• This Chronicle Politics Blog post provides some measure of hope for Nancy Pelosi-loving Democrats.

    If past is prologue, Nancy Pelosi just might be back as Speaker of the House of Representatives before you learn to spell B-O-E-H-N-E-R.

    There have been three elections since World War II in which House Republicans toppled their Democratic counterparts on Capitol Hill — although this is the first time the House has gone Republican without the Senate following suit.

    In two of those elections, 1946 and 1952, Democrats re-took the House two years later. In the third, 1994, that Democratic exile lasted 12 years, until 2006.

  • What did California look like before people? That’s answered in “A State of Change,” a picture book by Laura Cunningham, as reported on Berkeleyside. And before you go all gleefully misanthropic, Californians, just remember: No people, no Buster Posey.
  • It’s only Tuesday, but perhaps it’s already been a tough week. This may help: From Oakland North, Adoptable Animal of the Week. (Spoiler alert: It’s a bunny.)
Blog Beat: California Before People, Adoptable Animal of the Week 9 November,2010Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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