TALLAHASSEE—When Florida voters go to the polls here on Jan. 29 they will be asked to do more than vote for their choices among the Democratic or GOP contenders for the White House. They’ll also be asked to vote on a controversial constitutional amendment on property taxes that has pitted Florida’s teacher and public service unions against Florida’s governor and some wealthy allies such as real estate mogul and television celebrity Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton won the Nevada caucuses today by about a 5 percent margin over Barack Obama. (Almost 51 percent went for Clinton and just over 45 percent for Obama with 90 percent of the precincts reporting). John Edwards came in a distant third with less than 4 percent of the vote.
Healthcare and education advocates, and Democratic legislative leaders, are expressing outrage at the proposals Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made last week for a 10 percent across-the-boards cut in the state’s budget, to offset a $14.5 billion shortfall anticipated in the fiscal year that starts July 1.
It’s a good sign to see Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama providing leadership on race and gender equality. The candidates decided to dial down the volume on what was becoming a brew of racism and political wrangling that would only leave voters with a bad taste in their mouths.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Union members from across the U.S. are gathering here Jan. 17-21 for labor’s annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, and to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the history-making Memphis sanitation workers’ strike. King was assassinated here in 1968 while supporting the striking workers’ stand for dignity and union rights.
BALTIMORE — Mayor Sheila Dixon has filed a lawsuit charging Wells Fargo bank with targeting African American homebuyers for subprime loans. The groundbreaking initiative has thrown a spotlight on discriminatory lending across the nation in violation of federal law.