Swalwell berates Democratic Central Committee member for questioning his liberalism

Rep. Eric Swalwell, right, posing with lawenforcement while wearing a DEA cap.15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTDon't call East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell a Republican or you will pay for it.After Swalwell tweeted a comment referring to his Republicans parents, Guillermo Elenes, an elected member of the Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee, responded, "You are basically a … Continue reading Swalwell berates Democratic Central Committee member for questioning his liberalism

San Pablo mayor wants to work in the Trump administration

ELECTION 2016 | Large anti-Donald Trump protests may be raging miles away in Oakland and other East Bay cities, but San Pablo's Mayor Rich Kinney is interested in serving the president-elect.In a series of tweets last weekend, Kinney offered his services to Trump. It even appeared Kinney filled out some sort of application, according to … Continue reading San Pablo mayor wants to work in the Trump administration

Former CA-17 GOP candidate jumps off the Trump Train after damaging video

Ron Cohen says video released Friday of Trump disparaging women is too much for him.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |Former South Bay Republican congressional candidate Ron Cohen took some heavy heat earlier this year for being one of the first local conservatives to back Donald Trump. He even pledged to be one of Trump’s delegates … Continue reading Former CA-17 GOP candidate jumps off the Trump Train after damaging video

First ad of high-profile AD-16 race teaches voters to pronounce Democrat’s name

Screenshot from the Cheryl Cook-Kallio campaign ad paid for by the California Democratic Party.ASSEMBLY 16TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |California state Democrats believe the 16th Assembly District is ripe for the retaking. But first, they just need to introduce their alternative to first-term Assemblymember Catharine Baker, the only Republican state legislator representing the East Bay.The party released a … Continue reading First ad of high-profile AD-16 race teaches voters to pronounce Democrat’s name

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?

Sandre Swanson receives support from former Republican opponent

Sandre Swanson in Oakland last January.STATE SENATE | 9th DISTRICT |As a lonely Republican in the deep blue East Bay, former state Senate candidate Rich Kinney doesn’t have much to offer other than his help in cajoling reluctant conservatives to choose between two very progressive candidates in the Ninth District. Will it be Sandre Swanson … Continue reading Sandre Swanson receives support from former Republican opponent

For the children’s sake, Baker opposes state initiative to legalize cannabis

Assemblymember Catharine BakerASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker says she opposes the "Adult Use of Marijuana Act," the state ballot initiative to legalize cannabis in California.Baker, an East Bay Republican legislator representing suburban areas from Walnut Creek to Pleasanton, announced her opposition to the initiative, known as Proposition 64, in a … Continue reading For the children’s sake, Baker opposes state initiative to legalize cannabis

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

An incumbent, a perennial runner-up and a CPA enter a congressionalrace…

Ron Cohen, a Republican from Fremont, becomesthe third candidate in the CA17 June primary.ELECTION16 | Ron Cohen, a Fremont certified public accountant, is the first Republican to join the highly-anticipated Seventeenth Congressional District rematch between Democrats Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna.Before becoming a partner at Fremont’s Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., LLP, Cohen’s biography … Continue reading An incumbent, a perennial runner-up and a CPA enter a congressionalrace…

That time Barbara Lee and Paul Ryan tussled over race

Rep. Barbara Lee and new Republican HouseSpeaker Paul Ryan have history.CONGRESS | DISTRICT 13 | “I congratulate Paul Ryan on his election as Speaker of the House today," East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee said Thursday of the new Republican House leader.In the statement, Lee encouraged Ryan to act against an Authorization of Military Force (AUMF), … Continue reading That time Barbara Lee and Paul Ryan tussled over race

Republican East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker posts strong first-half fundraising numbers

Assemblymember Catharine BakerASSEMBLY | CAMPAIGN FINANCE | Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker raised more than $427,000 during the first half on this year. Baker, who is the lone local Republican member of the Legislature, nearly outpaced the rest of the East Bay Assembly caucus in campaign finance reports released by the Secretary of State’s office.Most view … Continue reading Republican East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker posts strong first-half fundraising numbers

Swalwell swats away balls for Democrats

Rep. Eric Swalwell is known to play the ballwith aggressiveness.CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Rep. Eric Swalwell hasn't maintained a clean sheet when it comes to keeping people from sneaking into the San Jose Airport (This goes for Rep. Mike Honda, too).But, House Democrats hope he can do better as the party's goalkeeper this week … Continue reading Swalwell swats away balls for Democrats

Labor-backed IE spending money in SD7 on Republican who dropped out

STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Steve Glazer urged his supporters Sunday night to "Follow the $" after learning a political action committee typically backed by labor is spending thousands to back the lone Republican in the State Senate 7th District special election primary next month even though she dropped out of the race earlier … Continue reading Labor-backed IE spending money in SD7 on Republican who dropped out

Media is Shutting Me Out, says Assembly Candidate Jaime Patino

18th Assembly District candidate Jaime Patino says the local media is doing the public a disservice by ignoring his race against Assemblymember Bill Quirk.ASSEMBLY | 20TH DISTRICT | Union city resident Jaime Patino, a Republican, is a long-shot to unseat first-term Democratic Assemblymember Bill Quirk in November. But, that's not what's bothering Patino the most. … Continue reading Media is Shutting Me Out, says Assembly Candidate Jaime Patino

Why Can’t Tim Sbranti Learn the Art of Smeyesing?

Smeyesing--smiling with your eyes--is somethingTim Sbranti can't seem to do during this campaign.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | If you place 16th Assembly District candidate Tim Sbranti in the mayor’s seat during Dublin City Council meetings you will see a gregarious young politician running the hearing with the energy of a late night talk show host. … Continue reading Why Can’t Tim Sbranti Learn the Art of Smeyesing?