Kamala Harris raises $2.5M for her U.S. Senate run

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LOS ANGELES (AP)- Democrat Kamala Harris has raised $2.5 million since mid-January for her U.S. Senate run in California, giving her an early financial edge in the 2016 contest, her campaign announced Monday. Competitive races are costly, and analysts predict Harris could need $30 million or more by Election Day next year. She is the […]

24 percent of California voters registered without political preference

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SACRAMENTO — New state figures continue the trend of the fastest growing segment of the California electorate registering without any political affiliation. Secretary of State Alex Padilla released voter registration figures on Monday showing almost 24 percent of voters have no party preference. The report says California had 17.7 million registered voters in February. Of […]

President Obama says he’s ready to sign Medicare doctor payment fix

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he’s ready to sign good bipartisan legislation to fix Medicare’s doctor payment problem, without endorsing any specific legislation. Without a fix, doctors face a 21 percent cut in Medicare fees, the consequence of a 1990s budget law that Congress has repeatedly waived. The House is expected […]

Obama says he’s prepared to fight GOP over education

President Barack Obama visits with students and counselors from William R. Harper High School in Chicago, Ill., in the Oval Office, June 5, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama met with the students in April 2013 to discuss youth violence. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Students from William R. Harper High School in Chicago, Ill., listen as President Barack Obama talks with them about the Emancipation Proclamation hanging in the Oval Office, June 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pointing to increased high school graduation rates, President Barack Obama said Monday he’s prepared to fight with Republicans for school funding and his education priorities rather than risk going backward. The president said he hopes that Republican lawmakers focus on educating every child and not shifting money away from needy districts. He’s […]

Blacks Still Underrepresented at all Levels of Politics

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies President Spencer Overton says there is a heated debate over how much progress we have made over the past 50 years.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although Blacks have made tremendous improvement in holding elected office since passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, they remain underrepresented at the federal, state and local levels, according to a report scheduled to be released Tuesday by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. “Based on the most recent data, […]

California GOP recognizes gay faction of party

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Republican Party on Sunday officially recognized the party’s organized gay wing that has fought years for formal acceptance. The Los Angeles Times reported (http://tinyurl.com/kwxom7d ) Sunday that the 38-year-old Log Cabin Republican group received overwhelming support to receive a charter at the state party’s biannual convention in Sacramento. The chairman […]

Condoleezza Rice Tops California Voters’ US Senate Wish List

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California’s U.S. Senate race next year is wide open. That’s the finding of an independent Field Poll released Wednesday that says voters are open to considering a wide range of possible candidates for the seat being vacated by Democrat Barbara Boxer when her term ends. The name that landed at the top of the list […]

AG Harris asked to investigate effort to overturn plastic bag ban

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SACRAMENTO – Supporters of the state’s plastic bag ban today refiled their complaint with California Attorney General Kamala Harris over deceptive signature gathering by petition gatherers seeking a repeal of the law. The move comes after the Secretary of State’s office said it would not review the complaint because Secretary of State Alex Padilla had […]

Utah Rep. Becomes First Black Woman Republican In Congress

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SALT LAKE CITY — Mia Love of Utah became the first Black female Republican in Congress this nonth as she was sworn in along with 57 other freshmen members of the U.S. House. Rep. Love, the 39-year-old former mayor of Saratoga Springs, was elected in November in Utah’s 4th District. She already has started making […]

California AG Kamala Harris to Run for US Senate

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LOS ANGELES  (AP) – California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the first woman and the first minority to hold that office, will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer, an adviser with knowledge of her plans said Monday. With her formal announcement Tuesday, Harris, 50, would become the first California Democrat to […]