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

AD15 candidate Buffy Wicks raised a whopping $500,000 in campaign contributions last year

AD15 candidate Buffy Wicks raised $209,000during the first half of the 2017.ELECTION 2018--15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--Buffy Wicks is again making her opponents in the 15th Assembly District green with envy.After bursting onto the scene last summer with an impressive one-month haul, Wicks says her campaign will file year-end campaign finance reports that include in excess of … Continue reading AD15 candidate Buffy Wicks raised a whopping $500,000 in campaign contributions last year

Wicks grabs everyone’s attention with big fundraising haul in 15th Assembly District race

15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTThe biggest political campaign in the East Bay next June is wasting little time revving up its fundraising engine. The race in the 15th Assembly District already appeared to many local politicos as a early toss-up and a litany of endorsements and already large campaign coffers is only bolstering this initial analysis.The seat … Continue reading Wicks grabs everyone’s attention with big fundraising haul in 15th Assembly District race

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will seek second term

Four more years? Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.OAKLANDAfter two high-profile scandals involving public safety, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced Monday that she is running for a second term. And it appears she plans on running a campaign not on her own record as mayor, but against the target of all Oakland progressives, President Trump.Schaaf announced her … Continue reading Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will seek second term

Skinner returns to Sacramento following 20-point victory

Nancy Skinner won 60 percent of the vote Tuesdaynight in an impressive win over Sandre Swanson.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |The East Bay is sending Nancy Skinner back to Sacramento following a two-year hiatus.Skinner, a former assemblymember who was termed out in 2014, registered a clear victory Tuesday night over Sandre Swanson in … Continue reading Skinner returns to Sacramento following 20-point victory

Podesta WikiLeaks emails: Khanna sought Hillary Clinton’s endorsement

Thousands of emails belonging to John Podesta havebeen released by WikiLeaks in recent weeks.PHOTO/Creative CommonsCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |Last January, Ro Khanna's congressional campaign was seeking an early knockout in its rematch this year with Rep. Mike Honda.The devastating blow, his campaign chair Steve Spinner believed, would have arrived in the form of … Continue reading Podesta WikiLeaks emails: Khanna sought Hillary Clinton’s endorsement

Khanna’s internal poll shows him leading Honda, 42-36

Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna will face-off for a fourth time in CA-17 come November.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |Newly-minted CA-17 front runner Ro Khanna released an internal poll Thursday that gives him a six-point advantage over fellow Democratic Rep. Mike Honda.Khanna won last month’s primary by 1.7 points and the poll, conducted June 26-30, shows … Continue reading Khanna’s internal poll shows him leading Honda, 42-36

Ro Khanna’s major upset over Mike Honda officially declared by the state

Ro Khanna beat Rep. Mike Honda by 4.5 percentin Alameda County, the northern portion of CA-17.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |Ro Khanna's upset primary victory over Rep. Mike Honda in the 17th Congressional District, was officially declared Thursday by the California Secretary of State's office.The results of Khanna's surprise win will certainty be referenced hundreds of … Continue reading Ro Khanna’s major upset over Mike Honda officially declared by the state

Email suggests Miley’s re-election campaign and IE supporting him is improperly coordinating efforts

A mailer from Pleasanton Families for SupervisorNate Miley, an IE supporting his re-election. ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |Earlier this month, a mysterious independent expenditures committee named “Pleasanton Families for Supervisor Nate Miley" surfaced without much funding or activity. However, campaign finance reports for the Independent Expenditure Committee, not yet easily accessible to the … Continue reading Email suggests Miley’s re-election campaign and IE supporting him is improperly coordinating efforts

Unchanged: Skinner still holds significant cash advantage over Swanson

SD9 candidates (clockwise): Nancy Skinner,Sandre Swanson, Katherine Welch, Rich Kinney.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT | Nancy Skinner is maintaining a cash reserve more than 10 times larger than Sandre Swanson, her top opponent this June and likely in the fall.Campaign finance reports released last week show very little has changed in terms of fundraising in … Continue reading Unchanged: Skinner still holds significant cash advantage over Swanson

Honda fundraising email aligns Khanna with Trump, right wing

Rep. Mike Honda and Ro KhannaCONGRESS | DISTRICT 17 | The congressional race in the South Bay’s Seventeenth District is setting itself up to be a rehash from two years ago of faux political controversies involving Democrats Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna.The latest is a year-end fundraising email from Honda’s campaign to supporters that … Continue reading Honda fundraising email aligns Khanna with Trump, right wing

5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #3 ALCO SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 4

ELECTION16 | If the Alameda County Board of Supervisors are not gods in the context of East Bay governance, they are surely the U.S. Supreme Court. It's almost a lifetime appointment unless you're caught shooting up methamphetamines. That’s why Bryan Parker’s challenge to Supervisor Nate Miley’s seat is so important.Not since the early 1990s has … Continue reading 5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #3 ALCO SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 4

5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #2 9TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT

ELECTION16 | There was a time not so long ago when the open seat in the East Bay’s Ninth State Senate District was billed as next year’s headliner. Three well-known former Assemblymembers with ties to the district went all-in. Then, in September, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan dropped out of the race due to doubts … Continue reading 5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #2 9TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT

5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #1 17TH CONGRESSIONAL DIST

ELECTION16 | The Rep. Mike Honda-Ro Khanna rematch gets top-billing for many reasons. It’s a national story again highlighting the state’s open primary system pitting Democrat against Democrat. The rise of Khanna locally is also a potential game-changing shift in the power structure of South Alameda County and the South Bay in general.Early on, Honda’s … Continue reading 5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #1 17TH CONGRESSIONAL DIST

Wilma Chan bows out state senate race

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan said she did not believes her campaign could raise theneeded $1.6 million in SD9.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | Alameda County Supervisor Wilma is abandoning her bid for next year’s open state Senate race in the East Bay’s Ninth District. Chan cited a struggle to raise what she believes is the requisite … Continue reading Wilma Chan bows out state senate race