Articles Posted in the Politics Category

  • 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.

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    Restrictive Voting Laws: Making it Harder for Some to Vote

    In the 2008 presidential election, approximately 5 million more Americans voted than in 2004. And the voters were the most racially diverse in American history, with African-Americans, Latino, and Asian-American citizens voting in record number. Since the 2008 election, however, more than 30 states have introduced laws that make it harder to vote.

  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee testified under oath Friday that he never discussed the case against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi with members of the Board of Supervisors.  Photos by Luke Thomas

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    SF Democrats Call for Criminal Probe into Alleged Mayoral Perjury

    A chartered Democratic Party club in San Francisco is calling for a criminal investigation into allegations of felony perjury committed by Mayor Ed Lee during an Ethics Commission inquest into whether suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi committed official misconduct.

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    Mar Campaign Releases Statement, Requests Respect for Privacy

    The campaign to re-elect Eric Mar to the office of District 1 Supervisor released a short statement yesterday to announce Mr. Mar and his wife, Sandra Chin-Mar, are “finalizing the end of their 25-year marriage.”

  • California Senator Leland Yee. File photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Yee Blasts “Offensive” Republican Party Platform

    Calling its platform “offensive”, California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) issued the following statement today in response to the Republican Party platform approved this week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

  • A robo-poll of 500 San Franciscans commissioned by anti-domestic violence advocates has been released.  The poll claims 61 percent of San Franciscans think suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi should be removed from office.

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    Anti-Domestic Violence Advocates Release Mirkarimi Robo-Poll

    For anyone interested in dissecting the latest poll commissioned by a group of anti-domestic violence advocates, which claims 61 percent of San Francisco registered voters think suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi should be removed from office, you can find it here.

  • Community organizer and former Redevelopment Agency Commissioner London Breed. Photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Overheard in Fog City: Breed Tells It Like It Is; Avalos to Campaign for Davis

    There’s something special about London Breed, the born and bred Western Addition native and former Redevelopment Commissioner who’s vying to be the next District 5 Supervisor. She’s a fiery scrapper, someone who speaks passionately and eloquently without mincing her words. She’s also leading the field in campaign contributions having amassed more than $85,000 to date. She could be the next Chris Daly on the Board of Supervisors.

  • Proposition 37 on the California ballot in November requires all genetically modified foods to be labeled as such.

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    Prop 37: David vs. Goliath

    Some of the biggest corporations are spending millions of dollars to defeat Proposition 37, a controversial initiative on the California November ballot calling for the labeling of food and beverages that contain GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms.

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    The GOP and the John Galt Factor

    Vice President candidate Paul Ryan once remarked, “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” said at a D.C. gathering four years ago honoring the author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. And at the Rand celebration he spoke at in 2005, Ryan invoked the central theme of Rand’s writings when he told his audience, “Almost every fight we are involved in here on Capitol Hill… is a fight that usually comes down to one conflict – individualism versus collectivism.”

  • The San Francisco Ethics Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to sustain two of six charges of official misconduct filed by Mayor Ed Lee against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Photos by Luke Thomas.

    A “Guinea Pig” in the “Twilight Zone”: Commission Sustains Reduced Charges Against Suspended Sheriff

    The San Francisco Ethics Commission Thursday sustained two of six charges of official misconduct lodged against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi by Mayor Ed Lee, a decision reached after the quasi-judicial body struggled to interpret and apply an untested definition of official misconduct as defined in the City Charter.