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Election 2011

Campaign cash roundup and questions about our sleeping watchdog

February 22, 2012
Oliver Luby – the last true public-spirited employee at the Ethics Commission (a campaign lapdog when it should be a watchdog) before being forced...

Lessons from 2011 for 2012

November 14, 2011
With the release of precinct results for the 2011 election, we are able to actually see, for the first time, what San Francisco voters...

Is SF moving to the right?

November 11, 2011
The Bay Citizen/New York Times thinks so. The headline on the story -- "more conservative is the new normal" -- says it all. Matt...

Mirkarimi victory seems assured

November 10, 2011
The San Francisco Elections Department counted more than 25,000 ballots today and just posted new ranked choice voting tallies that continue to indicate Ross...

The next D5 supervisor

November 10, 2011
Now that it appears Sup. Ross Mirkarimi will be the next sheriff -- and Ed Lee will be mayor for the next four years...

Lee, Mirkarimi, and Gascon win first ranked choice tally

November 9, 2011
San Francisco’s first run of ranked choice voting tallies for yesterday's election shows Ed Lee winning the mayor’s race (with progressive favorite John Avalos...

35,000 votes still out

November 9, 2011
The Department of Elections says there are about 34,500 ballots still to be counted -- 27,000 election-day absentees and 7,500 provisionals. That would be...

Analyzing the numbers

November 9, 2011
I keep looking at the election numbers, trying to make sense of it all, and the more I look and count and add, the...

Ed Lee’s absentee coup

November 9, 2011
The most remarkable number in the election results was clear before a single election-day ballot was counted. The absentee ballots were released around 8:30...

Ed Lee, Leland Yee and the progressive vote

November 9, 2011
A couple of months ago, I got into an argument with Enrique Pearce, who runs Left Coast Communications, the firm that set up Run...

Avalos campaign revives the progressive movement

November 9, 2011
As I walked into the John Avalos campaign party in Roccapulco around 11 pm, Sup. David Campos told me, “It’s the best party in...

With 100 percent (sort of) counted …

November 8, 2011
With 100 percent of the vote in -- sort of -- the election is shaping up this way:Barring a real surprise, Ed Lee will...

93 percent of the votes are in

November 8, 2011
And it doesn't look good for anyone except Ed Lee.John Avalos has done really well -- he's in solid second place, almost 10,000 votes...

Herrera and ranked-choice voting

November 8, 2011
Dennis Herrera remains hopeful. “I want to see how the next round of votes goes,” he said.But there was one thing that he was...

The latest numbers: The initiatives

November 8, 2011
Well, we can call the election on most of the initiatives.The two bond measures, A and B, are going to win handily. Prop. C...

New mumbers: Mirkarimi, Avalos surge

November 8, 2011
The next round of numbers are in, and the first clear trend is the Ross Mirkarimi is surging. Mirkarimi is 36 percent, to 28...

The word from Leland Yee

November 8, 2011
Leland Yee arrived at his campaign party defiantly hopeful despite being in fifth place. “The night is still young, and we continue to wait...

The race for sheriff

November 8, 2011
This one's going to be interesting. In my hasty first post I wrote that Chris Cunnie was trailing Mirkarimi, but in fact, the second-place...

What the early numbers show

November 8, 2011
For starters, they show that turnout is going to be low. Some people predict that the absentees will represent almnost half the votes cast;...

The first numbers

November 8, 2011
The absentees are in, and it's no surprise that Mayor Ed Lee is in the lead. In fact, he's way in the lead --...

Numbers coming soon

November 8, 2011
Steve Jones tweets that the Department of Elections is planning to release the first (absentee) numbers at 8:45. Election-day numbers will come about 45...

More good omens

November 8, 2011
The author of the racist Arizona law AB 1070 was just recalled. And Mississippi voters decided that life doesn't begin at conception. Maybe some...

Oh, and those election monitors

November 8, 2011
The state has sent election monitors to SF, which sounds nice, but I think it's a bit too late. The damage is already done;...

There’s good news in Ohio

November 8, 2011
The terrible anti-union measure in Ohio -- which was being watched nationwide -- has gone down in flames. So that's a good omen.