Defend ‘Obamacare’ Unabashedly, Some Democrats Say

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WASHINGTON — The outlook for the president’s health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it’s time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon. Activists in one Senate race are doing just that. Other Democratic candidates, however, remain wary, unsure that a modest dose […]

Judge Upholds Election of Kevin Johnson in Black Mayors’ Rift

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s election as president of NCBM affirmed by judge.

WASHINGTON – After intense internal fighting, court battles and competing board of directors that have characterized Sacramento, Calif. Kevin Johnson’s term as president of the National Conference of Black Mayors since last May, his first month in office, a judge has ruled decidedly in Johnson’s favor, effectively firing Executive Director Vanessa R. Williams and nullifying […]

Harold Wants To Be Agent Of Change In Halls of Congress

Former Miss America Erika Harold could be the first Black woman Republican elected to Congress if she makes it out Illinois' Primary and General Election.

Photo — Harold makes her announcement to run for the 13th District seat in Illinois 
(photo courtesy of Erika Harold For Congress).
Inset — Photo courtesy of The Angolite.

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN — Last June, former Miss America Erika Harold put her $300,000, one-bedroom apartment in downtown Chicago up for sell, left a prestigious attorney job with a law firm in the city, and then moved back to where she was born and raised in Champaign County Illinois. Shortly after her return to Urbana, Ill., Harold, […]

ALICE HUFFMAN: Rod Wright Must Stand His Ground

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OPINION – Senator Rod Wright’s recent guilty verdict by a Superior Court jury trial and his leave of absence from the California State Senate is troublesome for our community. He was found guilty of 8 counts of perjury and voter fraud which to the average person sounds horrendous. Most of us want squeaky clean elected […]

Former Miss America Recalls Prison Visit; Makes Bid For Congress

Main photo — Erika Harold, right, after relinquishing her 2003 Miss America crown, took a tour of Angola Prison in Louisiana in March 2004. She is shown here touring the facility with Angola Prison warden Burl Cain, left (photo courtesy of The Angolite).

Left photo —  Harold, a Republican, is vying for the 13th Congressional District of Illinois. If she gets to the general election and claim victory, Harold would be the first Black female Republican elected to Congress. The primary election is March 18 (AP photo).

Right photo — Harold's reaction after she won the Miss America crown in September 2002 (photo courtesy of Erika Harold).

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN — When she was crowned Miss America on Sept. 21, 2002, Erika Harold never imagined she would be entering an United States penitentiary a year later. Surrounded by hardened criminals, a majority that have committed heinous crimes, Ms. Harold, her mission dear — provide hope to those many have written off as hopeless. She’s […]

Stockton Selects Kurt Wilson to Serve as Permanent City Manager

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STOCKTON – The City of Stockton has decided to promote within, naming its Interim City Manager, Kurt Wilson to the permanent position. Stockton’s Mayor Anthony Silva made the announcement at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “I am honored to nominate an extremely qualified individual who represents continuity, fairness, diversity and professionalism. This is truly a fresh […]

Obama Hopes to Sidestep Congress to Have ‘a Year of Action’

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WASHINGTON – With a largely uncooperative, highly-partisan Congress headed into a mid-term election, President Obama declared in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night that he will have ‘a year of action’ by expanding economic opportunity through executive orders and other action that do not require legislative approval. “I’m eager to work with all […]

White House Warns Obama Could Go Around Congress

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will work with Congress where he can and circumvent lawmakers where he must, his top advisers warned Sunday in previewing Tuesday’s State of the Union speech. Obama faces a politically divided Congress on Tuesday and will use his annual address to demand expanded economic opportunity. Absent legislative action, the White […]

City Clerk Rejects STOP Petitions – No Vote Scheduled on Arena

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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento City Clerk put the brakes on a June ballot measure asking voters to approve or deny public funding for a downtown sports and entertainment center. Shirley Concolino, the City Clerk rejected the measure, citing discrepancies with petitions used to put the measure on the June ballot. Nine different versions of […]

Poll: People See Obama as Nice Guy, So-So Prez

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WASHINGTON – Nice guy, so-so president. Taking stock of President Barack Obama at the five-year mark in his term, less than a third of Americans consider him to be an above-average chief executive. Nearly twice as many find him likable. A new Associated Press-GfK Poll finds the president’s personal image to be on the rebound […]