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    April 9, 2014
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    March 10, 2011

    Who Understands Ranked-Choice Voting? Nobody.

    Nobody understands ranked-choice voting ... especially the politicians who lose​The one thing that makes perfect sense about ranked-choice voting is that nobody seems to understand it. And a new poll validated this notion recently. According to a Chamber of Commerce poll, more than half of those w ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Ranked-Choice Voting Will Force Politicians To Swallow Their Pride

    Arggggh, I don't want to be humble​A growing chorus of politicians who lost in November claim Ranked-Choice Voting, the instant-runoff system used in San Francisco and other cities, is flawed and should be scrapped. But Steven Hill, architect of RCV systems such as ones used in here and in Oakland ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    'Fake Jean Quan' Has Very Real Picture

    Accio Twitter, Jean! ​Whether it was the persistently plum attire, the trunkload of parking tickets -- or that whole knocking off Don Perata thing -- you knew Jean Quan wasn't a garden variety politician. Here's one more thing: While most politicians send their Twitter accounts into semiretirement ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Does Jean Quan Have a Second Outfit?

    Jean Quan -- and that outfit -- look familiar...​Oakland is a city with real needs, and Mayor-elect Jean Quan's honeymoon will be short. But it looks like Quan won't be wasting any time picking out what to wear before getting to work. We've already written about how Quan's victory over Don Perata ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Today's Most Popular Stories

    ​A compilation of the most-viewed stories on Bay Area news sites and blogs at the moment. You're welcome.SF Gate: Columnist Chip Johnson voted for Don Perata, who, he can't believe, lost to Jean Quan in the race to become mayor of Oakland. Quan prevailed after Johnson wrote a week ago that she'd b ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Don Perata Deserved to Lose

    Don Perata forgot to read the instructions before opening the package​Don Perata today conceded the race for Oakland mayor, capping an improbable victory for Councilwoman Jean Quan. We'll never know if Perata would have been a better mayor than Quan. But we already know that Quan certainly deserve ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Jean Quan Declared Oakland's Mayor

    Mayor-To-Be Jean Quan is definitely Anybody But Perata​Completing a mathematical miracle, Councilwoman Jean Quan upset longtime Bay Area power player Don Perata to become mayor of Oakland. While Perata heavily outpolled Quan on election day, the councilwoman received far more second- and third-pla ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Elections Overtime: The Races That Haven't Finished

    ...And we're counting​Funny thing about Instant-Runoff Voting: The results often aren't so instant. A number of elections around the state are still undetermined. What does the future hold? Gnashing of teeth, threats of litigation, and, of course, counting, counting, and recounting. In an Instant- ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    How Jean Quan May, Astoundingly, Become Mayor of Oakland

    Jean Quan for Oakland Mayor 2010Jean Quan, the politician who lived​As we wait for final election results to come in for the Oakland mayor's race, it's not premature to say that City Councilwoman Jean Quan will have pulled off one of the great political Lazarus acts in recent Bay Area history if s ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    Pride Rides: How Will Our Elected Officials Be Cruising This Weekend?

    Bevan Dufty's sweet ride...In case you missed the proliferation of rainbow flags and the huge influx of prideful people heading into our fair city, things are ramping up for the big Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28.As the knives begin to come out behind the scenes in the city's simmering budget battl ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    East Bay Laborer Alleges Union Corruption in Federal Lawsuit

    As journalists, we hate to admit it, but San Francisco isn't exactly a hotbed of political-corruption scandals. (Local political observers say there are a few reasons for this silver lining, which is amply clouded by the city's general dysfunction and ideology-driven policy blunders.) Our most recen ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    The New Kid

    Despite crossing party leadership during the campaign, new state Senator gets plum posts.

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    January 16, 2009

    Is Mark Leno Getting Grief from Democratic Leaders for Vanquishing Carole Migden? Far From It

    In the state Legislature, there are some things you just don't do. If your Democratic incumbent re-enacts scenes from Mad Max on the interstate, treats her employees in a manner even Naomi Campbell would decry as brutal, and, in general, make enemies at a Bernie Madoff-like pace, you do not run agai ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Carole Migden Gets Recycled After All ... But Not By Don Perata

    Earlier this month, the San Francisco Chronicle's flies on the wall, Matier & Ross, wrote a little piece about Carole Migden, the Jason Voorhies of California politics (you just can't kill this woman's political career).According to M&R, Migden -- who was trounced in her re-election bid for ... More >>

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    August 22, 2008
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    July 30, 2008
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    April 30, 2008
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    December 19, 2007

    Demo Sale

    The party's leaders are putting their lack of ethics on display once again

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    June 6, 2007
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    May 2, 2007


    Baby Boomers hoped to die before they got old. They lied. And now theyre dragging the whole country down.

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    October 4, 2006


    Half of U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan's lawyers have quit. But as he remains bunkered against criticism, who's minding the shop?

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    March 8, 2006

    Missed Connection

    The multiuse Transbay Terminal project may have shrunk into a really expensive bus station

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    August 7, 2002

    This Is Your Sport, on Dope

    State Sen. Don Perata's bill on drug testing for pro athletes isn't nearly tough enough on doped-up athletes or their enablers

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    May 6, 1998

    Tale of a Gun

    Following one semiautomatic from manufacture to mayhem

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    April 29, 1998

    Dream Candidate

    Front-running mayoral candidate Jerry Brown offers Oakland vague, pretty solutions to its real, ugly problems

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