Is Alameda Councilman Tony Daysog a Republican in Democratic clothing?

Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog, alongwith Jennifer Roloff, at an endorsement meeting in August for the Alameda Democratic Club.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog owns a Web domain named “Moderate Democrat,” but some Democrats in Alameda and the county central committee are doubting his allegiance to the party, all together.An email from June, obtained by … Continue reading Is Alameda Councilman Tony Daysog a Republican in Democratic clothing?

Assembly Speaker pegs 16th District as a top opportunity for Democrats

Assemblymember Catharine Baker andchallenger Cheryl Cook-Kallio.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | It took six years for Republicans to snatch the 16th Assembly District from Democrats. Now Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon wants it back in the Democrat's column after just one election cycle.Rendon called the campaign for the Contra Costa County and Tri Valley-centered seat held by … Continue reading Assembly Speaker pegs 16th District as a top opportunity for Democrats

Bill Quirk labels Steve Glazer a ‘So-called moderate Democrat’

Assemblymember Bill Quirk said moderates likeSteve Glazer vote to keep people in jail.LEGISLATURE | To the uninitiated, Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk may look like a standard-issue Hollywood curmudgeon, but the exterior often masks a warm, paternal manner. So, when Quirk, a Democrat, unleashed some intraparty venom towards State Sen. Steve Glazer recently, it was a … Continue reading Bill Quirk labels Steve Glazer a ‘So-called moderate Democrat’

Outgoing Speaker recruited Democrat to face Baker in Sixteenth Assembly District

Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio filed Nov. 17 fornext year's Sixteenth Assembly District primary. ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 16 | If outgoing Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins was a college football coach her recruiting trip to the Sixteenth Assembly District could be graded as fairly successful.Suffice to say there are no blue chip recruits in the district straddling Contra Costa … Continue reading Outgoing Speaker recruited Democrat to face Baker in Sixteenth Assembly District

Ro Khanna Races Hard to the Right

A direct-mail piece from Ro Khanna's campaign calling out Rep. Mike Honda drew the attention of former Democratic Party Chair Howard Dean.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | For East Bay Democrats, which is a worse act of apostasy? Attacking a fellow Democrat for being too liberal or granting an exclusive interview with conservative website, Breitbart.com? It … Continue reading Ro Khanna Races Hard to the Right

Anatomy of an Upset

Ellen Corbett loses by 413 votes.CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Just how big an upset did Hugh Bussell pull off last week? It’s hard to quantify since upsets normally entail winning something, but with the state’s top two primary system, second can be as good as first. Maybe the extremely low voter turnout during the … Continue reading Anatomy of an Upset

Primary Questions: AD-16 Preview

Clockwise from the left: Steve Glazer, Tim Sbranti, Catharine Baker and Newell Arnerich.THE CANDIDATES Before Steve Glazer was the “Ban BART Strikes” guy, he was the mayor of Orinda and Gov. Jerry Brown’s best bud. Now, Glazer is attempting to parlay his early opposition to the BART strikes that roiled the Bay Area during the … Continue reading Primary Questions: AD-16 Preview

Primary Questions: AD-20 Preview

Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Luis Reynoso and Jaime Patino.THE CANDIDATES Bill Quirk nearly lost two years ago despite strong support from the Democratic Party and labor unions. He beat Jennifer Ong by just over 900 votes, yet the close call failed to attract any Democrats to challenge his re-election. As an assemblyman and former Hayward council … Continue reading Primary Questions: AD-20 Preview

Petition Asks Eric Swalwell to Act Like a Progressive

Before Swalwell, there was Ellen Tauscher,who batted away accusations she was notliberal enough for the district.CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | The unmasking of Rep. Eric Swalwell as a moderate continues. “Stop lying to us. You've said repeatedly that you're a progressive, but your voting record, your actions, and your corporate and 1% donors tell us … Continue reading Petition Asks Eric Swalwell to Act Like a Progressive

This June, take their Suggestions and do the Opposite

MEDIA | ANALYSIS |The Bay Area News Groups version of political endorsements is here, or, better understood as an editorial staff of one filing out a page on an anti-worker edition of Mad Libs. On Wednesday it somewhat surprisingly passed over Democratic apostate Steve Glazer in favor of Republican Catharine Baker in Contra Costa County’s … Continue reading This June, take their Suggestions and do the Opposite

A Phantom Menace Lurks on the Outskirts of True Blue Alameda County

AD18 Conspiracy Theory | Circumstantial Evidence in CA17 | Is Wieckowski a Master Debater?CHAPTER 10 | Last Friday, Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk became one of the first local elected officials to acknowledge the looming purpling of the East Bay and possibly the entire state. “We are getting more and more so-called New Democrats, moderate Democrats … Continue reading A Phantom Menace Lurks on the Outskirts of True Blue Alameda County

Assemblyman says Hayward Power Plant Cited for Polluting Air is ‘Quite Healthy’

Hayward's Russell City Energy Center.ASSEMBLY | 20TH ASSEMBLY FORUM | Hayward residents are in the mood to question whether Calpine’s Russell City Energy Center was such a good idea, after all. At a candidate's forum for 20th Assembly District race, the issue dominated the nearly hour-long discussion. Assemblymember Bill Quirk’s consistent support of the plant … Continue reading Assemblyman says Hayward Power Plant Cited for Polluting Air is ‘Quite Healthy’

Swalwell Email Asks, Do You Support Unemployment Benefits? Check Yes or No

Click the image for a larger viewCONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Some will assert a political moderate is merely someone who doesn't believe in anything, a Cafeteria Catholic picking and choosing positions within a clearly defined doctrine designed to be followed as a whole and not by its individual parts.In December, Rep. Eric Swalwell took … Continue reading Swalwell Email Asks, Do You Support Unemployment Benefits? Check Yes or No

Swalwell’s Re-Election Bid To Conjure The Ghost Of Pete Stark

PHOTO/Shane Bond ILLUSTRATION/Steven TavaresCONGRESS//15TH DISTRICT | In 2012, Eric Swalwell had everything go right for him. A lengthy list of East Bay Democrats put off challenging 40-year incumbent Pete Stark last year, state redistricting soften up the then 13th Congressional District into a slightly lighter shade of blue and his opponent virtually imploded without explanation. … Continue reading Swalwell’s Re-Election Bid To Conjure The Ghost Of Pete Stark

Swalwell’s Bipartisan Rhetoric Catches Up To Him With Government Shut Down

Rep. Eric Swalwell urging Republicans on the House floor in September to give up their "ideological wet dream" of railroading Obamacare.CONGRESS//15TH DISTRICT/ANALYSIS | House Representatives have a knack for placing themselves outside of the morass of Washington while maintaining membership in the same body. The talent is apparently easy to learn. After just a year in … Continue reading Swalwell’s Bipartisan Rhetoric Catches Up To Him With Government Shut Down