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

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

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

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

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 ( ) 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

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

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

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

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 […]

G.K. Butterfield Elected to Lead CBC

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After his unanimous selection as the next chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, North Carolina Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield said he’s grateful to all on the caucus, including outgoing chair Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio). “I’m moved by the unwavering support the Congressional Black Caucus has shown me throughout the years,” said Butterfield, who […]

Governor Brown Gives Historical Fourth Inaugural Address

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – For the first time in the state’s history California elected one person to the Governor’s office four times. The Honorable Edmund “Jerry” Brown was sworn in today in front of both houses of the legislature, California’s judges and a bevy of state officials. Brown combined the State of the State address with […]