Governor Signs Bill To Streamline Teacher Firings

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SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday making it easier for school districts to fire abusive teachers, capping an effort that gained momentum after a particularly egregious case of misconduct in Los Angeles highlighted how difficult it can be to remove problem teachers. AB215 takes effect Jan. 1 after several failed attempts in recent […]

GOP Struggles to Recruit Black Voters, Candidates

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SMYRNA – Like an eager date, Leo Smith showed up at Mount Zion First Baptist Church with a bouquet of flowers in hand. He wasn’t seeking romance. He was seeking voters. As the minority engagement director for the Georgia Republican Party, Smith is helping to lead an effort to recruit African-American voters in pivotal states, […]

As Election Day Wraps Up, Several Local Races Still Too Close To Call

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SACRAMENTO — In one of the lowest voter turnout elections in Sacramento County history, a few Primary Election races are still too close to call while others have been decided. With 46 of 46 precincts reporting, Rick Jennings leads the Sacramento City Council District 7 race with 2,989 votes (50.70 percent) to Julius Cherry’s 2,439 […]

Sacramento Observer 2014 Primary Election Endorsements

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**DOWNLAD YOUR 2014 OBSERVER PRIMARY VOTER GUIDE** GOVERNOR Jerry Brown LT. GOVERNOR Gavin Newsom SECRETARY OF STATE Alex Padilla CONTROLLER Betty T. Yee TREASURER John Chiang ATTORNEY GENERAL Kamala Harris INSURANCE COMMISSIONER Ted Gaines SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION Tom Torlakson BOARD OF EQUALIZATION — DISTRICT 1 George Runner U.S. Representative — District 3 John Garamendi […]

Bill Says Schools Should Teach Racial Significance Of Obama Presidency

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SACRAMENTO — A bill that passed the Assembly with unanimous bipartisan support Thursday encourages California schools to teach students about the racial significance of Barack Obama’s presidency. The Assembly approved AB1912 with a 71-0 vote and no debate or discussion. It now heads to the state Senate. The bill by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, asks […]

California Bill Reignites Affirmative Action Fight

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SACRAMENTO — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state’s powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. The debate is unfolding in the […]

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 
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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 […]