Articles Posted in the Politics Category

  • Julian Davis. Photo by Grace Kao.

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    Swan Song on the Eve of Mayoral Transition

    While Dufty can pretend that his brain is no more powerful than that of Forest Gump, it is this kind of political wheeling and dealing that makes most common people sick to their stomach and uninterested in actively participating in the political process. Earlier in the evening while the four outgoing Supervisors said their goodbyes and received a combination of sincere and half-hearted honors from their colleagues, Bevan Dufty admitted what everybody already knows, that he has been a constant swing vote. But with the way the voting process had been laid out and in the fast moving political eddies of the successor mayor tidal pool there simply wasn’t enough time to “hold out” effectively so Dufty was forced to unceremoniously flip-flop instead.

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    Ed Lee Nomination: Out With the Old and In With the Old

    Termed out Supervisor Bevan Dufty deserves an Oscar nomination for his acting performance. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, depending on who you ask, is not and never has been, a progressive. Former Mayor Willie Brown and Rose Pak are the behind the scenes puppeteers pulling the political strings in San Francisco development politics, and progressive hopes of taking back room 200 in November have been dealt a temporary blow.

  • Newsom: Get Your Sorry Butt to Sacramento!

    A moderate who has fought often with the current Board, Newsom wants a caretaker mayor who will not run for election in November when voters get to choose the city’s next chief office holder. He doesn’t want a progressive appointed to the position who will then have an advantage in getting elected in eleven months.

  • Overheard in Fog City: Interim Mayor Michael Hennessey?

    Following discussions with progressive and centrist Board members today, what is becoming clear is no sitting Board member can get to six votes (supervisors cannot vote for themselves). Attention is now centered on a compromise “caretaker” candidate, someone who does not intend to exploit their interim-mayoral status to run for mayor, who will focus on closing the city’s projected $350 million budget shortfall and, more importantly, someone who is respected on all sides of the political aisle, including Mayor Gavin Newsom.

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    Overheard in Fog City: Chiu to Run for Mayor?

    Chiu said he has engaged in discussions about a possible run for mayor with campaign manager Nicole Derse. Derse, you’ll recall, successfully ran Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s 2004 election campaign and worked on the campaign to elect President Barack Obama.

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    2010’s Top Five Most Interesting People in SF Politics

    To Julian Assange for keeping the public informed on government actions whether good, misguided, or just plain evil. Be certain to catch the eye-opening movie Inside Job to fully appreciate the upcoming Wikileaks release of the banking and financial sector secrets. It’s the economic meltdown cause uncovered.

  • Supervisor Chris Daly and his business partner, Ted Strawser, will be on tap tomorrow to pour libations and serve pub grub at their newly opened bar, formerly Bucks Tavern.

    The Progressive Local

    Since announcing our intention to purchase The Buck, I have been excited to see additional segments of our progressive community drop in. This Fall, Drinking Liberally and several other informal progressive circles have found a home at Buck Tavern, and I am committed to continuing to foster these discussions as well as many others. In addition, our public house will be committed to supporting the grassroots efforts for social and economic justice that I have been associated with in this town for nearly 2 decades.

  • The War You Don’t See

    The War You Don’t See

    A powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of ‘embedded’ and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq.

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    Frost Interviews Julian Assange

    Julian Assange, the co-founder of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks – which is currently releasing over 250,000 confidential American diplomatic cables – is in the UK fighting extradition to Sweden where he is wanted on charges for sexual assault.

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    Palestinian Statehood to be Decided by UN?

    The last thing Israel wants is for the issue to end up in the UN. But why not the UN? Consider that at the creation of Israel in 1947, the UN partitioned the land, allotting the Jews 55 percent of Palestine. The Arabs did not agree to this partition. The action of the UN conflicted with the basic principles for which the world organization was established, namely, to uphold the right of all peoples to self-determination.

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    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!

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    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.