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CA17: Honda & Khanna plan GOTV events

Both Rep. Mike Honda and his Democratic challenger, Ro Khanna, are holding events in the next few days to get out the vote.

Honda, D-San Jose, will hold a rally at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at his campaign’s Alameda County headquarters, 5944 Newpark Mall Road in Newark. He’ll be joined there by Peggy Moore of Oakland, who was the California political director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign; Obama endorsed Honda last year. After the rally, campaign volunteers will spend the afternoon phone-banking and precinct-walking.

Khanna, of Fremont, will hold a rally at 5 p.m. Monday, May 19, at his campaign’s Cupertino field headquarters, 20111 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 130. He’ll be joined there by San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, a 17th Congressional District resident who helped Khanna raise money last year. On Monday, he’ll help Khanna launch a volunteer neighborhood canvass.

“He’ll make sure there are jobs for students graduating from school and training programs for those who have been laid off,” Lott said in an email sent out Friday by Khanna’s campaign. “He’ll focus on growing our economy, while reforming the way Congress does business. He’s a leader who lives like us – and listens to us.”

Honda was endorsed this week by the national Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which praised his call to expand Social Security benefits and his support of the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget.

Khanna was endorsed this week by the Milpitas Post, which his campaign says completes a sweep of endorsements by district media including the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Republicans Vanila Singh and Joel Vanlandingham also are running to unseat Honda.

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014
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CA17: Vanila Singh launches TV ad

Vanila Singh, a Republican candidate in the 17th Congressional District, has launched her first television advertisement:

Singh campaign manager Matt Shupe said the ad will run on cable channels from now through the June 3 election, but when pressed for details on how often it will air and the ad buy’s cost, added “it could be fluctuating.”

Singh and another Republican, Joel VanLandingham, are fighting for notice as incumbent Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, and Democrat Ro Khanna suck most of the oxygen out of the room with their epic, year-long battle. Khanna has run a few TV spots and a ton of online advertising; Honda has foregone TV and stuck mostly to direct mail; and VanLandingham has no money to spend on anything, after refusing to accept any campaign contributions.

Posted on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
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CA17: More on VanLandingham’s nomination

The ties between Democratic congressional candidate Ro Khanna’s supporters and those who helped get Republican candidate Joel VanLandingham into the 17th Congressional District race might run deeper than initially reported.

My story early last month outlined how Khanna supporters associated with the Fremont Hindu Temple – including one Newark woman in particular – seemed to have been instrumental in circulating VanLandingham’s nominating petitions. Khanna said neither he nor any members of his campaign staff had anything to do with it.

Vanila Singh, the first Republican to enter the race, has said she doesn’t believe that – she insists Khanna and his supporters recruited VanLandingham to split the GOP vote and boost Khanna’s chances of getting into the June primary’s top two with Rep. Mike Honda. She has used this as an excuse for skipping candidate forums, saying she’ll not take part in any event in which VanLandingham participates.

Now comes new research from Margaret Okuzumi, a Honda supporter who is the Democratic Club of Sunnyvale’s incoming president.

Okuzumi claims Khanna’s campaign moved to “hijack” that club by having more than 45 of campaign staffers and supporters – and even Khanna, who lives in Fremont – become members in the latter half of last year in order to sway the endorsement vote.

“People would only do that if directed by a campaign to do so. Otherwise, they are hardly likely to know that our Democratic Club even exists or that our endorsement is considered of strategic importance, especially if they live as far away from Sunnyvale as Fremont,” she said. “I wouldn’t have minded as much if they’d actually recruited new people from Sunnyvale to join our club. Instead they recruited over 30 people who didn’t care about our city and who weren’t interested in our activities other than our endorsement.”

But Nancy Smith, the Sunnyvale club’s cofounder and former president, said Monday that Honda’s and Khanna’s campaigns both were notified of the club’s endorsement rules – namely, that a person would have to sign up and attend at least one meeting before being allowed to take part in an endorsement vote. “I would have to say Ro’s campaign took that more seriously than Mike’s did,” she said.

