Are Blacks Alone In Their Exicitement Over Obama’s Second Inaugural?

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WASHINGTON – Four years and one re-election after Barack Obama became America’s first black president, some of the thrill is gone. Yes, the inauguration of a U.S. president is still a big deal. But the ceremony that Washington will stage in a few weeks won’t be the heady, historic affair it was in 2009, when […]

Newly Elected Dist. 2 Councilman, Allen Warren to be Sworn In

SACRAMENTO – Local business leader Allen Wayne Warren will be one of two new Sacramento City Council members sworn in this evening during a special ceremony at the new City Hall. Warren, the winner of the District 2 City Council race, will be joined by Steve Hansen, the winner of the District 4 City Council […]

Union Muscle Key to Democrat Victories in State Campaigns

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WASHINGTON – From California to Maine, unions used their political muscle in the recent elections to help install Democratic governors, build labor-friendly majorities in state legislatures and defeat ballot initiatives against them. The combination of union money and member mobilization helped Democrats take control of state legislatures in Maine and Minnesota. In Michigan, voters repealed […]

It’s Confirmed. Democrats Win Supermajority in California Assembly

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SACRAMENTO — Democrats have gained a supermajority in both houses of the California Legislature for the first time since the 19th century, after the Assembly reached the critical two-thirds threshold Wednesday. That gives California’s majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose. The party already had […]

Several Sacramento Area Races Still Too Close to Call

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SACRAMENTO – As of Tuesday afternoon, the race for Sacramento City Council District 2 is still too close to call and it may take another week to decide who the winner will be. Rob Kerth still holds a lead over developer and first-time candidate Allen Wayne Warren by exactly 200 votes. Currently, Kerth has 4,989 […]

Obama is Re-elected to Second Term

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WASHINGTON – After riding to victory in Ohio on the strength of his successful auto bailout plan and a come-from-behind victory in Virginia and possibly Florida, President Barack Obama was re-elected on Tuesday to a second term. Obama was ahead of Republican challenger Mitt Romney Tuesday night by approximately 1 million votes in the general […]

Gay Marriage, Marijuana Backed in Historic Votes

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WASHINGTON – Altering the course of U.S social policy, Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, while Washington state and Colorado set up a showdown with federal authorities by legalizing recreational use of marijuana. The outcomes for those ballot measures Tuesday were a milestone for persistent but often […]

Given 2nd Term, Obama Now Facing New Urgent Task

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama faces a new urgent task now that he has a second term, working with a status-quo Congress to address an impending financial crisis that economists say could send the country back into recession. “You made your voice heard,” Obama said in his acceptance speech, signaling that he believes the bulk of […]

Observer Recomendations: General Election 2012

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA Democrat U.S. SENATE DIANNE FEINSTEIN Democrat CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS District 3 JOHN GARAMENDI Democrat District 6 DORIS MATSUI Democrat District 7 AMI BERA Democrat STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICTS District 6 BETH GAINES Republican District 7 ROGER DICKINSON Democrat District 8 PETER TATEISHI Republican District 9 RICHARD PAN Democrat STATE SENATE DISTRICTS District 3 LOIS […]

No Action By Supreme Court on Voting Rights Law

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WASHINGTON – Three years ago, the Supreme Court warned there could be constitutional problems with a landmark civil rights law that has opened voting booths to millions of African-Americans. Now, opponents of a key part of the Voting Rights Act are asking the high court to finish off that provision. The basic question is whether […]