2 unions battle for $15 hourly minimum wage in California

(AP) – The state’s largest union said Tuesday that it has filed a second ballot initiative seeking to boost California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, setting up a ballot rivalry between two factions of the powerful Service Employees International Union. SEIU’s state council announced an initiative Tuesday that would raise the minimum wage to […]

Biden says he won’t run for president, a boost for Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden declared Wednesday he won’t run for president in 2016, ending a months-long flirtation with a third White House campaign and setting him on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career. Biden’s decision bolsters Hillary Rodham Clinton’s standing as the front-runner by sparing her a […]

Kevin Johnson says he will not to run for third term

SACRAMENTO – Kevin Johnson, the first African American elected mayor in Sacramento’s history, has announced that he will not seek a third term. Mayor Johnson tweeted a photo of his statement late Tuesday night.  pic.twitter.com/eQrxNc0y7T “After much thought and soul-searching I have decided not to run for a third term as Mayor,” Johnson said in his statement. […]

Democrats acknowledge Black Lives Matter during debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates gave a meaningful public nod to the Black Lives Matter movement in their first televised debate, fully adopting its slogan and raising the core concerns stemming from police killings of African-Americans that protesters have articulated while disrupting some of their campaign events. The candidates were careful to avoid uttering […]

California voters to be automatically registered at DMV

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation to make California the second state in the nation to begin automatically registering eligible voters when they obtain or renew their driver’s licenses. AB1461 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, aims to boost California’s voter rolls by registering visitors to the Department of Motor Vehicles […]

Rupert Murdoch suggests Obama isn’t ‘real Black president’

NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of the global News Corp. media empire, Rupert Murdoch, issued an apology Thursday after he faced social media backlash following his suggestion that President Barack Obama isn’t a “real Black president.” Murdoch was praising Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife on Twitter on Wednesday when he wrote: […]

Carson to NASCAR: Confederate flag OK on private property

RANDLEMAN, N.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Monday said NASCAR fans should continue flying the Confederate Flag, so long as it’s on private property, as he received the informal endorsement of racing legend Richard Petty. Petty’s support marks a significant step for Carson, the only African-American in the crowded 2016 Republican field, […]

Trump declines to correct man who says Obama is Muslim

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump declined to correct a questioner at a town hall event who incorrectly stated that President Barack Obama is Muslim, and the billionaire real estate mogul said he’d be “looking at” a claim that militants operate training camps on American soil. Trump, who has a history of […]

Amid Trump bombast, quiet Ben Carson rises in GOP 2016 field

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid all the bombast in the Republican race for president, Ben Carson comes across more like a whisper. He is, in some ways, the anti-Trump — a gentle candidate who lets his record as a renowned brain surgeon speak for itself. The bragging about his resume and place in the polls, […]

Study: Party Trumps Race among Black Voters

(NNPA) – Party undermines race among African-American voters; a new study finds, signaling a potentially hard sell for the Republican Party within this voting bloc. And it’s a problem that would likely not be solved by merely promoting Black Republican candidates for office. “There are some very successful African-American Republicans, but those folks don’t attract African-American […]