The Cruelest Season 

Our Guide to the 2006 Elections

Greetings from Alameda
Where the election has turned mean, forcing residents to confront their city's dark racial legacy and attitude toward change. By Chris Thompson

Rebranding a Candidate
Oakland Councilwoman Pat Kernighan recasts herself as a progressive with the help of friends. By Robert Gammon

Once an Underdog, Suddenly a Contender
Can newcomer Jerry McDonkey, er, McNerney, oust the seemingly unbeatable Richard Pombo? By Will Harper

Shop, Have a Cookie, Vote
Alameda County hopes to boost voter turnout by bringing the polling station to the people. By Kara Platoni

The $83.5 Billion Ballot
An ode to California's "Steal from Our Grandchildren" generation. By Robert Gammon, Kara Platoni, and Chris Thompson

The Proposition That Wasn't
As if the real ballot wasn't overwhelming enough, we quizzed voters on a few that we made up. By Lauren Gard and Michael Mechanic

Plus, Fun with Misleading Mailers
Deconstructing the political recyclables in your mailbox. By Michael Mechanic
1. The Tax on Cigarettes
2. The Big Oil Tax


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