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Considering Henry Waxman: Despite Drawbacks, the Congressman and the Scene He Helped Create Had Massive Accomplishments

William Bradley | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Henry Waxman's decision to retire from Congress after 40 years service there marks the end of one of the great congressional careers, and the last of the "Watergate class" in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jerry Brown for President: The Way We Were

William Bradley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

At the least, Brown clearly wants to influence the politics of 2016, which prompts this discussion of his first three presidential campaigns, each of which was telling and intriguing in its own ways.

Dog Ears Music: Born in August Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 10.02.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by Kitty Wells, Jack Parnell, Herb Ellis, Buster Brown, Tori Amos, and more.

How Prop 187 Became the Pivot for the Immigration Issue and Future of Democratic Politics

William Bradley | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Kathleen Brown was on her third campaign manager, and things weren't going well. She had begun as the toast of the East Coast-based national media, with a big lead in the polls over incumbent California Republican Governor Pete Wilson.

California Politician On 2016: 'Everybody Fears Hillary'

commonwealth club | John Zipperer | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

The Commonwealth Club and The Huffington Post present Commonwealth Club Thought Leaders, an ongoing series of insights from the most interesting peopl...

Willie Brown Bridge?

Aaron Sankin | Posted 06.14.2013 | San Francisco

People get into politics for all kinds of reasons. Some crave power, others have a specific policy agenda. But the best politicians do the thankles...

So What the Heck Happened With Clint Eastwood? (and the Perils of Arguing With Imaginary Obamas)

William Bradley | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Eastwood is a very familiar character here in California. I've met him, can't say I know him, but certainly know friends of his. This episode surprised me on a few levels.

Best Buddies Comes Along For the Ride

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 10.09.2012 | San Francisco
Jennifer Raiser

The event is the largest one-day fundraiser conducted by Best Buddies; in nine years, the Best Buddies Challenge has raised over $35 million dollars through healthy competition between fundraising teams.

Aaron Sankin

Willie Brown: Controversial Cigarette Tax Will Help Smugglers

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 06.04.2012 | San Francisco

Willie Brown isn't one to keep his opinions to himself. In his most recent Willie's World column for the San Francisco Chronicle, the former San F...

Friday Fantasy

Christopher Caen | Posted 05.23.2012 | Comedy
Christopher Caen

Every journalist has their Holy Grail. And ever since this whole Mirkarimi saga started, I have wanted to bust it wide open, and uncover what everyone was quietly talking about.

Replacing Joe Biden: Time for President Obama to Bite the Bullet?

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Stewart J. Lawrence

Should Joe Biden, for the good of the party, stand down and allow a younger, more dynamic candidate with a real presidential future take his place?

Necessary Conversation: Teaching Ed Lee To Swear

Necessary Conversation | Posted 11.23.2011 | San Francisco
Necessary Conversation

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WATCH: Willie Brown Stops By 'Hardball' To Give Obama His Two Cents

Aaron Sankin | Posted 11.16.2011 | San Francisco

Taking a break from his regular schedule of hanging out with celebrities at fancy locales and getting his fledgling career as a movie critic off the g...

Why Ed Lee Should Run for Mayor

Michael Yaki | Posted 09.25.2011 | San Francisco
Michael Yaki

The vast majority of people working diligently to enforce Lee's "promise" not to run are those people whose livelihoods will be sent swirling down the porcelain bowl if he does toss his hat into the ring.

A Progressive Decade in the Balance

Chris Daly | Posted 09.11.2011 | San Francisco
Chris Daly

The struggle for the soul of San Francisco hit a crescendo in the Mission District with renters, artists, and non-profits pushing back against the forces of displacement. Over the next decade, the City would witness a renaissance of progressive reforms.

Ed Lee: How to Be a (Nearly) Perfect Politician Without Really Trying

Pamela Tom | Posted 08.10.2011 | Los Angeles
Pamela Tom

In this age of mistrust, Ed Lee, the mayor of San Francisco exemplifies what all of us should demand from our elected officials. Only he does it without us even asking.

WATCH: HuffPost's Alex Wagner Discusses The GOP Presidential Field On 'Hardball'

Huff TV | Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

HuffPost's Alex Wagner appeared Friday on MSNBC's 'Hardball' to discuss the GOP presidential contenders for 2012. She appeared alongside former San Fr...

Has California's Reform Moment Arrived?

William Bradley | Posted 06.26.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Has California's big reform moment arrived? It sure seems as though it should have, but Jerry Brown only has half a budget deal. Even though the chronic crisis is still more glaring than before.

Con Games: Willie Brown's Race to Eat in Aspen

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Hizzoner is not quite off his rocker, but in his new guise as restaurant critic former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown left our fair city of Aspen fairly reeling.

Keeping Score in California's Governor's Race

Pamela Tom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Pamela Tom

Forget Secretariat, the race to watch is between Meg and Jerry -- and who's willing to bet on the winner?

Willie Brown's Savvy November Predictions on Who'll Win

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bill Mann

Politics is serious business to Willie Brown, whose predictions and political insights I've covered in Bay Area dailies for years. And the long-time powerful political pro is right more often than just about anyone.

Jack Tatum, "The Assassin," Is Dead. What Is the Future of Football?

Simon Maxwell Apter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Simon Maxwell Apter

Tatum's death comes just as the NFL is beginning to begrudgingly address its issues with player safety and his legacy provides an interesting platform from which to look at the future of football.

Who Should we Blame for California's Failure?

George Mitrovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Mitrovich

How could California, the most populous and wealthiest state in the union, be reduced to such pathetic circumstances? It would be wrong to blame Arnold and only Arnold for what's happened. This is a collective failure.

Whitman's Sampler: The Ex-eBay CEO's Moves Mirror the Republican Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Whitman, pushing policies that resonate on the far right of American politics even as some doubt her sincerity, has her work cut out for her in winning the governorship of blue state California.

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown Defends Blagojevich, Rips Fitzgerald

Chicago Tribune | Maria L. La Ganga | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SAN FRANCISCO--In his memoir "Basic Brown," published in February, former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. lauded U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald...