Debra Saunders

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Debra J. Saunders (born 1954) is a conservative columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Syndicated by Creators Syndicate, her thrice weekly column is also carried by newspapers throughout the country and on Saunders also blogs for the Chronicle under the moniker Token Conservative.[1]

Between 1987 and 1992, Saunders was a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. She has previously worked for conservative advocacy groups and for a Republican leader of the California State Assembly.

In addition to her columns, she has also written for The Wall Street Journal, National Review and Reader's Digest. She is the author of one book, The World According to Gore (ISBN 1-893554-14-7).

Saunders is married to Wesley J. Smith.[1]

Although viewed by some as a conservative Republican, Saunders consistently opposed the War on Drugs.[2][3] She campaigned in her column for President Bush to issue more pardons and sentence commutations. She also supports same-sex marriage.[4]

Saunders voted against Proposition 22 but was critical of the California Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage.[5]

In 2007, she penned an article that criticized the imprisoned freelance blogger Josh Wolf, although she opposed his imprisonment.[6]

Saunders puts herself in the "agnostic/skeptic global-warming camp,".[7]

In 2011, she was the first to break the story about the comic and trading card series Foreskin Man,[8] which was being used to promote a ballot initiative to ban circumcision in San Francisco.[9]


  1. 500,000 Californians Lose Health Policies"
  2. Pardon more than the turkey Debra Saunders, Nov. 23, 2006
  3. Your Tax dollars on Drugs Debra Saunders, Feb. 12, 2006
  4. The homophobic party? Debra Saunders, Nov. 10, 2004
  5. City Hall of Love Debra Saunders, May 16, 2008
  6. Josh Wolf - Blogger - Has No Press Pass Debra Saunders, Feb. 27, 2007
  7. Polar bear pandering Debra Saunders, Nov. 4, 2007
  8. Foreskin Man
  9. Circumcision ballot measure and anti-Semitism Debra Saunders, June 2, 2011

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