Five Things to Watch During Monday Night’s CA17 Debate

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | For months, Ro Khanna’s campaign pushed for a series of debates. When that could not be had, they almost begged for at least one shot at Rep. Mike Honda. Tonight in San Jose, Khanna gets his wish with a high-profile debate airing on NBC Bay Area (ch. 11) at 6:30pm. … Continue reading Five Things to Watch During Monday Night’s CA17 Debate

Anticipated Honda-Khanna Debate May Occur Three Weeks Before Election Day

Ro Khanna, Rep. Mike HondaCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Ro Khanna wants a debate and he just might get his wish. Except, it may not happen until after vote-by-mail ballots have already been in the hands of voters for at least 10 days.The Huffington Post and officials from San Jose State University say Rep. Mike … Continue reading Anticipated Honda-Khanna Debate May Occur Three Weeks Before Election Day

Is Khanna’s Political Consultant Taking Him For A Ride?

Over a year ago, news reports and various pundits attached words like “epic” and “grudge match” to the 17th Congressional District race between Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna. On the heels of Eric Swalwell’s intra-party upset of Pete Stark and a vastly superior campaign war chest, the early romance with Khanna appeared warranted. Then … Continue reading Is Khanna’s Political Consultant Taking Him For A Ride?

Debate, as in Singular, not Plural, says Honda’s Campaign

Rep. Mike Honda, Ro Khanna and JoelVanlandingham at a May 3 forum in Fremont.CONGRESS | DISTRICT 17 | Ro Khanna reiterated his desire for five monthly debates from now to the November Election in a letter Tuesday to Rep. Mike Honda. However, there may only be one debate, if Honda’s campaign has its way."Congressman Honda … Continue reading Debate, as in Singular, not Plural, says Honda’s Campaign

Honda Registers 21-Point Win Over Khanna; Will Meet Again in the Fall

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | After all the hype, Rep. Mike Honda scored a 21-point win over upstart challenger Ro Khanna Tuesday night in the 17th Congressional District primary.Honda called the result a "decisive victory" before congratulating Khanna for advancing to the November General Election. However, Doug Greven, Honda's campaign manager, called the win a … Continue reading Honda Registers 21-Point Win Over Khanna; Will Meet Again in the Fall

Honda says He’ll Debate Challenger after the June Primary

Chanting Ro Khanna supporters among sign-wavers for Rep. Mike Honda.PHOTO/Steven TavaresCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Following Saturday night’s eagerly-awaited first meeting between fellow 17th Congressional District Democrats, Rep. Mike Honda told reporters he will participate in a debate after the June primary.Honda’s campaign was unaware of the declaration when told of the congressman’s comments, but acknowledged … Continue reading Honda says He’ll Debate Challenger after the June Primary

The Case for Debates in the East Bay

Debates are like NASCAR for Political Nerds | Kuo: One-Trick Pony? | More Odd Candidates EmergeCHAPTER 6 | A few years back I was having a conversation with a veteran Sacramento political consultant over a contentious Assembly race in the East Bay between Rob Bonta and Abel Guillen. The consultant was flummoxed over the lack of … Continue reading The Case for Debates in the East Bay

Khanna’s Brandishes His Not-So-Secret Weapon—that All-Star Campaign Team

Khanna in a feature last June in Time.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | In recent months, 17th Congressional District candidate Ro Khanna has kept his campaign team’s tie to President Barack Obama’s re-election bids somewhat quiet. Rarely has he touted his campaign’s prodigious expertise and talent, at least, not since a splashy introduction in Time magazine last … Continue reading Khanna’s Brandishes His Not-So-Secret Weapon—that All-Star Campaign Team

Khanna Enlists Former U.S. Ambassador to Lead Debate Negotiations

Jeffrey BleichCAMPAIGN 2014 | CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Ro Khanna’s campaign has the videographers, maybe the party favors and possibly the venue all lined for a series of monthly debates this year with his congressional opponent. Now, he just needs a dance partner.Thus far, Rep. Mike Honda is showing no desire to participate in … Continue reading Khanna Enlists Former U.S. Ambassador to Lead Debate Negotiations

Khanna: I Challenge Thee to Four Debates

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Congressional challenger Ro Khanna is challenging fellow Democrat Rep. Mike Honda to a series of four monthly pre-primary debates.Khanna’s campaign says the potential debates have drawn the interest of the San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, KPIX, and NBC Bay Area. In addition, The Huffington Post and TechCrunch have … Continue reading Khanna: I Challenge Thee to Four Debates

Swalwell Wins Mock Debate Against Actor Portaying Stark As Real Election Looms

ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15 | There may finally be consensus in the race for the 15th Congressional District. Both candidates need to step away from Final Cut Pro and quit posting videos to YouTube.Today, Eric Swalwell's campaign posted a mock debate between himself and an actor portraying Rep. Pete Stark. The 12-minute long video falls flat and … Continue reading Swalwell Wins Mock Debate Against Actor Portaying Stark As Real Election Looms

Swalwell Says Stark Is ‘Too Busy’ To Debate Him Later This Month

ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15May 10, 2012 | Eric Swalwell's campaign said Wednesday Rep. Pete Stark declined an invitation from the chamber of commerces in Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore and San Ramon for a debate on May 21. Stark said he was "too busy," according to a press release put out by Swalwell, while finding the groups not "reputable."“The Tri-Valley … Continue reading Swalwell Says Stark Is ‘Too Busy’ To Debate Him Later This Month

Pot Heads To Rescue Stark?

ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15May 10, 2012 | I charged my opponent with a crime, because I got high. I accused a mediocre conservative columnist of giving campaign contributions to my opponent, because I got high...because I got him, because I got, because I got high.Nobody has ever accused Rep. Pete Stark of toking up, but aside … Continue reading Pot Heads To Rescue Stark?

Debate Preview: All Three Candidates For Congress Meet For The First Time

Chris ParejaCONGRESS 15April 10, 2012 | While Rep. Pete Stark and his vastly younger Democratic challenger Eric Swalwell prepare to break out butterfly collars and chant "here comes the judge!" like its 1972, there is another candidate hoping to draw upon the addition of moderate to conservative voters drawn into the 15th Congressional District after … Continue reading Debate Preview: All Three Candidates For Congress Meet For The First Time

No Debate for Stark; Pareja Settles for Rodeo?

The Tea Party write-in challenger to Rep. Pete Stark will not get a chance to debate the long-time congressman. Chris Pareja offered Stark a three-way debate with himself and Forest Baker, if "we can find the rock he is hiding under," Pareja said of their Republican challenger. "Not a chance," Stark bluntly said this week. "Why would I … Continue reading No Debate for Stark; Pareja Settles for Rodeo?