ELECTIONLINE: 29 days until the primary – Dellums’ DA pick; Appel dual endorsement in AD15

ELECTION 2018Ron DellumsDELLUMS ENDORSES PRICEThe East Bay's venerable liberal lion, former Rep. Ron Dellums, offered his endorsement of Pamela Price, the Alameda County District Attorney candidate seeking to unseat Nancy O'Malley next month. “I have always been proud of the long progressive tradition in Alameda County. But today, in Alameda County, there continues to exist … Continue reading ELECTIONLINE: 29 days until the primary – Dellums’ DA pick; Appel dual endorsement in AD15

AD15 candidate who evangelized for Universal Basic Income, withdraws; endorses Beckles

Owen Poindexter and Jovanka Beckles ata candidate forum last January in Albany.15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--ELECTION 2018--Jovanka Beckles' bid for one of two seats in the highly-competitive 15th Assembly District primary, has gained the support of one of the field's most consistent progressive candidates. Owen Poindexter, who has gained attention for his support of Universal Basic Income, … Continue reading AD15 candidate who evangelized for Universal Basic Income, withdraws; endorses Beckles

Libby Schaaf is ‘all in’ for Loren Taylor, candidate hoping to unseat Desley Brooks

Oakland City Council candidate Loren TaylorOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Now that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has thrown down the gauntlet against Councilmember Desley Brooks, she's ready to back one of the candidates seeking to unseat the District 6 councilmember this November.The upstart campaign of Oakland non-profit leader Loren Taylor received Schaaf's endorsement Thursday. Taylor's campaign for … Continue reading Libby Schaaf is ‘all in’ for Loren Taylor, candidate hoping to unseat Desley Brooks

Alameda County Democrats vote to back D.A. Nancy O’Malley’s bid for re-election

Alameda County District Attorney candidatesPamela Price, center, Nancy O'Malley, right,with Robin Torello, chair of the AlamedaCounty Democratic Party.ALAMEDA COUNTY--ELECTION 2018--At one point during the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee meeting Wednesday in San Leandro, an elected member of the group yelled "bullshit!" in response to one of District Attorney Nancy O'Malley's answers. O'Malley's upstart opponent … Continue reading Alameda County Democrats vote to back D.A. Nancy O’Malley’s bid for re-election

Democrats coalesce around single candidate to challenge Catharine Baker’s re-election

AD16 Assemblymember Catharine Bakerwill face Dem Rebecca Bauer-Kahan arethe only candidates in the June 5 primary.16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--ELECTION 2018--In some parts of the state where Democrats are hoping to upend Republican seat holders, aspiring candidates are running the risk of diluting their electoral strength by having too many candidates run in the Top Two primary. … Continue reading Democrats coalesce around single candidate to challenge Catharine Baker’s re-election

San Leandro Dems deliver surprising rebuke to council incumbent up for re-election

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--It's still very early in San Leandro's campaign season, but an endorsement result last week might be signaling that District 2 Councilmember Deborah Cox is in for a tough re-election campaign this fall.The San Leandro Democratic Club voted last Thursday to endorse Cox's only current challenger, Ken Pon, a former two-term San … Continue reading San Leandro Dems deliver surprising rebuke to council incumbent up for re-election

Tony Thurmond makes a pitch for his possible successor in AD15

El Cerrito Councilmember Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--ELECTION 2018--Assemblymember Tony Thurmond certainly has many options when it comes to handing out his endorsement in the crowded field of diverse candidates hoping to replace him in the 15th District this fall.Thurmond, who is not running for re-election in order to run for the … Continue reading Tony Thurmond makes a pitch for his possible successor in AD15

As expected, no Democratic endorsement in crowded AD15 race, but surprises nonetheless

The AD15 pre-endorsement scoreboardshowed no officials winners, but some candidates received surprises Saturday.ELECTION 2018—15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT—Next week, 15th Assembly District candidate Buffy Wicks is expected to release year-end finance reports that show a wide breadth of financial support for her campaign. That same support, however, is not yet translating to the local Democratic Party grassroots.Alameda and … Continue reading As expected, no Democratic endorsement in crowded AD15 race, but surprises nonetheless

Schaaf offers ‘wholehearted’ endorsement of Assembly candidate Dan Kalb

Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb is oneof five declared candidates for the 15thAssembly District race next year.15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTIn 2014, Libby Schaaf's path to the Oakland mayor's office was famously paved by a pivotal endorsement from Gov. Jerry Brown. Next year, Schaaf hopes her imprimatur will have the same effect for Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb and … Continue reading Schaaf offers ‘wholehearted’ endorsement of Assembly candidate Dan Kalb

Ro Khanna thinks Bernie Sanders should run for president in 2020

Rep. Ro Khanna17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTFor months, freshman Rep. Ro Khanna's Twitter feed has morphed into a type of daily affirmation of his progressive credentials. At times the tone is similar to that of Stuart Smalley, the self-help character from Saturday Night Live created by future Sen. Al Franken.I'm good enough. I'm progressive enough. And doggone it, … Continue reading Ro Khanna thinks Bernie Sanders should run for president in 2020

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

2016 EAST BAY YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 3 – Khanna heads to Congress; Oakland moves to keep the Raiders; Ghost Ship tragedy; East Bay responds to Trump

SEPTEMBERSen. Bernie Sanders>>>Progressive darling and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders puts his imprint on the Berkeley mayoral race by endorsing Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. >>>San Leandro City Council moves to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, two full years quicker than the state mandate of 2022. Starting in July 2017, the city’s minimum wage … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 3 – Khanna heads to Congress; Oakland moves to keep the Raiders; Ghost Ship tragedy; East Bay responds to Trump

FPPC to investigate Peggy Moore’s Oakland council campaign mailings

Oakland at-large candidate Peggy Moore's campaignis being investigated by the FPPC.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | AT-LARGE |ELECTION 2016 |The California Fair Political Practices Commission announced Wednesday it is launching a formal investigation into a complaint against Oakland City Council at-large candidate Peggy Moore filed by her opponent Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan.The FPPC notified Kaplan of its intention … Continue reading FPPC to investigate Peggy Moore’s Oakland council campaign mailings

President Obama backs Oakland at-large council candidate Peggy Moore

Peggy Moore's years of work for President Obama'scampaigns finally paid off Saturday.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | AT-LARGE |ELECTION 2016 |With just four days before Election Day, Oakland City Council candidate Peggy Moore received an enormous boost in her bid to unseat At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan--President Obama's endorsement.News of the president's endorsement was first reported early Saturday morning … Continue reading President Obama backs Oakland at-large council candidate Peggy Moore

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