Monday, August 13, 2012

Paul Ryan Reading Guide: The Best Reporting on the VP Candidate

by ProPublica
Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Want help going beyond the horse race? ProPublica is gathering the best stories out there on Congressman Paul Ryan, his positions, and his background.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Abel Guillen Files Complaint With FPPC Alleging Rob Bonta Violated Financial Disclosure Laws

by Steven Tavares
Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Abel Guillen’s campaign for the 18th Assembly District has filed a formal complaint with California Fair Political Practices Commission alleging his opponent, Rob Bonta, failed to properly disclose campaign finance reports related to his Alameda City Council seat.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Rob Bonta Piles Up Unpaid Campaign Bills, But Wins Key Endorsements

by Steven Tavares
Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 10:40 AM

After a dizzying array of high-profile endorsements for 18th Assembly District candidate Rob Bonta in recent weeks, the campaign of his fellow Democratic opponent Abel Guillen is attempting to reverse its fortunes this week with the news of Bonta’s $147,000 in unpaid campaign bills. Campaign finance reports released this week reveal that despite outgaining Guillen in fundraising totals during the late spring reporting period in May and June, Bonta has racked up unpaid bills of more than $70,000 and nearly doubled its total debt over the course of the entire campaign cycle. A majority of the unpaid bills are owed to Bonta’s Sacramento-based campaign consultant Duffy & Capitolo.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ignacio De La Fuente's Big Fib

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 7:14 AM

When Oakland City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente announced last week that he was giving up his District Five seat to run this fall against at-large Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan, he made it clear that he intends to portray himself as a law-and-order candidate. De La Fuente is already pointing to his proposals for more gang injunctions and a youth curfew — and Kaplan’s opposition to those ideas — as proof that he’s tough on crime and she’s not. In reality, however, public safety has not been a top priority for De La Fuente during his long tenure on the council. He also was the driving force for why Oakland now has far fewer cops than it did just two years ago.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

It's Official: Ignacio De La Fuente Running Against Rebecca Kaplan

by Kathleen Richards
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Yup. As we've previously speculated, Ignacio De La Fuente is indeed running against Rebecca Kaplan this fall for the at-large seat on the Oakland City Council. According to a press release sent this morning, the longtime city councilman representing the Fruitvale district, whose proposal to overturn ranked-choice voting recently failed, is "frustrated with the lack of action on public safety" and is not ready to retire. De La Fuente will run against incumbent Rebecca Kaplan, who everyone is being mean to lately and who released her own press release an hour after De La Fuente's, announcing her official run for re-election and endorsements from Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Nurses Association, and the Sierra Club. De La Fuente is holding a press conference today outside City Hall at 12:30 p.m. to make the official announcement.

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OH, and in other election news, Kriss Worthington is running for mayor of Berkeley.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Smog Standard Rejected by Obama Would Save Thousands of Lives Yearly

by Marla Cone
Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 6:57 AM

A new smog standard that President Obama withdrew last fall would save thousands of lives throughout the nation each year if implemented, particularly in the Los Angeles region, New York City, and Chicago, according to a new study led by Johns Hopkins University scientists.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Oakland City Council Embarrasses Itself

by Pamela Drake
Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM

After I got home from last Tuesday’s Oakland City Council meeting, I left a post on Facebook that I was embarrassed by the council’s behavior that night, and many of my Facebook friends responded by asking what was new with that.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Ignacio De La Fuente and Jane Brunner’s Ballot Measures Fizzle

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

A proposal by Oakland City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente to overturn ranked-choice voting appears to have died before it even reached the city council. De La Fuente, with the help of council President Larry Reid, had tried to put his proposal on the council’s July 17 agenda without going through the usual committee process. But the Oakland Tribune reported over the weekend that De La Fuente’s proposed measure for the November ballot was stricken from the agenda because he could not get the support of either Mayor Jean Quan or City Administrator Deanna Santana, as required by city regulations. Quan is a strong supporter of ranked choice voting, also known as instant-runoff voting, or IRV.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Jean Quan Needs to Learn the Words "I Don't Know"

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has received a considerable amount of bad press since taking office, and a substantial part of it has been self-inflicted. The most recent example is the San Francisco Chronicle story last week that revealed that Quan had made an inaccurate statement to the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury, concerning Oakland’s badly backlogged police crime lab. Quan told grand jurors that the FBI was helping clear the backlog when it was not. And her incorrect statement reflects what has become a troublesome pattern for the mayor — asserting something publicly when she clearly doesn’t know for sure whether what she is saying is true.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ignacio De La Fuente Pushes Anti-Ranked-Choice-Voting Measure

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Oakland City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente has long opposed ranked-choice voting. And on Tuesday, July 17, he will ask the city council to place a measure on the November ballot that would overturn the voting system. De La Fuente has contended for years that ranked-choice voting, also known as instant-runoff voting, or IRV, is a flawed process for selecting political leaders. But he has more to gain from a ballot measure than just overturning a voting system he opposes. It could also benefit him politically, and allow him to win elections that he might otherwise lose.

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