Sandre Swanson, although courted by supporters, says he won’t run for Alameda mayor

Sandre Swanson during an endorsementmeeting last year for the 9th state Senate.ALAMEDAAn unsuccessful run for the state Senate last year proved Sandre Swanson is not done with public service. Swanson confirmed Friday that he had strong interest for challenging Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer's re-election next year."I've been honored by people and organizations in the … Continue reading Sandre Swanson, although courted by supporters, says he won’t run for Alameda mayor

Nancy Skinner wants crimes committed by white supremacists groups to be treated as terrorism

Protesters in Berkeley last April.9TH STATE SENATE DISTRICTBefore the events last week in Charlottesville brought national focus to skirmishes between white supremacists groups and counter-protesters, East Bay State Sen. Nancy Skinner's district, which prominently includes Berkeley, was the epicenter of bloody clashes and debate over free speech.On the day the State Legislature returned to session … Continue reading Nancy Skinner wants crimes committed by white supremacists groups to be treated as terrorism

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

Skinner returns to Sacramento following 20-point victory

Nancy Skinner won 60 percent of the vote Tuesdaynight in an impressive win over Sandre Swanson.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |The East Bay is sending Nancy Skinner back to Sacramento following a two-year hiatus.Skinner, a former assemblymember who was termed out in 2014, registered a clear victory Tuesday night over Sandre Swanson in … Continue reading Skinner returns to Sacramento following 20-point victory

Skinner sends East Bay voters an 8-page children’s book about her life

Some East Bay voters received an eight-pagebooklet from Nancy Skinner that looked likea children's book.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 |ELECTION 2016 |Once upon a time there was a state Senate candidate with too much money to spend…Some voters in the East Bay’s Ninth State Senate District received a direct-mail piece from candidate Nancy Skinner this … Continue reading Skinner sends East Bay voters an 8-page children’s book about her life

EBCampaign: Swanson commits ‘political catfishing’; Khanna invited Hillary to his wedding; Cook-Kallio gets high on pot $$

12 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY | Sometimes the Internet is not what it seems. For some, the person one perceives on the other end of an online interaction is not who they are in real life. It's not uncommon for, say a man, to fall in love with a person online without ever seeing them … Continue reading EBCampaign: Swanson commits ‘political catfishing’; Khanna invited Hillary to his wedding; Cook-Kallio gets high on pot $$

SD9 PREVIEW: An embarrassment of riches for East Bay progressives

Former East Bay Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner and Sandre Swanson are vying for the Ninth State Senate District seat this November.MEET THE CANDIDATES Many enjoy bagging on Oakland politics, but every two years the city and surrounding areas produce some of the best candidates in the East Bay. It’s no surprise that its race for the … Continue reading SD9 PREVIEW: An embarrassment of riches for East Bay progressives

Nancy Skinner received contributions from Oakland, Richmond police unions

Nancy Skinner (left) received more than $11,000from local police unions during a four-day periodlast month, in her race against Sandre Swanson.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |In the months that followed a wide-ranging East Bay police misconduct scandal involving an under-aged sex worker, police unions in Oakland and Richmond showered state Senate candidate Nancy … Continue reading Nancy Skinner received contributions from Oakland, Richmond police unions

EBCampaign: KHANNA throws campaign manager under the bus; SKINNER raises another $125k; ALCO DEMS tangle

24 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |In the hours after Ro Khanna received news of a federal lawsuit filed Sept. 22 alleging his participation in a "modern-day Watergate" to illegally access Rep. Mike Honda's digital fundraising donor data, the Khanna's initial response was to protect Brian Parvizshahi, the young campaign manager at the center of the … Continue reading EBCampaign: KHANNA throws campaign manager under the bus; SKINNER raises another $125k; ALCO DEMS tangle

EAST BAY’S TOP 10 MOST INTRIGUING RACES THIS NOVEMBER

ELECTION 2016 | This year is a presidential election and all eyes will be on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. However, when it comes to down ballot races in the East Bay, this is not the most electrifying local election, by any means. For instance, local campaign for Congress, the state Senate and the Assembly, … Continue reading EAST BAY’S TOP 10 MOST INTRIGUING RACES THIS NOVEMBER

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

EBCampaign: Look out! Is Mary Hayashi getting back into the game?

75 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |Is Mary Hayashi making some sort of a comeback? The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that the disgraced former East Bay assemblymember who was caught stealing from Neiman Marcus in 2011 was the emcee at a function for Illinois U.S. Senate hopeful Tammy Duckworth. Hayashi has rarely been seen in … Continue reading EBCampaign: Look out! Is Mary Hayashi getting back into the game?

Is there any hope for Sandre Swanson and his sad-sack run for state Senate?

Few times in the campaign has Sandre Swansonbeen able to stand tall against Nancy Skinner.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | According to the latest finance reports, the campaign of state Senate Ninth District candidate Sandre Swanson is nearly drowning in the red. Swanson's mid-year totals reveal his campaign against Nancy Skinner has just $76,448 in … Continue reading Is there any hope for Sandre Swanson and his sad-sack run for state Senate?

Loni Hancock’s Oakland-inspired coal bill passes Assembly committee

State Sen. Loni Hancock addressing the AssemblyTransportation Committee on Monday.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |It appears coal won't be traveling through a port terminal in the East Bay for the foreseeable future and state Sen. Loni Hancock hopes legislation prevents others from building new coal terminals if they seek state funding for the project.Hancock's bill, … Continue reading Loni Hancock’s Oakland-inspired coal bill passes Assembly committee

SD9 PREVIEW: Another fall race pitting progressive against each other

MEET THE CANDIDATES Very few legislative races in the state this June have candidates with as much experience as this East Bay state Senate primary. Nancy Skinner and Sandre Swanson are known quantities in the district that covers areas from Hercules to Richmond, through Oakland and Berkeley, and including Alameda and San Leandro. Both represented … Continue reading SD9 PREVIEW: Another fall race pitting progressive against each other