Corbett Rips Swalwell for Reneging on Paycheck Pledge

ELECTION 2014 | CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Some East Bay Democrats have been wondering for some time exactly when State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett would show a more offensive stance in her bid to unseat Rep. Eric Swalwell. On Thursday night, Corbett launched the first volley in what could be a contentious race … Continue reading Corbett Rips Swalwell for Reneging on Paycheck Pledge

Swalwell Accepted Pay from Government Shutdown After Pledging Not to Take It

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | The great government shutdown of 2013 lasted 16 days. While the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party obstructed the budget process in a bid to scuttle Obamacare, federal employees went without a paycheck last October. Over half of the House of Representatives, including the East Bay's Rep. Eric Swalwell, … Continue reading Swalwell Accepted Pay from Government Shutdown After Pledging Not to Take It

Swalwell Falls Short of Winning Alameda County Dems Endorsement

ELECTION 2014 | CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Rep. Eric Swalwell may very well win the endorsement of the statewide party, but Alameda County Democrats made it a bit more difficult Saturday afternoon at a pre-endorsement meeting in advance of next month's party convention in Los Angeles.Swalwell, who received 45 votes, fell short of gaining … Continue reading Swalwell Falls Short of Winning Alameda County Dems Endorsement

Progressive Who Questioned Swalwell’s Ideology, Now Endorses his Re-Eleciton

Rep. Keith EllisonELECTION 2014 | CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Hoping to burnish his progressive credentials in advance of the June primary, Rep. Eric Swalwell received the endorsement of Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, one of the most progressive members of Congress.“Congressman Swalwell is willing to take stands for what is right--whether it’s protecting Social Security … Continue reading Progressive Who Questioned Swalwell’s Ideology, Now Endorses his Re-Eleciton

Time for Swalwell to Start Owning Up to his Record of Legislative Mulligans

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | ANALYSIS | Rep. Eric Swalwell is for extending unemployment insurance, which is nice. But, why didn't he righteously stand for over 1.3 million out-of-work Americans the first time around when he voted for a short-term budget proposal that noticeably did not include renewed funding for unemployment benefits?This week, Swalwell said … Continue reading Time for Swalwell to Start Owning Up to his Record of Legislative Mulligans

Swalwell Places Bet on 49ers in Elaborate Video with N.C. Congressman

Rep. Eric Swalwell: 49ers fan.CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | The 113th Congress is the least productive in American history. Instead of passing meaningful legislation, what exactly are they doing in Washington? Apparently, they are placing football bets with each other in elaborate YouTube videos. East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell, a 49ers fan, and North Carolina … Continue reading Swalwell Places Bet on 49ers in Elaborate Video with N.C. Congressman

2014 Preview: Top 5 Best East Bay Political Races

2014 YEAR-IN-PREVIEW | The 2014 midterm elections will be huge in the East Bay. From Congress to the State Legislature to various big city mayoral elections, the campaigns are already gearing up for a strategy-filled election season. Here are the Top 5 races next year showing the greatest potential for interest and excitement:CA17: Ro Khanna … Continue reading 2014 Preview: Top 5 Best East Bay Political Races

Eric Swalwell Recast As Santa Days After Voting Against Unemployment Benefits

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Since the first time most of heard of Eric Swalwell, a Dublin council member in his early 30s without a scent of achievement in government, he has received exorbitant amounts of positive press from the local corporate media. His ethical lapses, conversely, are totally ignored. The San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area … Continue reading Eric Swalwell Recast As Santa Days After Voting Against Unemployment Benefits

On Ryan/Murray Budget: Lee Blasts; Swalwell Backs

Rep. Barbara Lee votes no.CONGRESS | BUDGET | Rep. Barbara Lee had tough words for the bipartisan budget bill passed Thursday by the House, which leaves over 1.3 million Americans without unemployment checks early next year, while fellow Alameda County Rep. Eric Swalwell boasted over its the conciliatory nature.“We are talking about 1.3 million people who … Continue reading On Ryan/Murray Budget: Lee Blasts; Swalwell Backs

Stark Unplugged: "Hopefully Eric Will Lose’ And Ro "Has To Wait And Run’

Pete Stark, Rep. Eric SwalwellCONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Pete Stark's four decades in Congress did not have a happy ending and the bitter defeat to Democrat Eric Swalwell apparently still burns. Stark told Roll Call, a publication focused on Congress, he plans to do everything in his power to help State Sen. Ellen Corbett … Continue reading Stark Unplugged: "Hopefully Eric Will Lose’ And Ro "Has To Wait And Run’

Bill Lockyer Endorses Swalwell’s Bid For Re-Election Next Year

Bill Lockyer at the Calif. Democratic StateConvention last April. PHOTO/Shane BondCONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Bill Lockyer's imprimatur is not what it once was, but the state treasurer still has loads of money and liberal contacts in the 15th Congressional District. On Monday, Rep. Eric Swalwell announced Lockyer has endorsed his re-election campaign next year over State Sen. Ellen Corbett.Swalwell alerted his social media followers of … Continue reading Bill Lockyer Endorses Swalwell’s Bid For Re-Election Next Year

The Bids For The 15th Congressional District’s Unfortunate Soldiers

CONGRESS//15TH DISTRICT | Veterans have had enough of the battlefield, but the race for Rep. Eric Swalwell’s seat in Congress is increasingly leaning toward becoming another type of battleground, one in which each candidate vies for who can do more for those returning from the armed services, past and present.Two weeks ago, Swalwell held a town … Continue reading The Bids For The 15th Congressional District’s Unfortunate Soldiers

Swalwell’s Re-Election Bid To Conjure The Ghost Of Pete Stark

PHOTO/Shane Bond ILLUSTRATION/Steven TavaresCONGRESS//15TH DISTRICT | In 2012, Eric Swalwell had everything go right for him. A lengthy list of East Bay Democrats put off challenging 40-year incumbent Pete Stark last year, state redistricting soften up the then 13th Congressional District into a slightly lighter shade of blue and his opponent virtually imploded without explanation. … Continue reading Swalwell’s Re-Election Bid To Conjure The Ghost Of Pete Stark

Swalwell Boasts Campaign Contributions Four Times Larger Than Corbett

State Sen. Ellen Corbett, Rep. Eric SwalwellCONGRESS//15TH DISTRICT//CAMPAIGN FINANCE | Less than nine months until the June 2014 primary, freshman Rep. Eric Swalwell possesses a campaign war chest four times larger than fellow Democrat State Sen. Ellen Corbett, his likely opponent for the 15th Congressional District. Swalwell built upon a strong fundraising performance from earlier this … Continue reading Swalwell Boasts Campaign Contributions Four Times Larger Than Corbett

Swalwell’s Bipartisan Rhetoric Catches Up To Him With Government Shut Down

Rep. Eric Swalwell urging Republicans on the House floor in September to give up their "ideological wet dream" of railroading Obamacare.CONGRESS//15TH DISTRICT/ANALYSIS | House Representatives have a knack for placing themselves outside of the morass of Washington while maintaining membership in the same body. The talent is apparently easy to learn. After just a year in … Continue reading Swalwell’s Bipartisan Rhetoric Catches Up To Him With Government Shut Down