East Bay State Senate candidate front runners dance to the left, to the left!

Former Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner,right, and Sandre Swanson in Alameda.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |Regardless of how voters split hairs between the far left ideologies of the top two candidates running for California's Senate District 9 seat — former assemblymembers Sandré Swanson and Nancy Skinner — the East Bay will most likely be sending to Sacramento … Continue reading East Bay State Senate candidate front runners dance to the left, to the left!

An open and closed primary in the East Bay’s Ninth District Senate race

State Senate candidates: Nancy Skinner, SandreSwanson, Rich Kinney and Katherine Welch.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT | While hobnobbing for her June primary campaign during the California Democratic State Convention in San Jose, former Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner revealed a more soulful side to her public persona: She can sing. Skinner cut an album of folk songs … Continue reading An open and closed primary in the East Bay’s Ninth District Senate race

GOP Vanila Singh in Race with Honda, Khanna; wouldn’t Repeal Obamacare

Vanila SinghCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Let’s first get this out of the way. Republican 17th Congressional District candidate Vanila Singh is not named after the mellow spice. Instead, her sweet name roughly translates as mother earth in Sanskrit, she said. “I paid my dues with that name. I better make use of it,” she … Continue reading GOP Vanila Singh in Race with Honda, Khanna; wouldn’t Repeal Obamacare

2014 Preview: Top 5 Best East Bay Political Races

2014 YEAR-IN-PREVIEW | The 2014 midterm elections will be huge in the East Bay. From Congress to the State Legislature to various big city mayoral elections, the campaigns are already gearing up for a strategy-filled election season. Here are the Top 5 races next year showing the greatest potential for interest and excitement:CA17: Ro Khanna … Continue reading 2014 Preview: Top 5 Best East Bay Political Races

Wait And See: Even The Losers Get Lucky Sometimes

Ro KhannaELLEN CORBETT/RO KHANNA It’s assumed Eric Swalwell’s upset last Tuesday was the worst thing possible for the congressional hopes of State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett and former Obama appointee Ro Khanna. Not so, but it is now based solely on how Swalwell is able to build upon the power of the incumbency. If … Continue reading Wait And See: Even The Losers Get Lucky Sometimes

Oakland Tribune Hearts Swalwell

FIFTY+ONE blogFeb. 15, 2012 | Sorry for missing the opportunity for a Valentines-themed posting yesterday.What is going on with the burgeoning bromance between Josh Richman of the Oakland Tribune and East Bay congressional candidate Eric Swalwell? Hubba hubba.Is Richman merely promoting a potentially staid re-election campaign between Swalwell and Rep. Pete Stark or are other … Continue reading Oakland Tribune Hearts Swalwell

Swanson Exits State Senate Race; Endorses Hancock

STATE SENATE 9Jan. 24,2012 | Alameda Assemblyman Sandre Swanson will ends his nascent campaign to challenge fellow Democrat Loni Hancock for her seat in the state senate.Swanson will also endorse Hancock for the senate seat in the June primary and work towards replacing her at the end of her potential term in 2016, he said Tuesday. … Continue reading Swanson Exits State Senate Race; Endorses Hancock

Swanson Entering Race To Unseat Hancock in State Senate

STATE SENATE 9Asm. Sandre SwansonDec. 13, 2011 | Termed-out Alameda assemblyman Sandre Swanson made official what many have expected--a primary challenge against fellow Democrat Loni Hancock for her seat in the state Senate.The Tribune Tuesday reported Swanson's intention to file nomination papers at the end of this month. "I intend to be the first in … Continue reading Swanson Entering Race To Unseat Hancock in State Senate