Democrats Search For The Next Obama

(NNPA) – She’s a lawyer by trade and an accomplished politician who in November became just the second African-American woman to become a U.S. Senator. He’s considered a favorite to become the next head of the Democratic National Committee. Senator Kamala Harris of California and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota are among the new movers […]

Black lawmakers to speak out against Sessions in hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, used strong words in the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings to deny any hints of a racist past. On day two, a group of black lawmakers will speak out against his nomination — including New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, who will […]

California hires ex-Attorney General Holder to fight Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic leaders in the California Legislature said Wednesday they have hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to advise them on a legal strategy as they gird for a fight against President-elect Donald Trump. The precise role of the high-profile lawyer remained unclear, but his politically connected firm will be paid […]

Trump presidency puts California Legislature in defense mode

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California lawmakers return to Sacramento on Wednesday, liberal dreams of expanding safety-net benefits and providing health coverage to immigrants are giving way to a new vision revolving around a feverish push to protect gains racked up in the past. After years of pushing forward a progressive agenda, legislative Democrats will […]

Retiring Rep. Charlie Rangel: Trump presidency like ‘a bad dream’

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel thought he would be wrapping up his 46-year career in Congress on a note of triumph, leaving office at the same time as a history-making fellow Democrat, President Barack Obama, with the country in the hands of longtime friend Hillary Clinton. Instead, the gravelly-voiced New Yorker said […]

Beseeched to revolt, but bound by duty, electoral voters vow to remain faithful

(AP) – Hounded to abandon Donald Trump, Republican electors appear to be in no mood for an insurrection in the presidential campaign’s last voting ritual. This most untraditional of elections is on course to produce a traditional outcome Monday — an Electoral College ticket to the White House for the president-elect. Whether they like Trump […]

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 […]