Iran's election overseers removed potential wild-card candidates from the presidential race Tuesday, blocking a top aide of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a former president who revived hopes of reformers. Read More
This wasn’t your father’s electorate, much less your grandfather’s.
Even as California’s white population declined sharply in the last generation to well below 50 percent, middle-age white homeowners still dominated California’s elections. And this widening gap between voters and the overall population contributed to chronic political gridlock. 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
When California voters approved Proposition 14 in 2010 — an initiative to allow open, multiparty primaries — the idea was to cut down on the rancorous, ideologically extreme rhetoric that had become commonplace in the races leading up to the general election.
However, local residents voting in state Senate races Nov. 6 will see a quirky side effect of the law that probably was not envisioned. Read More
The battle over the November ballot measure aimed at restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley to its natural state is so charged that a spirited fight has erupted over wording selected by the Department of Elections to describe it to voters.
The war of words occurred at The City’s Ballot Simplification Committee, which is charged with summarizing ballot measures in voter information pamphlets. Read More
One of the biggest winners in last week’s election wasn’t even a topic of discussion for most of the campaign.
And that’s not that easy to do when you’re talking about the largest nonprofit medical center in San Francisco’s history.
That would be the plan to build a new $2 billion California Pacific Medical Center hospital in the heart of San Francisco that has trudged along for years, but somehow managed to bypass the usual rhetoric generated in heated mayoral campaigns. Read More
One of the fascinating aspects of ranked choice voting is that one can learn which candidates have a similar voting base. I certainly wanted to know where the votes went after each candidate was eliminated. Below are charts that follow the flow of votes from round to round to show you how we got to the final tally and declaration of a winner. Read More
Since voters rejected a half-cent sales tax on Tuesday, Mayor Ed Lee will not have $60 million in new revenue to help plug next fiscal year’s budget deficit.
Just how grim the city and county budget will look will come into sharper focus on Dec. 15, when the state will announce deeper budget cuts if its summer revenue projections are off. The most recent deficit projection shows a San Francisco shortfall of $350 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Read More
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The end of campaign season in San Francisco has revealed at least one clear theme — the power of The City’s Asian voting bloc. Essential to the outcome was a much heavier reliance in Asian neighborhoods on vote-by-mail ballots.
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