This week, the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, released a report analyzing the link between gun violence and gun laws in each state. The paper concluded that, "While the strength of a state's gun laws is just one factor in the prevalence of gun related violence in the state ... More >>
Backers of marijuana legalization measures on the ballot next week in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon -- sorry, California, but nobody ponied up the cash to give us the choice -- have an enemy with means: Mexican drug cartels, whose profits might dip as a result of legalization, according to a new ... More >>
San Francisco will soon have the highest minimum wage in the nation starting Jan. 1, 2013 when employee paychecks increase by a whopping 31 cents to $10.55 per hour.
Currently, the sometimes grumpy folks serving your sandwiches and making your coffee are generally earning $10.24 an hour. But risin ... More >>
It's a fine town, but Palo Alto is a bit one-dimensional. There's nearby Stanford, and nearby Silicon Valley (fine, that's two dimensions), but not much else is happening in that Peninsula city.But what about medical marijuana? The city could become the first San Mateo County municipality to allow m ... More >>
One thing Anonymous is really good for is embarrassing public agencies (BART) -- and their employees (Linton Johnson). But the National Security Agency is worried that the shadowy online hacking group will soon have the power to shut off our power via cyberattack. The Wall Street Journal is repor ... More >>
Sorry, Buster. No more money to keep you here...San Francisco jails should lose roughly $750,000 in Department of Justice dollars. That's the gist of a memo released this month by the Washington, D.C.-based conservative think tank Center for Immigration Studies, which accuses San Francisco ... More >>
Remember the Board of Supervisors' tepid boycott of Arizona to revolt against that state's strict "papers please" immigration law? Many lambasted our city's boycott as yet another symbolic, feckless meddling in affairs far afield of San Francisco's issues. But San Francisco was not alone in ... More >>
Matt SmithHere's what we'll do, y'see: We'll put out crazy-assed think-tank reports, and see if people believe 'em.The Pacific Research Institute bills itself as a think tank that champions freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility by advancing free-market policy solutions. But judging fr ... More >>
Intently studying the RAND report...The RAND Corporation, the partially government-funded think tank known for stoner-friendly reading material such as "A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates," today released a report suggesting California's marijuana legalization initiative will be ... More >>
One cliché, one vote is the old way of doing things. Now there's ... RCV! The New America Foundation, a prominent centrist think-tank headed by former Washington Post managing editor Steve Coll and chaired by Google CEO Eric Schmidt, has filed court papers opposing a failed San Francisco supervi ... More >>
Did stimulus really help them?Washington's elected officials and punditocracy have of late been consumed in hashing out the shape of an economic stimulus package. While no love has been lost between Republicans and Democrats in the pit fight over the bill's final shape, both sides say they recognize ... More >>
The Pentagon claims gays who serve openly undermine the force, but a local researcher's evidence says otherwise. Could his work help President Bush make life better for gay soldiers than it ever was under Clinton?