Amid Trump bombast, quiet Ben Carson rises in GOP 2016 field

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid all the bombast in the Republican race for president, Ben Carson comes across more like a whisper. He is, in some ways, the anti-Trump — a gentle candidate who lets his record as a renowned brain surgeon speak for itself. The bragging about his resume and place in the polls, […]

Study: Party Trumps Race among Black Voters

(NNPA) – Party undermines race among African-American voters; a new study finds, signaling a potentially hard sell for the Republican Party within this voting bloc. And it’s a problem that would likely not be solved by merely promoting Black Republican candidates for office. “There are some very successful African-American Republicans, but those folks don’t attract African-American […]

Governor’s highway plan includes $65 driver fee and higher fuel taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) — More than two months after calling a special session to address California’s transportation funding backlog, Gov. Jerry Brown has begun circulating a list of administration proposals on how to pay for it, including a $65 annual fee for drivers and increases in the diesel and gas taxes tied to inflation. A one-page […]

Clinton giving up server amid concerns about classified data

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign casts her decision to turn over her personal email server to the Justice Department as cooperating with investigators. Her Republican critics suggest that the move and new revelations about classified information points to her malfeasance as secretary of state. Two emails that traversed Clinton’s personal system were […]

Governor Brown signs 2 bills tied to police misconduct

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills relating to police misconduct in California as debates about the use of excessive force by officers continue across the country. The bills make clear that it’s legal to record or photograph police in public areas and prohibit using secret grand juries to try officers in […]

Sanders vows anti-racism fight in LA campaign event

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders vowed that he would fight harder than any other presidential candidate to end institutional racism in front of a packed Los Angeles arena, two days after Black Lives Matter protesters derailed one of his rallies. The wildly enthusiastic and overwhelmingly positive campaign stop on Monday night […]

Councilman Warren States Sexual Harassment Allegations Are ‘False’

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento City Councilman Allen Wayne Warren said the sexual harassment claims filed against him by a former female outreach coordinator who worked in his office are categorically “false,” he told The OBSERVER. Warren, who represents District 2, also said he will not continue to comment on the issue until the city completes its […]

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Unveils Legislation to Address Law Enforcement & Youth Incarceration

(NNPA) – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations unveiled a package of measures to provide young people in the criminal and juvenile justice systems much needed relief and protection. Last week, Congresswoman Jackson Lee held a […]

Thousands of California convicts to regain voting rights

SACRAMENTO — California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the settlement between the state and the American Civil Liberties Union of California, which sued on behalf […]

California minimum wage initiative cleared for signatures

SACRAMENTO (AP) – A union-backed effort to raise California’s minimum wage has been approved to start collecting signatures for a statewide ballot initiative. The proposal would boost California’s minimum wage by $1 an hour annually until it reaches $15 an hour in 2021. California’s current $9-an-hour wage is set to increase to $10 next year. […]