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 […]

Trump’s ‘my African-American’ remark turns critics to target

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man singled out by Donald Trump as “my African-American” said Monday that he is now the target of harsh criticism, including comments he feels are more racist than the remark by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Trump’s reference to Gregory Cheadle at a California campaign rally on Friday is […]

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Veteran Educator Seeks Return To County Board Of Education

(SACRAMENTO) – The trustee race for Sacramento County Board of Education in District 7 is heating up on the way to the June 7 Primary Election and educator Roy Grimes continues to distinguish himself as “the best prepared candidate.” Grimes, who previously served on the Sacramento County and City school boards, is enthusiastic about the […]

Poll: African-American Voters Feel Democratic Party Takes Them for Granted

(CBM) – A recent poll revealed many Black voters in California strongly identify with the Democratic Party, although 58 percent feel the establishment takes them for granted. Commissioned by the African American Voter Registration, Education and Participation (AAVREP) Project, The California African American Policy Priorities Survey sampled 800 potential African-American voters in Los Angeles, Sacramento and […]

Will CA Black Voters Be Able To Kiss and Make Up?

(CBM) – With eyes now looking toward California and Hillary Clinton claiming victory in the latest primary, she is still ahead of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Now as Hillary Clinton moves towards clinching the nomination she is faced with the task of winning over Sanders’ supporters. Public Policy Institute of California, reports : about 43 […]

GOP race shifts California’s political fault lines

BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — The Republican Party in California has been riven for decades between those who want to tack to the ideological center to expand its diminishing appeal and those who want it to enforce conservative purity. But the prospect of Donald Trump clinching the nomination in the Golden State has scrambled the party’s […]