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Blog Beat: California Before People, Adoptable Animal of the Week

| November 9, 2010
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  • 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.)
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