The push for appointing Barbara Lee to Kamala Harris’ senate seat continues

Lee A group calling itself #LetsKeepTheSeat held rallies this week in Los Angeles and Sacramento urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill Kamala Harris' senate seat with a Black woman -- either Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee or Southern California Rep. Karen Bass. The reported frontrunner for the appointment, however, is state Secretary of State Alex Padilla. … Continue reading The push for appointing Barbara Lee to Kamala Harris’ senate seat continues

Oakland councilmembers tell Newsom, Barbara Lee for U.S. Senate speaks for me

Newsom, though, is leaning toward Alex Padilla Lee Oakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Noel Gallo, and Sheng Thao want Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint Rep. Barbara Lee to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' U.S. Senate seat. The trio of councilmembers offered the recommendation in a letter sent on Monday. "We are incredibly honored to be represented by … Continue reading Oakland councilmembers tell Newsom, Barbara Lee for U.S. Senate speaks for me

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

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

Lee for veep?

East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee has always been known as a stalwart progressive, although, her brand of lefty politics has not often proven popular outside the Bay Area bubble. But as the entire country begins to embrace her political values in greater numbers, Lee is in the midst of  a career renaissance that is now … Continue reading Lee for veep?

Democratic presidential hopefuls are wooing Schaaf, Bonta

When Sen. Kamala Harris abruptly shut down her presidential campaign on Dec. 3 it freed many high-profile Democrats in the state and the East Bay who had supported her effort to begin looking to back other candidates. Democrats such Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and Assemblymember Rob Bonta, for instance, made early, an … Continue reading Democratic presidential hopefuls are wooing Schaaf, Bonta

Swalwell, Harris to debate Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg, others on June 28

Two Democratic presidential candidates with ties to the East Bay will join the second night of two much-anticipated debates on June 27-28. East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell, along with Kamala Harris, a former Alameda County prosecutor, (Swalwell is also), will be featured together in the debate on Thursday, June 28. The second debate is seen … Continue reading Swalwell, Harris to debate Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg, others on June 28

Barbara Lee endorses Kamala Harris for president; progressive heads explode

Early reaction among Lee's progressive base for endorsing the centrist Democrat is not positive.

Swalwell on presidential run: ‘I see nothing but green lights so far’

There appears no going back now when it comes to Rep. Eric Swalwell's presidential aspirations. While in New Hamsphire on Thursday, Swalwell reiterated that his presumptive presidential campaign is ramping up towards a likely announcement in the near future. "I've got staff in Iowa. We're hiring in New Hampshire, South Carolina right now," he said. … Continue reading Swalwell on presidential run: ‘I see nothing but green lights so far’

City Hall Tip-Sheet: Jan. 25-31— Housing crisis solutions take center stage

>A moratorium on businesses that exploit the poor HAYWARD — Special council meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Feb 5. -MORATORIUM WORK SESSION- Some Hayward officials worry about an over-saturation of massage parlors, tobacco and vaping retail establishments, check cashing businesses, fast food restaurants, and alcohol establishments in the city. … Continue reading City Hall Tip-Sheet: Jan. 25-31— Housing crisis solutions take center 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

Harris for president

I'm running for president. Let's do this together.— U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a former Alameda County prosecutor, announcing her run for president in a tweet early Monday morning.

Cher pitches Eric Swalwell as possible running mate for Joe Biden

Cher, the actress and singer once known to prefer dating younger men, believes 38-year-old East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell would make for a good running mate for Joe Biden, that is, if the former vice president decides to run for the Democratic Party nomination in 2020. California Sen. Kamala Harris, 54, would also qualify as … Continue reading Cher pitches Eric Swalwell as possible running mate for Joe Biden

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."