In this dangerous world of apocalyptic predictions and government showdowns, where even Elmo was forced to resign amid scandal, it’s nice to know that some things never change. As we reflect on the 38 meetings of the Board of Supervisors in 2012, you’ll be comforted to know that supervisors’ penchant for printing powerless sentiments continues to override any commitment to conserving trees. Read More
A breakdown of what San Francisco propositions passed and failed in the 2012 election. Read More
A ban on distributing Yellow Pages throughout Seattle was struck down Monday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in The City, under First Amendment protections. The ruling could affect San Francisco’s own ordinance.
A similar ban was approved here in 2011, but the legislation has not been enforced pending the outcome of the Seattle ban, according to the City Attorney’s Office. Read More
Money in politics is a large issue, and the rise of so-called super-PACs is a troublesome trend. Whether you agree or disagree with the U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling that corporations have the right to spend in elections, the ballot in San Francisco is not the place to take a stand. Read More
San Francisco voters could have a chance in November to denounce a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said the First Amendment allows corporations to spend as much as they want backing or opposing political candidates.
Although critics of the Board of Supervisors often deride such local policy statements about federal affairs as a waste of time, supervisors supporting the so-called Repealing Corporate Personhood declaration defend their proposal. Read More
Only ineffective speech should be protected, according to the scribes at major newspapers reviewing the decision in Snyder v. Phelps, which allows the Wesboro Baptist Church to continue harrassing mourners attending funerals of veterans. Read More
In his speech in Tucson, where federal Judge John Roll was recently murdered, President Obama said that "only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation." But the President himself has often failed to live up to this aspiration, as his dishonest attacks on the judiciary, and his long line of broken campaign promises, illustrate. Read More
From the Washington Post:
So far this year, $24.7 million in independent [political] spending has been reported to the Federal Election Commission, campaign filings show.
Unions have spent $9.7 million, or 39 percent of the total, compared with $6.4 million, or 26 percent spent by individuals and $3.4 million spent by corporations. Read More
The DISCLOSE Act is the Democrats big legislative “fix” to pushback against the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that eliminated a number of campaign finance restrictions on first amendment grounds. It just passed the House this afternoon — even with 36 Democrats voting against it. Read More
Not that this development is much of a surprise, but it’s pleasing to see that Suzy Khimm, a journalist for the left-leaning Mother Jones, is being honest about who’s taking advantage of the recent loosening of campaign finance rules: Read More