Pete Stark, 40-year East Bay congressman and progressive icon, dies

Pete Stark, the Walnut Creek community banker who parlayed his opposition to the Vietnam War into an unprecedented 40-year run representing the East Bay in Congress, died Friday at his home in Maryland, the family announced. He was 88. "Today, America has lost a champion of the people and a leader of great integrity, moral … Continue reading Pete Stark, 40-year East Bay congressman and progressive icon, dies

CA15: Brendan St. John is the man in the middle

Pleasanton's Brendan St. John hopes to give CA15 voters an alternative to Swalwell. "I've always said the greatest thing about Eric Swalwell is no matter the opinion, he agrees with you."

Prominent Tri-Valley developer indicted for illegal campaign contributions to Swalwell

Eric Swalwell announcing his first run forCongress at a 2011 rally in Dublin.15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTOn a rainy night in April 2012, during what would be former Rep. Pete Stark's final political campaign, the irascible 40-year congressman lashed out at his young opponent, then Dublin Councilmember Eric Swalwell, alleging he took bribes from a well-connected Tri-Valley developer. … Continue reading Prominent Tri-Valley developer indicted for illegal campaign contributions to Swalwell

Eric Swalwell has visited Iowa so many times that CNN thinks he represents the Hawkeye State

Rep. Eric Swalwell barnstormed Iowa last week,fueling conversation that he's eyeing a run atthe 2020 Iowa Caucus.15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT--OPPOSITION RESEARCH--Over the last 10 months, Rep. Eric Swalwell has made up to four trips to Iowa. Starting in October 2016 when he visited Iowa City to chat with milennials about student debt, buzz is increasing that … Continue reading Eric Swalwell has visited Iowa so many times that CNN thinks he represents the Hawkeye State

Defiant Mike Honda squashes retirement talk: ‘Not on your life’

Rep. Mike Honda's response to suggestions he should retire: "Not on your life."CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |Surrogates for Ro Khanna and one newspaper columnist have suggested Rep. Mike Honda should retire following his June 7 primary defeat. His answer in an op-ed Wednesday was clear: “Not on your life.”“Doing so would be a disservice to the 60 … Continue reading Defiant Mike Honda squashes retirement talk: ‘Not on your life’

A Parker upset will show Swalwell’s blessing means something

Bryan Parker and Rep. Eric SwalwellALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |One of the interesting side stories to the Alameda County supervisors race is not just Rep. Eric Swalwell’s surprising endorsement last April of Bryan Parker, the challenger hoping to unseat Supervisor Nate Miley, but the amount of follow-through the congressman is putting in … Continue reading A Parker upset will show Swalwell’s blessing means something

Khanna welched on donation to charity organizing celebration of Jesus’ birth

CA-17 Democratic candidate Ro Khanna is facing a second claim that he failed to pay campaign debts.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |Just minutes after candidates in the 17th Congressional District concluded their one-and-only pre-primary debate last May 6, Republican candidate Ron Cohen approached Ro Khanna and quietly handed him an envelope. “This person says you owe him money,” … Continue reading Khanna welched on donation to charity organizing celebration of Jesus’ birth

‘Shame! Shame! Shame!’: Swalwell misses vote allowing LGBT amendment to fail

Rep. Eric SwalwellCONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT |As cries of "Shame! Shame! Shame!" from Democratic lawmakers rained down on the House floor Thursday over a failed amendment to bar contractors from federal contracts if they discriminate against the LGBT community, the voice of East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell was absent.The amendment offered by New York Rep. … Continue reading ‘Shame! Shame! Shame!’: Swalwell misses vote allowing LGBT amendment to fail

Swalwell on Parker: ‘He will bring new energy and ideas’ to Board of Supervisors

Rep. Eric Swalwell posing with Parker volunteersat a Pleasanton farmers' market earlier this month.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell is again bucking the local party machine. He has endorsed former Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker over incumbent Nate Miley in the June Alameda County Board of Supervisors race.The endorsement … Continue reading Swalwell on Parker: ‘He will bring new energy and ideas’ to Board of Supervisors

Rep. Eric Swalwell sure is fond of Bryan Parker’s campaign for supervisor

Is Rep. Eric Swalwell telegraphing an intent toissue an endorsement for Bryan Parker?ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |Just a whispers of whether Rep. Eric Swalwell will endorse Bryan Parker for Alameda County's District Four supervisorial campaign against incumbent Nate Miley become louder, comes this tantalizing item.Swalwell, the popular Tri Valley representative whose congressional … Continue reading Rep. Eric Swalwell sure is fond of Bryan Parker’s campaign for supervisor

5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #3 ALCO SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 4

ELECTION16 | If the Alameda County Board of Supervisors are not gods in the context of East Bay governance, they are surely the U.S. Supreme Court. It's almost a lifetime appointment unless you're caught shooting up methamphetamines. That’s why Bryan Parker’s challenge to Supervisor Nate Miley’s seat is so important.Not since the early 1990s has … Continue reading 5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACES IN 2016: #3 ALCO SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 4

For the Stark boy, it’s Election Day

Fish Stark, son of former Rep. Pete Stark, isgetting into the family business.PETE STARK | Fish Stark is a chip off the old block. The college-age son of former East Bay Congressman Pete Stark is facing his first election Wednesday. At stake is a seat on the 30-person New Haven, Conn. Board of Alders.Stark, a … Continue reading For the Stark boy, it’s Election Day

More on Swalwell’s peculiar presidential endorsement: It’s ‘meaningless’

Rep. Eric SwalwellCONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Noted congressional elections expert Stuart Rothenberg is also scratching his head over Rep. Eric Swalwell’s endorsement of presidential candidate Martin O’Malley.Two weeks ago, I raised the idea that the announcement, from Swalwell’s standpoint, was a ploy to get him face time on the national level. Similarly, Swalwell used … Continue reading More on Swalwell’s peculiar presidential endorsement: It’s ‘meaningless’

How the lines are drawn meet two strong challenges

Rep. Eric Swalwell: One of the biggest winnersfollowing the state's 2010 citizen-led redistricting.PHOTO/Shane BondREDISTRICTING | The manner in which states decide how congressional district are drawn and exactly how many people represent each is facing stiff opposition.The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether states like Arizona, California and four others can legally use non-partisan citizen … Continue reading How the lines are drawn meet two strong challenges

Run, Ro, Run?

Ro Khanna's reported $800,000 in campaign financeindicates donors are still bullish about his future.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | When congressional campaign finance reports are released next week, they will show former 17th District candidate Ro Khanna has raised more than $800,000 in contributions. The news confirms a report last week that also attributed the spike … Continue reading Run, Ro, Run?