California congressman’s father sentenced to year in prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The father of a California congressman was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in federal prison after prosecutors said he illegally funneled nearly $270,000 in contributions to his son’s campaigns. A federal judge also fined Babulal Bera $100,000 for violating federal election laws, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office […]

WHY IT MATTERS: Voting rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Who should be able to vote and how easy should it be? It’s a question that goes to the core of democracy. Voting rights are in flux in the final months of Barack Obama’s two terms as the first black president. Citing a need to combat fraud, Republican-controlled legislatures are […]

Beyond ‘Obamacare’: State initiatives refocus health debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving beyond “Obamacare,” political activists are looking to state ballot questions to refocus the nation’s long-running debate over government’s role in health care. This fall, California voters will decide whether to lower some prescription drug prices, while Coloradans will vote on a state version of a “single-payer” government-run health system, similar to […]

Elections 2016: Can the Power of the Black Vote Make Black Lives Matter?

Activists Debate Boycotting Clinton, Police Violence and the Possibility of a Trump Presidency (CBM) – Democrats attending their party’s convention last week in Philadelphia were moved to tears, rounds of applause and a standing ovation when nine mothers of Black men slain by police brutality and racially motivated attacks took the stage. “The majority of police […]

Ex-KKK leader David Duke signs up to run for US Senate seat

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, an avowed white supremacist, officially signed up Friday to run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana, saying “the climate of this country has moved in my direction.” “I believe my time has come,” Duke said after submitting his paperwork for the ballot. He added: […]

Clinton’s LA Town Hall Ends In Sparks

LOS ANGELES (CBM) – Bostonian Whitney White flew coast to coast to ask Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton a question that is on the lips of many of African Americans. At the close of a Clinton campaign town hall meeting in Hollywood last Tuesday evening, the popular Internet personality asked Clinton how she plans to […]

Voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot. A successful vote in California would mean one in every six Americans lives in a state with […]

Report: It’s harder to know who’s paying for political ads

(AP) – It’s getting harder to know who is funding political advertising at the state level as more money becomes anonymous or is filtered from one political action committee to another, a new study finds. In 2014, the last year in which statewide elections were widespread across the country, only 29 cents of every $1 […]

8.9M people estimated to have voted in California primary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — About 8.9 million people, above 49 percent of California’s registered voters, are estimated to have turned out for the state’s presidential primary election this week, according to early projections by state officials. The figures are considered preliminary because 2.4 million ballots out of the 8.6 million still must be certified, said […]

In Democrat-only Senate race, Republicans become swing votes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican candidates were shut out in the race for California’s open U.S. Senate seat, but GOP voters could play a key role in November in determining which of two Democratic women goes to Washington. Attorney General Kamala Harris won a commanding victory in Tuesday’s primary to claim one of two runoff […]