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

Glazer wins SD7 special election; will face Bonilla in May runoff

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Voters in the 7th State Senate District, at least the few who participated in Tuesday's special election, gave centrist Democrat Steve Glazer a seven-point win over Assemblymember Susan Bonilla. Since no candidate attained a majority of the vote, the campaigns will reload and meet again in the May 19 … Continue reading Glazer wins SD7 special election; will face Bonilla in May runoff

Campaign Notes: State Senate 7th District Special Election

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | There are four mostly moderate Democrats running in a state senate district race with an electorate typically a tad left of center. That's just too much for the Alameda County Republican Party. On Friday, the local grandees decided against endorsing one of the candidates after the lone GOP challenger … Continue reading Campaign Notes: State Senate 7th District Special Election

Shady state senate campaign tricks has ties to teachers’ union

Joan Buchanan's state senate was endorsed by the California Teachers Association. STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters has been to many political rodeos in California. In a column Monday, Walters laid out a very cynical, but truthful view of the campaign shenanigans taking center stage in next week's special election primary in the 7th … Continue reading Shady state senate campaign tricks has ties to teachers’ union

SD7: East Bay voters take part in yet another rough and tumble election

14th District Assemblymember Susan Bonilla and former 16th District Assemblymember Joan Buchanan at a forum in January.STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Last fall, voters in Contra Costa and Alameda counties endured one of the most aggressive, expensive, and odd Assembly races in California. Labor unions clashed with conservative groups; independent expenditure committees poured millions of dollars into … Continue reading SD7: East Bay voters take part in yet another rough and tumble election

Fundraising in State Senate special election tops $1 million

Steve Glazer, Joan Buchanan and Susan Bonilla.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Less than two weeks from Election Day in the East Bay's special State Senate 7th District race, nearly $1 million has been raised and nearly $700,000 has been spent by the three Democrats. Campaign finance reports released by the campaigns Thursday show Assemblymember Susan Bonilla … Continue reading Fundraising in State Senate special election tops $1 million

Labor-backed IE spending money in SD7 on Republican who dropped out

STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Steve Glazer urged his supporters Sunday night to "Follow the $" after learning a political action committee typically backed by labor is spending thousands to back the lone Republican in the State Senate 7th District special election primary next month even though she dropped out of the race earlier … Continue reading Labor-backed IE spending money in SD7 on Republican who dropped out

Glazer immediately takes hold of the narrative in special State Senate race

Just weeks after joining the SD7 special election, Steve Glazer is already grabbing the headlines.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Steve Glazer, a former consultant to Gov. Jerry Brown, failed to advance past the June primary last summer in the 16th Assembly District, but his return last month to seek Rep. Mark DeSaulnier’s vacated seat in … Continue reading Glazer immediately takes hold of the narrative in special State Senate race

SD7: Steve Glazer says ‘I’m in’

Steve Glazer is ready to launch his secondcampaign in the last year.STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Just under the Friday deadline, Steve Glazer has filed to run for the special election in the State Senate 7th District. The seat is open after Mark DeSaulnier was elected last year to replace George Miller in Congress.Glazer … Continue reading SD7: Steve Glazer says ‘I’m in’

Games(wo)manship in the State Senate Special Election Race

Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, seated in purple, listens as her opponent for the open State Senate 7th District seat, Joan Buchanan, asks the Tri Valley Democratic Club in Dublin for their endorsement. PHOTOS/Steven TavaresSTATE SENTATE | DISTRICT 7 | After Assemblymember Susan Bonilla made her roughly 17-minute pitch for the Tri Valley Democratic Club's endorsement Monday … Continue reading Games(wo)manship in the State Senate Special Election Race

Special election to replace DeSaulnier in SD7 set for May 19; primary in March

Special election candidates: Joan Buchanan,Mark Meuser and Susan Bonilla.STATE SENATE DISTRICT 7 | When Mark DeSaulnier was elected to replace long-time Congressman George Miller last year, it created an opening for his State Senate 7th District seat.Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced the SD-7 top-two primary will be scheduled for for Mar. 17. The special … Continue reading Special election to replace DeSaulnier in SD7 set for May 19; primary in March

Moderate Democrats Vying for the 16th Assembly District Find Much in Common

ELECTION 2014 | ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |It wasn't too long ago that Contra Costa County’s wealthy 16th Assembly District was a pinkish shade of red. Termed out Assemblymember Joan Buchanan is credited for turning the Lamorinda district blue, but following an outspoken stance by one of the candidates hoping to replace her decrying the … Continue reading Moderate Democrats Vying for the 16th Assembly District Find Much in Common

Bay Area House Delegation gets Younger with Rep. George Miller’s Retirement

Rep. George Miller to retire this year.CONGRESS | The Bay Area's graying congressional caucus will get yet another shot of new energy with the retirement of Rep. George Miller following four decades in Washington. The announcement Monday morning was quickly followed by a list of potential candidates to fill Miller's Contra Costa County district. However, … Continue reading Bay Area House Delegation gets Younger with Rep. George Miller’s Retirement

Hayashi, Other East Bay Liberals Vote Against Foreclosure Bill

Critics say the banking lobby killed SB 1275 in the assemblyLENO'S BILL WOULD HAVE ALLOWED FOR EASE OF LOAN MODIFICATIONSMost observers in favor of Sen. Mark Leno's foreclosure bill called it "modest." The piece of legislation that would have afforded troubled borrowers a decision on whether they were approved for a loan modification was inexplicably … Continue reading Hayashi, Other East Bay Liberals Vote Against Foreclosure Bill

Oakland On Edge

AROUND THE EAST BAY BLOGOSPHEREWhen it comes to next week's likely verdict in the Johannes Mehersle trial invariably the knee-jerk local reaction will be devoid of contemplation. Images of protesters will be splashed on television screens focusing squarely on unknown out-of-town anarchists and minorities and make this brew of possible civil disturbance its the main talking point. But is it? … Continue reading Oakland On Edge