RNC to Spend $10 Million to Reach Minorities

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WASHINGTON – Reeling from back-to-back presidential losses and struggling to cope with the country’s changing racial and ethnic makeup, the Republican National Committee plans to spend $10 million this year to send hundreds of party workers into Hispanic, Black and Asian communities to promote its brand among voters who overwhelmingly supported Democrats in 2012. Committee […]

How Sequester Budget Cuts Could Affect You

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WASHINGTON – Automatic spending cuts that took effect last Friday are expected to touch a wide range of government services. Some examples: TRANSPORTATION People arriving on international flights were said to experience delays at airport customs and immigration booths, including at Los Angeles International and O’Hare International in Chicago. Officials said Monday that’s because they […]

Supreme Court Justice Equates Black Voting Rights with ‘Racial Entitlements’

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WASHINGTON – In the oral arguments last week before the Supreme Court to determine whether a key section of the Voting Rights Act should be upheld, Justice Antonin Scalia referred to the provision as “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” It was the kind of comment that could easily spark a demonstration in front of the court. […]

RAYNARD JACKSON: Targeting Hispanics, But not Blacks

Raynard Jackson
NNPA Columnist

OPINION – I have been extremely critical of President Obama for using the Black community as his personal political pawn. I have been just as critical of the Black community’s acceptance of that treatment. There are so many other issues I would like to write about—Africa, economics, international trade, etc. – but I feel compelled […]

JULIANNE MALVEAUX: Turning the Clock Back on Voting Rights

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NNPA Columnist

OPINION – Shelby County, Ala. is suing the Justice Department because they think that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (and its reauthorization in 1982 and 2006) is unfair. The facts: The small city of Calera redistricted its boundaries in a way that the sole African American councilman lost his seat. Section […]

Can Escape Clause Save Voting Rights Provision?

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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration and civil rights groups are defending a key section of the landmark voting rights law at the Supreme Court by pointing reformed state, county and local governments to an escape hatch from the law’s strictest provision. The Voting Rights Act effectively attacked persistent discrimination at the polls by keeping close […]

Gingrich: GOP Failing to Grasp New Demographics

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WASHINGTON – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says President Barack Obama’s campaign was “eight, maybe 10 years, ahead” of the Republican Party last year in understanding the rapidly changing face of the American electorate. Gingrich tells “CBS This Morning” that GOP strategists have failed to respond effectively to the new demographic landscape. Gingrich, who ran […]

All Schools Get More Money Under Guv’s New Funding Proposal

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SACRAMENTO — All California schools will receive at least the same amount of money as they currently do, and poorer ones will receive significantly more, under Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping proposal to change K-12 education funding, according to district-by-district estimates released Wednesday. Last month, the Democratic governor released a budget plan that proposed drastic changes […]

Obama Weighs Stepping In On California Gay Marriage Case

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WASHINGTON – Facing heightened expectations from gay rights supporters, the Obama administration is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage – a move that could have a far-reaching impact on same-sex couples across the country. The administration has one week to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the justices outlining its […]

Democrats to Unveil Bill to Replace Budget Cuts

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in the Senate are unveiling legislation to avoid a looming set of sharp, across-the-board spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic agencies in just two weeks. The measure would impose a minimum tax rate on million-dollar incomes and replace the automatic cuts, known as a sequester […]