Ro Khanna took 60 seconds to dump on his spineless Democratic colleagues

17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTGive Rep. Ro Khanna credit: Either he's a bold, principled progressive leader or someone who has never read, "How to win friends and influence people." [VIDEO BELOW]This week, after Senate Democrats capitulated--those are words of progressives like Khanna--or figured out too late that the three-day government shutdown wasn't playing well in Middle America, … Continue reading Ro Khanna took 60 seconds to dump on his spineless Democratic colleagues

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

Citing constituency, Steve Glazer is only Senate Dem to vote against transportation tax

LEGISLATUREEast Bay State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) broke from his Senate Democratic Caucus Thursday after casting a no vote against Gov. Jerry Brown's $52 billion transportation bill.Senate Bill 1, backed by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Brown, would raise taxes on gasoline and vehicle registration fees to fund $52 billion in transportation … Continue reading Citing constituency, Steve Glazer is only Senate Dem to vote against transportation tax

Why is Eric Swalwell allowing himself to be Tucker Carlson’s punching bag?

Rep. Eric Swalwell appearing with TuckerCarlson on Fox News in January.15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTTake it from me, Rep. Eric Swalwell typically responds to tough questioning by fleeing the scene in order to avoid confrontations with his allegedly political sins. Knowing this, it seems highly peculiar that Swalwell continually agrees to appear on Tucker Carlson's Fox News … Continue reading Why is Eric Swalwell allowing himself to be Tucker Carlson’s punching bag?

Khanna offers strategy for Democratic Party’s success, but hundreds shut out of town hall

Rep. Ro Khanna apologizing to constituentswho were unable to hear him speak Wednesdaynight at Ohlone College in Fremont.17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTWhile congressmembers, particularly Republicans, are being harangued by constituents at town halls across the country, Rep. Ro Khanna’s first in Fremont, conversely, sounded more like an opportunity for the freshman lawmaker to vent about the current … Continue reading Khanna offers strategy for Democratic Party’s success, but hundreds shut out of town hall

For Alameda County GOP, the new boss is same as the old boss

Sue Caro was reappointed last week as chair of theAlameda County Republican Party.ALAMEDA COUNTY REPUBLICANSA calming influence is returning to the moribund Alameda County Republican Party with the return of Sue Caro as chair of the local GOP. Caro, who ran a against Rep. Barbara Lee last November in the 13th District, served previously as … Continue reading For Alameda County GOP, the new boss is same as the old boss

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

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

Daysog gets Trumped by unknown group; robocall slams him for vet vote

A recent mailer links Alameda Councilmember TonyDaysog to Donald Trump.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |A mailer sent by an unknown group this week aims to link Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, while a robocall Thursday ripped the incumbent councilman for a recent vote involving veterans.The half-sheet mailer, however, contains no … Continue reading Daysog gets Trumped by unknown group; robocall slams him for vet vote

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

You say Democrat, I say ‘Demorcrat’

A Ro Khanna mailer tailored to women voters in the 17th District contains a critical misspelling.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |Whichever computer the Ro Khanna campaign was using to allegedly mine fundraising data from Rep. Mike Honda is unclear, but one thing is for sure, it doesn’t have spellcheck.Khanna’s campaign sent a direct-mail piece this … Continue reading You say Democrat, I say ‘Demorcrat’

Hayward council candidate John Taylor says supe who attacked school board members is ‘best in the country’

Hayward council candidate John Taylor isalso a member of the city's school board.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Hayward City Council candidate John Taylor is taking credit for luring the school district’s superintendent who was later alleged to have attacked two members of the school board last fall.While seeking the endorsement of the Alameda County Democratic Central … Continue reading Hayward council candidate John Taylor says supe who attacked school board members is ‘best in the country’

Honda wins Dems endorsement; mysterious anti-Khanna flyer emerges

Rep. Mike Honda won the Democratic Partyendorsement Saturday night.CADEM16 | CA17 | Rep. Mike Honda won the endorsement of the California Democratic Party with a clear majority of delegates at its conventioon Saturday night but not without controversy—an anti-Ro Khanna hit piece awaiting visitors to the caucus.Those attending the endorsing caucus for the 17th Congressional … Continue reading Honda wins Dems endorsement; mysterious anti-Khanna flyer emerges