After endorsing Parker, Swalwell high-tailed to D.C. rather than face labor

Swalwelling: Rep. Eric Swalwell endorsed thenon-union-backed supervisorial candidate then avoided labor before heading back to Washington.CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT |Rep. Eric Swalwell's relationship with organized labor has always been a bit strained. After Swalwell made an abrupt and potentially pivotal decision two weeks ago to endorse Alameda County supervisorial candidate Bryan Parker over the incumbent Supervisor Nate … Continue reading After endorsing Parker, Swalwell high-tailed to D.C. rather than face labor

Outgoing Speaker recruited Democrat to face Baker in Sixteenth Assembly District

Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio filed Nov. 17 fornext year's Sixteenth Assembly District primary. ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 16 | If outgoing Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins was a college football coach her recruiting trip to the Sixteenth Assembly District could be graded as fairly successful.Suffice to say there are no blue chip recruits in the district straddling Contra Costa … Continue reading Outgoing Speaker recruited Democrat to face Baker in Sixteenth Assembly District

Labor’s losing SD7 strategy: Send union members to a district that hates them

Polling showed the Seventh District were morethan just not into labor unions.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Legions of clipboard-toting labor Democrats say they blanketed the State Senate Seventh District battleground just days before before Tuesday election. Five hundred campaign volunteers talked up their candidate, Susan Bonilla, from Pittsburg to Livermore, stumping for her and … Continue reading Labor’s losing SD7 strategy: Send union members to a district that hates them

After 9-point primary drubbing, East Bay Progressives rush to support Bonilla

Alameda County proved a weak link for SusanBonilla's state senate campaign.STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Following Democrat Steve Glazer’s surprisingly strong electoral performance two weeks ago in the 7th State Senate District primary, the party’s more liberal wing is quickly pulling out all the stops to limit his momentum before the May 19 runoff.Some … Continue reading After 9-point primary drubbing, East Bay Progressives rush to support Bonilla

Glazer immediately takes hold of the narrative in special State Senate race

Just weeks after joining the SD7 special election, Steve Glazer is already grabbing the headlines.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Steve Glazer, a former consultant to Gov. Jerry Brown, failed to advance past the June primary last summer in the 16th Assembly District, but his return last month to seek Rep. Mark DeSaulnier’s vacated seat in … Continue reading Glazer immediately takes hold of the narrative in special State Senate race

Sbranti already eyeing an Assembly run in 2016; GOP has another job idea for him

Tim Sbranti looks for round two.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | Tim Sbranti’s bid to represent the 16th District in the State Assembly fell catastrophically short last November. His loss to Catharine Baker gave Republicans in the East Bay their first taste of power in Sacramento in eight years. However, a rematch is in the cards.Sbranti, … Continue reading Sbranti already eyeing an Assembly run in 2016; GOP has another job idea for him

SD7: Steve Glazer says ‘I’m in’

Steve Glazer is ready to launch his secondcampaign in the last year.STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Just under the Friday deadline, Steve Glazer has filed to run for the special election in the State Senate 7th District. The seat is open after Mark DeSaulnier was elected last year to replace George Miller in Congress.Glazer … Continue reading SD7: Steve Glazer says ‘I’m in’

EAST BAY ELECTION NOTES: The Reckoning For Khanna, Sbranti; A Budding Political Rival For Bonta?

Ro Khanna should be praying Rep. Ami Berapulls it out in CA-9.STATE LEGISLATURE | In politics, like other arenas of life, there’s losing and then there’s royally screwing up and losing. This happen in two races that include Alameda County and bracketed by neighbors to the north and south.Not only did Ro Khanna lose to Rep. … Continue reading EAST BAY ELECTION NOTES: The Reckoning For Khanna, Sbranti; A Budding Political Rival For Bonta?

AD16: Republican Catharine Baker Poised To Turn Blue Assembly Seat Red

ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 16 | Republican upstart Catharine Baker may be causing quite a few headaches for Assembly Democrats Wednesday night. The Tri Valley attorney leads Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti in the 16th Assembly District race by less than four points.Baker won 51.9 percent of the vote Wednesday morning after 100 percent of precincts in … Continue reading AD16: Republican Catharine Baker Poised To Turn Blue Assembly Seat Red

I Don’t Blame You For Not Voting

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski is almost a sure thing to win election Tuesday to the State Senate.ELECTION DAY '14 | ANALYSIS | Election Day has become perverse. Big money is again flowing to Assembly races in East Bay just as they did two years ago. No matter whether it’s two Democrats or one from hailing from the … Continue reading I Don’t Blame You For Not Voting

AD16 PREVIEW: If You’ve Got the Money, Honey, I’ve Got the Time

Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti and Tri Valley attorney Catharine Baker.MEET THE CANDIDATES Catherine Baker, you are the only hope for Republicans in the East Bay on Nov. 4. The first-time candidate is not only the local party’s best prospect, but also one in the only conceivable area that could elect a Republican. The Contra Costa … Continue reading AD16 PREVIEW: If You’ve Got the Money, Honey, I’ve Got the Time

DOWN BALLOT: Oct. 30, 2014, 5 Days Until Election Day

OAKLAND MAYOR At the Oakland Sports Forum Wednesday evening at the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, most of the 15 mayoral candidate s weighed-in on the future of the city’s professional sports franchises and where they might play for the next generation of fans. The issue is vitally important to Mayor Jean Quan’s re-election bid and … Continue reading DOWN BALLOT: Oct. 30, 2014, 5 Days Until Election Day

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

Over Last Two Weeks, Special Interests Dropped $600,000 on Tim Sbranti

Although the amount of outside expenditures is nowhere near the record-spending during the June primary, over $800,000 has been spent in support or opposition of each candidate.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | In just the last two weeks this October, an independent expenditure committee in support of Democrat Tim Sbranti has spent $600,000 in special interest … Continue reading Over Last Two Weeks, Special Interests Dropped $600,000 on Tim Sbranti

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?