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
Fresh off his dramatic rise from the ashes following a domestic violence scandal and subsequent official misconduct hearings, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is wasting no time rebuilding his image as one of the most liberal lawmen in the country.
Mirkarimi put out a news release Friday saying he is actively registering San Francisco County Jail inmates to vote, with influential Bayview religious figure the Rev. Amos Brown and a CNN broadcast crew in tow. Read More
From housing to creating jobs to our parks and playgrounds, I am working with the members of the board to give San Franciscans a real opportunity to shape the future of our city this November. Read More
With everyone focused on the Republicans’ struggle to choose a worthy nominee, it’s worth looking back at this summer’s special elections — but not because they give us a clear idea of what’s going to happen in 2012. If you lay them all end-to-end, you probably won’t reach any emerging trends for next November. Read More
Contrasts between President Barack Obama’s job creation proposals and those of Republican presidential candidates have never been clearer. With Obama’s Thursday address to a joint session of Congress, following Republicans’ Wednesday debate, Americans have a choice of two divergent paths. The president’s path — more government spending — has not led to economic prosperity. The other — lower taxes and regulatory reform — just might. Read More
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi ruled correctly last week to cut a measure banning male circumcision from the November ballot. The ruling was based on state law that forbids cities and counties from making up their own rules on widely practiced medical procedures. Read More
In a national Rasmussen Reports survey, only 8 percent of likely voters think Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Fifty-two percent rate Congress’ performance as poor.But members of Congress make a healthy living at taxpayers’ expense. They receive a salary of $174,000 per year, as well as generous fringe benefits, which increase their total compensation to $285,000 per year. Read More
America’s Cup organizers have netted only a fraction of the funds The City needs this year to plan the massive 2013 yacht race, but officials said as soon as they receive their tax-exempt status, the money will start flowing.
If it doesn’t, San Francisco taxpayers will be on the hook. Read More
A local legislator is working to draw California into a growing interstate compact that, if successful, would rework the elctoral college and elect the president based solely on the popular vote.
Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, introduced AB 459 with the backing of Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert. The legislation, if signed into state law, would alter how California administers its 55 Electoral College votes. Read More
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