Democrats coalesce around single candidate to challenge Catharine Baker’s re-election

AD16 Assemblymember Catharine Bakerwill face Dem Rebecca Bauer-Kahan arethe only candidates in the June 5 primary.16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--ELECTION 2018--In some parts of the state where Democrats are hoping to upend Republican seat holders, aspiring candidates are running the risk of diluting their electoral strength by having too many candidates run in the Top Two primary. … Continue reading Democrats coalesce around single candidate to challenge Catharine Baker’s re-election

East Bay’s GOP Assemblymember Baker voted for cap-and-trade

Assemblymember Catharine Baker16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTTo get Governor Jerry Brown's cap-and-trade bill passed Monday night, it took help from Republicans to get it done, including the East Bay's Assemblymember Catharine Baker.Baker, the East Bay's lone Republican state lawmaker, was one of eight to support Assembly Bill 389. The legislation backed fiercely by Brown over the past week, … Continue reading East Bay’s GOP Assemblymember Baker voted for cap-and-trade

For Alameda County GOP, the new boss is same as the old boss

Sue Caro was reappointed last week as chair of theAlameda County Republican Party.ALAMEDA COUNTY REPUBLICANSA calming influence is returning to the moribund Alameda County Republican Party with the return of Sue Caro as chair of the local GOP. Caro, who ran a against Rep. Barbara Lee last November in the 13th District, served previously as … Continue reading For Alameda County GOP, the new boss is same as the old boss

Daysog gets Trumped by unknown group; robocall slams him for vet vote

A recent mailer links Alameda Councilmember TonyDaysog to Donald Trump.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |A mailer sent by an unknown group this week aims to link Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, while a robocall Thursday ripped the incumbent councilman for a recent vote involving veterans.The half-sheet mailer, however, contains no … Continue reading Daysog gets Trumped by unknown group; robocall slams him for vet vote

AD 16 PREVIEW: The Passive-Aggressive Assembly Race

Assemblymember Catharine Baker and former Pleasanton Councilmember Cheryl Cook-Kallio in the race to represent parts of Contra Costa County and the Tri Valley in the Assembly's 16th District.MEET THE CANDIDATES Assemblymember CATHARINE BAKER just sort of fell from the sky two years ago and gave the region's Republican Party a reason to thank their lucky stars. … Continue reading AD 16 PREVIEW: The Passive-Aggressive Assembly Race

New polling suggests a nailbiter in Honda-Khanna rematch

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |An independent poll released Monday predicts the contentious rematch between Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna is a tossup with less than a month before Election Day.A SurveyUSA-KPIX poll shows Khanna with 38 percent of those survey, followed by Honda at 37 percent. More than a quarter of respondents--26 … Continue reading New polling suggests a nailbiter in Honda-Khanna rematch

Sharp rise in Democratic registration is making Catharine Baker blue

Assemblymember Catharine Baker broke with Republicans and supported SB32 on Tuesday.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |There's more reason for East Bay Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker to be worried about her general election matchup with Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio.The Democratic Party in the state grew by 10 percent through the first six months of this year, according to the California … Continue reading Sharp rise in Democratic registration is making Catharine Baker blue

Dueling polls in CA-17 show six-point spreads for each candidate

Rep. Mike Honda, right, with a supporter earlierthis year in San Jose.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |The battle of the internal polls is on in the 17th Congressional District. Rep. Mike Honda’s campaign Monday says its own polling shows the incumbent leading Ro Khanna by six percentage points.Nearly two weeks ago, Khanna’s campaign trumpeted its own six–point … Continue reading Dueling polls in CA-17 show six-point spreads for each candidate

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’

Catharine Baker wanted to head off a vote on four bills to regulate assault weapons

Assemblymember Catharine Baker voted againstan amendment to move four assault weapon billsfor a vote in the near future.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |In the wake of the Orlando tragedy and a full-throated protest by House Democrats this week calling for Republicans to allow a vote on gun-related legislation, there is great pressure from the public for … Continue reading Catharine Baker wanted to head off a vote on four bills to regulate assault weapons

EBCampaign: Baker’s Trump dilemma; Skinner sets sights on Alameda; Republicans go all-for-one

21 DAYS TO PRIMARY DAY | Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker has a big problem and its name is Donald J. Trump.In the purple-tinted Contra Costa County and Tri Valley 16th Assembly District, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is a potential drag on her re-election efforts. Although, not necessarily in June, but likely a major problem … Continue reading EBCampaign: Baker’s Trump dilemma; Skinner sets sights on Alameda; Republicans go all-for-one

Rob Bonta’s assembly challenger is a Donald Trump delegate

Republican Roseann Slonsky-Breault was nameda Trump delegate and is facing AssemblymemberRob Bonta in the June primary.ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT |Two years ago, Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta was opposed by a Republican who suggested an United Nations secret agenda was targeting the region's life and liberty.This year, Bonta is being challenged by Republican Roseann Slonsky-Breault, who … Continue reading Rob Bonta’s assembly challenger is a Donald Trump delegate

CA17: Cohen receives blowback for supporting Trump

Donald Trump has the support of CA17 candidateRon Cohen and feeling push back for the decision.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |Republican Ron Cohen is catching heat from all sides after declaring support last month for Donald Trump, the party’s controversial presidential front runner.The Fremont certified public accountant is among five others hoping to unseat Rep. Mike … Continue reading CA17: Cohen receives blowback for supporting Trump

A’s owner, family maxes out donations to Steve Glazer’s state Senate campaign

A's majority owner John Fisher has maxed outcontributions to Steve Glazer two straight years.STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT |When it comes to progressive Oakland and its beloved baseball team there is some irony when you realize A's owner John Fisher is one of the biggest backers of Republicans and conservative causes in the state. Fisher, … Continue reading A’s owner, family maxes out donations to Steve Glazer’s state Senate campaign

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