Democrats and Republicans Voice Opposition to UC Tuition Hikes

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Democratic legislative leaders took aim at tuition hikes approved by the University of California as they returned to the state Capitol to kick off a new session on Monday. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins called for implementing so-called zero-based budgeting for the state, starting with the UC’s system. That process requires agencies to […]

Bera Retains Seat After Nation’s Most Expensive Congressional Contest

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has won a hard-fought re-election to a congressional seat in the Sacramento area that was the nation’s most expensive House race this year. A physician who won the 7th Congressional District seat from a Republican two years ago, Bera held an edge of more than 1,400 votes Wednesday […]

California Legislative Black Caucus Continues to Grow

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) – Following midterm elections that sent their party reeling nationwide, a key bloc of Democratic lawmakers in California saw their numbers swell with victories won by a record number of African-Americans. With five new members — Autumn Burke, Tony Thurmond, Jim Cooper, Kevin McCarty and Mike Gipson — winning election to the Assembly […]

Black Democrats Bemoan Decision to Run from Obama

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ATLANTA (AP) — Some Black political leaders think Democratic candidates who distanced themselves from President Barack Obama sapped enthusiasm among African-Americans in states where they anchor the party’s base. They point to Senate races in North Carolina, where Kay Hagan was denied a second term, and Georgia, where Michelle Nunn failed to capture an open […]

California Election Highlights

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Highlights from California’s general election on Tuesday

Election Update: Measure L Goes Down In Defeat & Cooper Heads to State Assembly

Jim Cooper and his supporters were elated to see the Elk Grove Councilman in a commanding lead for State Assembly District 9. Cooper's viewing party was at Paesano's Restaurant in Elk Grove.
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SACRAMENTO – A majority of Sacramento voters made it known during the General Election on Tuesday that City Hall works just fine. With all precincts reporting, Measure L, the initiative known as the “Sacramento Checks and Balance Act of 2014,” was voted down with 31,885 (57.22 percent) votes against 23,835 (42.78 percent) votes. Now that […]

OBSERVER RECOMENDS: ‘Yes’ Votes For Appellate Justices

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OPINION – Most voters will not recognize seven names on their November ballot. They are Elena Duarte, Andrea Hoch, Louis Mauro, William Murray, Vance Raye and Ron Robie — justices currently serving on the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District — who are up for retention. The seventh name is that of Jonathan Renner, who […]

DeLuz Brothers Going at it, Talking General Election 2014

Craig & David DeLuz can be found debating politics and cultural news of the day at www.DeLuzBrothers.com

Craig & David DeLuz are long time political commentators & activists in the Sacramento region. What makes them unique is that David is a progressive Democrat and Craig is a Conservative Republican. Here they discuss their differing opinions on three local races. Craig & David DeLuz can be found debating politics and cultural news of […]

OBSERVER RECOMENDATIONS: Fall General Election 2014

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Below are The OBSERVER Recommendations: GOVERNOR Jerry Brown LT. GOVERNOR Gavin Newsom SECRETARY OF STATE Alex Padilla CONTROLLER Betty T. Yee TREASURER John Chiang ATTORNEY GENERAL Kamala Harris INSURANCE COMMISSIONER Ted Gaines SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION Tom Torlakson BOARD OF EQUALIZATION — DISTRICT 1 George Runner U.S. Representative — District 3 John Garamendi U.S. Representative […]

Obama Turns to Black Radio to Plead for Midterm Votes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don’t want him around in person. African-American turnout will be vital to Democrats’ hopes in states such as Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina […]