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?
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.
Free speech and the ideological fight for college campuses Conservatives claim that American colleges and universities are bastions of liberal orthodoxy, shielding students from alternative ways of thinking. What better place for a protest than UC Berkeley? What better agent of controversy than Ann Coulter?
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.