San Francisco Chronicle columnist Token Conservative blogger dsaunders@sfchronicle.com

Supreme Court rules with its heart, not its head

sfgate.com — When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to "put a human face on discrimination." The long line of couples eager to tie the knot appealed to the public's romantic side.

Supreme Court’s white lie on Obamacare

sfgate.com — The GOP-majority Supreme Court saved President Obama's bacon Thursday with a political ruling that papered over his signature Affordable Care Act. Writing for the majority in the 6-3 King vs. Burwell decision, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the 900-page law was written behind closed doors with little debate or amendment, and thus was "inartfully drafted."

Will suicide bill die a natural death?

sfgate.com — When Senate Bill 128, which would legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, passed the state Senate, supporters hailed the measure's success as a sign of it inevitability. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Bill Monning, D-Monterey, had to pull a scheduled vote in the Assembly Health Committee and delay it until July 7 because, as The Chronicle's Melody Gutierrez reported, six committee Democrats are not on board.

Is the c-word OK now?

blog.sfgate.com — As everyone now knows, President Obama gave an interview this weekend with a comedian during which the president used the n-word. Since the president used that word in his book, "Dreams From My Father," the WTF podcast was not the president's first venue for his public use of the n-word.

The church shooter and capital punishment

sfgate.com — In a Monday press conference, while flanked by Democrats and fellow Republicans, Gov. Nikki Haley noted that while many in the Palmetto State see the Confederate flag as a tribute to their Southern roots, "Today, we are here in a moment of unity in our state without ill will to say it's time to move the flag from the capitol grounds."

Exorbitant traffic fees stripped too many drivers of licenses

sfgate.com — Exorbitant traffic fees stripped too many drivers of licenses The time an unlicensed driver ran a red light and killed a co-worker's dog as her husband was walking the dog in a crosswalk. [...]

GOP’s global warming apostates

sfgate.com — A Times front-page headline announced "Pope's Position on the Climate Tests the G.O.P." because five 2016 GOP White House hopefuls are Catholic - former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal - and climate-change skeptics.

Forgive and forget college debt

sfgate.com — "You'd have to be made of stone not to feel for these students," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said as he announced an Obama administration decision to forgive as many as 350,000 loans taken out by students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. David A.

Can California say ‘yes’ to everyone? Insuring the undocumented

sfgate.com — There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. By a 28-11 vote, the Democrat-controlled state Senate became the first U.S. legislative body to vote to expand health care to undocumented immigrants. Senate Bill 4 by state Sen.

Scandal in San Francisco

blog.sfgate.com — While life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Eliana Lopez, wife of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, clearly has that figured out. In 2012, the family became the focus of a City Hall soap opera.
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Jun 30, 2015

Thanks for coming to the Commonwealth Club. It is a great place for exchanging ideas, @NickGreenwald twitter.com/NickGreenwald/…

Jun 30, 2015

RT @NickGreenwald: @debrajsaunders Enjoyed listening to you at the Commonwealth Club. As a moderate (Econ center-right), I felt aligned w/ many of your views

Jun 29, 2015

RT @SFGate: Nearly 500 corgis hung out at S.F.'s Ocean Beach this past weekend. The pics: sfg.ly/1HtZDX9 pic.twitter.com/1JwV389RSQ

Jun 29, 2015

RT @leahgarchik: Donald Trump's campaign theme song: "We Shall Overcomb"

Jun 29, 2015

If justices want to re-write laws they should run for office. twitter.com/PacoTorresCA/s…

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