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The Ro Khanna party

May 17, 2013
When Ro Khanna, a young, energetic intellectual property lawyer, ran for Congress against Tom Lantos, he was the candidate of the progressives. I liked...

Why the GOP gets away with obstructing Congress

January 3, 2013
There's an interesting piece on Calitics talking about what California can teach the nation in terms of ending Republican obstructionism. Robert Cruickshank, as usual,...

East Bay Endorsements 2012

Our recommendations in key Alameda County, Berkeley and Oakland races

Endorsements 2012: State ballot measures

End the death penalty -- Yes on 34. No on 35 saves our sexworkers. GMO food gets a label when you vote Yes on 37

40 percent reporting: Not a lot of change

June 5, 2012
Witrh 40 percent of the precincts reporting, there's been very little change in the results, which is surprising: Typically the absentees don't reflect the...

Two things to watch for in CA

June 5, 2012
There are two things that could be really significant around the state tonight (and no, I'm not talking about which liberal, balding Jewish man...

Does Malia Cohen want to dump Potrero Hill?

March 30, 2012
Since the dawn of district elections in the 1970s, Potrero Hill and Bayview have been part of the same district. Of the four supervisors...

Key redistricting meeting March 7

March 1, 2012
The Redistricting Task Force, which is drawing new lines for the Board of Supervisors, meets March 7 at City Hall, and supporters of the...

A new district elections map

February 3, 2012
There's only about a month left before the Redistricting Task Force starts to finalize a new map for supervisorial districts in San Francisco. You...

District lines: a community alternative

Will downtown quarantine progressives? A draft proposal from the Guardian Community Forum for new supervisorial districts

Redistricting: A Guardian Forum

January 25, 2012
The new supervisorial districts could change the makeup of the board and have a lasting impact on local politics. There's been a lot of...

Redrawing the map

Obscure task force charged with creating new supervisorial districts could have a big impact on the city's political landscape

The redistricting furor

December 23, 2011
I opposed the measure that created California's new Redistricting Commission. As we noted in our endorsements at the time:The commission is hardly a fair...

The Phil Ting for Assembly campaign is under way

December 8, 2011
Just a few days after the race for mayor of San Francisco ended, Assessor-Recorder (and mayoral candidate) Phil Ting began his next campaign --...

Campaign for the Woolsey legacy

We have to hold the North Bay congressional seat for the values that Lynn Woolsey has represented

Will partisan agendas shape the redrawing of political lines? — UPDATED

UPDATED BELOW In the midst of a political realignment at City Hall that is still shaking out, the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee is...

Keep San Francisco odd!

June 21, 2011
The Redistricting Commission maps will be finalized in the next few weeks, and the big news for San Francisco is the loss of a...

Ten good bills for 2011

June 13, 2011
The news in Sacramento is mostly bad -- Jerry Brown still can’t find the Republicans he needs to pass a budget, although maybe the...

Will SF lose a senate seat?

June 7, 2011
The new draft lines for state Assembly and Senate seats are out, and it's not good news for San Francisco. It's particularly bad news...

Draft Kucinich to run against Pelosi

Bay Area progressives are constantly searching for a solid candidate to run against Rep. Nancy Pelosi, an Establishment figure who has helped lead this...


May 10, 2011
THURSDAY 12What do radicals eat? Eat and talk politics with fellow revolutionaries at this fundraiser for the International Socialist Organization and its causes —...

Editor’s notes

Assessing the mayoral candidates -- the squishy center and all 

Is the California GOP done?

March 21, 2011
The folks at CalBuzz -- veteran political reporters who know their shit -- thing the CAGOP is teetering on the brink of irrelevance: Like a...

Will reapportionment change California?

November 15, 2010
Probably not. The voters confirmed that the job of drawing new district lines next spring will be done by an independent (and unaccountable) commission...