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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. [...]
For Election 2014, It’s About Protecting Voting RightsThe last time Floyd James Carrier, a wheelchair-bound Army veteran in his 80s, went to the polls, he brought along his expired driver’s license, voter registration card, and veteran’s ID. But, although the poll workers in tiny China, Texas, knew Carrier by sight, he was turned away because his ID documents didn’t meet the stringent [...]
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Election 2014: The State of the Minimum Wage in the U.S.For some political candidates this year, the minimum wage is the "wedge issue from hell," as POLITICO has dubbed it. For many working families, though, it's more than that. It's a real issue - one that is lived daily when stress and frustration build as the hours on the job fail to add up in dollars to cover housing, food,
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Shifting From Prisons to Schools: Redemption in CaliforniaIn 1999, about this time of the year, I was hanging billboard-size banners off freeway overpasses with a bunch of people I just met that morning. The spray-painted bedsheets read “No on Prop 21!” and “Stop Criminalizing Youth of Color.” We were part of California’s burgeoning youth movement – mainly twentysomethings who were coming of [...]
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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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Texas Can Require Voter ID in Nov. Election, Justices RuleWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many Blacks and Latinos of the right to vote this year. Like earlier orders in North Carolina, [...]
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ACLU Lawyer Picked as Acting Civil Rights Chief at JusticeWASHINGTON (AP) — An American Civil Liberties Union attorney was named Wednesday to be the acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Vanita Gupta, who has served for the past four years as deputy legal director of the ACLU and director of its Center for Justice, starts at the Justice Department next week. [...]
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Texas Voter ID Law to be Allowed in November ElectionAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily reinstated Texas’ tough voter ID law, which the U.S. Justice Department had condemned as the state’s latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout.  The ruling by a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allows the law to be used [...]
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Voter ID Laws Knocked Down in Texas and WisconsinAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge likened Texas’ strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin.  The twin rulings released Thursday [...]
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