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 […]

Democrats, Republicans Both Vying for Black California Voters

Both Democrats and Republicans are lobbying for African American voters, but how will Californians vote when they go to the polls in November? Harmeet Dhillon, RNC National Committeewoman, says the California State GOP is encouraging Republican people of color to run for local elected offices and that the GOP has had success with several Black Republican mayors being elected in the Inland Empire.

Donors pour record $458 million into California initiatives

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Political donors have spent a record $458 million on 17 statewide November ballot initiatives in California, beating the state’s own record for the most spent on propositions appearing on state ballots in a single year, campaign reports filed Thursday show. The fundraising has soared at least $20 million past California’s previous […]

Ex-California state senator faces 5 years for taking bribes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charged in a corruption scandal that could have sent him to prison for three lifetimes, former Sen. Ron Calderon dropped his entrapment defense, pleaded guilty and admitted taking bribes in exchange for his influence in Sacramento. As he faces sentencing Friday, though, prosecutors say Calderon is not taking responsibility for his […]

Democrats try to taint California opponents with Trump links

Donald Trump is playing a starring role in at least five of the most hotly contested races for the California Assembly and Senate.