Gift that could keep giving: Kamala Harris endorses Oakland at-large candidate Derreck Johnson

Oakland at-large City Council candidate Derreck Johnson received a major endorsement on Monday from Sen. Kamala Harris. And with Harris on the short-list to be Joe Biden's vice-presidential nominee, the endorsement could loom even larger in the fall. "I've known Derreck Johnson for decades and I know that through his leadership and dedication he has … Continue reading Gift that could keep giving: Kamala Harris endorses Oakland at-large candidate Derreck Johnson

Large field aims to replace Kansen Chu; Nancy Skinner runs uncontested

The 12-year state legislative cycle has rendered most assembly and state senate races as cakewalks for incumbents since new term limits were enacted in 2012. Of the eight legislative seats in Alameda County, just one race is a fully contested, while another could hold some drama next year. Otherwise, incumbents will again hold a distinct … Continue reading Large field aims to replace Kansen Chu; Nancy Skinner runs uncontested

Someone is doing polling in CA15, and it appears to be Swalwell. Was he spooked by the results?

Within two weeks of Eric Swalwell announcing he was dropping out of the presidential primary race and seeking re-election to his congressional seat, polling was being conducted in the Tri-Valley that floated a number of challengers for his 15th District seat. Who conducted the poll is unknown, but one of the questions is intended to … Continue reading Someone is doing polling in CA15, and it appears to be Swalwell. Was he spooked by the results?

Two Bay Area assemblymembers endorse Wahab’s campaign for Congress

Just as Rep. Eric Swalwell continues to hint with greater frequency that he will end his presidential campaign sooner than later and run for re-election in the 15th Congressional District, Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab is moving forward with her nascent run for Congress. On Thursday she received the endorsement of East Bay Assemblymember Buffy Wicks. … Continue reading Two Bay Area assemblymembers endorse Wahab’s campaign for Congress

Delegate Elections: Progressive activists rout Skinner/Wicks slate in AD15; Bonta’s picks win big in AD18

A slate of candidates backed by State Sen. Nancy Skinner and freshman 15th District Assemblymember Buffy Wicks was almost entirely turned away by voters in Saturday's district elections for delegates to the California Democratic Party Convention. The same type of rout bedeviled Assemblymember Rob Bonta two years ago when his slate of candidates was swept … Continue reading Delegate Elections: Progressive activists rout Skinner/Wicks slate in AD15; Bonta’s picks win big in AD18

War! in San Leandro; Desley; Alameda is weird; Buffy Bunch; Interview with Union City Council candidate Jaime Patiño

The election season is nearing thr end. It's put up or shut up time for campaigns. If you have mud to sling, sling it now, and races in cities all over the East Bay are getting ugly just in the past few days. I'll break down one such race, give you a brief projection for … Continue reading War! in San Leandro; Desley; Alameda is weird; Buffy Bunch; Interview with Union City Council candidate Jaime Patiño

Jovanka gets Berned

Bernie Sanders did not endorse Jovanka Beckles at Saturday's rally in Berkeley.

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 18–Chronicle’s incorrect assembly takes; Interview with San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter

The lack of campaign coverage from the Bay Area's corporate media has been especially sparse this election season. But even when they bother, like two recent articles on two East Bay assembly races, they get it wrong. I act as an unpaid editor for the Chronicle in this episode, in addition, to listing my favorite … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 18–Chronicle’s incorrect assembly takes; Interview with San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter

AD15: Labor IE is using classic sitcom theme songs to mock Buffy Wicks’ ties to wealthy special interests

An Independent Expenditure Committee (IE) backed by labor unions is using the power of Cindy Brady and Mr. Furley against 15th Assembly District candidate Buffy Wicks. A pair of short animated videos aim to link Wicks to billionaires who are funding IEs that support her campaign by using classic sitcom theme songs, including the Brady … Continue reading AD15: Labor IE is using classic sitcom theme songs to mock Buffy Wicks’ ties to wealthy special interests

AD15: Barbara Lee endorses Jovanka Beckles

When 15th Assembly District candidate Jovanka Beckles was asked at a forum two weeks ago to name her political heroes, she heaped praise on former Richmond Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Barbara Lee. The latter may have been listening. Beckles received Lee's endorsement Wednesday. The backing of perhaps the most popular elected … Continue reading AD15: Barbara Lee endorses Jovanka Beckles

ELECTIONLINE: Women in Oakland’s District 6 form voting bloc to defeat Desley Brooks; Special interests give $282,500 to Wicks-supported IE

OAKLAND DISTRICT 6 BATTLE LINES SHAPE UP During an endorsement meeting at the East Bay Express two weeks ago, the four challengers seeking to end Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks' long reign in District 6 hinted a strategy for using the city's ranked choice voting system was forthcoming. The plan released Monday is asking voters to, … Continue reading ELECTIONLINE: Women in Oakland’s District 6 form voting bloc to defeat Desley Brooks; Special interests give $282,500 to Wicks-supported IE

Berkeley audience laughed when Buffy Wicks declared her campaign corporate-free

Later, Buffy Wicks gave President Barack Obama hearty praise. "I love me some Barack Obama."

AD15: Beckles says Wicks is playing ‘dirty tricks,’ alleges campaign orchestrated outburst at forum

Richmond councilmember Vinay Pimplé interrupted the event and reiterated allegations he has made in recent weeks that Beckles once mocked his disability.

Democratic Socialists unveil website highlighting Buffy Wicks’ ties to corporate Dems

Site aims to link Buffy Wicks with her donors who hold moderate or conservative histories.