Ballot 2016: Reading the Fine Print in California's Propositions
Oct05

Ballot 2016: Reading the Fine Print in California's Propositions

The main event on the November ballot may be the match up between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, there is a great deal of reason to be just as concerned about the undercard—those propositions and measures most don’t pay attention to until they’re in the ballot box and can’t make heads or tails of them.

Well this year, one would be wise to pay attention to just what’s in the fine print of those propositions on this November ballot, a great deal of which might give one pause or in at least a couple of cases, celebration. Fact is, while a great many of them are guaranteed to impact the daily lives of Californians, it has got to be one of the most controversial group of propositions California has ever had.

Dissecting The Obama Legacy
Oct05

Dissecting The Obama Legacy

The 2016 election season is in full swing and while President Barack Obama has been stumping for Hillary Clinton in addition— there’s seems to be just one thing on his mind: his legacy. And the truth of the matter is getting Hillary Clinton elected just might ensure it. As he addressed the Congressional Black Caucus for the last time at their annual awards gala, Obama admonished, "I will consider it a personal insult—an insult to my legacy—if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election. You want to give me a good sendoff? Go vote." He went on to say, “When we began this journey coming on 10 years now, we said this was not about us. It wasn’t just to be a black President, or the President of black America… Together, we fought our way back from the worst recession in 80 years, turned an economy that was in free fall, helped our businesses create more than 15 million new jobs.

Controversy Surrounding SB1146
Sep08

Controversy Surrounding SB1146

In the wake of mass opposition from religious groups, colleges and black churches to SB1146—a bill that infringed on religious freedoms and would have compelled religious colleges and universities receiving state money comply with California’s anti-discrimination laws or risk lawsuits —the author of the bill, State Senator Ricardo Lara (of Bell Gardens) removed what many viewed as its key provision last month, thereby amending the controversial bill.

 

Justice Department Announces a Change in Tactics
Jul08

Justice Department Announces a Change in Tactics

The Department of Justice has announced that it will train all of its law enforcement agents and prosecutors to recognize and address implicit bias as part of its regular training curricula. The new training, based on the latest social science research and best practices in law enforcement, will begin across the department in the next few weeks.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates sent a memo to all law enforcement agents and prosecutors informing them of the new Implicit Bias Training Program and its importance to a strong and fair criminal justice system.

 

Bernie Sanders' Democratic Agenda Comes with a Huge Pricetag
Apr07

Bernie Sanders' Democratic Agenda Comes with a Huge Pricetag

Before thrusting himself onto the national political stage, Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders became widely known in Vermont politics for his relentless effort to bring socialism into mainstream politics.

The outspoken leftist, who has proven to be a formidable contender in the Democratic race, believes in establishing a government that represents all the people—not just the wealthiest people.

“Do the American people agree that public colleges and universities should be tuition-free as they are in many other countries? Do the American people agree that the largest corporations and the wealthiest people, who today are doing phenomenally well while the middle-class shrinks; do people believe they should have to pay more in taxes? The American people say yes.”

Brokering the Black Vote
Apr06

Brokering the Black Vote

Ending a bruising battle to the finish, Ronald Reagan, after narrowly losing the Republican nomination in 1976, addressed a crowd of conservatives in Washington, D.C. and delivered this speech:

“The New Republican party I envision is still going to be the party of Lincoln and that means we are going to have to come to grips with what I consider to be a major failing of the party: its failure to attract the majority of black voters.

“It’s time black America and the New Republican party move toward each other and create a situation in which no black vote can be taken for granted.”

 

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