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Campaign money and what it shows: District 7

The latest campaign finance reports—which show a lot about how state and local races are shaping up—are now on file, and they indicate some important, if unsurprising, patterns. We will...

SF Democratic Party endorsements go (mostly) to progressives

The San Francisco Democratic Party endorsed candidates backed by the progressive wing in five of the six seats last night, with the D7 and D11 endorsements a bit unusual. Most...

The end of Shahid Buttar’s campaign — and the lessons

Shahid Buttar’s campaign against Rep. Nancy Pelosi was always a longshot. He was challenging the person most responsible for challenging Donald Trump, and while Pelosi has angered some progressives...

Some defining issues in the fall supes race

The San Francisco Democratic Party will vote on endorsements for the Board of Supes Wednesday/22, and while the party nod doesn’t always mean victory, it’s a powerful statement –...

Some surprising political analysis from the local election results

The voter turnout is up to 55 percent in San Francisco now, and will exceed 60 percent once the last 54,000 ballots are counted. That’s what today’s results show...

A little perspective on the Democratic primaries

Let’s put the Democratic presidential primaries in a little perspective. Yes, the moderates and the party establishment, who clearly don’t want Bernie Sanders to be the nominee (and the party...

Wednesday results: Not much has changed

I’ve been seeing a lot of social media comments about low turnout in the primary in San Francisco. That’s understandable – the early returns suggested that only about 30...

Results show strong night for local progressives

It’s a good night for progressives in San Francisco. With the final Election-Day results in, we can say that two public defenders and a tenant lawyer look to be headed...

More results: Public defenders winning for judge

More results – only 22,000 Election Day votes, but we can seem some trends. All of the ballot measures are now passing; the tax and bond measures are getting more...

Last-minute campaign intelligence — and Election Night Parties

I haven’t seen a campaign mailer from Rep. Nancy Pelosi in at least 20 years. She doesn’t make a habit of coming back to town before elections, either; she’s...