Abel Maldonado

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Gavin Newsom Urged to Take it Easy, Stop Talking So Much

    On Gavin Newsom's recent book tour, Stephen Colbert noted that our lieutenant governor's tome ought to come with a "bullshit detector" and added that all of Newsom's trite Newsomisms should be carved onto a rock and tossed onto someone's front lawn. Put that one on your back cover. Writing a book wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Examiner's Phil Anschutz Dumps Money into California Politics -- Except San Francisco

    No money for you, chumps.​San Francisco Examiner owner Phil Anschutz, his companies, and his employees, donated $92,582 to 30 California politicians between 2003 and 2009, according to campaign finance filings compiled by Anschutz's competitor, Bay Area News Group.But the railroad, telecommunicati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Gavin Newsom Goes Back On His Word To Avoid Back Room Deals

    ​After winning the seat for lieutenant governor in November, Mayor Gavin Newsom told reporters, point blank, that there would be no back room deals or political bargaining when selecting an interim mayor to fill the remainder of his term.He's also vowed to steer a clean-cut transition as he assume ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Mayoral Selection: What the Hell Is Gonna Happen Today?

    Should he stay or should he go?​To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, the ongoing showdown between the progressive supervisors and erstwhile Mayor Gavin Newsom regarding the naming of his successor will end with a bang or a whimper. Or lots of whimpering. Or lots of banging. The supes are slated today to vote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Gavin Newsom Is No Longer 'Mayor Twitter'

    ​There was a time when Mayor Gavin Newsom used Twitter so often he required an @intervention. He tweeted out his daughter's birth ("Not sure [Jen] is happy I am on twitter"), sent out a tweet urging support for Barack Obama in the midst of a tense city Budget Committee meeting, and, one time, fire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Schwarzenegger to Tour San Bruno Today

    Well, he said he'd be back...​ Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, fresh from visiting the future Bay Bridge in China, will tour the disaster zone today in San Bruno. Alongside Sen. Leland Yee and Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado, the governor will "receive a briefing," walk through the devastation, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Appeal the Prop. 8 Decision!

    It'd be a shame if the reversal of Prop. 8 didn't have national implications...​There was talk on Monday that a "group of conservative leaders" were chasing around Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado, begging him to file an appeal on the Proposition 8 decision, since he was acting as governor while ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    San Bruno Fire: Body Count, Assessment Under Way

    Wiggs​As a large chunk of San Bruno smolders this morning, authorities are beginning the grim task of damage assessment. Numbers are almost certain to go higher, but half a dozen people are reported dead and 55 have been injured by an explosion and fire that engulfed an entire neighborhood after a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    L.A. Times Endorses Gavin Newsom for Lt. Gov -- 'Without Hesitation'

    ​This Monday morning is ever so much more Mondayish for Janice Hahn. Mayor Gavin Newsom's Democratic rival in the lieutenant governor's race can now offer a new take on King Lear's bitter lament: How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless hometown newspaper. The Los Angeles Times ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Tom Ammiano: Abel Maldonado 'a Dog'

    Assemblyman Tom Ammiano found creative ways to describe lieutenant governor-to-be Abel Maldonado...​The second time was the charm for Republican State Sen. Abel Maldonado. Two months after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's nominee to fill the position of lieutenant governor was bounced by the state Ass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Outspoken Consultant Jack Davis Denies Rumors He's Gunning for Newsom -- Yet

    Jack Davis is not donating $1,000 to Gavin Newsom's political warchest. Take it from us. ​Lawyer Jerry Hallisey recently made the mistake of sending an e-mail to Jack Davis, asking the San Francisco mover-and-shaker political consultant if he'd attend a $1,000-a-head fund-raiser for Gavin Newsom's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    On Cue, Lt. Gov Candidate Hahn Plays Race, Gender, S.F. Cards vs. Newsom

    Too white and San Franciscan to win? ​Less than 24 hours after lieutenant governor candidate Gavin Newsom trumpeted an endorsement from Sen. Dianne Feinstein -- giving him statewide cred and appealing to female voters -- his opponent released polling data she commissioned claiming Newsom is a liab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    It's 6:30 a.m. -- Do You Know Who Your Lt. Gov Is?

    Can you answer me our questions three? Okay, it's just one question. But it's hard! ​Much drama ensued last week, when Sen. Abel Maldonado didn't quite get enough votes to be confirmed for Lieutenant Governor -- leading Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to bluster he'd confirm Maldonado anyway and Democr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Leno: Even if Maldonado Becomes Lt. Gov, Republican Voters Won't Back a Latino

    La respuesta del Senador Maldonado en español from CA Senate GOP on Vimeo. Sen. Mark Leno, the sole San Francisco legislator to vote in favor of installing Republican Abel Maldonado as the state's next Lieutenant Governor, said he has good reasons for casting his vote the way he did. But he said M ... More >>

  • News

    September 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    California Has a Budget -- and Abel Maldonado Gets his 'Date With Brad Pitt'

    In exchange for his vote, Sen. Abel Maldonado required the political equivalent of a date with this manWhen we last spoke with Assemblyman Tom Ammiano on Monday, he predicted a budget by that day or Wednesday at the latest. So, he was off by seven hours -- legislators obtained the Republican vote th ... More >>

  • News

    April 9, 2008


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  • News

    June 7, 2006

    No Administrator Left Behind

    The University of California system is embroiled in a scandal over perks and compensation for some of its highest-paid employees. Are they worth it? Find out where you stand!

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