In early February, state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco quietly opened a campaign account called Mark Leno for Lieutenant Governor 2018. He told me he wouldn’t run when the position is next up for election in 2014 because he plans to serve out his current and final term as state senator, which ends in 2016.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no."
Now they are increasingly hedging their objections. Read More
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's embrace of gay marriage Monday signals she may be seriously weighing a 2016 presidential run and trying to avoid the type of late-to-the-party caution that hurt her first bid.
Her chief Democratic rivals endorsed same-sex marriage as much as seven years ago, and it's widely popular with Democratic and independent voters. Read More
And speaking of racial profiling: In honor of Black History Month, Ted Nugent will be embarking on what he’s calling the “Black Power 2013” tour (no, this is not an Onion piece). Read More
Immigration reform is an innately thorny subject. It forces lawmakers to balance the interests of immigrants and employers interested in filling jobs with the fears of citizens who believe immigrants deprive Americans of opportunities.
Efforts to reform immigration take an absurd turn when one side lobbies for greater admission of one small class of workers, but that we should crack down on all the rest. Read More
The San Francisco Examiner made a fine start in enumerating issues the supervisors, new and returning, should take up (“Lee, board must pull together to solve big issues,” Editorial, Nov. 9). There are more. Maybe readers should propose some and winnow them down?
I’ll toss my three into the ring, all involving the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which handles water, sewer and power issues: Read More
I read with dismay the article about Proposition 30 and Gov. Jerry Brown (“Passage of tax increases spells big win for governor,” Thursday). On the cover, the subheading read: “Governor says taxes will pave way to state fiscal stability.” In the story it then says that, “The changes will provide $6 billion to balance the state budget.” Read More
A single protester holds a sign above a throng of supporters of President Barack Obama that filled the streets in front of City Hall hoping for a chance to get into a fundraiser and concert — featuring John Legend and Michael Franti — being held at the Bill Graham Civic Center on Monday. Anti-war protesters rallied in Civic Center Plaza, along with PETA activists upset about treatment of circus elephants. Read More
The political cartoon portraying conservatives and libertarians as insensitive and callous toward the poor is grossly mistaken (Today’s Cartoon, Pat Oliphant, Wednesday). Caring and compassion are good only when they are voluntary and individual. Voters and bureaucrats are spending someone else’s money. Public compassion is always compulsory and inefficient. Government agencies have spent zillions of dollars over the past decades to alleviate poverty; there is still no lack of poor people. Read More
An underlying theme of our times that has gone unperceived by the high and mighty in media, government and other locales where the politically alive come to roost is the thumping failure of an increasing number of counter-productive, old progressive reforms. Read More