Are The Gods On Ro’s Side Now?

It remains to be seen whether the leaked emails reported this week from Rep. Mike Honda congressional office and hinting at unethical behavior will become newsworthy/ Honda's challenger, Ro Khanna, is surely making political hay out of it and will continue to do so from here to Nov. 4.But, the San Jose Inside article does … Continue reading Are The Gods On Ro’s Side Now?

Inside the Hit Piece Last Summer Against Rebecca Kaplan

In late June, just as Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan was beginning her mayoral campaign, there came news of a particularly damning article in the Oakland Tribune alleging campaign finance rules may have been broken by her mayoral campaigns, this year and in 2010. The allegation Kaplan used money from a committee created to support a … Continue reading Inside the Hit Piece Last Summer Against Rebecca Kaplan

Three East Bay Races Where Candidates Need to Better Sing Their Songs

We are now less than two months away from Election Day. For some campaigns it’s put up or shut up. Aside from a bombshell that likely will not happen, narratives need to be developed not sooner than later, but now. Free of charge, here are some stories that some campaign's need to start telling:RO KHANNA … Continue reading Three East Bay Races Where Candidates Need to Better Sing Their Songs

Odd Signals Coming from a Powerful East Bay Labor Group

The reasons why labor cleared the field for bad boy AC Transit board member Joel Young last month are still uncertain. The Alameda Labor Council appeared set to push Young's endorsement through before members of SEIU Local 1021 intervened to gain an open endorsement. Recall, Young screwed over SEIU during his run two years ago … Continue reading Odd Signals Coming from a Powerful East Bay Labor Group

A Summer of Discontent in Oakland

Haggerty Slams Quan | Another Schaaf, Parker Connection | Talking Sh*t at Oro Loma | Siegel SingsWhen A’s co-owner Lew Wolff arrived at the Aug. 6 Coliseum Joint Powers Authority meeting approving the team's lease extension, one of the first people he saw was Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. Wolff then offered a hearty congratulatory embrace. … Continue reading A Summer of Discontent in Oakland

Things I Think About the June Primary

CHAPTER 15 | SD10: I think the MugshotMary Web site is despicable and totally deaf to half the electorate. I think a woman in the 10th District is nuts to pull the lever for Bob Wieckowski…I think Hayashi has consistently said sorry for her transgression three years ago. What else is she supposed to do … Continue reading Things I Think About the June Primary

Will She or Won’t She? Time is Running Out for Kaplan to Run for Mayor

Honda-Khanna: Friends for Now | Big News in San Leandro? | Quan: Huh? What?CHAPTER 14 | The number of candidates hoping to be the next mayor of Oakland has reached 17, but the potential eighteenth entrant could have the most impact. That is, if she ever makes the eagerly-awaiting decision to jump into the race.Will … Continue reading Will She or Won’t She? Time is Running Out for Kaplan to Run for Mayor

Amid Scandal, A Conversation Changed in the 17th Congressional District

Hayward Mayoral Candidates Face Labor | Mr. Know-It-All | Guillen is a Lock | Forum ScheduleCHAPTER 9 | Sometimes all a campaign needs is a little luck. Just as pressure was renewed for Rep. Mike Honda to debate his fellow Democratic challenger Ro Khanna, comes help from an unlikely source—the Republican Party. Honda desperately needed … Continue reading Amid Scandal, A Conversation Changed in the 17th Congressional District