The club eventually voted overwhelmingly not to endorse anyone in this race – which some might see as a win for Khanna, given Honda’s incumbency.

However, five of those new Sunnyvale Democratic Club members – including Shivani Sanan, Rajesh and Madhu Gupta, Priya Kapil and Tanu Kalra, all of Fremont – later signed VanLandingham’s Alameda County nominating petitions, Okuzumi found. Another one, Mahesh Pakala, reportedly asked a Fremont couple affiliated with the temple to sign Vanlandingham’s petition. And several of VanLandingham’s petition-signers either themselves gave money – more than $10,000 total – to Khanna’s campaign or had immediate family members who did.

“Without Khanna campaign involvement, VanLandingham would not have received enough signatures to qualify for the ballot,” Okuzumi said.

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Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2014
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CA17: Mike Honda mailer attacks Ro Khanna

Rep. Mike Honda’s campaign has sent out an attack mailer against Democratic rival Ro Khanna that repeats some of the same claims Honda made on his website last week.

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Honda mailer

The mailer from Honda, D-San Jose, claims Khanna opposed President Obama’s plan to raise taxes on the wealthy, supports tax breaks that send jobs overseas and is funded by millionaire Republican donors.

Khanna says he supported raising taxes on the richest but joined with Obama in supporting extension of the Bush tax cuts for middle-class families, while Honda supported a budget that would’ve wiped out all of the tax cuts. Khanna also has noted that Obama supports lowering corporate taxes on overseas profits so that capital can be used here in America, and that Honda himself seems to feel likewise.

Finally, the one of the two conservative donors cited in Honda’s mailer, Marc Leder, also has given money to the Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and other prominent Democrats, Khanna’s campaign notes. Khanna has shunned contributions from all political action committees and Washington lobbyists, his campaign notes, while Honda hasn’t.

“It’s sad that after 14 years in Congress, Representative Honda feels compelled to turn his campaign negative four weeks before the primary,” said campaign manager Leah Cowan.

“This is exactly what’s wrong with politics today. Rather than offering solutions or defending his own record, the best Congressman Honda can do is smear his opponent,” she said. “Ro asked the Congressman to participate in multiple debates to discuss the issues face-to-face, but the Congressman repeatedly refused. Frankly, this is a sad reflection on his campaign – and on the Washington status quo he so eagerly defends. It’s time for the Honda campaign to stop its negative tactics and focus on the important opportunities and challenges facing families in the 17th district.”

Also running in the 17th Congressional District are Republicans Vanila Singh and Joel Vanlandingham.

Posted on Friday, May 9th, 2014
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CA17: Watch video of Saturday’s candidate forum

Here’s video of the 17th Congressional District candidate forum held this past Saturday, May 3 in Fremont, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City; the League of Women Voters of Cupertino-Sunnyvale; and the League of Women Voters of San Jose/Santa Clara:

In case you missed it, here’s our story on the forum from Sunday’s editions. This was the first and only time that Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose; Democrat Ro Khanna; and Republican Joel Vanlandingham will share a stage before June 3′s primary election.

Republican candidate Vanila Singh of Fremont refused to participate; her campaign has said she won’t take part in any forum that includes Vanlandingham, whom she believes was drafted into the race by Khanna and/or his supporters in order to split the GOP vote.

Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
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CA17: Mike Honda’s first direct mail piece

Rep. Mike Honda’s first campaign mailer, hitting mailboxes imminently, plays to his strengths.

Where Democratic challenger Ro Khanna has played up his support from tech industry leaders who believe he’s more in tune with the Silicon Valley economy, Honda, D-San Jose, calls attention to work he has done during his seven terms for local families.

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“As a science teacher, principal, school board member, Assemblymember and as our Congressman, Mike Honda has always stood for us and delivered for our community,” the mailer said. “Mike has brought over $1.3 billion to our region, including for our public schools, transportation, water infrastructure, women’s health and nanotechnology research. Mike is a leader we can count on to deliver results — which is why he’s endorsed by President Obama and hundreds of local leaders.”

