A second act for last year’s contentious AD15 race?

Jovanka Beckles may be showing her cards.

Delegate Elections: Progressive activists rout Skinner/Wicks slate in AD15; Bonta’s picks win big in AD18

A slate of candidates backed by State Sen. Nancy Skinner and freshman 15th District Assemblymember Buffy Wicks was almost entirely turned away by voters in Saturday's district elections for delegates to the California Democratic Party Convention. The same type of rout bedeviled Assemblymember Rob Bonta two years ago when his slate of candidates was swept … Continue reading Delegate Elections: Progressive activists rout Skinner/Wicks slate in AD15; Bonta’s picks win big in AD18

AD15: Wicks wins hard-fought East Bay assembly race

Democrat Buffy Wicks took an early commanding lead Tuesday night in the 15th Assembly District contest against Jovanka Bekcles and never relinquished it. Wicks topped the fellow Democrat by 12 points in a race many believed would be much closer. Wicks takes over for Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, who gave up the seat to run this year … Continue reading AD15: Wicks wins hard-fought East Bay assembly race

Jovanka gets Berned

Bernie Sanders did not endorse Jovanka Beckles at Saturday's rally in Berkeley.

AD15: Labor IE is using classic sitcom theme songs to mock Buffy Wicks’ ties to wealthy special interests

An Independent Expenditure Committee (IE) backed by labor unions is using the power of Cindy Brady and Mr. Furley against 15th Assembly District candidate Buffy Wicks. A pair of short animated videos aim to link Wicks to billionaires who are funding IEs that support her campaign by using classic sitcom theme songs, including the Brady … Continue reading AD15: Labor IE is using classic sitcom theme songs to mock Buffy Wicks’ ties to wealthy special interests

AD15: Barbara Lee endorses Jovanka Beckles

When 15th Assembly District candidate Jovanka Beckles was asked at a forum two weeks ago to name her political heroes, she heaped praise on former Richmond Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Barbara Lee. The latter may have been listening. Beckles received Lee's endorsement Wednesday. The backing of perhaps the most popular elected … Continue reading AD15: Barbara Lee endorses Jovanka Beckles

ELECTIONLINE: Women in Oakland’s District 6 form voting bloc to defeat Desley Brooks; Special interests give $282,500 to Wicks-supported IE

OAKLAND DISTRICT 6 BATTLE LINES SHAPE UP During an endorsement meeting at the East Bay Express two weeks ago, the four challengers seeking to end Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks' long reign in District 6 hinted a strategy for using the city's ranked choice voting system was forthcoming. The plan released Monday is asking voters to, … Continue reading ELECTIONLINE: Women in Oakland’s District 6 form voting bloc to defeat Desley Brooks; Special interests give $282,500 to Wicks-supported IE

Berkeley audience laughed when Buffy Wicks declared her campaign corporate-free

Later, Buffy Wicks gave President Barack Obama hearty praise. "I love me some Barack Obama."

AD15: Beckles says Wicks is playing ‘dirty tricks,’ alleges campaign orchestrated outburst at forum

Richmond councilmember Vinay Pimplé interrupted the event and reiterated allegations he has made in recent weeks that Beckles once mocked his disability.

Democratic Socialists unveil website highlighting Buffy Wicks’ ties to corporate Dems

Site aims to link Buffy Wicks with her donors who hold moderate or conservative histories.

Beckles is very thankful

I’m starting to blush, or maybe get a lump in my throat in gratitude.—Jovanka Beckles, candidate in the 15th Assembly District, with perhaps a bit of melodrama last Thursday in a press release highlighting an endorsement from the Contra Costa County Cental Labor Council.

AD15: Dems again offer no endorsement, but Wicks comes close

State and federal Democratic heavyweights do not weigh in on the race between Buffy Wicks and Jovanka Beckles

AD15: Beckles gets labor nod; candidates seek Dem backing on Saturday

Neither Beckles or Wicks received much support last January at the state Democratic Party pre-endorsement caucus

AD15: Beckles met with Khanna, but no endorsement

Jovanka Beckles is angling to be the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the East Bay, but Rep. Ro Khanna is apparently not ready to make a choice in AD15