Democrats coalesce around single candidate to challenge Catharine Baker’s re-election

AD16 Assemblymember Catharine Bakerwill face Dem Rebecca Bauer-Kahan arethe only candidates in the June 5 primary.16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--ELECTION 2018--In some parts of the state where Democrats are hoping to upend Republican seat holders, aspiring candidates are running the risk of diluting their electoral strength by having too many candidates run in the Top Two primary. … Continue reading Democrats coalesce around single candidate to challenge Catharine Baker’s re-election

2017 Year in East Bay Politics Part III – July-Sept: Fire Fight Ignites in Alameda

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSControversy hit two historically quiet East Bay hamlets during the summer months. First, came Piedmont Mayor Jeff Wieler's Facebook postings and conversation that denigrated African Americans and the LGBT communities. Piedmonters called Wieler out for comments. He apologized but the rancor was too much for his council colleagues who urged … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics Part III – July-Sept: Fire Fight Ignites in Alameda

East Bay’s GOP Assemblymember Baker voted for cap-and-trade

Assemblymember Catharine Baker16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTTo get Governor Jerry Brown's cap-and-trade bill passed Monday night, it took help from Republicans to get it done, including the East Bay's Assemblymember Catharine Baker.Baker, the East Bay's lone Republican state lawmaker, was one of eight to support Assembly Bill 389. The legislation backed fiercely by Brown over the past week, … Continue reading East Bay’s GOP Assemblymember Baker voted for cap-and-trade

EAST BAY LEGISLATORS REACT TO GOV. BROWN’S BUDGET PROPOSAL

LEGISLATURE | BUDGET | Following Gov. Jerry Brown's fiscal budget proposal this week seeking to balance the first state budget deficit since 2012 with $1.6 billion in cuts, local East Bay state legislators and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors weighed-in:ASSEMBLYMEMBER ROB BONTA"The Governor’s budget takes a cautious view of the state’s revenue picture. While that … Continue reading EAST BAY LEGISLATORS REACT TO GOV. BROWN’S BUDGET PROPOSAL

AD16: Catharine Baker wins re-election over Cheryl Cook-Kallio

An expected close race turned into a nearly 12point win over Cheryl Cook-Kallio.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |In successive elections, East Bay Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker has now beaten back some of the most powerful liberal institutions in California politics--labor unions and the statewide Democratic Party.On Tuesday night, Baker coasted to a nearly 12-point … Continue reading AD16: Catharine Baker wins re-election over Cheryl Cook-Kallio

EAST BAY ELECTION NIGHT STORYLINES TO WATCH

--CHANGING OF THE GUARD IN CA17?----Is this truly the end of Rep. Mike Honda's 16 years in Congress? Is the third time a charm for Ro Khanna, who lost congressional races in 2004 and 2014? The race will be tight and a winner might not be clearly known until a few days. More questions: If … Continue reading EAST BAY ELECTION NIGHT STORYLINES TO WATCH

EBCampaign NOTEBOOK – 1 day from ELECTION DAY IN THE BAY

Latest attack ad charges Alameda's Tony Daysogwith pay-to-play.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL --- ANOTHER NASTY HIT --Assuredly somebody has it in for Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog. Over the weekend, a second scathing attack piece hit mailboxes. And like the first, no group has taken credit for the negative mailer. After linking Daysog to Donald Trump last week, … Continue reading EBCampaign NOTEBOOK – 1 day from ELECTION DAY IN THE BAY

EBCampaign NOTEBOOK – 2 days from ELECTION DAY IN THE BAY

16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT –-- PARTY TIME --As opposed to two years ago when special interests on both sides of the ledger spent ungodly sums of Independent Expenditure Committee money, this year’s 16th Assembly District race has shifted to the party apparatus—especially the California Democratic Party. As of Sunday, Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio has benefited from $2 … Continue reading EBCampaign NOTEBOOK – 2 days from ELECTION DAY IN THE BAY

EBCampaign: Swanson commits ‘political catfishing’; Khanna invited Hillary to his wedding; Cook-Kallio gets high on pot $$

12 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY | Sometimes the Internet is not what it seems. For some, the person one perceives on the other end of an online interaction is not who they are in real life. It's not uncommon for, say a man, to fall in love with a person online without ever seeing them … Continue reading EBCampaign: Swanson commits ‘political catfishing’; Khanna invited Hillary to his wedding; Cook-Kallio gets high on pot $$

Blockbuster endorsement: President Obama backs East Bay Assembly candidate Cheryl Cook-Kallio

President Obama endorsed just three Californialegislative candidates, including the East Bay'sCheryl Cook-Kallio in AD16.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | ELECTION 2016 |In a surprising, somewhat unprecedented move, President Barack Obama has endorsed 16th Assembly District Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio.The endorsement signals Assembly Democrats are throwing everything at their disposal to secure the two-thirds majority they desire next session. … Continue reading Blockbuster endorsement: President Obama backs East Bay Assembly candidate Cheryl Cook-Kallio

AD 16 PREVIEW: The Passive-Aggressive Assembly Race

Assemblymember Catharine Baker and former Pleasanton Councilmember Cheryl Cook-Kallio in the race to represent parts of Contra Costa County and the Tri Valley in the Assembly's 16th District.MEET THE CANDIDATES Assemblymember CATHARINE BAKER just sort of fell from the sky two years ago and gave the region's Republican Party a reason to thank their lucky stars. … Continue reading AD 16 PREVIEW: The Passive-Aggressive Assembly Race

20 THINGS I THINK ABOUT THE 2016 EAST BAY GENERAL ELECTION

Alameda City Council candidate Malia Vella.1. Alameda City Council candidate Malia Vella is by far the most impressive non-incumbent running in any race in the East Bay this November. Her election could be the beginning of a long and successful political career. First, there was Rob Bonta. Now possibly another upwardly mobile politician in Vella coming … Continue reading 20 THINGS I THINK ABOUT THE 2016 EAST BAY GENERAL ELECTION

EBCampaign: MIKE HONDA’s cyber shot will have lasting effects; ELLEN CORBETT’s opponent loves her; Bacon!

38 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |Granted, there is still six weeks before voters in the nationally watched 17th Congressional District register all of their votes. Much can still happen in this suddenly raucous and hard-hitting race. But the hit Rep. Mike Honda's campaign registered on challenger Ro Khanna last week was one of the most … Continue reading EBCampaign: MIKE HONDA’s cyber shot will have lasting effects; ELLEN CORBETT’s opponent loves her; Bacon!

EBCampaign: Did FREMONT’S MAYOR get left hanging? ALAMEDA COUNTY DEMS slam grand jury for racial bias

42 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |Fremont's City Hall chambers--not really much of a hall, really, nor a chambers--was packed Friday night to hear from mayoral candidates Mayor Bill Harrison and Vice Mayor Lily Mei. Growth, whether smart, dumb, or ravenous, is definitely on the minds of Fremonters this November. When Harrison, a first-term mayor, said … Continue reading EBCampaign: Did FREMONT’S MAYOR get left hanging? ALAMEDA COUNTY DEMS slam grand jury for racial bias

First ad of high-profile AD-16 race teaches voters to pronounce Democrat’s name

Screenshot from the Cheryl Cook-Kallio campaign ad paid for by the California Democratic Party.ASSEMBLY 16TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |California state Democrats believe the 16th Assembly District is ripe for the retaking. But first, they just need to introduce their alternative to first-term Assemblymember Catharine Baker, the only Republican state legislator representing the East Bay.The party released a … Continue reading First ad of high-profile AD-16 race teaches voters to pronounce Democrat’s name