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The road to the White House narrowed Tuesday night with Donald Trump being called the “presumptive GOP nominee” by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. "It's time to unite. It's time to come together," Priebus said Wednesday. "I think something different, something new, is probably good for our party." The same can almost be said for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. While it is a foregone conclusion by many that she will eventually become…

Clinton, Trump Take New York

Written by Friday, April 22, 2016
There were no real surprises in Tuesday’s presidential primary in New York. As predicted, Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary and Donald Trump came out way ahead among Republicans. Clinton won 58 percent of the vote over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' 42 percent. The former New York senator actually did better in her home state than predicted, ending the contest with a 16 point lead. Polls had her at 10 percent. Trump took a commanding…

Underdogs Win in Wisconsin

Written by Friday, April 08, 2016
Underdog candidates Ted Cruz ( R) and Bernie Sanders (D) emerged as winners in Tuesday’s Wisconsin presidential primaries. Cruz beat Republican front runner Donald Trump 48.2% to 35.1%. John Kasich came in a distant third with 14.1%. Sanders led the Democratic race against Hillary Clinton with double digits –57% to 43%. “Tonight is a turning point,” Cruz declared at a victory rally in Milwaukee. “I am more and more convinced that our campaign is going…

Who May Win in California?

Written by Friday, April 08, 2016
How are California voters likely to vote in the presidential race? Although the 2016 presidential election is still a long way off, 2016 polls for possible match-ups are already being taken. If California voters decided the next president and the election were held today, Hillary Clinton would be the winner according to research by USC and the LA Times released last week. Data shows the Democratic frontrunner would beat GOP hopefuls Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov.…

Obama’s Cuba Visit Signals New Era

Written by Thursday, March 24, 2016
Another historic milestone was reached on March 22, when President Barack Obama paid a visit to Cuban President Raul Castro. Since late 2014, the two governments have been working to lift the 54-year embargo and resume relations. “What the United States was doing was not working,” Obama said in a speech. He told Castro, “You do not need to fear a threat from the United States.” Obama Speech to Cubans President Obama waves after arriving…

Candidates Weigh In on Brussels Attack

Written by Thursday, March 24, 2016
Terrorism overshadowed presidential campaigns again on Tuesday, as candidates gave their opinions on what must be done to stop ISIS. Responding to the Terror Attack in Brussels and seizing the opportunity to look presidential, candidates’ comments focused on national security. Winning the Arizona primary Tuesday night, Trump called for the US to close its borders. Clinton, who also won in Arizona, called Trump’s idea unrealistic. “You tell me how high does the wall have to…

Trump, Clinton Continue Winning Streaks

Written by Thursday, March 17, 2016
The long and grueling road to the White House brought more victories to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. Except for the win by Gov. John Kasich in his home state of Ohio, Trump dominated the Republican Primaries, winning 4 out of 5 contests in Illinois, Florida, North Carolina, and Missouri. Sen. Ted Cruz came in second in three states, while Sen. Marco Rubio has bowed out. So far, Trump has a total of…
Donald Trump swept 3 states in Tuesday’s Republican Primary, with wins in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii, giving him a total of 15 states. Sen. Ted Cruz took Idaho, beating Trump by 20 points. Neither Sen. Marco Rubio nor Gov. John Kasich won any states. So far, Trump has a total of 456 delegates and Cruz has 363. Sen. Marco Rubio has more endorsements than any GOP candidate, but so far it does not matter. He…

GOP Leaders Fear Trump-Clinton Matchup

Written by Thursday, March 03, 2016
Super Tuesday was the night for Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Each claimed 7 out of 11 victories in the primary elections, solidifying the likelihood of being their respective party’s nominees. Trump gained 315 delegates overall—99 more than his closest rival—Ted Cruz. Trump won votes throughout the conservative South in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, as well as the Northern states of Massachusetts and Vermont. Sen. Ted Cruz won his home state…
The big surprise in the New Hampshire GOP race was Gov. John Kasich coming in second place. Sen. Ted Cruz was expected to fill that spot but came in third with 11.7%, followed by Gov. Jeb Bush with 11%. Sen. Marco Rubio, the rising GOP star who surprised critics last week in Iowa, ended up in fifth place with 10.5%, just ahead of Gov. Chris Christie with 7.4%. But, as predicted, Donald Trump was the…
GOP candidate Ted Cruz beat out his closest rival Donald Trump by 3 points in Iowa on Monday. On the Democratic side, the race was murkier. Hillary Clinton won by just a handful of votes over Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile Sanders is hoping to turn his Iowa momentum into a New Hampshire victory next week. “New Hampshire is a ‘must win’ state for Sanders and Trump,” said NBC News political director Chuck Todd. Results in both…

SOTU: Obama Defends Record, Calls for Unity

Written by Thursday, January 14, 2016
With a year left in his term, President Barack Obama spoke to the nation Tuesday night in his last State of the Union address. More somber than the Obama of 2008, and significantly grayer-haired, the president maintained his signature hope and optimism theme throughout, drawing a clear distinction between himself and Republican critics: “All the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air,” he said. “So is all the rhetoric you hear about our…

Trump Endorsement by Black Preachers Implodes

Written by Monday, December 28, 2015
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump recently had to walk back an announcement that he would receive endorsements from about 100 prominent black preachers. The intent of the meeting was quickly downgraded from an endorsement event to a meet-and-greet after pastors complained they never offered their support. Some said they never would. Last week, Trump called a press conference where endorsements were expected to be announced. However, those invited wrote an open letter on Ebony.com saying…

Vargas Unseats Brown in Hawthorne

Written by Thursday, November 05, 2015
Hawthorne councilman and mayoral candidate Alex Vargas unseated Mayor Chris Brown in Tuesday night’s election. Results show Vargas with 60.0 percent of the votes to Brown’s 21.9 percent. Other candidates, Councilwoman Angie English and resident Analilia Joya, had 9.9 percent and 8.4 percent, respectively. The city council race was more of a nail-biter, as eight candidates fought to fill two open seats. The race resulted in incumbent Nilo Michelin winning the most votes with 19.1…

Dems Debate More About Policy than Attacks

Written by Thursday, October 22, 2015
With only 5 candidates onstage—as opposed to more than a dozen for Republicans—Democrats appearing in Tuesday’s presidential debate had ample room and time to discuss policy. As predicted, frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders got the lion’s share of attention. Policy, Not Punches. Joining Clinton and Sanders on stage in Las Vegas was a trio of low-polling candidates looking for a breakthrough moment: former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley; Jim Webb, a former Navy secretary and…
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