Amid GOP gains, Delaine Eastin wants to lead California Democrats

Eastin Two years ago, California Democrats flipped seven Republican seats in Congress. This month, Republicans are on the cusp of flipping back four of them, and leading former East Bay legislator Delaine Eastin to enter the upcoming campaign to lead the California Democratic Party. Eastin threw her hat in the ring on various social media … Continue reading Amid GOP gains, Delaine Eastin wants to lead California Democrats

Biden chooses Harris, a former Alameda County prosecutor, as his running mate

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden chose Sen. Kamala Harris, an East Bay native, as his running mate. "I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked Kamala Harris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate," Biden tweeted on Tuesday … Continue reading Biden chooses Harris, a former Alameda County prosecutor, as his running mate

Fremont’s top political prospect becomes a Democrat, party leaders are ambivalent

Fremont Mayor Lily Mei networked and mingled with California Democratic Party officials and activists two weeks ago at its convention in San Francisco. Her appearance turned some heads among the East Bay insiders at the weekend-long event since the first-term Fremont mayor has often been portrayed by critics as a conservative. It's an assertion she … Continue reading Fremont’s top political prospect becomes a Democrat, party leaders are ambivalent

With deadline near, Swalwell may back into slot on presidential debate stage

It appears Rep. Eric Swalwell is on the cusp of backing into a spot at the podium for two Democratic presidential debates later this month in Miami, despite not being able to procure 65,000 individual donations, a requirement that guarantees one of 20 slots. Swalwell had already satisfied one of two requirements to participate in … Continue reading With deadline near, Swalwell may back into slot on presidential debate stage

Double-booked: East Bay Dems caught between attending Harris rally or voting in delegate elections

Kamala Harris's campaign for president decided to make its big announcement last Monday and hope the news has legs nearly a week later at this Sunday's rally in Oakland. The roll out does not make especially good use of the momentum Harris's campaign appears to have gained earlier this week. The campaign quickly raised $1.5 … Continue reading Double-booked: East Bay Dems caught between attending Harris rally or voting in delegate elections

HAYWARD: Donation from landlords group may hinder councilmember from receiving progressive support

Year-end campaign finance reports last February showed groups and individuals associated with landlords and property owners had contributed to three Hayward elected officials expecting to run for office this November. Two were not exactly surprising since they bend politically toward property owners. Mayor Barbara Halliday and her opponent for re-election this fall, Councilmember Mark Salinas, received … Continue reading HAYWARD: Donation from landlords group may hinder councilmember from receiving progressive support