November 19, 2014 | 10 Comments
What is puzzling is why the authors of Proposition E chose to have the tax proceeds go to a special fund rather than to the general fund, thus requiring a two-thirds majority to pass.
November 12, 2014 | 10 Comments
That big “L” affixed to the foreheads of most Democrats across the country doesn’t stand for their party losing big in the midterm elections. It stands for their gutless loser mentality by not challenging Republicans’ derisive talking points about their party’s significant accomplishments.
November 07, 2014 | 1 Comment
Following the midterm elections, Republicans remain firmly in control of the U.S. House of Representatives and now enjoy a majority in the U.S. Senate. Senator James Inhofe (R-Ok) is expected to become Chairman of the Environmental and Public Works Committee (EPW).
November 17, 2011 | 10 Comments
Citing health and safety issues, Nuru states, “The occupants of the tents and encampment on Market Street and Main Street, near the Federal Reserve, are hereby notified that they are in violation of City and County of San Francisco codes and must take down all tents and structures and vacate immediately.”
November 17, 2011 | No Comments
Sometime after OWS occupied Zuccotti Park, Brookfield promulgated rules, prohibiting, among other things, camping and/or the erection of tents or other structures; lying down on the ground, or lying down on benches; the placement of tarps or sleeping bags or other covering on the property; and storage or placement of personal property on the ground, benches, sitting areas or walkways which unreasonably interferes with the use of such areas by others. These rules were clearly aimed at OWS.
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November 15, 2011 | 1 Comment
The public has the right to know what members have ties to what industries or lobbies, not only in the past, but also since the Super Committee was formed. For example, public action committees (PACs) associated with lawmakers on the Committee have shown a surge of contributions, and PACs representing corporate biggies like Pfizer and Lockheed Martin contributed more than $83,000 during August alone.
Posted in Politics
November 15, 2011 | 1 Comment
To illustrate, pretend your girlfriend stars in a well-reviewed movie as a superhero. You are proud of her for landing this role and playing the part of a strong woman leader. Then, you read a review about the movie where the critic salaciously refers to your girlfriend as a “fighting fuck toy,” after describing certain of her body parts in glowing detail. Or, pretend your mother has run for office and become Senator. After she’s served for a while, you begin to notice that most news outlets report that Mrs. Anderson (not Senator) “complained,” while her male counterparts merely “stated” their opposition. You will recall that during their campaigns, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin were often painted as “bitch” or “ditz,” and there was much discussion about their wardrobes.
Posted in Opinion
November 10, 2011 | No Comments
The special committee must report a bill with its recommendations by November 23, 2011. The recommendations would then have to be voted on by the full House and Senate under special rules. If the joint committee or Congress fail to act by December 23, 2011, the Act calls for automatic across-the-board cuts, split 50-50 between defense and non-defense spending.
November 07, 2011 | 11 Comments
The decision appears to have been made in response to calls for election oversight following multiple reports of alleged ballot tampering in October by an independent group supporting interim mayor Ed Lee. The voter fraud allegations has triggered a preliminary investigation by District Attorney George Gascón.
November 07, 2011 | 3 Comments
According to an ethics complaint filed today, the Ed Lee campaign distributed two sets of illegal door-hangers over the weekend. The door-hangers, which were paid for by the Ed Lee for Mayor 2011 campaign, allegedly contained YES and NO endorsements for several measures on the November ballot.
While candidates for office may endorse ballot initiatives and appear on literature funded by ballot measure committees, ethic laws strictly prohibit candidates from using funds raised by their candidate committees to support or oppose ballot measures.
November 05, 2011 | 10 Comments
Table 1 includes all groups that have conducted independent spending (sometimes called “soft money” or “third party expenditures”) supporting or opposing candidates or measures. Table 2 includes all the committees primarily formed to support or oppose measures on the 2011 ballot.
Readers may be particularly interested to see which donors repeatedly showed up in the tables, as well as which donors are themselves also independent groups spending directly on election advocacy communications to the voters.
November 05, 2011 | 1 Comment
Now how often have we seen both parties agree on anything? Yet Democrats supported it as preventative care and Republicans liked its low cost. It was killed in committee, however, decimated by three powerful interest groups. Who were these lobbyists who wanted no part of incentives for us to gravitate toward a healthier lifestyle, with all the benefits of lowered medical costs and improved vitality?
They were the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association.
November 05, 2011 | 6 Comments
This weekend (November 5-6) Occupy and the Sierra Club intend to form a human chain around the White House to protest the tar sands project. I suggest that 4 themes be joined together, one for each side of the White House. One side for the living biosphere with Sierra Club on that side. The opposite side is anti-military weapons and wars. Protesting Global warming on one side and global warring on the opposite side. The third side is for social and economic equalities with many more in the middle than on top. The last side is for the remaining 7 billion humans, the total world population estimated to have reached and passed 7 billion on October 31. Instead of encircling the White House, ensquare the White House.
November 02, 2011 | 21 Comments
It is the second such allegation of money laundering to dog the Lee campaign which is already being investigated by District Attorney George Gascón and the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) for alleged money laundering by employees of Go Lorrie’s Airport Shuttle, as well as allegations of criminal vote tampering by Lee supporters.
November 01, 2011 | 9 Comments
Gonzalez works in the public defender’s office as Adachi’s chief attorney. The video, posted on YouTube, was produced independently at no cost, Gonzalez said. It runs 8 minutes, 37 seconds.
November 01, 2011 | 1 Comment
A “robo-call” is when you answer your phone and hear a recording. These calls are placed by machines that store hundreds, even thousands, of telephone numbers, and then dial them automatically and play a recorded message.
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