Kaepernick stands behind decision not to vote

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick is standing behind his decision not to vote in the presidential election or even register to take part in the democratic process, saying he can effect change in other ways besides through a ballot. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has knelt through the national anthem all season to […]

Dave Chappelle, ‘SNL’ give thoughtful coda to election

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Saturday Night Live” called on host Dave Chappelle’s wit and Kate McKinnon’s performance of “Hallelujah” for a thoughtful coda to a divisive presidential campaign. Chappelle, claiming to be rusty after a decade largely out of the TV spotlight, proved ready and eager to offer his take on Donald Trump’s victory over […]

Analysis: Trump’s victory a reversal of fortune for Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — He warned that Donald Trump was dangerous, a nuclear hair-trigger, proud to get away with sexual assault. And now it falls to President Barack Obama to reassure America that it can survive four years of President Trump. The impulsive billionaire’s improbable victory sets in motion a remarkable reversal of fortune for Obama. […]

OBSERVER Recommendations – Fall 2016 General Election

U.S. PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON U.S. SENATE KAMALA HARRIS U.S. Representative — District 3 John Garamendi U.S. Representative — District 6 Doris Matsui U.S. Representative — District 7 Ami Bera STATE ASSEMBLY — District 7 Kevin McCarty STATE ASSEMBLY — District 8 Ken Cooley STATE ASSEMBLY — District 9 Jim Cooper MEASURE B YES MEASURE G […]

Democrats, Republicans Both Vying for Black California Voters

Both Democrats and Republicans are lobbying for African American voters, but how will Californians vote when they go to the polls in November? Harmeet Dhillon, RNC National Committeewoman, says the California State GOP is encouraging Republican people of color to run for local elected offices and that the GOP has had success with several Black Republican mayors being elected in the Inland Empire.

Donors pour record $458 million into California initiatives

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Political donors have spent a record $458 million on 17 statewide November ballot initiatives in California, beating the state’s own record for the most spent on propositions appearing on state ballots in a single year, campaign reports filed Thursday show. The fundraising has soared at least $20 million past California’s previous […]

Ex-California state senator faces 5 years for taking bribes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charged in a corruption scandal that could have sent him to prison for three lifetimes, former Sen. Ron Calderon dropped his entrapment defense, pleaded guilty and admitted taking bribes in exchange for his influence in Sacramento. As he faces sentencing Friday, though, prosecutors say Calderon is not taking responsibility for his […]

Democrats try to taint California opponents with Trump links

Donald Trump is playing a starring role in at least five of the most hotly contested races for the California Assembly and Senate.

Repeal or reform? Death penalty voter decisions for 3 states

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s dysfunctional death penalty faces a fate in November that seems fitting: voters can put it out of its misery, or fix it so it does what it promises. The state is among three where voters will make decisions on capital punishment. California’s ballot initiatives — one would repeal capital punishment, […]

Trump calls for racial unity, embraces ‘stop and frisk’

CLEVELAND (AP) — Lamenting a “lack of spirit” between whites and blacks, Donald Trump encouraged racial unity on Thursday even as he called for one of the nation’s largest cities to adopt “stop and frisk” policing tactics that have been widely condemned as racial profiling by minority leaders. The Republican presidential contender, eager to improve […]