Thurmond bill seeks to outlaw smokeless tobacco at MLB ballparks in the state

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond at a Sacramento ParkMonday announcing his bill to ban smokeless tobaccoin Major League ballparks in California. PHOTO/@TonyThurmondASSEMBLY | 15TH DISTRICT | Assemblymember Tony Thurmond wants to take the spittoon out of Big League clubhouses and ballparks.Thurmond, who represents Berkeley, Richmond and parts of Oakland, plans to introduce a bill that will ban baseball players and … Continue reading Thurmond bill seeks to outlaw smokeless tobacco at MLB ballparks in the state

General Election Questions: What To Look For Tonight

ELECTION '14 | The big race of the night is in Oakland and the identity of its next mayor will likely not be known until early Wednesday morning, at the earliest. The county registrar won't run the ranked choice algorithm until all the votes are counted. This may render early results meaningless, or, at least, … Continue reading General Election Questions: What To Look For Tonight

20 THINGS I THINK ABOUT THE EAST BAY FALL ELECTION

ELECTION ’14 | I think absolutely no case has been made to replace Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. At one point, over 20 candidates were potentially in the race and over the past 16 months none of the remaining 14 have made a cogent argument against giving Quan another four years. That she might be awkward … Continue reading 20 THINGS I THINK ABOUT THE EAST BAY FALL ELECTION

AD15 Preview: A Powder Keg Waiting to be Lit by Special Interests

MEET THE CANDIDATES Elizabeth Echols has never held elected office, but she has experience at the federal level. She served at the helm of the west coast region of the  U.S. Small Business Administration, appointed by President Barack Obama. Echols, however, doesn’t have much of a toe hold locally, but she is viewed as the … Continue reading AD15 Preview: A Powder Keg Waiting to be Lit by Special Interests

Dem-on-Dem 15th Assembly District Race Becomes Divisive After Intra-Party Mailer

This mailer sent by the Elizabeth Echols campaign using the chair of the Alameda County Central Committee's name may be driving a wedge within the party.ASSEMBLY | 15TH DISTRICT | This is exactly what Democratic Party activists feared with passage four years ago of a state constitutional amendment allowing open primaries. Ever since, in Alameda … Continue reading Dem-on-Dem 15th Assembly District Race Becomes Divisive After Intra-Party Mailer

Similar Values, Differing Backgrounds in the Assembly 15th District Race

Democratic candidates in the 15th District--Tony Thurmond and Elizabeth Echols.ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 15 | Elizabeth Echols, one of two Democrats running for the open 15th Assembly District seat this fall, has served under two presidencies. The other candidate, Tony Thurmond, has served as a city councilmember in Richmond and on the West Contra Costa County … Continue reading Similar Values, Differing Backgrounds in the Assembly 15th District Race

Are The Gods On Ro’s Side Now?

It remains to be seen whether the leaked emails reported this week from Rep. Mike Honda congressional office and hinting at unethical behavior will become newsworthy/ Honda's challenger, Ro Khanna, is surely making political hay out of it and will continue to do so from here to Nov. 4.But, the San Jose Inside article does … Continue reading Are The Gods On Ro’s Side Now?

East Bay Assembly Matchups Set for the Fall Have Bipartisan Flavor

Catharine Baker in AD16 has the best shotamong East Bay Assembly Republicansin November. ASSEMBLY | Who says the state's jungle primary muscles out other political parties in November? Four of the five East Bay Assembly contests this fall will feature Democrats versus upstart Republicans.Oakland Assembymember Rob Bonta, a Democrat, will face a rematch against San Leandro … Continue reading East Bay Assembly Matchups Set for the Fall Have Bipartisan Flavor

Big Shot Swalwell gets his Own Office while Democrats Sit on Folding Chairs

Honda Wins Landslide Endorsement | The Coming Abyss in SD10 | Hayashi Admits Only One Negative | Immigrant Story Impresses in AD15CHAPTER 1 | Rep. Mike Honda was dropped off and walked by his lonesome into the Laborers Union Hall in Hayward. Inside he kibitzed with other Alameda County Democrats while sitting on cold, steel … Continue reading Big Shot Swalwell gets his Own Office while Democrats Sit on Folding Chairs

Moneyball: East Bay Assembly Races

ELECTION 2014 | ASSEMBLY | Campaign finance reports were released Friday. Below is four East Bay Assembly races, two open seats and a pair of freshman making their first bids for re-election this year.ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 15 Berkeley Assemblymember Nancy Skinner is termed out of this seat at the end of this year. Last week, she … Continue reading Moneyball: East Bay Assembly Races