AD15 candidate Buffy Wicks raised a whopping $500,000 in campaign contributions last year

AD15 candidate Buffy Wicks raised $209,000during the first half of the 2017.ELECTION 2018--15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--Buffy Wicks is again making her opponents in the 15th Assembly District green with envy.After bursting onto the scene last summer with an impressive one-month haul, Wicks says her campaign will file year-end campaign finance reports that include in excess of … Continue reading AD15 candidate Buffy Wicks raised a whopping $500,000 in campaign contributions last year

Lee says Trump’s Cuba policy is an ‘unnecessary step backwards’

Rep. Barbara Lee says President Trump'snew Cuba policy hurts U.S. businesses.13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTRep. Barbara Lee has another reason to be critical of President Donald Trump after the administration announced Thursday that it would roll back the reopening of Cuba to U.S. investment and travel, a policy created in 2015 under President Barack Obama.After the announcement, … Continue reading Lee says Trump’s Cuba policy is an ‘unnecessary step backwards’

Interest builds for Thurmond’s open Assembly seat

15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTA growing number of politicos in the 15th Assembly District are realizing the race next year to replace Tony Thurmond is going to be a wide-open affair. And the list of potential candidate is growing by the weeks. Oakland District 1 Councilmember Dan Kalb and Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles were the first in after … Continue reading Interest builds for Thurmond’s open Assembly seat

Trump to punish sanctuary cities with loss of federal money; Oakland could lose $130m

President Trump's executive order also restarts the"Secure Communities" law enforcement programthat was discontinued in 2014.SANCTUARY CITIESPresident Trump's executive order Wednesday seeking to punish sanctuary cities by halting federal grants could effect several East Bay cities, including Oakland which stands to lose $130 million in funding, a potentially devastating amount to its general budget.Other East Bay cities, such … Continue reading Trump to punish sanctuary cities with loss of federal money; Oakland could lose $130m

Kaplan to CalPERS: Divest from Dakota and Keystone XL pipelines

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplanat Standing Rock in late November.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILLast November, Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan braved blisteringly cold weather to protest the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The project along with the Keystone XL pipeline, another project strongly opposed by environmentalists, was subsequently blocked by President Obama, only to be set back in motion Tuesday … Continue reading Kaplan to CalPERS: Divest from Dakota and Keystone XL pipelines

President Obama backs Oakland at-large council candidate Peggy Moore

Peggy Moore's years of work for President Obama'scampaigns finally paid off Saturday.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | AT-LARGE |ELECTION 2016 |With just four days before Election Day, Oakland City Council candidate Peggy Moore received an enormous boost in her bid to unseat At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan--President Obama's endorsement.News of the president's endorsement was first reported early Saturday morning … Continue reading President Obama backs Oakland at-large council candidate Peggy Moore

Blockbuster endorsement: President Obama backs East Bay Assembly candidate Cheryl Cook-Kallio

President Obama endorsed just three Californialegislative candidates, including the East Bay'sCheryl Cook-Kallio in AD16.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | ELECTION 2016 |In a surprising, somewhat unprecedented move, President Barack Obama has endorsed 16th Assembly District Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio.The endorsement signals Assembly Democrats are throwing everything at their disposal to secure the two-thirds majority they desire next session. … Continue reading Blockbuster endorsement: President Obama backs East Bay Assembly candidate Cheryl Cook-Kallio

Podesta WikiLeaks emails: Khanna sought Hillary Clinton’s endorsement

Thousands of emails belonging to John Podesta havebeen released by WikiLeaks in recent weeks.PHOTO/Creative CommonsCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |Last January, Ro Khanna's congressional campaign was seeking an early knockout in its rematch this year with Rep. Mike Honda.The devastating blow, his campaign chair Steve Spinner believed, would have arrived in the form of … Continue reading Podesta WikiLeaks emails: Khanna sought Hillary Clinton’s endorsement

Honda’s past campaign suspected Khanna was phishing their emails

Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna will face eachother in a rematch this November.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |Rep. Mike Honda's previous congressional campaign believed Ro Khanna may have been trying to gain access to their emails, according to a 2013 campaign memo. The technique, called “spear phishing,” is often used to dupe users … Continue reading Honda’s past campaign suspected Khanna was phishing their emails

State political director for Hillary Clinton to run for Oakland’s at-large council seat

Peggy Moore filed an intention to run Wednesday for Oakland's at-large council seat.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | AT-LARGE |Peggy Moore, one of the East Bay’s best and brightest political apparatchiks is poised to become highest-profile challenger yet for any of the five open seats on the Oakland City Council.Moore, a member of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s office and … Continue reading State political director for Hillary Clinton to run for Oakland’s at-large council seat

Eric Swalwell backs state cannabis legalization initiative

Rep. Eric SwalwellCONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell is backing Proposition 64, the state initiative aiming to legalize cannabis use, according to a Sacramento Bee reporter. The state measure comes before voters this November.Although the two-term congressman from Dublin often finds wiggle room along the left of center political spectrum, his … Continue reading Eric Swalwell backs state cannabis legalization initiative

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

Despite recent switch from GOP, Welch has long history of donating to Democrats

Katherine Welch in Oakland last January.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT | Some voters in the Ninth State Senate District, one of the most progressive areas in the entire state, might be skeptical about candidate Katherine Welch following a new story last year that revealed she only recently switched her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat."I've … Continue reading Despite recent switch from GOP, Welch has long history of donating to Democrats

EBCAMPAIGN: Dumb & Dumber in CA17; Sign Stealer Joins Race; Missing Hayward Incumbent; Don’t Mess with Hags!; Bonta’s mom supports renters

95 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY | Mike Honda: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you Mary, just... The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?President Obama: Not good.Mike Honda: [he gulps, his mouth twitching] You mean, not good like … Continue reading EBCAMPAIGN: Dumb & Dumber in CA17; Sign Stealer Joins Race; Missing Hayward Incumbent; Don’t Mess with Hags!; Bonta’s mom supports renters

Honda on Obama’s no endorsement: So you’re saying there’s still a chance?

In better times: President Obama and Rep.Mike Honda in early 2013.CONGRESS | CA17 | Rep. Mike Honda still thinks there is a chance President Obama will endorse his re-election campaign this year against Ro Khanna.Over the weekend, it was reported the president would not be making an endorsement in the rematch between two Democrats. In … Continue reading Honda on Obama’s no endorsement: So you’re saying there’s still a chance?