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Sen. Leland Yee to run for Secretary of State

by: Brian Leubitz

Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:41:26 PM PST

Leland Yee at a 20/20 CoffeeSF Mayoral Candidate has worked on election issues

by Brian Leubitz

While this will be a surprise to exactly nobody, Sen. Leland Yee is making it official, he'll be a candidate for the 2014 election for SoS.

State Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat who has made voter access and open government among his main priorities as a lawmaker, will run for secretary of state when he is termed out of the Legislature in two years.  ...
"Given the fact that I am termed out in two years, I looked long and hard at the options available," Yee said. "Given the work I have done on voting, on transparency and on open government accountability, I thought the secretary of state position would be a nice fit for me."(SF Chronicle)

Now putting aside the issue of term limits and legislators constantly looking to find a new seat, Yee will make for a formidable candidate in this race. He has worked on voting issues, and his bill for online registration saw a boom of around a million voters registering via the internet.

With top-two elections, being the first mover is a fairly big advantage. The party will want to avoid a wild primary with lots of solid Democratic candidates so that we don't inadvertently hand an office to the Republicans. Yee certainly has his share of detractors, but with his background on the issues and a pretty strong base in San Francisco, he will be a strong candidate.

UPDATE: Here's his tweet on the subject.

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That's Suzanne's handwriting, on the easel-pad.

So from your point of view.... (0.00 / 0)
Weiner is 1 for 2 - if I read your point of view correctly - he also took the lead on the public nudity ban.  I agree with you and Yee on both issues.  On San Francisco politics: it's an amazing city in which a guy like Yee - who has pretty much all the standard progressive positions on choice, on single-payer health care, on marriage equality, etc, can be considered a relative conservative, while a very moderate ban on public nudity can be considered controversial.  By the way, that's only a ban on display of genitals - breasts and bottoms are still fine, whew!  And special events like Bay to Breakers and Folsom Street Fair are exempted.  I've had occasion to be in the Castro a few times in recent months, and I have to say two more things on the naked guys: Most of them are of an age (as I am) where staying clothed makes more sense from an esthetic standpoint.  And if I wanted to practice daily nudity, I would sure find a warmer place than SF to do it!

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Comment above meant as a reply to frisco's n/t (0.00 / 0)

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Small favors (0.00 / 0)
Thank heaven for small favors
At least genitals are being covered

I think Yee is a good man
As for Weiner, he did oppose nudity this time - GOOD !
Previously, he proposed requiring towels in case nudists wanted to sit in restaurants
I sent him a letter telling him what for  

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LeLand Yee (0.00 / 0)
Leland Yee is a Good Man
A Moderate San Francisco Democrat
(i.e. he Doesn't support Public Nudity and free Tax-Payer Funded Sex Change Operations)

I voted for him for Mayor of SF
He'll make a good Secretary of State with his reform agenda
Yee was one of the few pointing out the Overpaid UC and CSU officials feathering their nests

PS In San Francisco, public nudity (except for 'special occasions') was outlawed by a 9 to 5 vote !!
Quite a squeaker by the SF Board of Supervisors

My Supervisor, Scott Weiner proposed free Sex Change operations, funded by the city's Health care plan
Thanks, Scott !!
Presumably, people around the country will be able to stop in and demand their Free operation

Change (0.00 / 0)
San Francisco has sent some Real Stinkers to Sacramento
Gavin Nuisance, Willie Brown and Kamala Harris

LeLand Yee is a refreshing difference

Good Luck Leland !!
A Moderate Democrat !!

Likelyhood of same-day registration with SoS Yee? (0.00 / 0)
Same-day registration would be an absolute demolisher for the GOP in CA becuase when people vote, Dems win.

Any possibility that this would be a campaign issue for SoS Yee?

Hell, with a supermajority, this should be a no-brainer for the legislature - it would make the recalcitrant teabagging GOP that much less likely to break the 1/3 barrier again.

Leland Yee (0.00 / 0)

Yee authored the online registration law that allows people to register online
He also authored legislation to generate more revenues for Cal-Access a databse that tracks campaigh contributions and lobbyists

He's also been critical and vocal about high salaries for UC and CSU officials

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My request (5.00 / 1)
If he can restore the write in vote by the time 2014 election starts I will vote for him. Patching one of the most horrible aspects of Prop 14 would be much appreciated. As long as you dont run in the top 2 primary, or if one of the top 2 nominees dies or gets disqualified by September 1st, you should be allowed to be a write in.  

I had a choice of two (0.00 / 0)
Repugs and only Repugs, this would be a bit better, I rather have a real choice, currently when there are 2 Repugs or two pair of anything, that's not a choice, that Dumb and Dumber... And I don't vote for Dumbos...

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