NRA takes aim at SWALWELL

Rep. Eric Swalwell's shot across the bow of gun owners last week has attracted return fire from the National Rifle Association. In an opinion piece for USA Today, Swalwell proposed a comprehensive assault weapons ban that ultimately criminalizes possession of the high-powered firearms, in addition, to a federal buyback program estimated to cost roughly $15 … Continue reading NRA takes aim at SWALWELL

Trump is unhinged, says East Bay congressmember

Rep. Barbara Lee has been critical of Trump'scomments toward North Korea in the past.CONGRESS"I’ll say it again," said East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee on Tuesday. "President Trump is unhinged."The reason for Lee's criticism followed many others who believe an early morning tweet sent by President Donald Trump was irresponsible and could have triggered a nuclear … Continue reading Trump is unhinged, says East Bay congressmember

Swalwell and Trump finally agree on something

15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTEast Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell has fashioned himself as one of the leaders of the so-called "resistance" to President Donald Trump. For the better part of this year, Swalwell has skewered Trump both in social media and repeatedly appearances on cable news show to highlight the the president's alleged ties to Russia.Swalwell almost … Continue reading Swalwell and Trump finally agree on something

Khanna gets into a spat with FCC Chair over Net Neutrality

Rep. Ro Khanna's tweet last month hasgarnered nearly 65,000 retweets, but alsoreceived criticism from FCC Chair Ajit Pai.17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTRep. Ro Khanna has had it in for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai almost from Day One.Upon Pai's nomination to chair of the FCC in February, Khanna, himself, a newly-minted congressmember, called him a "poster … Continue reading Khanna gets into a spat with FCC Chair over Net Neutrality

In Beast Mode, Schaaf responds to Trump’s tweet calling for Marshawn Lynch’s suspension

OAKLANDOakland Mayor Libby Schaaf won't stand for President Donald Trump attacking her city, and for good measure, its native son, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch.At Sunday's game in Mexico City, Lynch chose to sit during the National Anthem, but stood during the playing of the Mexican anthem. The display caught the attention of Trump, … Continue reading In Beast Mode, Schaaf responds to Trump’s tweet calling for Marshawn Lynch’s suspension

During marathon legislative session, Bill Quirk walks 52 laps around Assembly floor

20TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTGoing back to his days on the Hayward City Council, a departing colleague once noted with a smile that Bill Quirk's surname matched his personality. Assemblymember Bill Quirk, in fact, fully embraces his quirkiness and it showed again Thursday night.While the Assembly was continuing a long slog through hundreds of bills Thursday night … Continue reading During marathon legislative session, Bill Quirk walks 52 laps around Assembly floor

Alameda County Dems say sheriff’s spokesman who mistakenly retweeted white supremacist should be replaced

ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County Sgt. Ray Kelly said his retweet of white supremacist Richard Spencer Monday night was a mistake, according to multiple news reports.“It’s 2017, the person in charge of your official Twitter account should be expected to know how to use Twitter” said Robin Torello, the chair of the Alameda County Democratic Party.A day … Continue reading Alameda County Dems say sheriff’s spokesman who mistakenly retweeted white supremacist should be replaced

Barbara Lee is taking heat for saying Trump’s new chief of staff is an ‘extremist’

Rep. Barbara Lee during a town hall lastApril at Laney College in Oakland.13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTEast Bay Rep. Barbara Lee is under fire from the right after labeling President Donald Trump's new chief of staff John Kelly an "extremist" in a tweet last Friday. Lee also charged Trump with "militarizing the White House" by naming Kelly, … Continue reading Barbara Lee is taking heat for saying Trump’s new chief of staff is an ‘extremist’

Roger Stone calls Eric Swalwell a ‘yellow-bellied coward’

Rep. Eric Swalwell and Trump associateRoger Stone won't be sharing a glass of Livermore wine anytime soon.15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTIt's not the first time Roger Stone has trash talked with Rep. Eric Swalwell, but on Friday the flamboyant associate of President Donald Trump had some choice words for the East Bay congressmember."I mean, have you seen this … Continue reading Roger Stone calls Eric Swalwell a ‘yellow-bellied coward’

City of Hayward Twitter account tweeted racist image before tonight’s sanctuary city vote

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILThis morning, just hours before Hayward city council's scheduled discussion of whether or not to become a sanctuary city, the city's official Twitter account posted an image of a taco and the phrase "Let's Taco About It" — a Tweet that has activists accusing the city of bigotry.Two other tweets promoting different city … Continue reading City of Hayward Twitter account tweeted racist image before tonight’s sanctuary city vote

Ro Khanna takes heat for opposing establishment Dems, while supporting Nancy Pelosi

Rep. Ro Khanna's attempt to lead a progressiverevolution is attracting some skeptics.17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTLast week, Rep. Ro Khanna joined, with some fanfare, a new progressive group that seeks to challenge so-called "establishment Democrats." But Khanna, a freshman elected last November, is taking some heat on social media for his recalcitrance in challenging to the most … Continue reading Ro Khanna takes heat for opposing establishment Dems, while supporting Nancy Pelosi

Swalwell questions whether Trump is loyal to U.S. or Russia

Rep. Eric Swalwell, right, asked whether President Trump is "with us or with Russia?"15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTDuring the early stages of the Trump presidency, House Democrats led by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have used East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell as a flamethrower against the new president.The gambit, if intended to bait President Trump into a war of words … Continue reading Swalwell questions whether Trump is loyal to U.S. or Russia

Swalwell berates Democratic Central Committee member for questioning his liberalism

Rep. Eric Swalwell, right, posing with lawenforcement while wearing a DEA cap.15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTDon't call East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell a Republican or you will pay for it.After Swalwell tweeted a comment referring to his Republicans parents, Guillermo Elenes, an elected member of the Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee, responded, "You are basically a … Continue reading Swalwell berates Democratic Central Committee member for questioning his liberalism

Using the President’s favorite social media site, East Bay officials respond to Trump’s inauguration

PRESIDENT | Donald Trump's effective use of Twitter throughout the campaign and the presidential transition dominated headlines. On the day of Trump's inauguration as the nation's 45th president, many East Bay elected officials used the same social media site to express themselves, sometimes with melancholy and, in other instances, with defiance.Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta, on … Continue reading Using the President’s favorite social media site, East Bay officials respond to Trump’s inauguration

2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 1 – Primary races begin to heat up; Ray McDonald fiasco blows up in Hayward; rents continue to rise

JANUARY>>>During a frigid Alameda City Council meeting that lasted until 4 a.m., struggling renters win an extension for a moratorium on rent increases that will lead the way to an ordinance approved in March.“If the NRA wants guns to be easily stolen, then they don't care about safety--just about selling more guns--even if people die.”-Oakland … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 1 – Primary races begin to heat up; Ray McDonald fiasco blows up in Hayward; rents continue to rise