Tea Party insurgency at the Alameda County Republican Central Committee?

The Alameda County Republican CentralCommittee is looking for a new chairperson.ALAMEDA COUNTY GOP | Alameda County Republican Central Committee Chair Sue Caro helped register one of the local party’s biggest victories in years following the election last November of Assemblymember Catharine Baker.Republicans in the Bay Area had been shut out of the Legislature for eight … Continue reading Tea Party insurgency at the Alameda County Republican Central Committee?

Former GOP Congressman to Mike Honda: ‘Your Going Down Tuesday’

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Former South Bay Rep. Ernie Konnyu is pissed. This week, Rep. Mike Honda's campaign attempted to link Konnyu, a divisive Republican representative who served the area in the 1980s, to Ro Khanna in a negative mailer.Ernie KonnyuHonda's campaign characterized Konnyu as "disgraced" and "disowned by his own party" after a … Continue reading Former GOP Congressman to Mike Honda: ‘Your Going Down Tuesday’

Livermore’s Chris Pareja and Oakland’s Shake Anderson: Switched at Birth?

Just a minor correction needed. The League of Women Voters' site confused Chris Pareja with Oakland mayoral candidate Jason "Shake" Anderson. The mistake has since been corrected.ELECTION 2014 | Maybe Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski looks a little like the apple-chewing Saturday Night Live character, Mister Peepers, but how do you confuse a Mexican-Filipino American right-winger from … Continue reading Livermore’s Chris Pareja and Oakland’s Shake Anderson: Switched at Birth?

Why Eric Swalwell Voted with the Tea Party on a House Budget Amendment

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | On May 1, Rep. Eric Swalwell made a strategic vote in Congress. That day he and South Bay Rep. Zoe Lofgren, were the only members of the Bay Area Democratic caucus to vote for a Republican-led amendment to a budget bill that would have forbidden members from using their congressional … Continue reading Why Eric Swalwell Voted with the Tea Party on a House Budget Amendment

Swalwell Accepted Pay from Government Shutdown After Pledging Not to Take It

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | The great government shutdown of 2013 lasted 16 days. While the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party obstructed the budget process in a bid to scuttle Obamacare, federal employees went without a paycheck last October. Over half of the House of Representatives, including the East Bay's Rep. Eric Swalwell, … Continue reading Swalwell Accepted Pay from Government Shutdown After Pledging Not to Take It

David Erlich: Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s Challenge From the Right

ELECTION 2014 | ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | After just a year in Sacramento, Assemblymember Rob Bonta is firmly entrenched within the Democratic leadership. In fact, a few tweaks here and a few arm pulls here and Bonta could have been in the conversation to become the next speaker. That job went to Southern California … Continue reading David Erlich: Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s Challenge From the Right

Conservative Opponents of Plan Bay Area Turn To Satire

TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT | Plan Bay Area is likely the biggest local controversy you've never heard about. The initiative led by four Bay Area government agencies aims to foster economic sustainability through conservation over the next few decades. However, it is the specifics of the plan for high-density housing around transit centers, among other issues, that has attracted vociferous opposition at numerous public meetings over the … Continue reading Conservative Opponents of Plan Bay Area Turn To Satire

Northern California Tea Party Group Takes Lead In Growing IRS Non-Profit Scandal

TEA PARTY | The first of a likely long line of Tea Party organizations seeking relief from allegations the Internal Revenue Service targeted them and other conservative non-profit groups comes from Northern California.The NorCal Tea Party Patriots, centered in Colfax, Calif. filled a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court accusing the IRS of violating its … Continue reading Northern California Tea Party Group Takes Lead In Growing IRS Non-Profit Scandal

LOCKYER DIAGNOSES CALIFORNIA GOP WITH ‘HEAD UP ASS SYNDROME’

California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer speaking, Apr. 13, at the Democratic Party State Convention in Sacramento. PHOTO/Shane BondCADEM CONVENTION | No moment emphasized the general smugness of California Democrats this weekend than a Top 10 list delivered by State Treasurer Bill Lockyer that skewered the downtrodden state Republican Party. Afterwards, Democratic Party Chairman John Burton drolly … Continue reading LOCKYER DIAGNOSES CALIFORNIA GOP WITH ‘HEAD UP ASS SYNDROME’

Three Republicans, One Democrat Seek Open Seat On Alameda County’s Reddest City Council In Pleasanton

PLEASANTON//SPECIAL COUNCIL ELECTION | In terms of suburbia, Pleasanton is not unlike any other quiet bedroom community. Low-key and insular, the Tri Valley city also represents one of the few flecks of red-hued conservatism in Alameda County. A majority of its city council is already Republican and another may be on the way.The vote-by-mail-only election, which began this week, is the … Continue reading Three Republicans, One Democrat Seek Open Seat On Alameda County’s Reddest City Council In Pleasanton

Swalwell Received Support From Groups Tied To Conservative Republicans; Pro-Israel Lobby

ELECTION ‘12//CONGRESS 15 | If you access the Federal Election Commission’s campaign finance reports from a political action committee named, “Because I Care PAC,” (BICPAC) you will find the pro-Israel group lavishes thousands in contributions on some of the biggest names in the Republican Party.The Boca Raton, FL PAC gave Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign $5,000 … Continue reading Swalwell Received Support From Groups Tied To Conservative Republicans; Pro-Israel Lobby

Swalwell Voter: ‘I’m A Tea Partyer. I’m Voting For You’

ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15 | Eric Swalwell, Rep. Stark’s Democratic challenger in the 15th Congressional District, may have been bitten by the hand that is feeding his hopes of upsetting the 40-year House veteran—right wing conservatives. But, do they know what Swalwell thinks of them?The New York Times reported a scene surely to warm the hearts in Stark’s camp, … Continue reading Swalwell Voter: ‘I’m A Tea Partyer. I’m Voting For You’

Stark Wins In CD15, But Poor Showing Sets Up A Divisive Race For Democrats

ELECTION '12//CONGRESS 15 ANALYSISJune 6, 2012 | Nothing dampers a mood better than a win somehow morphing into a Phyrric victory. It's exactly what happened to 40-year congressional vet, Rep. Pete Stark, in Tuesday's June primary. Stark labored to just under 42 percent of the electorate amid district and statewide apathy towards voting. Turnout may ultimately hover around … Continue reading Stark Wins In CD15, But Poor Showing Sets Up A Divisive Race For Democrats

An Internecine Fight Among East Bay Conservatives Over GOP Endorsing Outsiders

ELECTION '12//ASSEMBLY 20 NOTESMay 31, 2012 | Luis Reynoso, the lone GOP candidate in the race for the 20th Assembly District says the Republican Party should not endorse candidates outside of the party, even in races where none exist, like in the local 15th congressional race. “It’s a dangerous precedent,” said Reynoso. “What’s the point … Continue reading An Internecine Fight Among East Bay Conservatives Over GOP Endorsing Outsiders

Pareja Shines As Stark And Swalwell Trade Shots

CONGRESS 15April 11, 2012 | The first forum featuring all three candidates in the 15th congressional district presented a load of fireworks and hints at how the race will shape up from here to June and beyond to November. Here's the skinny on the performances of Democrats Rep. Pete Stark, Dublin Councilman Eric Swalwell and … Continue reading Pareja Shines As Stark And Swalwell Trade Shots