Steven Hill

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    April 25, 2013

    Ross Mirkarimi: 156 Donors Contribute to "Legal Expense Fund"

    Politicians receive some odd gifts. Not as odd as the stuff thrusted Queen Elizabeth's way -- but odd nevertheless. San Francisco public officials must report as a gift "Any source of income aggregating $500 or more invalue, or any source of gifts of $420 or more in value, provided to, received by ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    Bottom-Feeding Patent Trolls Troll On

    The year that we somehow just made it through has been dubbed "the year of the patent troll." But given that our patent system is still broken, 2013 promises to take that title for itself, and succeeding years will make their own claim unless laws are changed. And we see how good Congress is at chan ... More >>

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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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    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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    October 6, 2009

    Oops, They Did It Again -- Public Campaign Finance Advocates Bemoan Latest 'Raid'

    ​Public campaign financing isn't just a political football here in San Francisco -- it's a football so frequently kicked, punted, or otherwise buffeted the laces have come undone. And is there any money to fix it? Don't ask! The latest instance of San Francisco politicos stating they like the idea ... More >>

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    November 6, 2007
  • News

    November 8, 2006

    Recount Needed

    Is a city bureaucrat putting our next vote count at risk by insisting S.F. hurry and spend up to $15 million on new equipment?

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    November 26, 2003

    Making Nice

    City and state elections officials finally strike a harmonious note in their erratic efforts to roll out IRV

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    September 17, 2003

    Blowing It

    How San Francisco elections officials dropped the ball on instant runoff voting

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    October 23, 1996

    What's Your Preference?

    S.F. voters may really get a choice

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