The Alameda County version of this is identical but for a different list of local endorsers.

You’ll probably see a few more mailers from Honda between now and June 3, but I bet he’ll wait to air any broadcast ads until after the top-two primary.

Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
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CA17: Roll Call says Honda among most vulnerable

Roll Call has deemed Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, one of its “10 Most Vulnerable Members of 2014.”

Here’s the readout:

The congressman is worse off than he was six months ago, and momentum has shifted away from him in this Silicon Valley-based district.

California Democratic operatives said Honda’s campaign may have taken its early lead in polling for granted. At the end of March, fellow Democrat Ro Khanna’s campaign had built a nearly $2 million war chest. That’s almost double what Honda had in the bank then.

More telling is that Khanna’s team — led by former top Obama campaign strategist Jeremy Bird — has forced Honda to go on defense, pushing him to agree to a debate schedule.

Honda has even lost support from one of the region’s largest newspapers, The San Francisco Chronicle. The paper endorsed Khanna over the weekend, calling him “an upgrade.”

Also, Khanna launched his third television ad last week, focusing on the aftermath of the 2010 closure of the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) in Fremont:

Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
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CA17: Honda & Khanna spar on taxes, truthfulness

Rep. Mike Honda this week posted to his campaign’s website a series of “concerns” his supporters purportedly have about Democratic challenger Ro Khanna, but Khanna replies the incumbent is playing it fast and loose with the facts.

honda.jpg“Democrats in the district are concerned that Ro Khanna has consistently supported tax breaks for big corporations and opposes President Obama’s plan to raise taxes on the richest two percent of the population,” Honda’s site says, citing a Salon article in which Khanna claimed the current corporate tax rate is too high as well as Mercury News and Forbes articles.

But Khanna’s site notes President Obama and many Democrats support lowering the corporate tax rate as part of comprehensive tax reform; he also said he has consistently opposed tax breaks for big corporations, while Honda has acknowledged the top 35 percent corporate tax rate is not globally competitive. Khanna continues to tout the fact that he has refused to take corporate PAC money (which Honda accepts), although Khanna has received contribution from many Silicon Valley executives.

As for personal income taxes, Khanna said he supported raising taxes on the richest but joined with President Obama in supporting extension of the Bush tax cuts for middle-class families, while Honda supported a budget that would’ve wiped out all of the tax cuts.

“Khanna also supports lowering taxes on corporations’ overseas profits, which means more outsourcing of American jobs,” Honda said on his site, citing a Mercury News article. “Khanna supports the same failed Republican policies that hurt our economy in the first place and puts corporations and the wealthy ahead of the middle class.”

Ro KhannaBut Khanna’s site replies that “President Obama supports lowering corporate taxes on overseas profits so that capital can be used here in America,” and that Honda himself seems to feel likewise. “This position is on his website so it’s puzzling that the Congressman attacks Ro for having the same position.”

And as for “the same failed Republican policies,” Khanna notes he’s the only candidate in the race with a comprehensive jobs plan, and that his book – which argues government must help manufacturing companies compete more effectively – has been praised by labor leaders such as California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. (It should be noted, however, that labor unions are staunchly supporting Honda in this race.)

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Posted on Thursday, May 1st, 2014
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CA17: Tammy Duckworth coming to Honda’s aid

War hero Rep. Tammy Duckworth will visit Silicon Valley on Friday to do a veteran’s roundtable and some phone-banking for Rep. Mike Honda’s re-election campaign.

Tammy DuckworthHonda, D-San Jose, and Duckworth, D-Ill., have worked together since 2006 when Honda supported her first race for Congress. Then and in 2012, Honda attended events in her district and helped her raise funds nationwide; now she’s returning the favor, as Honda faces challenges from fellow Democrat Ro Khanna, Republican Vanila Singh and Republican Joel Vanlandingham.

