FROM Maria Elena Durazo
Bernie Sanders Fights for Unity at the DNC Clearly some Sanders supporters are not ready to give up the fight, though a recent Pew poll showed 90 percent of Sanders supporters would vote for Hillary Clinton. Right now the loudest voices at the DNC are the ones refusing to fall in line, and it's up to party leaders to bridge the divide.
How Superdelegates Impact the Election Process Bernie Sanders upset Hillary Clinton in Michigan last night, but despite the surprise victory, the delegate math is still not in his favor. Sanders has 571 delegates now, but Clinton has 1,221 and a substantial portion of her delegates, 461 in fact, are so-called super delegates — basically Democratic party officials. What would the race to the nomination look like if there were no superdelegates?
The Legacy of LA Labor Boss Maria Elena Durazo Maria Elena Durazo has been President of the LA County Federation of Labor since 2005. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, she now leads more than 600,000 union members here in LA. The LA Times says she’s helped make Labor “possibly the greatest single power in [the city’s] electoral politics.” Last year, six of seven candidates she supported won seats on the City Council. Now she’s taking what she calls, “the next step in [her] life’s work” — resigning from the Federation to be vice president for immigration, civil rights and diversity at Unite Here, the union that represents restaurant, hospitality and casino workers nationwide.
LA’s Organized Labor beats its Drum In a speech described by the Daily News as “firey and fist-pounding,” the leader of LA County’s Federation of Labor told a convention that elected officials are either with them or against them.
Will the LA Times Be Sold or Allowed to Just Fade Away? Five and a half years, the Chicago Tribune Company has cut more than 200 newsroom jobs from the Los Angeles Times , reducing the staff to about 900 people. Now Tribune wants to cut more. Last week, Times editor Dean Baquet went public with his refusal in an article in the paper itself. More remarkably, he was joined by publisher Jeff Johnson, who supposedly was sent out from Chicago to keep things in line. At the same time, a group of 20 prominent civic leaders have asked Tribune to beef up the staff or sell the paper. Is the Times uniquely important to Southern California’s culture and its sense of itself or just another assent in an faltering business?
Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign.
CBO: Under GOP plan, millions will lose coverage Republicans are divided and Democrats are saying, "we told you so," when it comes to official estimates of what it will cost to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Trump White House says the Congressional Budget Office is just wrong.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?