Eric Swalwell, a Democrat, deserves to be elected to another term as the 15th Congressional District representative.
His challengers include Republican Rudy Peters and non-partisan Brendan St. John. The two top finishers will face each other in November. We disagree with both challengers on a variety of issues, including their dismissal of climate change science and opposition to an assault weapon ban.
In order to work across the aisle, Swalwell co-founded the United Solutions Caucus in the House during his first term, bringing together members of both parties to find common ground.
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A reasoned voice, congressman has led efforts to check the abuses of the Trump campaign and administration
By Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards
Rep. Eric Swalwell is the right person in the right place at the right time.
He was first elected to Congress in 2012, taking advantage of California’s new redistricting and primary election rules to defeat fellow Democrat and 40-year incumbent Pete Stark.
Swalwell, a former Alameda County deputy district attorney, offered political moderation and a calm, reasoned approach, in sharp contrast to Stark’s ultra-liberal, bombastic and abrasive personality that had alienated many of his colleagues.Read more
Incumbent Eric Swalwell is competing for his fourth term representing District 15, which includes Pleasanton. The 37-year-old Democrat, a former Dublin councilman and county prosecutor, continues to be a strong voice for the Bay Area in Congress whose star continues to rise within his party and yet he remains active within the district.
We prefer Swalwell in the primary. His legislative record is unmatched in this election.Read more
A story twisted the words of a California lawmaker who called for banning possession of semiautomatic assault weapons to falsely state that Democrats want to seize all guns.
"Democrats go full tyranny: now demand nationwide gun confiscation from law-abiding Americans ... at gunpoint, of course," stated a May 7 headline on RevolutionRadio.org, which copied the story and headline by NaturalNews.com.
Facebook flagged this story as part of its efforts to combat false news and misinformation on Facebook's News Feed. You can read more about our partnership with Facebook here. The headline blows out of proportion statements by U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, who represents the San Francisco Bay area.Read more
We can do better than endless lines, low turnout, and outdated tech. And the fear of hackers shouldn't stop us.
Hackers and propagandists attacked our electoral system in 2016. We’re still learning about the consequences of that attack, but one result is clear: At the very moment when we need to move our democracy into the 21st century, confidence in the system — and our ability to improve it — has been undermined.
The weaknesses of our electoral system should push us forward to voting technology that’s more secure and easier to use. But the digital chaos of 2016 means many are now more inclined to take our country deeper into the ways of the past — back to hanging chads, never-ending lines at polling stations, even ballot stuffing.Read more
WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., added a new wrinkle to the gun debate recently with a proposal to force Americans to sell off their so-called assault weapons — or else.
Swalwell says he was inspired to act by the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and the surviving students who have since led a nationwide campaign to tighten gun laws. His plan, which he debuted in a USA Today op-ed, is modeled on Australia, which responded to a 1996 mass shooting by forcing gun owners around the country to sell newly prohibited weapons.Read more
After witnessing the horrors that tools of war have wrought on individuals, on families, and on communities, it is time to take a stand. I can no longer hold the false moral equivalence between protecting the Second Amendment and protecting lives - the right to live must take precedence. I am proposing action to protect American lives and America’s future.Read more
On Friday, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a report based on their cursory investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Full of shoddy rationalizations and evasions, it purported to show that America’s intelligence community failed to use “proper analytic tradecraft” in concluding that Russia wanted to help elect Donald Trump, and that there is no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Its real message was that, for Republicans in Congress determined to protect this president, evidence is irrelevant.Read more
As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, sees a lot of intel few others do. And he’s very frustrated that the United States has done little to protect its election system from another attack by Russia, another foreign country or even a lone wolf.
“By what we have done so far — which is almost nothing — we are inviting the Russians to attack us again,” Swalwell said during a talk this week with The Chronicle’s editorial board.Read more
DUBLIN, Calif. (KGO) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee is now inviting the CEO's of Facebook, Twitter and Google to an opening hearing on data privacy. The meeting will happen early next month.
The invitation comes just hours after the Federal Trade Commission announced it's investigating Facebook about the company's privacy practices. Facebook has been under intense criticism after it was revealed that the data of up to 50 million users was improperly obtained by the data firm Cambridge Analytica and used in the presidential election.Read more