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 […]

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

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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 […]