Nancy O’Malley says she’ll return donations from Tri-Valley developer indicted on federal campaign finance charges

Alameda County District Attorney NancyO'Malley speaking at the San LeandroDemocratic Club in February.ALAMEDA COUNTY DA--ELECTION 2018--Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley says her re-election campaign will return contributions from a well-known Tri-Valley developer who was indicted last August for violating federal election campaign finance laws and, prior to that, was ordered to pay $650,000 in … Continue reading Nancy O’Malley says she’ll return donations from Tri-Valley developer indicted on federal campaign finance charges

Prominent Tri-Valley developer indicted for illegal campaign contributions to Swalwell

Eric Swalwell announcing his first run forCongress at a 2011 rally in Dublin.15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTOn a rainy night in April 2012, during what would be former Rep. Pete Stark's final political campaign, the irascible 40-year congressman lashed out at his young opponent, then Dublin Councilmember Eric Swalwell, alleging he took bribes from a well-connected Tri-Valley developer. … Continue reading Prominent Tri-Valley developer indicted for illegal campaign contributions to Swalwell

Eric Swalwell has visited Iowa so many times that CNN thinks he represents the Hawkeye State

Rep. Eric Swalwell barnstormed Iowa last week,fueling conversation that he's eyeing a run atthe 2020 Iowa Caucus.15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT--OPPOSITION RESEARCH--Over the last 10 months, Rep. Eric Swalwell has made up to four trips to Iowa. Starting in October 2016 when he visited Iowa City to chat with milennials about student debt, buzz is increasing that … Continue reading Eric Swalwell has visited Iowa so many times that CNN thinks he represents the Hawkeye State

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

Alameda County Dem chair wants every East Bay city to pass minimum wage, rent control, sanctuary city legislation

Alameda County Democratic Party chair RobinTorello was re-elected to another two-year term.ALAMEDA COUNTY DEMOCRATS | Earlier this month, Alameda County Democrats reappointed long-time party chair Robin Torello. Although, her name may not be readily known outside county politics, her influence is unquestioned among local Democrats. Not to mention her leadership in making the county likely the … Continue reading Alameda County Dem chair wants every East Bay city to pass minimum wage, rent control, sanctuary city legislation

Eric Swalwell’s endorsement is proving to be a kiss of death for East Bay candidates

Rep. Eric Swalwell, center, campaigning for BryanParker last spring. along with future candidate TojoThomas, right, who Swalwell later endorsed forthe Castro Valley school board. Both lost.CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT |Despite periodic news reports placing East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell on the precipice of earning a prime leadership post among House Democrats one day, his imprimatur … Continue reading Eric Swalwell’s endorsement is proving to be a kiss of death for East Bay candidates

AD16: Catharine Baker wins re-election over Cheryl Cook-Kallio

An expected close race turned into a nearly 12point win over Cheryl Cook-Kallio.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |In successive elections, East Bay Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker has now beaten back some of the most powerful liberal institutions in California politics--labor unions and the statewide Democratic Party.On Tuesday night, Baker coasted to a nearly 12-point … Continue reading AD16: Catharine Baker wins re-election over Cheryl Cook-Kallio

First ad of high-profile AD-16 race teaches voters to pronounce Democrat’s name

Screenshot from the Cheryl Cook-Kallio campaign ad paid for by the California Democratic Party.ASSEMBLY 16TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |California state Democrats believe the 16th Assembly District is ripe for the retaking. But first, they just need to introduce their alternative to first-term Assemblymember Catharine Baker, the only Republican state legislator representing the East Bay.The party released a … Continue reading First ad of high-profile AD-16 race teaches voters to pronounce Democrat’s name

License plate readers and surveillance cameras now pervasive in the Tri Valley

Dublin and Danville in Contra Costa County approvedlicense plate readers and other cameras this week.SECURITY | City and Town Council's in Dublin and Danville voted this week to welcome the addition of automated license plate readers to their cities. They join Pleasanton, Livermore and San Ramon, which have previously approved similar surveillance tools.The devices are … Continue reading License plate readers and surveillance cameras now pervasive in the Tri Valley

State Sen. Steve Glazer backs Bryan Parker for Alameda County supervisor

Alameda County supervisorial candidate Bryan Parker at an April 13 forum in Castro Valley.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |State Sen. Steve Glazer is weighing-in on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors race on the side of upstart challenger Bryan Parker over long-time Supervisor Nate Miley. Parker's campaign announced the Glazer endorsement Monday morning.“Bryan represents the … Continue reading State Sen. Steve Glazer backs Bryan Parker for Alameda County supervisor

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

5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACE IN 2016: #5 16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

ELECTION16 | The rise of Republican Catharine Baker in the Tri Valley’s Sixteenth Assembly District as a competent and potentially very effective legislator appeared to have flummoxed the local Democrats in Contra Costa and Alameda County.With every rock in the region seemingly turned over in search of a suitable challenger to the first-term Republican, one … Continue reading 5 BEST EAST BAY PRIMARY RACE IN 2016: #5 16TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

What?! Tri Valley Democratic Club backs a socialist for U.S. president

Hardly the bastion of socialism, the Tri ValleyDemocratic Club endorses Sen. Bernie Sanders.DEMOCRATS | The Tri Valley Democratic Club believes they are the first such group in the state to endorse Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. The club voted to back the independent senator running as a Democrat on May 20, more than a … Continue reading What?! Tri Valley Democratic Club backs a socialist for U.S. president

Did the State Democratic Party just show its hand in the All-Dem SD7 race?

The state party's financial support for Susan Bonillain the SD7 intraparty race may signal desperation.STATE SENTATE | DISTRICT 7 | Never before has the California Democratic Party open its wallet to defeat one of its own. But political familicide is now a precedent-setting strategy in the hotly-contested Seventh State Senate District race between Democrats Susan Bonilla … Continue reading Did the State Democratic Party just show its hand in the All-Dem SD7 race?