Melissa Griffin

Elizabeth Emken’s fiscal responsibility, in words and deeds

If hypocrisy were money, Elizabeth Emken’s troubles would be over. The GOP…

Getty Images File PhotoThe president of the SFUSD teachers union is against a proposal that would save teachers at needy schools.

At-risk students deserve our help

In 2010, students at three underperforming middle schools sued the Los Angeles…

Getty Images File PhotoThe president of the SFUSD teachers union is against a proposal that would save teachers at needy schools.

Incumbents usually fare poorly in first debate

With the Vice-Presidential debate behind us, all that remains of the mano-a-mano…

Treasure Island. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

When visiting Treasure Island, pack a flashlight

Radiation is far from the only problem bedeviling the residents of Treasure…

Treasure Island. (S.F. Examiner file photo)
S.F. Examiner File PhotoMelissa Griffin’s column runs each Thursday and Sunday. She also appears Mondays in “Mornings with Melissa” at 6:45 a.m. on KPIX (Ch. 5). Email her at mgriffin@sfexaminer.com.

Benefits of Proposition 31 are unclear

This election season, pundits everywhere are denying the existence of the undecided…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoMelissa Griffin’s column runs each Thursday and Sunday. She also appears Mondays in “Mornings with Melissa” at 6:45 a.m. on KPIX (Ch. 5). Email her at mgriffin@sfexaminer.com.

Digging up the last dirt from Democratic National Convention

Gov. Jerry Brown said, “I’m fired up and ready to go!” in…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoTune in this week for Melissa Griffin's coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

What Barack could learn from Barry

After Bill Clinton’s speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, the…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoTune in this week for Melissa Griffin's coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte
S.F. Examiner File PhotoTune in this week for Melissa Griffin's coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

Cory Booker’s Howard Dean moment

Early Tuesday night, Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., gave a rousing…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoTune in this week for Melissa Griffin's coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte
S.F. Examiner File PhotoTune in this week for Melissa Griffin's coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

The sly wisdom behind campaign lies

On Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn took…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoTune in this week for Melissa Griffin's coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

Democratic National Convention Diary: Day One

The Republican National Convention was my first national convention, so its my…

Getty Images file photoFeelin' lucky

Moments of note as RNC comes to a close

There was undeniable excitement in the air on Thursday. It was the…

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Bay Area Republicans tout diversity

It’s not easy being a Republican in the Bay Area. Not only…

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Republican National Convention Diary: Day Four

By Wednesday, I was feeling cautiously optimistic about my ability to make…

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World studies Tampa for U.S. policy clues

The Tampa Convention Center ballrooms have been converted into a series of…

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S.F. Examiner File PhotoMelissa Griffin

Capitalism, yes; competition, not so much

Cody Morgan could barely vote when he was chosen by members of…

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Republican National Convention Diary: Day Three

On Tuesday of the Republican Convention, the rain had stopped, so they…

Republican National Convention Diary: Day Two

I called for a taxi. I feel like this is an important…

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Will Ron Paul go quietly? Don’t bet on it

On Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention, we’ll all be treated…

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Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesThe Republican National Convention is taking place at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Florida.

Republican National Convention thrills include protesters, troops and beer cozys

Let other writers complain about how boring the Republican National Convention is…

Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesThe Republican National Convention is taking place at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Florida.

Sacramento's double standard about pension reform

The Friday deadline for the state Legislature to pass a pension-reform measure…