Articles Posted in the Politics Category

  • WikiRebels

    WikiRebels

    Reporters Jesper Huor and Bosse Lindquist have traveled to key countries where WikiLeaks operates, interviewing top members, such as Assange, new Spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson, as well as people like Daniel Domscheit-Berg who now is starting his own version – Openleaks.org!

  • Cartoon by Mike Keefe (Cagle Cartoons).

    Death of the Celtic Tiger

    On December 7, 2010, Irish lawmakers narrowly approved tax hikes as part of an $8 billion budget “slash-and-tax plan” imposed as a key condition of Ireland’s international bailout. How did Ireland get into this economic mess? Because Irish banks engaged in reckless lending during an overinflated real estate bubble. Sound familiar?

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    Let’s Get Daly Roasting:
    A Call for Video Submissions

    I know when I’m being sold a bill of goods. I remember when they told me that my life would be easier once elected. It wasn’t. I was encouraged to always vote my conscience — that really worked out well for me. And earlier this year, I was even promised a job in the LG’s office in exchange for my endorsement. But now Gavin won’t return my calls.

  • Though the results for ranked choice race for District 10 Supervisor have not been officially certified by the Department of Elections, Malia Cohen, a liberal Democrat, is the presumed Supervisor-elect for the District. Photo by Luke Thomas.

    Understanding D10 RCV Election Results

    To understand the effectiveness of RCV, it is helpful to compare how this extraordinary race in District 10 would have unfolded using other electoral systems, specifically a plurality (“highest vote-getter wins”) system or San Francisco’s previous two round (November-December) runoff cycle.

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    Republicans Poised to Accelerate
    Climate Change Armageddon

    Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) probably represent the views of global warming debunkers. Senator Inhofe called “the threat of catastrophic global warming the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” And Representative Rohrabacher called the science behind global warming “emotional junk science.” Even that eminent scientist Sarah Palin called global warming studies “snake oil science.”

  • Board of Supes Delay Interim Mayoral Selection Process

    The Board of Supervisors, chartered to appoint a mayoral successor when the executive office becomes vacant, entertained two competing motions yesterday in an effort to define a selection process, or to began a non-binding nomination process. The respective motions were authored by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisor John Avalos.

  • Kelly Concedes Defeat

    Though Kelly garnered the most first place votes in the first round, Cohen benefited from second and third place votes from fellow contenders Lynette Sweet and Eric Smith, among others in the twenty-one candidates race.

  • Reilly Concedes Defeat

    Though Reilly garnered the most first place votes in the first round, Farrell benefited from second and third place votes from fellow contenders Abraham Simmons and Kat Anderson. Farrell was also endorsed by termed out incumbent District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier.

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    Let the Sun Shine In

    Every four years, there’s one political contest that dominates San Francisco’s political landscape, and for good reason. The Mayor of San Francisco is not just the most prestigious position in City Hall, it is by far the most powerful.

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    Walker Concedes Defeat

    Though the final vote tallies from the ranked-choice race have not been officially certified by the San Francisco Department of Elections, Jane Kim, a progressive, is the presumed Supervisor-elect for the District.

  • State Senator Leland Yee today declared his intention to run for mayor of San Francisco.  Photo by Michael J. Costa.

    Yee Declares Mayoral Bid

    Yee, a Democrat, made the announcement outside the San Francisco Department of Elections this morning. If elected, Yee would be the first Chinese-American mayor of San Francisco, a city and county with a 31 percent Asian population.

  • Mandelman Concedes Defeat

    Though the final vote tallies from the ranked-choice race have not been officially certified by the San Francisco Department of Elections, Scott Wiener, a moderate, is the presumed Supervisor-elect for the District.

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    Newsom to Veto Healthy Foods Ordinance

    Dubbed “Healthy Food Incentives Ordinance,” the legislation requires restaurants and fast-food chains to discontinue using toys as a marketing ploy to induce children to consume unhealthy foods. Instead, the legislation mandates toys can only be used as an inducement to purchase healthy foods.

  • Newsom, Board Introduce America’s Cup Agreement

    Newsom, Board Introduce America’s Cup Agreement

    The Host City Agreement sets forth essential terms and conditions agreed upon by the America’s Cup Committee of the Golden Gate Yacht Club and the City of San Francisco in accordance with the Protocol for the 34th America’s Cup and the Term Sheet adopted by the Board of Supervisors by a vote of 9-2 on October 5, 2010.

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    The Inanity and Insanity of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

    We really need to understand what it means to deny homosexuals from openly serving our country. With our growing vulnerability to terrorism, it is simply disgraceful, dangerous, and counter-productive to our national security.

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    Time for Palestine to Unilaterally Seek
    International Recognition
    of an Independent State

    Israel must be pleased with the mid-term election results; it means there will be less pressure on Israel to resume peace negotiations. Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud party love Republicans.

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    The American People Have Spoken

    America is being hoisted by its own petard by an anger-driven and misled electorate, duped by the very powers they are railing against, armed with mathematically flawed financial agendas and swayed by promises impossible to keep. We have become a culture insistent on instant fixes but unwilling to any make sacrifices to enable viable solutions. Ergo, we jump on the extended tax cuts bandwagon for the wealthy, and ourselves, which will only add to the deficit, and for what? Another “trickle down” fantasy?