OBSERVER Recommendations – Fall 2016 General Election

U.S. PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON U.S. SENATE KAMALA HARRIS U.S. Representative — District 3 John Garamendi U.S. Representative — District 6 Doris Matsui U.S. Representative — District 7 Ami Bera STATE ASSEMBLY — District 7 Kevin McCarty STATE ASSEMBLY — District 8 Ken Cooley STATE ASSEMBLY — District 9 Jim Cooper MEASURE B YES MEASURE G […]

Obama health plan hit by double-digit premium hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That’s sure to stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an […]

Democrats, Republicans Both Vying for Black California Voters

Both Democrats and Republicans are lobbying for African American voters, but how will Californians vote when they go to the polls in November? Harmeet Dhillon, RNC National Committeewoman, says the California State GOP is encouraging Republican people of color to run for local elected offices and that the GOP has had success with several Black Republican mayors being elected in the Inland Empire.

Attorney general leads criminal probe of Wells Fargo bank

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s attorney general is conducting a criminal investigation into whether employees at San Francisco-based Wells Fargo bank stole customers’ identities in the sales practices scandal that rocked the bank and cost its CEO his job, documents released Wednesday show. A search warrant and supporting affidavit released by the state Department of […]

50 years later, Black Panthers look back at party’s founding

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Black Panthers emerged from this gritty Northern California city 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a downtrodden people to determine their own future. In the group’s short life, it launched an ambitious […]

Ex-California state senator faces 5 years for taking bribes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charged in a corruption scandal that could have sent him to prison for three lifetimes, former Sen. Ron Calderon dropped his entrapment defense, pleaded guilty and admitted taking bribes in exchange for his influence in Sacramento. As he faces sentencing Friday, though, prosecutors say Calderon is not taking responsibility for his […]

Democrats try to taint California opponents with Trump links

Donald Trump is playing a starring role in at least five of the most hotly contested races for the California Assembly and Senate.

Black Panther Party’s Elaine Brown Scheduled To Speak At IndiviZible

SACRAMENTO — IndiviZible will have a special presentation in the honor of the 50th year anniversary of the Black Panther Party on Oct. 17 at the Guild Theater in Oak Park. The program runs from 6:00 pm. to 7:30 p.m. From 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., a Huey P. Newton House Dedication will be held […]

After Kaepernick’s protest, singers question anthem

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning R&B singer Anthony Hamilton has sung the national anthem in the past. Don’t ask him to sing it in the near future. Hamilton’s frustration with “The Star-Spangled Banner” is shared by some other Black Americans, who feel like the tune sung before major U.S. events is not the best representation […]

Obama: ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ will benefit US economy

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Promoting his initiative for boys and young men of color, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that helping these males stay out of trouble and on the right path is an “American challenge” that will pay off for the U.S. economy in the long run. Speaking about the “My Brother’s Keeper” program […]