Since it's her last day as Speaker, Nancy Pelosi is busy trying to emphasize to the country that no, she really has been detached from reality these last four years. Here she mounts a vigorous defense of Obamacare, actually going so far as to say that they would have had top pass the bill not to save money -- even if everyone in the country was perfectly happy with their health insurance. Why? Because it saves so much money! Read More
She may be one of the nation’s most powerful politicians (at least until the end of the day), and her advocacy efforts have helped secure millions for regional projects, but San Francisco part-time resident Nancy Pelosi still gets a little confused when it comes to identifying the local transit agencies. Read More
Just as fresh blood is reinvigorating the House GOP rank and file, there will be new energy in the leadership, too.
Even though Republicans were out of power for just four years, the old GOP committee chairmen haven't come back to reclaim their old spots; nearly all the lawmakers who are taking over committees have never held the chairman's gavel before. Read More
As we wind down 2010 and look forward to 2011, let us recap some of the biggest stories in city politics this year:
5. Fox Feeding Frenzy Read More
Former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez, who almost became mayor with his run against Gavin Newsom, is still making news around San Francisco. Read More
San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi shepherded everything that President Barack Obama asked Congress for through the House. Her poll ratings are way less than his — seven out of 10 Americans say they don’t like her. In 2011, she will no longer be speaker of the House but will remain the leader of House Democrats. Read More
A congressional rebellion against earmarks in Washington, D.C., might put several local projects at risk.
Cleanup of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Pier 70, along with some of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s projects, are losers now that the new Congress is curtailing earmarks. Last weekend, the $1.2 trillion federal omnibus spending plan failed to pass because Republican lawmakers refused to vote on a bill that contained what they referred to as wasteful spending. Read More
Elections have consequences. The consequences of the November 2010 elections -- and one might add the November 2009 elections in New Jersey and Virginia and the January 2010 special Senate election in Massachusetts -- became clear as lights shined over the snow at both ends of the Capitol on Thursday night. Read More
The San Francisco Examiner predicts what The City’s leaders, losers, movers and shakers want from Santa.
Who: Nancy Pelosi
Holiday wish: A private jet Read More
Perhaps it was a way of needling Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the first female speaker of the House, but Republican John Boehner, who is not even speaker yet, plans to do what Democrats could not do in the four years they controlled the House: He will order construction of a women’s restroom just off the House floor. Read More