I was on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California” on Friday night to discuss last week’s special primary election in the 15th State Senate District, where Democrat John Laird and Republican Sam Blakeslee were vying – and will vie again in an Aug. 17 special general election – to replace Abel Maldonado, now the lieutenant governor. Other news panel topics included Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the Bay Area, November’s ballot measures and Oakland’s impending police layoffs.
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.