Glazer’s Port Chicago 50 resolution unanimously approved by state Senate

State Sen. Steve Glazer's resolution asks PresidentObama for an executive order exonerating the PortChicago 50 of their convictions in 1944 for mutiny.STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT |The state Senate voted Thursday to urge President Obama to fully exonerate members of infamous Port Chicago 50, the group of World War II-era African American soldiers who were … Continue reading Glazer’s Port Chicago 50 resolution unanimously approved by state Senate

Just Say No: Loni Hancock avoids Nancy Reagan lovefest

State Sen. Loni HancockSTATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT | East Bay State Sen. Loni Hancock, like many progressives, had a difficult time holding their tongue as the national media and Republicans venerated former First Lady Nancy Reagan following her passing Mar. 6.According to the Sacramento Bee, Hancock and San Francisco State Sen. Mark Leno headed … Continue reading Just Say No: Loni Hancock avoids Nancy Reagan lovefest

Skinner’s internal polling touts across the board lead in State Senate District race

Current Ninth State Senate District candidates,clockwise, Nancy Skinner, Sandre Swanson, Katherine Welch, and Rich Kinney.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |Nancy Skinner's internal polling shows her campaign for the Ninth State Senate District would easily win the four-person June primary and also top her likely November opponent, Sandre Swanson.The poll, released by Skinner's camapign on Thursday, was … Continue reading Skinner’s internal polling touts across the board lead in State Senate District race

East Bay legislators with 14 total bills recently signed by the governor

Not all bills are equal, but some of State Sen.Loni Hancock's have more primacy than othersamong her East Bay legislative colleagues.LEGISLATURE | Five members of the East Bay legislative caucus celebrated the signing by Gov. Jerry Brown of 14 of their respective bills over the past week. On Monday alone Brown signed six.CATHARINE BAKERAB 773 … Continue reading East Bay legislators with 14 total bills recently signed by the governor

Sandre Swanson’s latest fundraising totals are a concern

Sandre Swanson, Wilma Chan and Nancy SkinnerSTATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | Sandre Swanson could have a big money problem in next year’s likely hard-fought June primary next year in the Ninth State Senate District.The early endorsement of his campaign by State Sen. Loni Hancock—the current holder of the seat who is termed out next … Continue reading Sandre Swanson’s latest fundraising totals are a concern

Political tit-for-tat kicks off big intraparty East Bay State Senate race

State Sen. Loni Hancock, right, kept her wordWednesday when endorsing Sandre Swanson in SD9..STATE SENATE |9TH DISTRICT | When Loni Hancock, the current holder of the Ninth State Senate District seat, announced Wednesday she was endorsing Sandre Swanson to succeed her in 2016, it should have come as no surprise.The deal between the Oakland and … Continue reading Political tit-for-tat kicks off big intraparty East Bay State Senate race

State Sen. Hancock voices opposition to controversial vaccination bill

State Sen. Loni Hancock called SB 277 a Draconianbill to protect children from infectious diseases.STATE SENATE | A controversial Senate Bill that would remove the personal belief exemption for parents wary of vaccinations for their children stalled in a senate committee Wednesday led in part by opposition from East Bay State Sen. Loni Hancock."I'm looking … Continue reading State Sen. Hancock voices opposition to controversial vaccination bill

Former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner named policy fellow at U.C. Davis

Nancy Skinner, right, is a likely candidate forthe 9th State Senate District in 2016, as is Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, right.PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | Former East Bay Assemblymember Nancy Skinner has something to do while she contemplates a likely run for the State Senate next year. The termed out legislator was named a senior policy fellow … Continue reading Former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner named policy fellow at U.C. Davis

Bonta, Wieckowski said aloha to notorious special interests junket

Twenty-five state lawmakers, including Bontaand Wieckowski, attended the expense-paid junketin Maui last November.LEGISLATURE | Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta and East Bay State Sen. Bob Wieckowski both received a special interests-funded junket in Maui last November totaling around $2,000 each, according to statement of economic interest disclosures released Tuesday.The trip were paid by the Independent Voter … Continue reading Bonta, Wieckowski said aloha to notorious special interests junket

Hancock, Quirk lead public safety hearing on police and community trust

Assemblymember Bill QuirkSTATE LEGISLATURE | The public safety committee chairs of State Legislature, both representing the East Bay, said testimony Tuesday in Sacramento suggests scant information exists on the use of force by police officers in California, In addition, there is no accepted number of civilians killed by law enforcement each year in the state.“We … Continue reading Hancock, Quirk lead public safety hearing on police and community trust

Sen. Loni Hancock retains public safety committee chair

State Sen. Loni HancockSTATE LEGISLATURE | The East Bay’s two state senators will be busy this session. State Sens. Loni Hancock and Bob Wieckowski will each chair a standing committee, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon announced Tuesday.Hancock, who will be termed out in 2016, will retain the chair the Senate Public Safety Committee … Continue reading Sen. Loni Hancock retains public safety committee chair

Corbett mum about next move

Riding off into the sunset...until further notice.STATE SENATE | Democrats in the State Legislature gathered Monday to welcome new and returning legislators, but for the first time in eight years, without Ellen CorbettIn a retrospective article in the San Jose Mercury News, the now-former State Senate majority leader did not rule out running for public … Continue reading Corbett mum about next move

East Bay Lawmakers were Gifted Many Dinners; Others Drake and A’s Tickets

Bob Wieckowski enjoys Game 2 of the ALDSwith a gift from an Oakland business.LEGISLATURE | During the Oakland Athletics’ playoff run last October, sports fans trained their eye on the action in the batter’s box. However, East Bay politicos also saw another type of gamesmanship in the same television shot as two local Assembly members, … Continue reading East Bay Lawmakers were Gifted Many Dinners; Others Drake and A’s Tickets

Dr. Quirk’s Scientific Knowledge Adds To Approval Of Controversial Fracking Bill

Asm. Bill QuirkLEGISLATURE//FRACKING | When it has to do with science, he becomes Dr. Quirk. On Wednesday, a controversial and water-down fracking bill cleared the State Legislature, but not before Assembly Speaker John Perez called on Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk to urge for its passage, while bestowing him the honorific of doctor.Critics say the bill allows the fracking industry … Continue reading Dr. Quirk’s Scientific Knowledge Adds To Approval Of Controversial Fracking Bill

East Bay Democrats Network, Build Buzz For Campaigns In 2014

CADEM CONVENTION//ROUND UP | Being an off year in California and East Bay politics does not normally elicit much news. In fact, last weekend’s Democratic state convention was more about likely 2014 candidates making important first impressions and building a network of support. Like most conventions, the real news was more likely made outside the men’s … Continue reading East Bay Democrats Network, Build Buzz For Campaigns In 2014