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Q&A: Why I Back a Higher Minimum Wage in Oakland

Q&A: Why I Back a Higher Minimum Wage in Oakland

In Congress, efforts to increase the federal minimum wage haven’t moved in months – despite numerous Americans concerned about having jobs but not earning enough to pay their bills. In Oakland, Calif., voters in this San Francisco Bay Area city are among those on the frontline, at least on the local level, of this debate. [...]
Are the Parties Ignoring the Asian Pacific Islander Vote?In Orange County, California, home to Little Saigon and the largest Vietnamese American population outside of Vietnam, a whopping 19 Vietnamese American candidates are vying for 20 open seats this November. For the community, ethnic loyalties are helping to galvanize an electorate largely ignored by Republicans and Democrats alike.  It’s a pattern playing out in [...]
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More Latinas Running in 2014 for Top of the BallotAPOPKA, Fla. (AP) — The Democratic lieutenant governor candidates from Florida, Texas and Nevada all have colorful biographies: a Colombian-born business executive; a pharmacist-turned-veteran lawmaker; and a juvenile delinquent-turned-lawyer. And all balk at the umpteenth “How does it feel to be the first Latina?” question. “I’d like to get to a place where that’s no [...]
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A Fatal Shooting in Wis. Again Points to Race in AmericaMILWAUKEE (AP) — The family of a Black man shot 14 times by a White police officer in a Milwaukee park marks the spot where he died with red spray paint before starting a rally and marching through city streets. “Shame on you. People of color are people, too,” protesters chant while carrying signs declaring, [...]
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‘Ole Miss’ is Making Changes to Boost Diversity, InclusionOXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Ole Miss is enjoying its best football season in a half-century, and that’s bringing new attention to Mississippi’s flagship university. The Rebels haven’t played this well since 1962, which happens to be the same year troops stood up to mob violence to force the University of Mississippi, under federal court order, [...]
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Michael Brown’s Autopsy Released – Family Still QuestionsST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Brown’s official autopsy shows the 18-year-old was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle with the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot him, two experts said in a published report Wednesday.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained the St. Louis County medical examiner’s autopsy and an accompanying toxicology [...]
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Ferguson Commission to Look at Post-Shooting IssuesFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — An independent commission will be created to study issues that have surfaced since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday. Nixon, who has been criticized by some residents and activists who say he hasn’t done enough to address the unrest in the St. [...]
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Arizona Opens Doors to Gay Marriage – a Major ShiftPHOENIX (AP) — Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors were a couple for 50 years before they told friends and family about their relationship. They kept it secret to avoid the hostility that they saw lesbians and gay men endure throughout much of their lifetime. Six years after they revealed their relationship, the partners witnessed something [...]
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Marriage is Between a Man and Woman, Vatican AffirmsVATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The bishops approved a final report covering a host of issues related to Catholic family life, acknowledging [...]
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Ferguson Officer who Shot Michael Brown Feared for LifeWASHINGTON (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in a St. Louis suburb in August has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as they struggled over his gun, The New York Times reported. Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson has told authorities [...]
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