The Washington Report

The Washington Report

‘Travesty of justice’: Silicon Valley GOP defends Trump after conviction

Silicon Valley’s top GOP leader says the region’s Republicans are standing by Donald Trump after he became the first U.S. president convicted of a crime — calling the felony convictions a “travesty of justice.” “The lawfare being waged against the former president and those who advised him or served in his administration by partisan Democrats...

Tale of two mayors: Michael Bloomberg boosts San Jose candidate

When New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg mounted a short-lived run for president in 2020, then-San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo became his campaign co-chair and first major California endorsement. The relationship between the two former mayors has spanned nearly a decade — from Liccardo’s early city hall days to Bloomberg now funding his path to Congress....

Ex-San Jose mayor criticizes Democratic Party process after it endorses rival

After losing his party’s endorsement by a single vote, congressional candidate Sam Liccardo is taking aim at the California Democratic Party. A lifelong Democrat, Liccardo didn’t mince words criticizing the party’s process and accusing leaders of hijacking votes on Tuesday to endorse his opponent, Assemblymember Evan Low. He criticized Low’s connections in elite Democratic circles and the...

Former Silicon Valley congressional challenger faces federal complaint

The unsuccessful March primary challenger to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren is facing a federal election complaint for connections to a fake newspaper that appeared on the doorsteps of South Bay residents earlier this year. A political action committee known as Defend the Vote is calling on the Federal Election Commission to investigate the South Bay Chronicle,...

South Bay Dems demand disclosure of congressional recount funders

The Santa Clara County Democratic Party has joined retiring Congresswoman Anna Eshoo in demanding transparency behind a controversial recount in the race for her seat. The party’s Central Committee on Thursday voted unanimously for a resolution demanding the identities of donors behind a shadowy super PAC paying for the Congressional District 16 recount. The recount cost...

BREAKING: Joe Simitian concedes after Silicon Valley congressional recount

Assemblymember Evan Low has won a contentious and highly-politicized recount in Silicon Valley’s open congressional race, beating Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian for second place by five votes. Of the 16 challenged ballots in San Mateo County’s portion of the recount, election officials accepted seven and rejected nine. Low picked up one vote and...

Silicon Valley congressional recount can’t be refunded

A week after an expensive and highly-criticized recount of ballots began in a tied congressional race, the California Secretary of State says the requester will not get his money back. Santa Clara and San Mateo counties jointly sought guidance from the state about whether the recount requester, Jonathan Padilla, would get reimbursed if the Congressional...