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The Political Courtship of the Latino Vote

Natalia Aldana

August 4, 2011


Filed under Politics

As the fastest growing ethnic population in the United States, it’s no wonder that both Democrats and Republicans are starting early to secure the 22-million Latino votes up for grabs for the 2012 elections. Though the Latino population has traditionally been a Democratic constituency, Republicans seem to be making gains in the sweepstakes for the Latino vote as mor...

Debt Ceiling Debate is an Endless Waltz

Adam Zentner

July 28, 2011


Filed under Campus, Politics

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) both released competing plans in order raise the debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline. Under a system of deficit spending, America borrows funds by issuing bonds for purchase to pay for day-to-day government...

Budget Crisis is a ‘Broken Record’

Adam Zentner

July 28, 2011


Filed under Campus, Politics

The recently passed state budget has slashed funding to public higher education. The downward trend of support for public higher education began two decades ago and has put much of the burden on finding means of support on the CSU Board of Trustees approving new hikes in student fees. On July 12, th...

Summer Festival Preview

Jessica Davidson

July 7, 2011


Filed under Metro, Politics

The last of the rain clouds fled the Bay under the steamy authority of a new season.  Summer is officially here and this sizzling time of year brings with it a myriad of events and activities in the Bay Area. That’s right, festival season has arrived! Here’s a list of four unique and amusing su...

Brown Signs Balanced Budget Just in the Nick of Time

Adam Zentner

July 7, 2011


Filed under Metro, Politics

Governor Jerry Brown signed what he called an “honest but painful” balanced budget before the deadline on June 30. This is only the second balanced budget that has been on time in the last ten years. The $129 billion budget was passed with a simple majority in the legislature, due to a law that ...

Budget Crisis Extended by Governor’s Veto

Adam Zentner

June 23, 2011


Filed under Politics

Governor Jerry Brown recently vetoed the California state budget just voted in by Democrats in the state legislature saying that it could worsen that state’s debt woes. The June 15 action caused trouble not only within the Governor’s own party but left the state’s financial future in jeopardy. “It continues big deficits for years to come and adds bill...

A New Chapter in the Prop 8 Saga is Written

Adam Zentner

June 23, 2011


Filed under Politics

Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware recently upheld the ruling against Proposition 8, despite outcry from supporters of Prop 8 to have the ruling thrown out because the Judge who made the original ruling in the case was a gay man himself. The June 13 ruling adds another chapter to the battle waged at ...

Republican Students Protest in Capital

Mark Laluan

May 5, 2011


Filed under Layout, Politics

SACRAMENTO — Against the backdrop of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s speech last weekend at the California Democratic Party Convention, conservative college students swarmed the Sacramento Convention Center in an act of protest. Chants of “No new taxes, reform pensions now!” rang out through the gathering students. As the chanting grew loud enough to...

Hayward Still Building in Spite of Recession

Richard Duboc

March 10, 2011


Filed under Politics

Ever since Governor Jerry Brown announced in January that cities around the state would soon be forced to return their surplus redevelopment funds back to Sacramento, city governments have been scrambling to find ways to keep the money. Hayward is no different. Brown’s proposed 2011-2012 ...

President Obama Proposes Long-Term Austerity Measures

Mark Laluan

February 17, 2011


Filed under Politics

President Barack Obama has proposed this week a $1.1 trillion cut to government spending over the next decade. Obama’s spending proposals are indicative of the new political reality of a Republican-led House of Representatives controlling the purse strings over the next two years. In the current proposal presented to Congress, the Obama Administration calls for $3....

Human Trafficking Discussed at Fremont Summit

Richard Duboc and Ray Chavez/Oakland Tribune/MCT

January 27, 2011


Filed under Politics

What does 27 million people mean? Is it the population of Saudi Arabia? Is it the dollar equivalent of the gross domestic product of a Pacific island nation? Yes, but, it is also the number of people held in slavery worldwide, according to a recent National Geographic estimate. If accurate, this figu...

Obama Combative, But in Mellow Tone

Mark Laluan

January 27, 2011


Filed under Layout, Politics

President Barack Obama’s used Tuesday’s State of the Union address to polish old points and grind new axes, albeit in a muted fashion. Last November’s mid-term elections saw large Republican majorities return to the House, a weakened Democratic presence in the Senate and Republican gains in statewide offices throughout the nation. However, Obama showed no signs that he would accept Republica...

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