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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | December 16, 2019


Another California Republican defection: Former party leader bails on the GOP
(BLACK VOICE) - A former California Republican leader left the party this week, the latest GOP defection in what’s become a trend among Trump-era moderates. Read More

District Leaders Say Schools May Face $15-21 Million in Budget Cuts Next Year
(OAKLAND POST) - The Oakland Unified School District (OIUSD) has announced it may cut $15.5 million from its budget for the next school year, signifying there is no end in sight to proposed austerity measures including school closures that state officials have promised would lead eventually to a better day for Oakland students. Read More

Dr. Cornel West Supports Ousted High School Principal
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Acclaimed Harvard professor Dr. Cornel West had decided to throw himself into the firing-of-Chris Orr issue that has plagued Christian Brothers High School since October.  Read More

No more discriminating against renters who have housing vouchers
(BLACK VOICE) — In an effort to help remedy California’s housing affordability crisis, a law taking effect Jan. 1 bars landlords from discriminating against low-income renters with Section 8 vouchers. Read More

Covered California and the Challenged Athletes Foundation Team Up to Promote Open Enrollment
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) - Covered California continued its statewide open enrollment campaign by teaming up with the Challenged Athletes Foundation in San Diego for its Holiday Boot Camp on Tuesday. The event comes as Covered California alerts consumers about a critical upcoming deadline. Consumers must sign up by December 15 if they want their coverage to start on January 1.  Read More

House Judiciary Committee Approves Impeachment of Trump
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - House Democrats have had their say and history has been made. After a marathon session that began on Wednesday with the consideration of two articles of impeachment, The House Judiciary Committee gave its final approval on Friday to impeach President Donald J. Trump.  Read More
Restrictions on First Amendment speech rights warrant congressional investigation – later for impeachment
(SF BAY VIEW) - According to the Democrats, considerable efforts are being made to commence an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump because Trump told the government in Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son. Read More

Proposed Public Charge Rule Change, Tied Up In Court, Has Huge Chilling Effect On Immigrants
(RICHMOND PULSE) - Federal courts have temporarily blocked the public charge rule change from going into effect, but its chilling effects continue to reverberate. The number of immigrants who, fearing the consequences of the rule change, have taken or plan to take steps to drop out of public services for which they are eligible far exceeds the actual number who would be at risk if the rule ever goes into effect, research data show. Read More
To solve multiple crises at once, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez unveil ‘Green New Deal for Public Housing’
(SF BAY VIEW) — Framing the climate crisis as both an existential threat and a “tremendous opportunity” to fundamentally transform American society, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday unveiled a Green New Deal for Public Housing that would eliminate carbon emissions from federal housing, invest $180 billion over 10 years in retrofitting and repairs and create nearly 250,000 decent-paying union jobs per year.  Read More
Black Law Enforcement Speaks Out on Proposed Menthol Ban
(SB AMERICAN) — Proposed Legislation Will Have Drastic and Debilitating Impact on Communities of Color Read More

Roland Martin Hosts Panel Responding MSNBC’s Public Education Forum 2020
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - In response to MSNBC’s Public Education Forum 2020, with Democratic Presidential Candidates, National talk show host, Roland Martin will be hosting a panel discussion starting at 3:50 pm PST. TUNE IN HERE TO WATCH IT LIVE!  Read More

Cory Booker Leads the Charge to Change Debate Rules That Excluded Him
(NY TIMES) - At the urging of Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, eight Democratic presidential candidates, and Mr. Booker, have signed a letter urging Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, to lower the thresholds to qualify for the party’s January and February debates. Read More

He was a referee in the California Capitol. Now he’ll regulate political campaigns
(SACRAMENTO BEE) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed a long-time fixture of Capitol politics to the Fair Political Practices Commission. E. Dotson Wilson will take up a position as commissioner with the FPPC regulating political campaigns, Newsom announced Friday. Read More

Black Women Now Hold Crowns in 5 Major Beauty Pageants
(NY TIMES) - Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica won the Miss World pageant on Saturday. Black women also hold the 2019 crowns of Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Universe. Read More

Inside Pete Buttigieg’s years-long, and often clumsy, quest to understand the black experience
(WASHINGTON POST) - Renee Ferguson, a prominent black television journalist in Chicago, arrived outside the swanky office building with a videographer and her intern — a Harvard sophomore named Peter Buttigieg. Read More

Black voter support for Trump at ‘highest levels,’ could seal 2020 win
 (WASHINGTON EXAMINER) - A growing number of polls show that President Trump is gaining the support of black voters above what any Republican president has ever received. Both Emerson Polling and Rasmussen Reports have it at about 34%, a stunning number. Read More

Study linking police violence and black infants’ health is retracted
(LA TIMES) - A provocative study that linked police killings of unarmed black people with health problems in black infants has been retracted due to problems with the data used in the analysis. Read More

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