Debra J. Saunders

Posted October 13, 2015

As he runs for re-election in November, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon faces no opposition. The cozy position was unlikely, when you consider that Gascon arrived in the city as a pro-death penalty Republican from Arizona in 2009 after then-Mayor Gavin Newsom picked him to be chief of police.

Posted October 10, 2015

Posted October 08, 2015

The smart folk at Grammarly -- an online grammar checker -- examined Facebook posts written by supporters of the 2016 presidential candidates in a savvy bid to garner free press.

Posted October 06, 2015

After America learned of the latest mass shooting at an Oregon community college, President Barack Obama delivered remarks in which he lamented the loss of good, innocent people and then added: "Somehow this has become routine. ... We've become numb to this." By the next day, Obama had a remedy: "Be a single-issue voter."

Posted October 04, 2015

"Crime drops to new lows," read Tuesday's San Francisco Chronicle headline for a story about historic lows in crime statistics, nationally as well as in the Bay Area.

Posted October 01, 2015

California has a new death row; it's called Virginia.

Posted September 29, 2015

I am going to miss John Boehner as speaker of the House.

Posted September 27, 2015

To the naked eye, San Francisco City Hall appears to be a hotbed of progressive experimentation.

Posted September 24, 2015

"I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, 'We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,'" quoth Carly Fiorina at the Republican presidential debate last week.

Posted September 22, 2015

Democratic partisans have been rubbing their hands with glee as billionaire Donald Trump's antics have dominated the Republican primary. I hope they're enjoying themselves, because they soon may find themselves in their own world of hurt.

Posted September 20, 2015

Who is this Carly Fiorina?

Posted September 17, 2015

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- "Anything could happen over the next few hours," CNN anchor Jake Tapper announced at the prime-time Republican presidential debate.

Posted September 15, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown convened a special session of the Legislature to fix a $1 billion shortfall in health care funding -- and the bill the Legislature sent to his desk would legalize physician-assisted suicide.

Posted September 13, 2015

onald Trump may have cost Jeb Bush and Scott Walker front-runner status in national polls on the Republican presidential primary, but he has been a veritable fairy godfather to Ben Carson.

Posted September 10, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee complained on ABC's "This Week" that both Gavin Newsom and Kim Davis broke marriage laws but there's a double standard.

Posted September 06, 2015

"We're here not only for Kate, to keep her memory alive, but to have something done," a shellshocked James Steinle pronounced at a Tuesday news conference on the steps of San Francisco City Hall.

Posted September 03, 2015

"All I ask is fairness," Donald Trump has told the media.

Posted September 01, 2015

Why is New York so much cleaner than San Francisco? It's a question you hear all the time, even as some New Yorkers swear that Mayor Bill de Blasio's lighter approach to law enforcement has undone some of the gains made under former Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg.

Posted August 25, 2015

Every country has its heroes, but something in America's cultural sauce makes for a unique and unusually effective variety. The ingredient would be improvisation -- the ability to perform without preparation, using whatever is at hand to complete the task.

Posted August 23, 2015

I get paid to listen to people (mostly politicians) talk at length while saying as little as possible. They often hide behind mind-numbing words to obscure what they really mean.