Supporters need 504,760 signatures by February to make the November 2014 ballot.
Oakland is redrawing the lines that define City Council and Board of Education election districts.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court voided a key part of the Voting Rights Act. A month later, the New York Times framed what happened afterward this way … State officials across the South are aggressively moving ahead with new laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls after the Supreme Court decision striking […]
By Francesca Segre In the past 60 years, only one Latino and one African-American have served on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. Every other supervisor has been white. This in a county where one-quarter of the population is Asian and another quarter is Latino. The lack of diversity in government led to a […]
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities still need federal monitoring. The justices said in 5-4 vote that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies […]
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, is best known for the tax pledge that his group asks Republican candidates and politicians to sign. The pledge basically says that the signee will not support new taxes or reductions to current tax deductions and credits, in any shape or form. Norquist joined KQED’s Forum to […]
Update: The Oakland City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to require all local candidates and committees to file their campaign finance reports online. The ordinance goes into effect immediately. The bill’s sponsor, Councilwoman Libby Schaff, says it will increase political transparency and save the city money. City Attorney Barbara Parker and City Clerk Latonda Simmons […]
The halls of the U.S. Capitol are stately and ornate. Statues of important people (almost all men), majestic paintings and white marble everywhere. The Congressional office buildings for most senators and House members are a little less fancy, but still impressive. But for freshmen members, they’re very much works in progress. You can’t blame them. […]
Washington D.C. is a company town. And the company is the U.S. government. Everywhere you go — cafes, restaurants, hotel lobbies, bookstores — you overhear people talking politics. So maybe it should come as no surprise that riders on the Washington D.C. Metro system are bombarded with political messages aimed at politicians, staff, lobbyists, think […]
A week from now Barack Obama will place his hand on a Bible once owned by Martin Luther King, Jr. and take the oath of office to begin his second term. It’s a reminder of just how much has changed since we were here four years ago on the edge of a new era, one […]