#STOPthelies Campaign Launches Signature Withdrawal Effort

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SACRAMENTO – Signature campaigns are nothing new; but signature withdrawal campaigns are. Amidst mounting examples of misleading tactics being used by signature gathers on a petition to force a public vote on the proposed downtown arena, scores of Sacramento City voters have been asking how they can get their names off the petition. “It’s an […]

Business & Labor Groups Challenge Anti-Arena Signature Gatherers to “STOP the Lies!”

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SACRAMENTO – “STOP the lies!” That’s the challenge from a group of Sacramento area business leaders and labor organizations to those gathering signatures to force a public vote on the new arena project slated for Downtown. Sacramento Area Taxpayers Opposed to Pork (STOP) have begun a signature campaign to stop the building of the new […]

House Passes Bill to Replace No Child Left Behind

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Friday passed legislation outlining their vision for national educational policy to replace the No Child Left Behind law. The measure would give state and local governments greater powers to determine how best to improve schools and would sharply reduce federal involvement in education matters. The Student Success Act reflects the […]

RAYNARD JACKSON: Supreme Court Made Right Call on Voting & Affirmative Action

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OPINION – Last week liberal Blacks and Whites went crazy after the Supreme Court issued its ruling on affirmative action and the voting rights cases. Well, I happen to agree with the court in both decisions. Now, before you start calling me a “sell-out, Uncle Tom,” or “Republican,” turn off your emotions and listen to […]

CHRIS HOLDEN: Expanding Opportunities for Minority-Owned Businesses

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OPINION – Since the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996, consideration of ethnicity in the areas of public education, employment and public contracting has been banned. This has had a chilling effect on minority business enterprises. According to a 2006 study, only one-third of the minority businesses certified to contract with the California Department of […]

Calif. Dems Meet in Sacramento; Back Gun Control, Prop 13 Reforms

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SACRAMENTO – California Democrats adopted resolutions on Sunday affirming many of their biggest political goals, including changing California’s landmark property tax limitation law, Proposition 13, supporting more gun control legislation and imposing a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for oil. Delegates to the party’s annual convention also urged President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL […]

White House Aides Defend Obama Budget Proposal

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WASHINGTON – President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget focuses on job creation, strengthening the middle class, and cutting the deficit. Those are the overall themes of the proposed budget, which seeks to reduce the deficit by $4 billion, President Obama sticks with his State of the Union promises to raise the minimum wage to $9 […]

Paul: GOP Faces ‘Daunting Task’ With Black Voters

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WASHINGTON – Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that Republicans face long odds in connecting with Black voters and are often cast as unsympathetic to the needs of Blacks and minorities _ something he says the party needs to change. Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said in a speech at Howard University that the […]

Calif’s 4 a.m. Last Call Bill Already Fuels Debate

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SAN FRANCISCO – The last call for drinks is 2 a.m. in California, but one lawmaker believes that’s just too early to set down the shot glasses and beer steins. State Sen. Mark Leno’s proposal to let the liquor flow until 4 a.m. as a way to draw more tourists – and with them more […]

Sacramento City Council Approves Arena Term Sheet

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SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 to approve a financial term sheet to build a new $447.7 million sports and entertainment arena in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday night. The City Council’s decision paves the way for the usage of the city’s parking operations. In reference to the term sheet, $258 million would be […]