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Beyond Chron’s Top Stories of 2008

Posted December 31, 2008 by

Beyond Chron is taking a well-deserved break this holiday season, and will resume new stories on Monday, January 5. In the meantime, we have picked out some of our top stories from 2008 for your reading pleasure. Over the next
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Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Roots of Obama’s Field Campaign

Posted December 31, 2008 by Randy Shaw

First published on October 20, 2008.
Last week, Zack Exley wrote a compelling article on the Obama campaign’s extremely effective “ground game” in Ohio. Comments on the piece—as well as peoples’ experience elsewhere—confirmed that Obama’s highly disciplined Ohio field operation
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Democratic “Clubs” Emerge to Hurt Party Endorsement

Posted December 31, 2008 by Paul Hogarth

First published on October 27, 2008.
With the San Francisco Democratic Party endorsing progressive candidates and measures, new clubs with major corporate funding have emerged in recent days. Chinese voters in the Richmond report getting calls in Cantonese from the
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JROTC: The Untold Story

Posted December 31, 2008 by Marc Norton

First published on October 28, 2008.
“Without JROTC, I would not be where I am today: a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army.” So writes Jason, a former JROTC cadet, in a recent Facebook post on the Keep JROTC
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Schwarzenegger to Seniors and Tenants: Drop Dead!

Posted December 31, 2008 by Tommi Avicolli-Mecca

First published on October 01, 2008.
Let’s face it, if you’re poor or working-class in America today, you’re out of luck. Big time. If you’re a senior on top of it, forget it. You may as well do the politicians
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Blacks Not Cursed Anymore, But Gays Still Are

Posted December 30, 2008 by Tommi Avicolli-Mecca

First published on September 30, 2008.
A church that once believed blacks were cursed by god with their skin color and that a man had to have multiple wives in order to get into heaven, has postponed an ex-communication proceeding
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What I Learned in Denver

Posted December 30, 2008 by Randy Shaw

First published on September 02, 2008.
The last day of the Democratic Convention at Mile High Stadium was an extraordinary occasion that transcended politics and became almost spiritual. I have never been part of such a public event—political or not—and
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When Public Transit Ceases to Be Public

Posted December 30, 2008 by Paul Hogarth

First published on September 16, 2008.
Last week, the BART Board considered whether—given the huge spike in demand, and certain future increases to come—to charge higher fares during rush hour. Yesterday’s SF Chronicle editorialized in favor—deceptively calling it “congestion pricing”
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