Go get your politics on

Plenty of political happenings throughout the Bay Area in the next week:

    Bay Area soul line dancers will be shakin’ it for Barack Obama at noon Saturday, Aug. 9, near the Lake Merritt columns at 550 El Embarcadero in Oakland. It’s not a fundraiser but rather a “community-building activity,” organizers say; they’ll distribute flyers and other material.
    Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, will hold his next “Congress at Your Corner” constituent meet-and-greet from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Lowe’s hardware and home supply store at 3750 Dublin Blvd. in Dublin. Then, he’ll be joined by House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Filner, D-San Diego, for a veterans’ town-hall meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at the Karl Ross American Legion Post, 2020 Plymouth Road in Stockton; they’ll be talking about a cover-up of the number of veterans committing suicide, failure to inform veterans of suicidal and psychotic side effects of a drug tested on servicemembers; and the government’s purposeful misdiagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder as a lesser “adjustment disorder.”
    House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez, has a series of town-hall meetings scheduled for next week: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11 in Vallejo’s City Council chambers, 555 Santa Clara St.; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 in the Plaza Two Building, 3260 Blume Dr. in Richmond; and 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 in Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St. in Clayton.
    Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, D-Newark, will hold a Town Hall meeting on the status of state budget negotiations and its potential impacts on local health care and social services from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, in the Fukaya Room at the Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd. Joining the lawmaker will be experts from the California Budget Project, the Alameda County Social Services Agency, Health Access California and the Alameda Health Consortium.
    Next Thursday, Aug. 14 is presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s first national house-party date, with events scheduled for 7 p.m. in Hayward, Redwood City, San Francisco, Vallejo, Oakley, Stockton, San Jose and elsewhere – see the rundown here.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.