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Past articles by Joe:

BART director, criminal justice reformer Lateefah Simon launches campaign for East Bay House seat

Simon will seek the seat currently held by Rep. Barbara Lee, who is running for Senate. → Read More

Nancy Pelosi endorses Adam Schiff in Senate race for Feinstein's seat

Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi is endorsing Rep. Adam Schiff for Senate if Sen. Dianne Feinstein declines to run in what will be a fiercely contested election. → Read More

California Rep. Katie Porter, a rising progressive star, announces U.S. Senate bid

The Orange County Democrat is running for U.S. Senate, she announced Tuesday. Sen. Dianne... → Read More

Not long ago, she was living in her car. Now, Sheng Thao is about to be mayor of Oakland

Thao’s challenge now will be translating her inspirational lived experience into... → Read More

6 California politics stories to watch in 2023

From jockeying for position in the presidential race to a potentially open U.S. Senate... → Read More

Only Elon Musk can heal the hellhole of hate he’s created on Twitter

Twitter threats and insults like the ones recently levied against Sen. Scott Wiener offer... → Read More

'A new day is dawning': Nancy Pelosi to step down as Democratic leader but will stay in Congress

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she will not seek another term as a Democratic leader in the House but will continue to represent San Francisco in Congress. → Read More

California Republicans could get some very good news and some very bad news on the same day

Kevin McCarthy is moving closer to becoming speaker of the House. But he’s inextricably... → Read More

Get ready for gridlock: Here’s how Republican control of the House would affect California

Divided government means some of California’s top policy priorities that profited from the Biden administration —including environmental protection and clean energy — could stall. → Read More

Two Oakland mayor candidates form a strategic alliance as outside money floods the race

As the candidates head into the final stretch before Election Day, alliances are forming... → Read More

Is there such a thing as too much labor support — even in a union town like Oakland?

As the Oakland mayor’s race kicks into the home stretch, some are openly pondering... → Read More

California Election 2022: What to know about November’s ballot propositions

This November, California voters will decide on important statewide issues. Here are the basics of each state ballot measure, including what it would do if enacted, and more. → Read More

Sports betting ballot measure ads are blanketing TV — here’s what’s misleading

More than $400 million has been spent on sports gambling measures in California. The... → Read More

The front-runner in Oakland mayor’s race? There isn’t one

Voters are still trying to learn more about the candidates in the race to replace... → Read More

Newsom, out front on marriage and marijuana, faces ‘different animal’ on drug sites

The governor is facing one of the toughest political decisions of his career: whether to... → Read More

Kamala Harris’ VP portfolio is full of unwinnable issues. Abortion isn’t one of them

The former California senator is finding her voice in leading the battle for abortion... → Read More

California has two choices in these dark times: lead or secede

The Democrats who dominate California could be yearning after the dream of secession in... → Read More

Gavin Newsom is running for re-election in California. So why is he running ads in Florida?

There is an unspoken reason that Newsom is bumping up his national profile as a fighter: He is warming up in the bullpen for the 2024 presidential campaign. → Read More

California has made itself an abortion haven. A federal ban could wipe that all away

Republicans are ready to take power in Washington and if they do, a nationwide abortion... → Read More

What national media is certain to get wrong if Chesa Boudin is recalled

Conservative media will draw a lot of conclusions if San Francisco voters recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin. Most of them will be wrong. → Read More