Statewide Senior Coalition Rally Lawmakers (Video)

(CBM) – Over 300 seniors rallied at the state Capitol last Thursday to support efforts to streamline the way the state deals with policy and budget allocations for senior citizens in the state. In 2015, the Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care issued a report calling for the creation of a Senate Standing […]

Gov. Brown’s Revised Budget Focuses on Education and Healthcare (Video)

(CBM) – During his presentation of the 2017-18 revised budget proposal, Gov. Jerry Brown warned Californians lean times were ahead. According to Brown, state residents should prepare for future budget cuts. The May budget revision has adjusted the shortfall from more than $5 billion in January to $3.3 billion. However, Brown said it was important […]

Harris and other Democrats to oppose Gorsuch, say he rules against workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five more Democrats said Friday that they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him. California Sen. Kamala Harris, Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Rhode Island Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse all said they believe the Denver-based appeals court judge has ruled too often […]

Kimberly Ellis Says California Democratic Party Needs New Blood

(CBM) – When former Labor Sec. Tom Perez defeated Rep. Keith Ellison in the race to head the Democratic National Committee, it was seen as another defeat for progressives. (Perez later named Ellison deputy chair.) Some progressives are still seething over the fact that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, their favored candidate, lost the presidential nomination […]

Ben Carson Sworn-in as Trump’s Only Black Cabinet Pick

(NNPA) – The swearing-in of all the primary members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet is just about complete. Most of Trump’s cabinet—from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross—are rich, White and male. On Thursday, March 2, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson broke the mold with his swearing-in as Housing and Urban Development […]

New Study: Blacks Feel Ignored by the Democratic Party

(NNPA) – Cornell Belcher, the CEO of Brilliant Corners Research, said that it’s no surprise that Black voters have presented a very clear mandate to the Congressional Black Caucus to oppose the Trump Administration, because 92 percent of African Americans voted against President Trump. “However, to maintain this broad level of support among African American […]

Civil rights groups changing tactics following Sessions loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — After failing to prevent Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation, civil rights groups are now shifting their attention to monitoring his actions at the Justice Department and challenging President Donald Trump’s other actions in areas of concern. Sessions was sworn in at the White House Thursday despite furious opposition from civil rights activists […]

Democrats Search For The Next Obama

(NNPA) – She’s a lawyer by trade and an accomplished politician who in November became just the second African-American woman to become a U.S. Senator. He’s considered a favorite to become the next head of the Democratic National Committee. Senator Kamala Harris of California and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota are among the new movers […]

Black lawmakers to speak out against Sessions in hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, used strong words in the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings to deny any hints of a racist past. On day two, a group of black lawmakers will speak out against his nomination — including New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, who will […]

California hires ex-Attorney General Holder to fight Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic leaders in the California Legislature said Wednesday they have hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to advise them on a legal strategy as they gird for a fight against President-elect Donald Trump. The precise role of the high-profile lawyer remained unclear, but his politically connected firm will be paid […]