Last weekend, the California Republican Party held its convention in Sacramento. As it was nearby and featured a speech by neutered bogeyman Karl Rove, I went to the event and sought out those rarest of creatures, San Francisco Republicans.
“Are people nice to you?” I asked, figuring Bay Area delegates must get snubbed or at least tossed into the swimming pool by the confident delegates from rural areas. Read More
Just because the state legislature isn’t schedule to meet again until Jan. 7, doesn’t mean our elected elves are not hard at work. In anticipation of opening day, they are giddily churning out proposed Constitutional Amendments in the hope that this might be the magical year for change. Each amendment needs a two-thirds vote in the state senate and assembly in order to appear on a statewide ballot for possible passage. Read More
The bitter rivals in California's gay marriage debate were in complete agreement Friday: The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to take up the state's gay marriage ban was a good thing.
Of course, each side is now hoping for a diametrically opposite ruling. Read More
The tax plan proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown on the November ballot has more support than a competing measure, according to new polling numbers released today.
Proposition 30, the Brown proposal, would increase the tax on income exceeding $250,000 for seven years and increase the sales tax by one-quarter of 1 percent. In San Francisco, that would increase the sales tax from 8.5 percent to 8.75 percent. The money would primarily go toward education and public safety. Read More
At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the subject of the day was a proposed renewable energy plan, CleanPowerSF. No member of the board objected to the notion that the plan would give San Franciscans the option of using 100 percent renewable energy instead of just contracting with PG&E. At issue was the fact that being green takes green — the eco-friendly energy option could cost most ratepayers between $9 and $18 more per month, and residents would be automatically enrolled in the plan unless they opt out. Read More
The Tampa Convention Center ballrooms have been converted into a series of stalls for the news outfits in attendance. Each is separated by makeshift walls of fabric through which you can make out tables, computers, food and phones. Walking through the labyrinth of media pens, I was struck by how many other nations have outposts at this convention. News organizations from Japan, Italy and Morocco are all here, covering an event many Americans regard as somewhere below “Toddlers & Tiaras” in the queue of shows to watch. Read More
Cody Morgan could barely vote when he was chosen by members of Maine’s Republican Party to be a member of the electoral college. At his age, I was just starting to study politics in college, but Morgan is getting an education that is as distinguished as it is depressing.
You see, Morgan is a Ron Paul supporter, and he was chosen as an alternate to come to Tampa, Fla., and vote for Ron Paul for president. Read More
On Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention, we’ll all be treated to a tribute video. The Cecil B. Downhill Lifetime Achievement Award will go to U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. I’m hoping for slow-motion podium bashing and soft-focus moments of Paul telling Mitt Romney to read the Constitution.
At 77 years old, Paul isn’t likely to run for office again, though he hasn’t ruled it out. An informal poll on his website asks, “What should Ron Paul do now?” Where more than 50 percent of respondents said “prepare for an independent run,” only 9 percent want him to support Romney. Read More
Mitt Romney regained the lead in the Republican presidential nomination race with a big win in Florida, but drew criticism on Wednesday in what should have been his victory lap with remarks suggesting he was indifferent to America’s poor.Romney rolled to an impressive triumph in Florida, capturing 46 percent of the vote to Newt Gingrich’s 32 percent after pounding his nearest rival with negative advertisements. Read More
Indiana's House Democratic Leader told the Associated Press Wednesday that Democrats are prepared to take a final vote on a measure that would make Indiana the first right-to-work state in the traditionally union-heavy Rust Belt.
"We did better than anybody ever expected," said House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer, adding that outnumbered Democrats fought the best they could in the divisive labor battle that would make Indiana the 23rd right-to-work state. Read More