Bonta, Thurmond, Quirk join new Assembly Progressive Caucus

STATE ASSEMBLYLast January, when a groundswell of progressive angst coarsed through the veins of local activists hoping to secure spots as delegates to last weekend's state convention, many in the East Bay were surprised to learn the most left-leaning state party in the nation didn't even have a dedicated progressive caucus. Self-described Berniecrats and Bernie bros … Continue reading Bonta, Thurmond, Quirk join new Assembly Progressive Caucus

Richmond’s Kimberly Ellis falls just short of taking over the California Democratic Party

Richmond resident Kimberly Ellis narrowlylost Saturday's race for California DemocraticParty chair by only 60 votes.STATE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTIONThe race for the future of the California Democratic Party amounted to two choices: stick with the status quo that has served the state party extremely well over the past few decades or change course and back the type … Continue reading Richmond’s Kimberly Ellis falls just short of taking over the California Democratic Party

Fight for next leader of California Democratic Party visits Alameda

Richmond's Kimberley Ellis and Los Angeles County Democratic Par ty Chair Eric Baumanat a debate in Alameda for state party chairship.CADEM CHAIR DEBATEWith more than a month before California Democrats choose the next leader of their state party next month, debating and jostling between candidates is becoming repetitive. This isn't unexpected as Los Angeles County Democratic … Continue reading Fight for next leader of California Democratic Party visits Alameda

BONTA’S ASSEMBLY DISTRICT SLATE GETS BOUNCED BY BERNERS

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT ELECTIONS | Every odd year, California Democrats, almost entirely the insiders and party activists, choose 14 delegates per Assembly district to write and influence the party's platform. In most years, few vote and the exercise is often an avenue for local assemblymembers to flex their power and elect a slate of delegates of … Continue reading BONTA’S ASSEMBLY DISTRICT SLATE GETS BOUNCED BY BERNERS

PREVIEW: East Bay Berners look to upend state Assembly district elections

Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigning in California last fall.ASSEMBLY DISTRICT ELECTIONS |Hillary Clinton’s defeat last November revealed glaring cracks in the Democratic Party that might otherwise been glossed over if she had won the presidency. In many ways, the rise of Bernie Sanders and his populist message has reinvigorated the grassroots, even in the East Bay, where … Continue reading PREVIEW: East Bay Berners look to upend state Assembly district elections

Khanna to Santa Clara County Dems: Did my invite to the picnic get lost in the mail?

Democratic congressional candidate Ro Khannawas upset that he was shut out of the "party."CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |Face it, Ro. They're not going to love you until they have to. Despite winning the June primary, Democrat Ro Khanna still can't get any respect from Santa Clara County Democrats who didn't invite him to their "unity … Continue reading Khanna to Santa Clara County Dems: Did my invite to the picnic get lost in the mail?

Dem leaders upset over Khanna mailer that suggests he’s the party’s choice

South Bay Democrats are upset over the inclusionof a graphic implying Ro Khanna has the supportof the Democratic Party.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |Voters in the fiercely-competitive 17th Congressional District received an eight-page mailer from Ro Khanna last weekend meant to reintroduce his campaign to voters in the South Bay. However, the mailer also includes a … Continue reading Dem leaders upset over Khanna mailer that suggests he’s the party’s choice

Repercussions for Bonta’s failed bid for speaker; he loses powerful chairmanship

Assemblymember Rob Bonta gets a downgradeas new chair of public employees committee.PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | There are rewards and inherent risks when elected officials seek to expand their power. On Thursday, Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta felt the sting of his unsuccessful bid for assembly speaker.New Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, following up his swearing-in … Continue reading Repercussions for Bonta’s failed bid for speaker; he loses powerful chairmanship

Honda: Khanna’s accusations are ‘100 percent false’

Some Democratic convention-goers last weekwere given this unidentified anti-Khanna flyer. CONGRESS | CA17 | Rep. Mike Honda’s campaign is making it crystal clear: We were not behind the anti-Khanna flyers seen at last weekend’s California Democratic Convention in San Jose.The campaign repeated Wednesday statements it made Saturday night following the appearance of flyers depicting Khanna, a … Continue reading Honda: Khanna’s accusations are ‘100 percent false’

Quan won’t commit to run for Oakland City Council, but calls Kaplan lazy

Former Oakland Jean Quan and Oakland At-LargeCouncilmember Rebecca Kaplan.OAKLAND | Former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has been keeping quite a high profile over the past six months or more.Since losing re-election to Libby Schaaf in November 2014, Quan has been part of the vocal opposition to the proposed plan to ship coal through the city's … Continue reading Quan won’t commit to run for Oakland City Council, but calls Kaplan lazy

Honda on Obama’s no endorsement: So you’re saying there’s still a chance?

In better times: President Obama and Rep.Mike Honda in early 2013.CONGRESS | CA17 | Rep. Mike Honda still thinks there is a chance President Obama will endorse his re-election campaign this year against Ro Khanna.Over the weekend, it was reported the president would not be making an endorsement in the rematch between two Democrats. In … Continue reading Honda on Obama’s no endorsement: So you’re saying there’s still a chance?

CADEM NOTEBOOK: AD16 Dem Cook-Kallio gets a shout out from assembly speaker-elect

AD16 | Cheryl Cook-Kallio, the Democrat tasked with winning back the only red assembly district in the Bay Area, received some attention from Assembly speaker-elect Anthony Rendon.During his remarks before the California Democratic Party Convention’s general session Saturday, Rendon included Cook-Kallio, a former Pleasanton council member, in his list of importatnt races for Democrats to … Continue reading CADEM NOTEBOOK: AD16 Dem Cook-Kallio gets a shout out from assembly speaker-elect

CADEM NOTEBOOK: Obama slights Mike Honda; won’t endorse in CA17

CADEM16 | CA17 | President Obama is quietly distancing himself from Rep. Mike Honda, or at least, deciding to not take sides in the incumbent's rematch against  fellow Dem Ro Khanna.Politico reported Thursday that Obama is not renewing his endorsement of Honda. No reason was given for the president staying neutral in the Dem-on-Dem primary … Continue reading CADEM NOTEBOOK: Obama slights Mike Honda; won’t endorse in CA17

Swanson, Skinner block each others bids for Dem Party state senate endorsement

State Senate candidate Nancy Skinner speakingto Democratic Party delegates Saturday in Oakland.SD9 PRE-ENDORSEMENT |The East Bay's hotly-contested Ninth State Senate District race between Nancy Skinner and Sandre Swanson will be waged without either carrying the banner of the California Democratic Party this primary season.The pair of well-known former East Bay assemblymembers failed to gain a … Continue reading Swanson, Skinner block each others bids for Dem Party state senate endorsement

Honda fails to nail down important Democratic Party endorsement

Rep. Mike Honda, left, fell just short of winningthe Democratic Party's pre-endorsement in Oakland over Ro Khanna.CA17 PRE-ENDORSEMENT | Rep. Mike Honda will have to wait another month before he can think about winning the state Democratic Party’s endorsement.The 16-year incumbent, who is facing fellow Democrat Ro Khanna in a rematch of their close fought campaign in … Continue reading Honda fails to nail down important Democratic Party endorsement