.

  • Eliana Lopez. File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Eliana Lopez Speaks Out

    Since this nightmare began nine months ago, my integrity, intelligence and independence have been attacked over and over again by individuals claiming to defend me. In every instance, I’ve been cast as an immigrant woman with limited English proficiency who is incapable of asserting her rights, understanding domestic violence, or speaking with her own voice

  • Facing an onslaught of negative attacks backed by downtown corporate special interest money, Supervisor Eric Mar needs all the help he can muster to stave off a takeover of District 1.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    A Call to Action for Eric Mar

    District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar is facing a difficult reelection bid. Having won his seat by a mere 347 votes in 2008, Eric’s challenges grew greater when redistricting made his District more conservative for the 2012 election. He needs your support.

  • If Mitt Romney loses his bid to unseat President Obama, he will have the Tea Party infestation of the Republic Party to blame. Photo courtesy Paul Froggatt / PR Photos.

    It’s Not the Candidate, Stupid

    Watching Governor Romney speak to the extremist wing of his own party, it is remarkable how much he resembles a kidnapped man who must say what his captives want, at risk of being politically annihilated.

  • Appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Overheard in Fog City: Olague Storms Off Stage During D5 Debate

    Things got a little heated during a public debate last Wednesday prompting appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague to storm off stage, multiple sources have confirmed.

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    Update on Ranked Choice Voting in San Francisco

    I am happy to report that we were able to beat back the attacks on Ranked Choice Voting in both San Francisco and Oakland. These were very serious and well-coordinated attacks by conservative forces.

  • As many as 20 negative poster/bills have been posted in District 5 attacking candidate London Breed.  Photo via Facebook.

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    Breed Accuses “Desperate” Olague Campaign of Posting Attack Bills in D5

    London Breed, a candidate running for the District 5 seat in November, today accused the campaign to elect appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague of posting negative attack bills in the District.

  • Ross Mirkarimi and Eliana Lopez

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    Video: SEIU, Labor Council Rally for Reinstatement of Suspended Sheriff

    Chanting “Shame on you,” a reference to Mayor Ed Lee and his effort to remove a political opponent from office, as many as 100 protesters attended a rally under the balcony of the mayor’s of office on September 17, calling for suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to be reinstated.

  • Green Party candidate for president Jill Stein.  Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

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    Public Would Be Her Ally, Green Candidate Stein Says

    Green Party candidate Jill Stein believes that as president she could overcome partisan differences with Congressional Democrats and Republicans by using the media to rally public pressure to her side.

  • The Arirang Games, perhaps the most spectacular part of any visit to the DPRK. It's a monumental choreographed tribute made up of 100,000 performers. The backdrop is an ever-changing picture formed by thousands of people holding cards. The 1912-2012 signifies the centennial of Kim Il-sung's birth. Photos by Greg Kamin.

    You’re Going Where? A Glimpse of Life Inside the Hermit Kingdom

    I tried to break the news to my father as casually as I could – almost as an afterthought. “I won’t be reachable for a while,” I said. “I’ll be out of town traveling through China and North Korea.” Dead silence on the other end of the line. Followed by, after a long pause, “I didn’t think I heard you correctly.”

  • Appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague was taken to Wednesday during a contentious debate which allowed candidates to volley questions at each other.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Sparks Fly During Heated D5 Debate

    Eight candidates vying to be the next elected District 5 Supervisor squared off during a contentious debate Wednesday providing a packed house at the West Bay Conference Center with a sense that the hotly-contested race is turning in to an all out slug fest.

  • San Francisco Ethics Commission.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

    Ethics Commission Denies Mirkarimi Vote Postponement Request

    The San Francisco Ethics Commission denied Thursday a request by suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to postpone until after the November election the Commission’s delivery of its findings of fact and non-binding recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

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    Planetary Pessimism

    At the ending of his important new book, “The Social Conquest of Earth,” evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson writes: “Earth, by the twenty-second century, can be turned, if we so wish, into a permanent paradise for human beings, or at least the strong beginnings of one.

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    Women Rally for Suspended Sheriff’s Reinstatement

    As many as 150 women gathered Sunday on the steps of City Hall to demonstrate their support for suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and to repudiate efforts by Mayor Ed Lee to remove a political opponent from office at the expense of democracy and taxpayer funds.

  • Attorneys for suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi (pictured with his wife, Eliana Lopez at a 'Stand with Ross' rally on Sunday) today filed a brief with the San Francisco Ethics Commission requesting a postponement of a vote that will decide whether Mirkarimi will keep his job. Photos by Luke Thomas.

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    Suspended Sheriff Requests Postponement of “Highly Charged” Board Vote

    Citing due process protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution, attorneys representing suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi today filed a brief with the San Francisco Ethics Commission requesting the quasi-judicial body to postpone its submission of its findings of fact to the Board of Supervisors, the eleven-member legislative body that will decide if Mirkarimi will be reinstated or be permanently removed from office.