Alameda councilman eyes run for mayor: ‘Don’t know if I can win.’

Alameda Councilmember Frank MatarreseALAMEDA CITY COUNCILSeemingly from the day Trish Herrera Spencer was elected Alameda mayor in 2014, the line of challengers seeking to make her a one-termer began jockeying for position. Nearly three years later, Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft is a near lock to run for mayor next year, but speculation over whether Councilmember … Continue reading Alameda councilman eyes run for mayor: ‘Don’t know if I can win.’

Alameda council files FPPC complaint over mystery campaign mailers

Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog duringthe Dec. 6 council meeting.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Just weeks before Election Day, some Alameda voters received highly negative mailers against Councilmember Tony Daysog. However, the mailers equating Daysog to Donald Trump and accusing him of participating in a pay-to-play scheme for campaign contribution. Notably, each failed to identify who was behind … Continue reading Alameda council files FPPC complaint over mystery campaign mailers

You say Democrat, I say ‘Demorcrat’

A Ro Khanna mailer tailored to women voters in the 17th District contains a critical misspelling.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |Whichever computer the Ro Khanna campaign was using to allegedly mine fundraising data from Rep. Mike Honda is unclear, but one thing is for sure, it doesn’t have spellcheck.Khanna’s campaign sent a direct-mail piece this … Continue reading You say Democrat, I say ‘Demorcrat’

Who has money in the Hayward City Council race and who doesn’t?

Hayward Councilmember Elisa Marquez hasthe most unencumbered available cash in  the10-person June council election.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | In a place like Hayward where daily reporting on City Hall is non-existent and community apathy is high, candidate for the City Council often rely solely on direct-mail campaign literature to engage voters.And because a $20,000 campaign war … Continue reading Who has money in the Hayward City Council race and who doesn’t?

Honda’s Republican opponent files complaint over taxpayer-paid mailers

Rep. Mike Honda's campaign called Cohen's complaint "petty politics." CONGRESS | DISTRICT 17 | Questions over Rep. Mike Honda’s congressional mailings to constituents are again political fodder for the third time in more than a year.Ron Cohen, a Republican who joined the race in the Seventeenth Congressional District last month, says a recent mailer from Honda touting his … Continue reading Honda’s Republican opponent files complaint over taxpayer-paid mailers

Campaign nerves fray in contested State Senate race along with spendthrift IEs

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Big Labor was angling to slap a campaign finance complaint this week against the conservative Independent Expenditure (IE) committee backed by the Koch Brothers for failing to report the amount of money it spent for a web commercial in opposition of Susan Bonilla in the tight State Senate special … Continue reading Campaign nerves fray in contested State Senate race along with spendthrift IEs

Harm Offensive: How to turn Rep. Mike Honda’s nap into a nightmare

Outrage, not jocularity, is how a potential Ro Khanna rematch versus Rep. Mike Honda can turn nappy time into a winning strategy.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Today is National Napping Day in honor of the hour lost last weekend for daylight savings time. It could also represent a day of remembrance for the time Rep. Mike Honda nodded off … Continue reading Harm Offensive: How to turn Rep. Mike Honda’s nap into a nightmare

State GOP files trademark infringement complaint against labor-backed PAC which supports Republican

Republican Michaela Hertle dropped out of her State Senate race just days after qualifying for the ballot, but a independent expenditure group backed by labor has spent more than $60,000 on two mailers, including the one above. Is it help her or stop Steve Glazer?After the California Republican Party complainedto the IE over use of … Continue reading State GOP files trademark infringement complaint against labor-backed PAC which supports Republican

Based on campaign mailers, former Rep. Ellen Tauscher greatly aged in one day

Is this the same person? Susan Bonilla's State Senate campaign sent a mailer last week featuring former Rep. Ellen Tauscher using a much younger photo than the current version, on the right.A second Bonilla mailer shows a more matureEllen Tauscher.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Politically savvy voters in the State Senate's 7th District were … Continue reading Based on campaign mailers, former Rep. Ellen Tauscher greatly aged in one day

Former GOP Congressman to Mike Honda: ‘Your Going Down Tuesday’

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Former South Bay Rep. Ernie Konnyu is pissed. This week, Rep. Mike Honda's campaign attempted to link Konnyu, a divisive Republican representative who served the area in the 1980s, to Ro Khanna in a negative mailer.Ernie KonnyuHonda's campaign characterized Konnyu as "disgraced" and "disowned by his own party" after a … Continue reading Former GOP Congressman to Mike Honda: ‘Your Going Down Tuesday’

In One Day, IE Lays Out $622,500 In Support of Catharine Baker

Catharine Baker's lashed back at Tim Sbranti for a mailer she says purposefully misleads voters in the 16th Assembly District.ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 16 | Spirit of Democracy California, a right-wing independent expenditure committee believes the battleground 16th Assembly District can be turned from blue to red. On Tuesday, campaign finance reports show the IE, funded … Continue reading In One Day, IE Lays Out $622,500 In Support of Catharine Baker

Khanna Asks Honda, Why Denounce Redskins, but not Indo American Mailer?

The PAC Working for Us sent two mailerslast month, above and below, that offered racial stereotypes against India.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | It was an especially steely comment as far as campaign press releases in mid-June go from the Ro Khanna campaign Tuesday morning. And the controversy he may need  to unseat Rep. Mike Honda could … Continue reading Khanna Asks Honda, Why Denounce Redskins, but not Indo American Mailer?

Debate, as in Singular, not Plural, says Honda’s Campaign

Rep. Mike Honda, Ro Khanna and JoelVanlandingham at a May 3 forum in Fremont.CONGRESS | DISTRICT 17 | Ro Khanna reiterated his desire for five monthly debates from now to the November Election in a letter Tuesday to Rep. Mike Honda. However, there may only be one debate, if Honda’s campaign has its way."Congressman Honda … Continue reading Debate, as in Singular, not Plural, says Honda’s Campaign

Primary Questions: CA-15 Preview

Rep. Eric Swalwell, State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett and Hugh Bussell.THE CANDIDATES All you really know about Rep. Eric Swalwell’s first 18 months in Congress is he has compiled 350,000 frequent flier miles traveling from the East Bay to Washington, D.C. The slow pace of plate tectonics on Earth assures us long-distance travel for … Continue reading Primary Questions: CA-15 Preview

Down Ballot, May 28, 2014; 6 Days to Election Day

Kamala Harris attended a fundraiserTuesday for Rep. Mike Honda.PHOTO/Shane BondSTATE SENATE DISTRICT 10 As Democrats Bob Wieckowski and Mary Hayashi continue sniping at each other, Republican Peter Kuo attended a memorial Tuesday for one of the South Bay victims of the Isla Vista shootings. Kuo even brought his violin for the solemn occasion.CONGRESS DISTRICT 15 … Continue reading Down Ballot, May 28, 2014; 6 Days to Election Day