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Second Opinions: Big Labor Blackballs One of its Own

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend" is a simple enough concept. And yet, applying it to on-the-ground situations often leads to profoundly unintended consequences — there's a reason you won't be visiting Afghanistan on a pleasure trip anytime…
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News, The Snitch Who's Behind the "Don't Run Ed" Facebook Ads?

Who's Behind the "Don't Run Ed" Facebook Ads?

Mayor Ed Lee has not yet declared his candidacy, and already the countercampaigns have begun. Jim Stearns, political consultant for state Senator Leland Yee's mayoral campaign, made a YouTube video, "Promise," which highlights Lee's previous remarks that he would not…
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News, Feature Good Scout, Bad Boy: Examining the Virtues of Leland Yee

Good Scout, Bad Boy: Examining the Virtues of Leland Yee

Photo courtesy www.lelandyee.com. Photo illustration by Andrew J. Nilsen Leland Yee — the state senator who, according to some polls, is the current mayoral front-runner — has polished for himself a shining public image. He purports to be an…
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News, The Snitch Leland Yee To Announce Mayoral Run

Leland Yee To Announce Mayoral Run

Folks at political consultant Jim Stearns' office are playing coy, but let's be realistic: Sen. Leland Yee isn't "making an announcement" at the Department of Elections today to lecture the media on the wonders of fluoridated water, or put in…
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News, The Snitch Pension Reform Prop. B Helmed By Rookie Strategist Darcy Brown

Pension Reform Prop. B Helmed By Rookie Strategist Darcy Brown

On Monday, the Chronicle revealed that consultant Jim Stearns is being tapped to lead labor's charge against Jeff Adachi's Prop. B pension reform measure -- a move that was all but inevitable. Stearns is labor and the progressives' strategist of…
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News, The Snitch Which Is Worse? Newsom Boycotting Press, or Newsom Blowing off Substantive Questions and Being Nasty?

Which Is Worse? Newsom Boycotting Press, or Newsom Blowing off Substantive Questions and Being Nasty?

By now many of you have seen the cringe-worthy Gavin Newsom/Hank Plante interview, an experience every bit as unpleasant as watching Ricky Gervais as David Brent pontificate and condescend in the British version of The Office. Most folks will remember…
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News, The Snitch SF 2008 Election Winners & Losers

SF 2008 Election Winners & Losers

Although there are thousands of uncounted absentee votes left, as well as the ranked-choice craziness, there’s enough precinct data to make a preliminary list of Election Day winners and losers. So with that caveat, here we go… By Will Harper…
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Willie Brown Declares London Breed a Contender for Mark Leno's Seat

Don't look now, but Tom Ammiano might have some competition in the quest to become the next 13th Assembly District representative. Until now, Ammiano's coronation as the successor to incumbent Mark Leno, who will be termed out next year, has…
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News, Bay View Thrift and Consequences

Thrift and Consequences

If one judged from the annual financial disclosure form he files with the city, Supervisor Leland Yee would seem to have a modest, thrifty lifestyle that is almost entirely devoid of frills or financial entanglement. Yee's most recent filing, for…
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