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 […]

President Obama Makes Urgent Call for Black Voter Turnout

OPINION (NNPA) – Last Saturday, we were pleased to witness, firsthand, President Barack Obama’s keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 2016 Phoenix Awards Dinner; it was his final speech, as Commander-In-Chief, at the celebration that included Black members of Congress, celebrities, civil rights leaders, journalists and corporate partners. Thousands of guests in their […]

Stalemate on debates shadows California US Senate contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candidate debates are usually routine events on the political calendar. But not in California’s U.S. Senate contest. The two Democrats seeking the seat — state Attorney General Kamala Harris and U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez — have been unable to agree how many there should be, or when and where to hold […]

Scarce targets curb Dem hopes for House gains, despite Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a taste of ads to come, House Democrats have run national TV spots in which actors recount Donald Trump’s derogatory remarks about immigrants, women and veterans and one asks, “How can Republican members of Congress support that?” The commercials, by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, underscore the party’s hopes for an […]

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 […]