Politics

May 162017
 
The Business of Democracy: How California Democratic Party Chair Candidate Eric Bauman Profits from Politics.

Eric Bauman, the so-called kingmaker of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP), is now seeking to become king himself.   He is running to become Chair of the California Democratic Party (CDP), potentially turning the institution into the largest pay-to-play operation in the States. Eric Bauman, a nurse turned manager turned legislative staffer, already receives a generous six-figure salary from his job as senior adviser to whoever the Assembly speaker is at the time – he’s done it for John Perez, Toni Atkins and now Anthony Rendon -, but his real money comes from Victoryland Partners, a political consultancy [Continue Reading]

Dec 302016
 
Grassroots Democrats Seek to Transform the Democratic Party: Help Them!

Vote for Delegates to the California Democratic Convention at January 7th Election Caucuses. Every two years, the California Democratic Party holds caucuses to elect delegates to the State Convention.  Elected delegates get to vote on the Party’s platform and leadership, as well as on which candidates for state and national office should get the Democratic Party’s endorsement.  Given that California is a heavily Democratic state, the Party’s endorsement can often propel a candidate into a win. Generally, the only people who run for these positions are party insiders and supporters of politicians that sponsor a given slate.  The traumatic failure [Continue Reading]

Nov 062016
 
Developers Skirt Contribution Limits and Funnel Tens of Thousands of Dollars into Fremont Mayor Race

Incumbent Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison is a darling of housing developers.  He has never seen a development worth questioning, much less voting against.  And developers are repaying his generosity with their own, not only directing tens of thousands of dollars directly into his campaign but contributing tens of thousands more to a local Democratic Party organ, money used to produce and send mailers asking Democratic voters to vote for Harrison. According to campaign finance disclosure forms filed with the California Department of State, the Ohlone Area United Democratic Campaign (OAUDC)  has received $60,000 from housing developers in the last two [Continue Reading]

Oct 292016
 
Alameda County Progressive Voter Guide to the November 2016 Election: The Candidates

Every election, I publish a Voter Guide trying to identify the most progressive candidates running for office in Alameda County.  I do as much research as I can on the candidates, send out questionnaires and meet with them when possible.  And yet, often times I get it wrong.  I recommend a candidate who then turns out to be less than progressive while in office. This time, I’m being more cautious.  I’m only recommending candidates who are bona fide progressives, who supported Bernie Sanders in the primary, and have a record of standing up for social justice and civil liberties.  In [Continue Reading]

Oct 272016
 
SLT's Guide to Voter Guides and Endorsements

Every year, I publish a Progressive Voters’ Guide to elections in Alameda County.  But SLT’s guide is just one of several voters guide and endorsement lists you can use. Here is a little guide to the other voter guides and endorsement lists, with my thoughts about them.  Please let me know of other local guides you know. Green Voter Guide This is a publication of the Green Party of Alameda County.  Very few Greens run for office, so most of the candidates the Greens recommend are progressive Democrats.  I like that they do their homework on them, sending comprehensive questionnaires [Continue Reading]