Lee says Trump’s Cuba policy is an ‘unnecessary step backwards’

Rep. Barbara Lee says President Trump'snew Cuba policy hurts U.S. businesses.13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTRep. Barbara Lee has another reason to be critical of President Donald Trump after the administration announced Thursday that it would roll back the reopening of Cuba to U.S. investment and travel, a policy created in 2015 under President Barack Obama.After the announcement, … Continue reading Lee says Trump’s Cuba policy is an ‘unnecessary step backwards’

Barbara Lee falls short of winning House leadership post

Did Rep. Barbara Lee's fawning commentsabout Fidel Castro this week hurt her chances?CONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT |East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee narrowly lost her bid for the vice-chair of the House Democratic Caucus Wednesday. Southern California Rep. Linda Sanchez topped Lee by just two votes, 98-96.Lee potential ascension to one of the most powerful positions … Continue reading Barbara Lee falls short of winning House leadership post

G’day mate! Bonta, Wieckowski take another trip together

State Sen. Bob Wieckowski and Asm Rob BontaASSEMBLY | The East Bay's legislative odd couple--Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Fremont State Sen. Bob Wieckowski--have traveled the world together in recent years. The duo has hobnobbed twice together on the beaches of Maui for junkets paid for by special interests. And just last year the pair visited … Continue reading G’day mate! Bonta, Wieckowski take another trip together

Barbara Lee measuring drapes at U.S. embassy in Cuba, just in case?

Rep. Barbara Lee will attend Friday's flag-raisingat U.S. Embassy in Havana.CONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT | East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee is attending Friday’s historic raising of the U.S. flag over its embassy in Havana. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, business leaders and other lawmakers will attend the ceremony.But while it’s not exactly surprising Lee … Continue reading Barbara Lee measuring drapes at U.S. embassy in Cuba, just in case?

How about Barbara Lee for Obama’s ‘Poverty Czar’?

Another potential landing spot for Rep Barbara Lee?CONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT | Many believe Rep. Barbara Lee is itching for something bigger than her seat representing Oakland and the East Bay in Congress. Here's another possible landing spot: President Obama's poverty czar.The position does not exist, but Obama's comments this week highlighting growing economic inequality … Continue reading How about Barbara Lee for Obama’s ‘Poverty Czar’?

A preview of how Republicans will react to a Lee appointment to Cuba

Rep. Barbara Lee’s popularity is unquestioned in her district. But, the National Review offered a stern reminder that the East Bay’s brand of progressivism is very much like a small echo chamber amid more moderate ideologies across the nation. We tend to forget admiration for Lee on the right is non-existent.If Lee is ever offered … Continue reading A preview of how Republicans will react to a Lee appointment to Cuba

Barbara Lee says she’s not interested in ambassadorship to Cuba

CONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT | Rep. Barbara Lee attempted to shot down rumors she was eyeing a potential appointment as ambassador to Cuba. Currently, no such position exists and the U.S. does not have an embassy n iCuba. But, that doesn't means there will not be one soon.Lee told The Huffington Post there is no … Continue reading Barbara Lee says she’s not interested in ambassadorship to Cuba

Periodic rumors of Rep. Barbara Lee’s departure now focus on post in Cuba

If Rep. Barbara Lee's seat is open soon, RobBonta could be in first in line to replace her.CONGRESS | DISTRICT 13 | Every so often in the East Bay you hear chatter that Rep. Barbara Lee is pondering life outside of Congress. The San Francisco Chronicle's Matier & Ross pushed the periodic rumor in their … Continue reading Periodic rumors of Rep. Barbara Lee’s departure now focus on post in Cuba

Assemblyman Quirk Says He Paid Out of Pocket to Attend Criticized Maui Junket

ASSEMBLY | 20TH DISTRICT | A recent report revealed 18 previously undisclosed California legislators attended an all-expense, lobbyist-paid junket to Maui late last year. One of the lawmakers named in the article was Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk. However, Quirk says, although he attended the days of meet and greets and conferences offered, the costs came … Continue reading Assemblyman Quirk Says He Paid Out of Pocket to Attend Criticized Maui Junket

Report: Reps Honda, Swalwell Part Of $1.7m In Special Interest-Paid Trips Abroad This Summer

CONGRESS | Some members of Congress spent the summer break hobnobbing with constituents. Others did that while also travelling abroad to places such as Africa, the Middle East, South America and Israel. Roll Call reported over $1.7 million in special interest money was spent on members of Congress to fly free this summer.Included in the report are … Continue reading Report: Reps Honda, Swalwell Part Of $1.7m In Special Interest-Paid Trips Abroad This Summer

Cuba Libre: Skinner Attended Foreign Junket Organized By Powerful Lobbyist

Skinner spent $2,400 in campaign funds forher summer trip to Cuba last June.  ASSEMBLY//CAMPAIGN FINANCE | Mix a bit of white rum with Coke, add a splash of lime and the cocktail may jettison you to the island of Cuba. The sweetened concoction is not dissimilar to the interaction of Sacramento politics and shadowy lobbyists. Incorporate powerful … Continue reading Cuba Libre: Skinner Attended Foreign Junket Organized By Powerful Lobbyist