The two House members will hold a one-hour roundtable with local veterans at 4 p.m. Friday in Honda’s campaign headquarters, in the SEIU building at 2302 Zanker Road in San Jose; after that, Duckworth will join campaign volunteers to work the phones for an hour.

Duckworth was a National Guard captain serving in Iraq in 2004 when the Black Hawk helicopter she was piloting was hit by an rocket-propelled grenade; she lost both legs and partial use of her right arm. She has since served as Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and as an Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; she remains a lieutenant colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard, and now serves on the House Armed Services and the Government & Oversight committees.

Honda’s campaign said he has worked to increase funding for veterans’ health care services and for college scholarships for returning veterans, including $2.8 million in grants for homeless and at-risk veterans in his district that he helped secure last year. He also played a role in seeking compensation and recognition for Filipino-American veterans who served in World War II.

Khanna is keeping up his breakneck pace this week by speaking to Santa Clara University law students on Wednesday; serving as a panelist at the Latinos Information Technology and Science Association conference in Redwood City and then canvassing in Sunnyvale on Thursday; giving an inaugural address and taking part in a panel discussion at the Indian Institute of Management conference at Google in Mountain View before doing a Sunnyvale neighborhood meet-and-greet Saturday; and then doing neighborhood meet-and-greets in Sunnyvale and Cupertino on Sunday.

And, as previously reported here, Singh is holding a happy hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at C&J’s Sports Bar, 1550 Lafayette St. in Santa Clara, and then will hold a campaign kickoff at 10 a.m. Saturday at her headquarters, 1313 N. Milpitas Blvd. Suite 215, in Milpitas.

Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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CA17: Honda’s busy schedule of local events

With six weeks to go before June’s primary election, Rep. Mike Honda is keeping his profile high in his 17th Congressional District with a busy schedule of official events.

Honda, D-San Jose, is making the best of his seven-term incumbent bully pulpit as challengers Ro Khanna and Vanila Singh step up the pace of their campaigns.

honda.jpgOn Tuesday evening, Honda will visit the Bill Wilson Center in San Jose to talk with several young homeless people with mental-health issues who are part of the center’s Transition Age Youth program. “It is crucial that we understand the needs and challenges facing homeless youth here in Silicon Valley,” he said in a news release. “We live in an area of great opportunity, and we are obligated to ensure that opportunity is available for all residents of Silicon Valley.”

On Wednesday, Honda will give the keynote address at the Housing Trust Silicon Valley‘s investor briefing in Santa Clara, speaking to more than 400 business leaders, Housing Trust partners, housing industry professionals, community partners, and the general public about the importance of affordable housing for businesses, workers and low-income residents.

On Thursday morning, Honda will join local elected officials, community leaders and public health officials in San Jose to announce the launch of a bus ad campaign urging Chinese- and Vietnamese-American residents to get tested for hepatitis B. The Asian American Pacific Islander community accounts for over half of all chronic hepatitis B cases, and half of the deaths related to hepatitis B; Honda will discuss how Congress is working to address and eradicate hepatitis, including the work of the bipartisan Congressional Hepatitis Caucus, which he founded and co-chairs.

Last week, Honda held a news conference in San Jose to announce his introduction of H.R. 4460, the Freedom of Faith Act, which would make permanent the immigrant provision for religious workers who are non-ministers; the current religious workers program will expire in 2015. “For over two decades, Congress has reauthorized this program time and time again,” he said. “It’s time we do what’s right for our communities of faith and make permanent this program that allows workers who lead worship, officiate events, and offer pastoral care, to receive temporary visas like ministers and faith leaders do.”

Honda also last week gave the opening address at the San Francisco Bay Area Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Nanotechnology Council’s 10th Anniversary symposium in Santa Clara, discussing the continuing importance of nanotech in our economy, as well as his role in enacting the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act. The law, of which Honda was an original co-sponsor, first authorized $4 billion in federal spending over 4 years for the National Nanotechnology Initiative in 2003.

Posted on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
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