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

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

Sharp rise in Democratic registration is making Catharine Baker blue

Assemblymember Catharine Baker broke with Republicans and supported SB32 on Tuesday.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |There's more reason for East Bay Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker to be worried about her general election matchup with Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio.The Democratic Party in the state grew by 10 percent through the first six months of this year, according to the California … Continue reading Sharp rise in Democratic registration is making Catharine Baker blue

EBCampaign: Baker is tied to the Trump Train; Council candidates line up in Oakland, Alameda

94 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |As the dynamics of the presidential election begin to take hold, it's becoming increasingly clear that East Bay Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker's fate will rest with The Donald. The 16th Assembly District only slightly favors Democrats and includes a clear majority of Republicans and independents. And even though Baker reported … Continue reading EBCampaign: Baker is tied to the Trump Train; Council candidates line up in Oakland, Alameda

For the children’s sake, Baker opposes state initiative to legalize cannabis

Assemblymember Catharine BakerASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker says she opposes the "Adult Use of Marijuana Act," the state ballot initiative to legalize cannabis in California.Baker, an East Bay Republican legislator representing suburban areas from Walnut Creek to Pleasanton, announced her opposition to the initiative, known as Proposition 64, in a … Continue reading For the children’s sake, Baker opposes state initiative to legalize cannabis

Catharine Baker wanted to head off a vote on four bills to regulate assault weapons

Assemblymember Catharine Baker voted againstan amendment to move four assault weapon billsfor a vote in the near future.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |In the wake of the Orlando tragedy and a full-throated protest by House Democrats this week calling for Republicans to allow a vote on gun-related legislation, there is great pressure from the public for … Continue reading Catharine Baker wanted to head off a vote on four bills to regulate assault weapons

BEST OF THE REST: East Bay Assembly, State Senate, Congressional Preview

Assemblymember Rob BontaASSEMBLY | In the East Bay, the era of very few competitive Assembly races is upon us. Four of the six races Tuesday feature Democratic incumbents with a likely stranglehold on their respective seats through at least 2024. Four years ago, legislative term limits were extended to 12 years leading to a slew … Continue reading BEST OF THE REST: East Bay Assembly, State Senate, Congressional Preview