Issue: February 02, 2012

John Burton didn't know much about The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. But when the longtime Sacramento politico and San Francisco-based chairman for the state's Democratic party went on the show, the resulting video, profanity-laced and dead-on about dysfunction in California politics, made Burton an Internet rock star. So who is the man behind all the cursing? In this week's feature, SN&R's Rachel Leibrock fills us in.

In news: Councilman Kevin McCarty has a challenger in District 6: developer Jon Bagatelos, who was recruited by business groups and the police union to challenge the former state Assembly candidate. Cosmo Garvin gets Bagatelos on the phone for a chat in this week's Bites. Also: controversial, intriguing and outright weird new bills making the rounds at the Capitol, and Sacramento's first couple goes on an education-reform tour.

In this week's Arts&Culture: Chino Moreno and Shaun Lopez have been buds for almost as long as they've been in bands. So it's fitting, then, that the now-L.A. neighbors started a new group, Crosses, and will return for a hometown gig this week. Nick Miller chats with Deftones' lead singer and former Far guitarist. Also this week: where to get Super Bowl drunk this Sunday, and a drinking game, Patti Roberts passes on the buzz about that vibrator play, plus film critic Jonathan Kiefer cowboys up and tackles Joe Carnahan's latest, The Grey.

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