Ro Khanna, once bankrolled by Silicon Valley elites, now joins anti-establishment group

Ro Khanna, left, with state Lt. Gov. GavinNewsom last October in Cupertino.17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTRep. Ro Khanna is vowing to take over the progressive flank of the Democratic Party by joining a group whose sole intention is to bring down establishment Democrats in Congress.The decision to become the first sitting member of the House to join the … Continue reading Ro Khanna, once bankrolled by Silicon Valley elites, now joins anti-establishment group

After defeat of Trumpcare, Lee tells town hall to ‘stay woke’

East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee at a town hallSaturday at Laney College in Oakland.13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTUplifted by the failure of the House Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and a bit exhausted following a red-eye from Washington, Rep. Barbara Lee told another large town hall to focus on the GOP's plan to cut … Continue reading After defeat of Trumpcare, Lee tells town hall to ‘stay woke’

Barbara Boxer backs Mike Honda; Jimmy Carter chooses Ro Khanna

Clockwise from left: President Jimmy Carter; Sen. Barbara Boxer; Rep. Mike Honda; Ro Khanna. CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 | The Democratic Party’s senior states-people are weighing-in on the 17th Congressional District today. Fresh off a campaign appearance last weekend in San Jose, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer endorsed Rep. Mike Honda’s re-election Monday. A few hours … Continue reading Barbara Boxer backs Mike Honda; Jimmy Carter chooses Ro Khanna

Is Alameda Councilman Tony Daysog a Republican in Democratic clothing?

Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog, alongwith Jennifer Roloff, at an endorsement meeting in August for the Alameda Democratic Club.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog owns a Web domain named “Moderate Democrat,” but some Democrats in Alameda and the county central committee are doubting his allegiance to the party, all together.An email from June, obtained by … Continue reading Is Alameda Councilman Tony Daysog a Republican in Democratic clothing?

Mary C. Warren, lengedary East Bay public servant; Coliseum commissioner, dies

APPRECIATION | Mary C. Warren, one of the most accomplished public servants in East Bay history and a trailblazer for women in local government, died Aug. 6. She was 94. Flags at Alameda County facilities were ordered to be flown at half-staff this week.Following eight years in the U.S. Navy as a supply officer at … Continue reading Mary C. Warren, lengedary East Bay public servant; Coliseum commissioner, dies

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

Rob Bonta: Million dollar man

Assemblymember Rob Bonta raised $933,130in campaign contributions in 2015.CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS | Assemblymember Rob Bonta is already known as one of the most prolific fundraisers in the East Bay. Now he can be described as the "Million Dollar Man" following campaign finance reports released last week. Bonta reported $1,038,301 in cash reserves through Dec. 31.Bonta, … Continue reading Rob Bonta: Million dollar man

Bill Quirk labels Steve Glazer a ‘So-called moderate Democrat’

Assemblymember Bill Quirk said moderates likeSteve Glazer vote to keep people in jail.LEGISLATURE | To the uninitiated, Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk may look like a standard-issue Hollywood curmudgeon, but the exterior often masks a warm, paternal manner. So, when Quirk, a Democrat, unleashed some intraparty venom towards State Sen. Steve Glazer recently, it was a … Continue reading Bill Quirk labels Steve Glazer a ‘So-called moderate Democrat’

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

For Glazer, an exercise in mixing bipartisanship and party politics

State Sen. Steve Glazer and AssemblymemberCatharine Baker at a town hall Saturday in Orinda.LEGISLATURE | Democratic State Sen. Steve Glazer says there’s a place and time for campaigns and politics, but Saturday morning was reserved for the constituents that he and Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker jointly represent in their mostly Contra Costa County districts. Out … Continue reading For Glazer, an exercise in mixing bipartisanship and party politics

Outgoing Speaker recruited Democrat to face Baker in Sixteenth Assembly District

Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio filed Nov. 17 fornext year's Sixteenth Assembly District primary. ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 16 | If outgoing Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins was a college football coach her recruiting trip to the Sixteenth Assembly District could be graded as fairly successful.Suffice to say there are no blue chip recruits in the district straddling Contra Costa … Continue reading Outgoing Speaker recruited Democrat to face Baker in Sixteenth Assembly District

Did the State Democratic Party just show its hand in the All-Dem SD7 race?

The state party's financial support for Susan Bonillain the SD7 intraparty race may signal desperation.STATE SENTATE | DISTRICT 7 | Never before has the California Democratic Party open its wallet to defeat one of its own. But political familicide is now a precedent-setting strategy in the hotly-contested Seventh State Senate District race between Democrats Susan Bonilla … Continue reading Did the State Democratic Party just show its hand in the All-Dem SD7 race?

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

Assemblymember’s slate of Democratic Party delegates win big

DEMOCRATIC PARTY | East Bay Assembly members fortified their positions of power within the state Democratic Party over the weekend with the election of nearly every member of their respective slates of delegates for the party convention in May.Seven men and seven women, according to party bylaws, were elected by Democrats in each assembly district … Continue reading Assemblymember’s slate of Democratic Party delegates win big