California lawmakers return with full plate of heady issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday facing two of the most vexing problems from last year: a looming $1 billion hole in funding for the state’s health care program for the poor and a $59 billion backlog in road repairs needed over the next decade. Gov. Jerry Brown called special […]

In final year, Obama encourages staff to ‘stay on offense’

WASHINGTON (AP) — In June, during one of the best stretches of his presidency, Barack Obama strode through a West Wing hallway exclaiming: “Offense! Stay on offense!” It was a rallying cry for a White House that suddenly seemed to find its footing in the final quarter of Obama’s tenure. An Asia-Pacific trade agreement was […]

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Meets with Black Pastors

(NNPA) – When presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) met with a group of Black civic and religious leaders in Baltimore, Md., Jamal Bryant, the pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple Church said that it was critical for the senator to have a conversation with those who are the eyes and ears of the Black community. […]

Obama’s executive actions could open a door for successors

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the White House has condemned Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim immigrants as “disqualifying” and “toxic,” President Barack Obama may have only himself to blame if a President Trump ever succeeds in putting his plan, or some version of it, into action. In his efforts to work around Congress, […]

Trump says Black pastors likely pressured not to endorse him

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says he thinks a group of Black pastors meeting with him Monday had planned to endorse him for president but were pressured out of it because he “believes all lives matter.” “Probably some of the Black Lives Matter folks called them up and said, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be meeting […]

As many African-American see it, there are 2 Ben Carsons

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Ayauna King-Baker loved Ben Carson’s “Gifted Hands” memoir so much that she made her daughter Shaliya read it. So when Carson showed up in town to sign copies of his new book, King-Baker dragged the giggly 13-year-old along to the bookstore so they could both meet him. To King-Baker, Carson’s […]

2 unions battle for $15 hourly minimum wage in California

(AP) – The state’s largest union said Tuesday that it has filed a second ballot initiative seeking to boost California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, setting up a ballot rivalry between two factions of the powerful Service Employees International Union. SEIU’s state council announced an initiative Tuesday that would raise the minimum wage to […]

Biden says he won’t run for president, a boost for Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden declared Wednesday he won’t run for president in 2016, ending a months-long flirtation with a third White House campaign and setting him on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career. Biden’s decision bolsters Hillary Rodham Clinton’s standing as the front-runner by sparing her a […]

Kevin Johnson says he will not to run for third term

SACRAMENTO – Kevin Johnson, the first African American elected mayor in Sacramento’s history, has announced that he will not seek a third term. Mayor Johnson tweeted a photo of his statement late Tuesday night. “After much thought and soul-searching I have decided not to run for a third term as Mayor,” Johnson said in his statement. […]

Democrats acknowledge Black Lives Matter during debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates gave a meaningful public nod to the Black Lives Matter movement in their first televised debate, fully adopting its slogan and raising the core concerns stemming from police killings of African-Americans that protesters have articulated while disrupting some of their campaign events. The candidates were careful to avoid uttering […]