Illustrative polling highlights East Bay assembly candidate’s evolving campaign strategy

Assembly candidate Buffy Wicks at a candidate forum last January in Albany.15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--ELECTION 2018--An extensive poll from the well-bankrolled upstart in the wide-open race for the 15th Assembly District shows a candidate unsure over how to present herself to voters with just over three months before the June primary.In the poll sent via email and … Continue reading Illustrative polling highlights East Bay assembly candidate’s evolving campaign strategy

Gayle McLaughlin, East Bay candidate for guv lite, wants a millionaires’ tax

Lt. Guv candidate Gayle McLaughlin wouldraise taxes on the rich by one percent permillion dollars earned.ELECTION 2018Gayle McLaughlin already has a reputation as one of the most progressive elected officials in the East Bay so it's no surprise that her campaign for lieutenant governor is starting to sound familiar fans of Sen. Bernie Sanders. McLaughlin's … Continue reading Gayle McLaughlin, East Bay candidate for guv lite, wants a millionaires’ tax

Schaaf offers ‘wholehearted’ endorsement of Assembly candidate Dan Kalb

Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb is oneof five declared candidates for the 15thAssembly District race next year.15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTIn 2014, Libby Schaaf's path to the Oakland mayor's office was famously paved by a pivotal endorsement from Gov. Jerry Brown. Next year, Schaaf hopes her imprimatur will have the same effect for Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb and … Continue reading Schaaf offers ‘wholehearted’ endorsement of Assembly candidate Dan Kalb

Ro Khanna blames his staff for Kimberly Ellis mishap

Rep. Ro Khanna17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTRep. Eric Swalwell understood the fairly simple task last May of authorizing a proxy to place his vote for California Democratic Party chair candidate Kimberly Ellis. But neighboring Congressman Ro Khanna appeared flummoxed by the process.Ellis, whose underdog campaign captured the imagination of progressives, came up short in her bid for … Continue reading Ro Khanna blames his staff for Kimberly Ellis mishap

Ro Khanna thinks Bernie Sanders should run for president in 2020

Rep. Ro Khanna17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTFor months, freshman Rep. Ro Khanna's Twitter feed has morphed into a type of daily affirmation of his progressive credentials. At times the tone is similar to that of Stuart Smalley, the self-help character from Saturday Night Live created by future Sen. Al Franken.I'm good enough. I'm progressive enough. And doggone it, … Continue reading Ro Khanna thinks Bernie Sanders should run for president in 2020

Barbara Lee for President? Town hall says yes!

13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTEast Bay Rep. Barbara Lee's town hall meetings are usually lovefests between the popular progressive congressmember and her adoring constituents. But last Sunday at a town hall featuring Watergate-era White House counsel John Dean, the crowd in Berkeley cheered wildly after Lee was asked to consider running for president in 2020.Later another constituent … Continue reading Barbara Lee for President? Town hall says yes!

Richmond’s Kimberly Ellis falls just short of taking over the California Democratic Party

Richmond resident Kimberly Ellis narrowlylost Saturday's race for California DemocraticParty chair by only 60 votes.STATE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTIONThe race for the future of the California Democratic Party amounted to two choices: stick with the status quo that has served the state party extremely well over the past few decades or change course and back the type … Continue reading Richmond’s Kimberly Ellis falls just short of taking over the California Democratic Party

The Bernie Sanders of the East Bay is exploring run for Lt. Gov.

Richmond Councilmember Gayle McLaughlinformed an exploratory committee for statelieutenant governor.RICHMONDAs a Richmond mayor and councilmember Gayle McLaughlin railed against Chevron, one of the most powerful corporations in the world, for its environmental indecency, sought to protect residents from the cold grip of home foreclosures by Big Banks through eminent domain and backed working people and … Continue reading The Bernie Sanders of the East Bay is exploring run for Lt. Gov.

BONTA’S ASSEMBLY DISTRICT SLATE GETS BOUNCED BY BERNERS

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT ELECTIONS | Every odd year, California Democrats, almost entirely the insiders and party activists, choose 14 delegates per Assembly district to write and influence the party's platform. In most years, few vote and the exercise is often an avenue for local assemblymembers to flex their power and elect a slate of delegates of … Continue reading BONTA’S ASSEMBLY DISTRICT SLATE GETS BOUNCED BY BERNERS

PREVIEW: East Bay Berners look to upend state Assembly district elections

Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigning in California last fall.ASSEMBLY DISTRICT ELECTIONS |Hillary Clinton’s defeat last November revealed glaring cracks in the Democratic Party that might otherwise been glossed over if she had won the presidency. In many ways, the rise of Bernie Sanders and his populist message has reinvigorated the grassroots, even in the East Bay, where … Continue reading PREVIEW: East Bay Berners look to upend state Assembly district elections

Jesse Arreguin becomes Berkeley’s first Latino mayor; youngest ever

At 32, Jesse Arreguin will become Berkeley'syoungest mayor ever.BERKELEY | MAYOR |ELECTION 2026 |The son of a farm worker is now Berkeley’s first Latino mayor. Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, 32, also becomes the East Bay city’s youngest mayor ever.Arreguin defeated fellow Councilmember Laurie Capitelli in a hard-fought, sometimes adversarial campaign that also included the help of … Continue reading Jesse Arreguin becomes Berkeley’s first Latino mayor; youngest ever

‘Shake up’ in Berkeley mayor’s race: Bernie Sanders endorses Jesse Arreguin

Bernie Sanders puts his stamp on the Berkeleymayor's race this fall.BERKELEY | Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, the darling of progressives nationwide, is endorsing Jesse Arreguin for mayor of Berkeley.“Berkeley is known across the country and the world as a progressive, trailblazing city. And so Berkeley needs a truly progressive Mayor,” said Sanders. … Continue reading ‘Shake up’ in Berkeley mayor’s race: Bernie Sanders endorses Jesse Arreguin

EBCampaign: BAKER critical of health care funding for the undocumented—FARMWORKERS raise pitchforks against QUIRK—ALAMEDA’s Disaster-In-Chief

142 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |Republican East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker voted against the state’s $122.5 billion budget package this week.However, there were some parts of the budget Baker supported, such as setting aside $2 billion for the state’s rainy day fund. Baker, though, criticized increased spending and additional funding for high-speed rail, a project … Continue reading EBCampaign: BAKER critical of health care funding for the undocumented—FARMWORKERS raise pitchforks against QUIRK—ALAMEDA’s Disaster-In-Chief

EBCampaign: East Bay June Primary Post-Mortem

152 DAYS UNTIL NOVEMBER ELECTIONTime to put the 2016 June primary to bed.Ro Khanna finally won a political campaign. That's was the gist of a text message I received Wednesday morning. Khanna's victory Tuesday night was by far the best possible and least likeliest outcome for his second attempt to unseat Rep. Mike Honda. Last … Continue reading EBCampaign: East Bay June Primary Post-Mortem

Barbara Lee has not endorsed Clinton or Sanders, despite Black Caucus pick

Rep. Barbara LeeCONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT |Rep. Barbara Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said she has not offered support for any Democratic presidential candidate, despite the announcement Thursday that its Political Action Committee is supporting Hillary Clinton.During an interview Thursday with Democracy Now!, Lee said there is a distinction between members of … Continue reading Barbara Lee has not endorsed Clinton or Sanders, despite Black Caucus pick