State legislators have sent 600 bills to Gov. Jerry Brown, many of which he has promised to veto. One of those should be Senate Bill 202, which does two things that represent partisan politics at its worst.
First, it denies Californians the opportunity to vote in June on creation of a 3 percent reserve fund in the state budget. This “rainy-day” fund would help the state avoid the perennial budget crises that force it to issue IOUs when it runs out of money. Read More
Supervisor Jane Kim campaigned for a mayoral candidate Tuesday — but not her old roommate David Chiu, the Board of Supervisors president who stuck out his neck to support her election.
Her support for interim Mayor Ed Lee raised questions about Kim’s loyalty to Chiu, who defied allies by supporting her instead of progressive Debra Walker. But Kim said she hasn’t forgotten Chiu — she can endorse three candidates under ranked-choice voting. Read More
When it comes to picking a district attorney, San Francisco’s ranked-choice voting is shaping the strategy of the three candidates vying to be The City’s top prosecutor.
Ranked-choice voting allows people to pick their top three candidates for mayor, sheriff, district attorney, supervisor and other elected positions. If the top choice doesn’t get a majority of the votes, then the second- and third-place votes come into play until a candidate has a majority. Read More
Harry Reid knows he has the votes, so he's going to let the vote happen: Read More
The House Democrats have elected Nancy Pelosi minority leader in the 112th Congress by a vote of 150 to 43.
Pelosi defeated Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina, one of the moderate Democrats who questioned the wisdom of keeping Pelosi in a leadership position following the historic losses the party suffered in the Nov. 2 elections. Read More
On Election Day 2008, three members of the New Black Panther Party were captured on tape at a Philadelphia polling place attempting to intimidate voters. All three wore military attire and one wielded a nightstick. The Justice Department, in the last days of President George W. Bush’s presidency, brought a voter intimidation case against the trio, which the department won by default. Then President Obama’s political appointees in the Justice Department got involved. Read More
Ethical questions are being raised about using public funds for a voter poll that shows general-tax revenue measures would fail in November. Read More
Muni operators on Tuesday rejected a proposed contract that would have resulted in $15 million in savings for the transit agency over the next two years.
Details about the contract proposal with the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A were scant, but if approved, the new deal could have lessened the impact of the agency’s proposed service cuts and fare increases, according to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Executive Director Nathaniel Ford. Read More
Organizing for America (OFA), the 13-million strong political email list that grew out of the Obama campaign juggernaut, has been cranking out emails since inauguration in support of the president's political and policy agenda. With a squeaker of a congressional election in upstate New York on Tuesday, it's no surprise Democrats are leaning on OFA for their get-out-the-vote efforts. Read More