Rafael Mandelman

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    February 13, 2013
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    September 22, 2011

    Attacks on Ed Lee Purportedly Coordinated -- But Will They Work?

    thepartyanimal-blog.orgYou can take a whack at Ed Lee, but there's no guarantee it'll work out for you​By now, everyone who cares to know about such things has heard that Dennis Herrera accused Mayor Ed Lee of being bankrolled by Republicans, and Lee's people spoon-fed the media a rebuttal that He ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    Supe Races Over: Tony Kelly Concedes to Malia Cohen in District 10

    Quelle désastre!​With yesterday's concessions by District 2 candidate Janet Reilly and District 10's Tony Kelly, the San Francisco supervisorial races are, at long last, kaput. The new supervisors on the 2011 board will be Jane Kim, Scott Wiener, Mark Farrell, and Malia Cohen. As for how this wil ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    San Franscisco Voting: All Leaders Expand Margins

    ​Earlier today, city election chief John Arntz told us that today's most recent round of ranked-choice voting tabulations determine "nothing." Fair enough. But it's better to win than to lose, and it's better to be ahead than behind. You can bet that all the politicos involved and their supporters ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    A Wiener Grows in the Castro

    The election was depressing. Watching Buster Posey on TV is not.​The Week In GayA heartfelt apology to Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. But who can resist cracking wise about the name of the presumptive winner in race to represent District 8? You've gotta recognize the magnitude of ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Ranked-Choice Voting Totals For San Francisco -- Are These Our Next Supervisors?

    She's ranked Nos. 1, 2, and 3 in our voting​San Francisco's Department of Elections moments ago released its most up-to-date voting data yet -- and Mark Farrell, Jane Kim, Scott Wiener, and Malia Cohen are all smiling. Smiling nervously, but smiling.  Today is the first tally using ranked-cho ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Supes Races Too Close to Call

    Four supes-to-be will be 'crowned' on Friday, leading to a memorable weekend. Their identities are not so clear. ​It's going to be a hell of a weekend for a quartet of San Franciscans. While the vast majority of San Francisco votes have been counted, late absentees and others will keep the city fr ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010
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    October 11, 2010

    Cleve Jones Skips His Own San Francisco Political Event

    Gil GoldsteinCleve Jones won't be here in San Francisco to recruit you​Iowa isn't the worst place to be for National Coming Out Day. Gay marriage is legal there, after all. That's just one of many reasons no one will confuse Iowa for San Francisco anytime soon. And instead of appearing today at a ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Cocktober Surprise: An Indecent Urinal Proposal

    It's okay! Andrew Miller is married! ​The Week In GayThe biggest news this week is the new term I learned: Cocktober!  Isn't that terrific?  How have I lived on this planet for multiple decades without ever referring to this month as Cocktober??It's adorable, I tell you. And you'll never ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Target Targeted By Angry S.F. Supervisor Candidates

    Everyone loves the dog. Everyone hates his employer. ​When candidates running for the Board of Supervisors were asked what they thought about Target's plans to open a pair of San Francisco outlets, their opinions were like discount footwear at the big box store: plentiful, hard to miss -- and unco ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Can Scott Wiener Ride 'Fix Muni Now' Bus to Victory?

    Scott Wiener's new roommate is very electable. Will he be, too?​District 8 supervisor candidate Scott Wiener has announced that not only is he a big supporter of the "Fix Muni Now" measure -- he's its new roommate. The moderate candidate and Supervisor Sean Elsbernd's campaign to force Muni driver ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Scenes From a Castro Kiss-In

    Matt BaumeSometimes activism can be pretty...​What do you get when it rains at a kiss-in? A wet kiss-in. A smattering of amorous activists locked lips at Harvey Milk Plaza yesterday in the local incarnation of the "Great Global Kiss-In," a gay-centric event celebrated worldwide to mark the Interna ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Ex-Supe Candidate Spanjian Says She'd Have Quit Even if She Were Front-Runner

    We're not in District 8 anymore, Toto...​When Laura Spanjian drops out of a contest, she certainly goes whole hog. Yesterday we reported that not only is the longtime city politico exiting the race for District 8 supervisor, she's also exiting San Francisco. Spanjian will next month take over as t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    While San Fran Attempts to Butt Into Legal Challenge to Prop. 8, Pair of Gay Supe Hopefuls Plead for Patience

    Scott Wiener This week, City Attorney Dennis Herrera petitioned to become a party in the case challenging Prop. 8 in federal district court, ramming full speed ahead into the legal challenge to the same-sex marriage ballot initiative.Meanwhile, the debate continues about when same-sex ... More >>

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    July 20, 2005
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