Down Ballot, May 21, 2014; 13 Days to Election Day

CONGRESS DISTRICT 17 Which number will be higher? The number of votes Joel Vanlandingham receives or the number of words allotted to him by the corporate press? On Tuesday, Vanlandingham told the San Jose Mercury News he will move within the current 17th District boundaries, whether he fails to advance to the November election or not. Rep. Mike Honda should do the same, said Vanlandingham…Khanna’s campaign filed a compliant letter with the Office of Congressional Ethics over three mailers sent by Honda’s office using franking privileges. News of the mailers, though, is old. Curiously, a story in San Jose Inside, which tucked the item into the end of an unrelated issue in late March, came days before the last campaign finance filings were released. The same report is due to be released tomorrow…Honda’s campaign says it will have over $1 million in cash on hand when finance reports are released.

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 10 There is a mailer from Mary Hayashi charging Bob Wieckowski with spending $500,000 in negative advertising against her campaign. Ironically, surveillance video of Hayashi’s shoplifting incident from 2011 may be doing far more damage to her campaign and at much less cost.

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 16 Although far less titillating, but labor is also going hard at Orinda Councilmember Steve Glazer. A press release noted Glazer received $4,100 in campaign contributions from some Big Labor’s most bitter enemies, including the Walmart. In a race flooded with special interest money to the tune of over $2.7 million, the irony of a mega-corporation sporting the tag line of the “low price leader” is not lost on many.

ALCO SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS Naomi Eason, a former employee of the Alameda County Board of Education, who left at odds with the current superintendent, Shelia Jordan, received the endorsement of the East Bay Express…Check your caller I.D. San Leandro Councilmember Ursula Reed, one of the five candidates to replace Jordan, is planning robo-calls to Alameda County voters in seven different languages.

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