G’day mate! Bonta, Wieckowski take another trip together

State Sen. Bob Wieckowski and Asm Rob BontaASSEMBLY | The East Bay's legislative odd couple--Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Fremont State Sen. Bob Wieckowski--have traveled the world together in recent years. The duo has hobnobbed twice together on the beaches of Maui for junkets paid for by special interests. And just last year the pair visited … Continue reading G’day mate! Bonta, Wieckowski take another trip together

For Glazer, an exercise in mixing bipartisanship and party politics

State Sen. Steve Glazer and AssemblymemberCatharine Baker at a town hall Saturday in Orinda.LEGISLATURE | Democratic State Sen. Steve Glazer says there’s a place and time for campaigns and politics, but Saturday morning was reserved for the constituents that he and Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker jointly represent in their mostly Contra Costa County districts. Out … Continue reading For Glazer, an exercise in mixing bipartisanship and party politics

Hawaiian adventure: East Bay lawmakers Wieckowski, Bonta frolic on the beach

State Sen. Bob Wieckowski and AssemblymemberRob Bonta both attended a special interests-paid junket in Hawaii.STATE LEGISLATURE | When visiting the Hawaiian Islands they say you’re always among family. It’s no different when the annual Hawaii junket, frequently derided by government ethics advocates, welcomes a mixture of California state legislators and powerful corporate interests to paradise.The special … Continue reading Hawaiian adventure: East Bay lawmakers Wieckowski, Bonta frolic on the beach

Bonta, Wieckowski said aloha to notorious special interests junket

Twenty-five state lawmakers, including Bontaand Wieckowski, attended the expense-paid junketin Maui last November.LEGISLATURE | Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta and East Bay State Sen. Bob Wieckowski both received a special interests-funded junket in Maui last November totaling around $2,000 each, according to statement of economic interest disclosures released Tuesday.The trip were paid by the Independent Voter … Continue reading Bonta, Wieckowski said aloha to notorious special interests junket

CA17 PREVIEW: A Close Race That May Trigger Even Bigger Questions For 2016

Rep. Mike Honda and Ro KhannaMEET THE CANDIDATES Rep. Mike Honda has served the South Bay since 2000. During his seven terms Honda is viewed as one of the most liberal members of Congress, if not, the most. Widely known as warm and fun-loving, the karaoke congressman has dutifully served as a solid member of … Continue reading CA17 PREVIEW: A Close Race That May Trigger Even Bigger Questions For 2016

In One Day, IE Lays Out $622,500 In Support of Catharine Baker

Catharine Baker's lashed back at Tim Sbranti for a mailer she says purposefully misleads voters in the 16th Assembly District.ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 16 | Spirit of Democracy California, a right-wing independent expenditure committee believes the battleground 16th Assembly District can be turned from blue to red. On Tuesday, campaign finance reports show the IE, funded … Continue reading In One Day, IE Lays Out $622,500 In Support of Catharine Baker

Assemblyman Quirk Says He Paid Out of Pocket to Attend Criticized Maui Junket

ASSEMBLY | 20TH DISTRICT | A recent report revealed 18 previously undisclosed California legislators attended an all-expense, lobbyist-paid junket to Maui late last year. One of the lawmakers named in the article was Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk. However, Quirk says, although he attended the days of meet and greets and conferences offered, the costs came … Continue reading Assemblyman Quirk Says He Paid Out of Pocket to Attend Criticized Maui Junket

Report: Reps Honda, Swalwell Part Of $1.7m In Special Interest-Paid Trips Abroad This Summer

CONGRESS | Some members of Congress spent the summer break hobnobbing with constituents. Others did that while also travelling abroad to places such as Africa, the Middle East, South America and Israel. Roll Call reported over $1.7 million in special interest money was spent on members of Congress to fly free this summer.Included in the report are … Continue reading Report: Reps Honda, Swalwell Part Of $1.7m In Special Interest-Paid Trips Abroad This Summer

Nearly 90% Of Bonta, Quirk’s Donors This Year Are Unions, Special Interests

Asms. Rob Bonta and Bill Quirk.ASSEMBLY//CAMPAIGN FINANCE | East Bay Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Bill Quirk both won election to the Legislature last year. While Bonta quickly moved to the top tier of Democratic legislators in the lower house, Quirk laid low and learned the intricacies of Sacramento. However, both are benefiting from the parties deep … Continue reading Nearly 90% Of Bonta, Quirk’s Donors This Year Are Unions, Special Interests

Quirk’s First Flurry Of Legislation Focuses On Streamlining Government, Renewables

Asm. Bill QuirkASSEMBLY//LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP | On Feb. 19, just three days away from the deadline for new legislation in the California State Legislature, freshman Assemblyman Bill Quirk made like one of those exotic chefs on any given number of cooking game shows who struggle because of one deflated soufflé, only to rally at the last second to … Continue reading Quirk’s First Flurry Of Legislation Focuses On Streamlining Government, Renewables

Latest Fundraising Totals In Contested 15th District Race Show Battle of Special Interests

ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15 | Campaign finance reports released this week continue to show a revealing trend in the contested intra-party race in the 15th Congressional District where large political action committees are funding the incumbent Rep. Pete Stark while high-dollar contributors with real estate interests are bankrolling the challenger Dublin Councilman Eric Swalwell.Finance reports released Tuesday by … Continue reading Latest Fundraising Totals In Contested 15th District Race Show Battle of Special Interests

Alameda Mayor Gilmore Returns Check From Non-Profit

As a non-profit the Alameda Boys & Girls Club is forbidden from making campaign contributions, but its executive director put the organization in hot water when it gave Mayor Marie Gilmore financial support last May to help retire her campaign debt.The paltry $250 check from Executive Director George Phillips to Gilmore reported last week by a local … Continue reading Alameda Mayor Gilmore Returns Check From Non-Profit