Jim Ross

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    November 7, 2012

    Election 2012: Winners and Losers

    There ain't no devil, there's just God when he's drunk -- Tom WaitsThe striking thing about assessing San Francisco's big winners and losers emerging from last night's election is that they're often the same people. In District 5, tech investor turned political money man Ron Conway's candidate, Lond ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Rose Pak's Vulgar Display of Power

    The video of power broker Rose Pak's triumphalist tongue-lashings of the city's elected officials as they rolled beneath her feet at the Chinese New Year's parade is enjoying its 15 minutes of Internet fame.Online commentators relish heaping scorn upon San Francisco when our attempts at progressive ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Ed Lee Calls Candlestick Blackout "National Embarrassment." Ain't That a Bit Harsh?

    ESPN television broadcastIf John Madden were calling this clip, no doubt he'd say "Boom!" ​When Mayor Ed Lee told gathered throngs of media that the multiple power failures during Monday Night Football were a "national embarrassment," he used strong -- and curious -- language. San Francisco's infr ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Dennis Herrera's Spokesman Backs Boss' Opponent in Mayoral Race

    Who's been knocking on whose door?​As the old adage warns ... don't bite the hand that feeds you. Matt Dorsey, loyal spokesman for City Attorney Dennis Herrera who is running for mayor, has been fiercely defending his candidate and longtime boss in the final days of the race. And that's why we fou ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Bevan Dufty Welcomes Ed Lee to the Race -- But Why?

    One of them welcomes Ed Lee to the race, and one of them doesn't ​Mayoral candidates alike are raging over Mayor Ed Lee's abrupt entrance into the fray. But not Bevan Dufty -- at least not in public. The former supervisor, who helped Lee attain his current position as interim mayor, has bent over ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Why the Ethics Commission Cleared the Run, Ed, Run Campaign of Any Wrongdoing

    S.F. Ethics Commission hard at work​Yesterday afternoon, just after Mayor Ed Lee declared his candidacy for mayor, the Ethics Commission cleared Progress for All, the campaign that worked to get Lee into the election, of any illegal wrongdoing. But right before making that decision, the commission ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Who Isn't Supervisor Jane Kim Endorsing for Mayor?

    Jane is known to eat several slices of cake at a time​Now that Mayor Ed Lee has made up his mind about running for mayor, it seems Supervisor Jane Kim is having a little trouble making decisions herself. A few hours after Lee declared his candidacy, Kim came out with a most unusual endorsement. Th ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Ed Lee: Why's He Running?

    Hello, Champ...​A married man caught in the arms of a mistress has to do more than utter "I changed my mind." So will Ed Lee. Lee today officially broke the pledge that he would not seek a full term -- the very thing that got him the job of mayor (and, naturally, put him in position to break his p ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Why Leland Yee Won the Sierra Club Endorsement

    A snapshot of Leland Yee's environmental record​Somebody has it out for State Sen. Leland Yee -- someone aside from Rush Limbaugh. When the news hit that the highly esteemed Sierra Club tossed its support behind Yee for mayor, the Twitter activity started buzzing; City Hall insiders -- and even re ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011
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    May 3, 2011

    Ross Mirkarimi: Would He be a Cops' Cop?

    Sliding into victory​The news that Sheriff Michael Hennessey is endorsing Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi as his successor hit hard this morning, mostly among members of the Sheriff's union which are angling for someone who is seemingly more of a cop's cop. Although members of the Deputy Sheriffs' Assoc ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    David Chiu's Yellow Pages Jihad Is Smart -- and Smart Politics

    This is your apartment foyer...​Supervisor David Chiu's pending legislation to require residents to opt-in before receiving a yellow pages isn't just smart -- it's savvy. Anyone who's ever taken a trip to the city's recycling plant knows that phone books are so heavy, they confound machines design ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Feinstein Endorsement Gives Newsom What He Needs, When He Needs It

    Sen Dianne Feinstein says voters should give Gavin Newsom a shot​When then-gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom in September dropped the news that President Bill Clinton was endorsing him, local political analysts told SF Weekly "this doesn't suck!" And yet, within a month and a half, larger probl ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Kamala Harris Hasn't Made Friends With S.F. Cops -- But That May Not Cost Her in the End

    Kamala Harris​In many American towns, the debate over the merits of Chevy or Ford pickup trucks is no laughing matter. In a nerdier milieu -- one less likely to cause a bar fight at least -- Apple and PC partisans snipe at each other smarmily. And here in San Francisco, we have our own endless, ta ... More >>

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    September 23, 2009
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    September 15, 2009

    Bill Clinton Throws Weight Behind Gavin Newsom. 'This Doesn't Suck,' Quips Political Analyst.

    The big political news of the day is that President Bill Clinton will officially endorse Mayor Gavin Newsom's campaign for governor of this state. You don't have to be a conspiracist to see the politics in these politics: Newsom was an unabashed Hillary Clinton loyalist and Bill Clinton and Jerry Br ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    The Wrong Stuff

    Candidate Newsom is “narcissistic,” “thin-skinned,” “disloyal,” and “friendless.” And that’s from his former supporters.

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    March 18, 2009

    Bidness as Usual

    Firm that won $26 million contract donated to campaigns tied to supervisors and the mayor.

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    July 9, 2008
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    May 21, 2008
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    May 7, 2008
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    September 26, 2007
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    August 29, 2007

    The Daly Show

    Even in a summer of discontent for San Francisco progressives, bad-boy supervisor Chris Daly remains unbowed

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    August 22, 2007

    Naked Ambition

    S.F. taxpayers might be underwriting the nudist agenda of one wacky mayoral candidate

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    August 8, 2007

    Governor Newsom?

    Not likely, given his lack of spine in opposing the initiative promoting more parking

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    July 11, 2007

    Profits for Developers Initiative

    Take a closer look at this truly awful measure funded by Don Fisher before signing on

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    April 18, 2007

    The Bizarro Endorsement

    Liberal candidate may get a boost from the police organization that condemns him

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    March 28, 2007

    Making (Radio) Waves

    The mayor's Wi-Fi plan is about to have its signal blocked by a group of activists

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    October 10, 2001

    Dead Mud Walking

    A ballot measure that would create a Municipal Utility District has so many legal flaws, it's all but DOA. In fact, passing the measure might delay the advent of public power here for years.

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    August 30, 2000

    The Revolution is Canceled

    How the grand plan for district elections could backfire

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    July 19, 2000

    The Sound of Politics

    District election format makes neighborhood singer Tony Hall a real challenge to Supervisor Mabel Teng

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