Obama in L.A. for votes

first_imgDEMOCRATIC presidential candidate Barack Obama isn’t making the same tactical mistake in California made by most presidential candidates – treating the state like an unwanted stepchild. The Illinois senator has been in the presidential hunt barely a week, yet he’s already coming to Los Angeles today for a rally in the West Adams district. This isn’t Obama’s first visit to our city. Since joining the Senate in 2005, he’s flitted in and out and barnstormed the state on book-signing as well as fundraising tours. Last year, he campaigned here on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. By reaching out to California, Obama has defied the political logic that says candidates shouldn’t waste time, money and energy hustling votes here on a lost (Republican) or already-won (Democratic) presidential cause. According to this line of thinking, California is good for one thing and one thing only: collecting barrels of cash for politicians to wage their fights in the battleground states. Obama will surely come looking for cash, too – his trip today includes a Beverly Hills fundraiser hosted by DreamWorks SKG partners Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. But unlike most recent candidates, he also seems interested in actually trying to woo the state’s voters. That’s especially true in the 2008 Democratic primary, where African-Americans will have plenty of other candidates to choose from. Among black voters, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards are just as admired as Obama – in some polls, they even attract a higher portion of the black vote. Clinton will also likely outdo Obama in the crucial contest of getting Hollywood celebs and wealthy liberals to shell out millions for her campaign. Meanwhile, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who is also seeking the Democratic presidential nod, is Latino. If he can find legs for his campaign, he could do so well with Latino voters in Los Angeles and throughout the state as to more than offset any advantage Obama has among blacks. And among whites, Clinton, Edwards, and perhaps even Richardson don’t have to deal with the X factor of race. That factor will be sorely tested during the presidential campaign as Obama seeks to be the first black president – and it’s not clear yet how white Americans will respond. Which is to say winning California won’t be easy for Obama, but it’s crucial to his chances of taking the Oval Office. As California goes, so goes Obama. Meanwhile, we should applaud the senator for having the foresight and the courage to engage our state. It shows the man understands that politicians can do more in California than simply troll for bucks in Hollywood. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a political analyst and social issues commentator, as well as the author of “The Emerging Black GOP Majority.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It only makes sense. With the state poised to move the 2008 primary up to February, California will likely exert unprecedented influence this time in choosing the parties’ presidential nominees. For Obama, the black vote in L.A. may be the difference-maker in taking the state and, in turn, the Democratic nomination. Indeed, his stops in South L.A. are a clear sign that he’s counting on it. But polls have shown that many blacks are skeptical about Obama. In informal surveys in black newspapers in Los Angeles, most African-Americans express joy that he’s running, but deep down they are wary – for reasons that have little to do with doubts about his competence, political savvy, or even his paper-thin Senate track record. Instead, these doubts are rooted in electability. Can Obama win? When Obama’s record and views are separated from the myth-making and rock-star image, the problem of his electability looms large. He’s an unabashed liberal, having received approval ratings of 100 from the NAACP, the National Organization for Women, the National Education Association, and the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees – as well favorable reviews from the ACLU. These are the sort of rankings that could put Obama too far outside the mainstream to win a national election. And that means they could sink him in California, too, if enough African-American voters become convinced that the odds against his winning the general election are just to great for them to risk a vote on him in the primary. last_img read more

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IPL 2019: MS Dhoni’s run-out was the key moment for Mumbai Indians, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgMumbai Indians survived a fighting 80(59) from Shane Watson to lift their 4th IPL title in Hyderabad on Sunday. After Mumbai had put 149 on the board helped by useful contributions from Kieron Pollard (41) and Quinton de Kock (29), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) could only muster 148 as MI sealed the win off the final ball of the match.When Shardul Thakur was given out LBW on the last ball off Lasith Malinga, with CSK still needing 2 runs to win, the stadium erupted and so did the MI players and support staff. Fans who were watching the final from far away joined them in venting out their joy/frustration at what was a nerve-wracking finish.Sachin Tendulkar, who has been associated with the franchise from its berth was also left overjoyed at the win. Later he told the host broadcaster that MS Dhoni’s run-out in the final was the ‘key moment’ of the match.”The key moment was Dhoni’s run-out. But also in patches when Bumrah bowled those critical to even out Malinga’s one poor over was also crucial. And the last over, thought Malinga finished the game out beautifully. And as for the final, we knew we defended 129 in the final two years ago, so we were confident. I think we have a terrific team – with experience and youth. As Mahela (Jayawardene) said, Rahul Chahar stands out the way he’s bowled this season. Just fabulous. And don’t forget Hardik. We were in the corner in many games this season, and Hardik bailed us out many times,” said Tendulkar.advertisementOn the other hand, CSK and Dhoni are now left with 3 titles to their name and now lie 2nd on the list of the teams with most IPL wins.Also Read | IPL 2019 Final: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings in last-ball thriller to win 4th titleAlso Read | MS Dhoni becomes most successful wicketkeeper in IPL historylast_img read more

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The Elders Condemn US Withdrawal From UN Human Rights Council

first_imgThe Elders today condemned the decision of the United States to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council as an alarming act of isolationism that will make it harder to defend the rights and dignity of vulnerable people worldwide.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said:“The Human Rights Council is an integral part of the international system that helps protect fundamental rights and values. I deplore the US withdrawal, which stands at odds with its historic traditions and sends a signal to others that they too can ignore the Council.”The Elders were particularly concerned that the US decision to leave the Council follows a series of similar isolationist measures by President Donald Trump, including withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change, the UN Global Compact on Migration, and the Iran nuclear deal.They said that the timing of the decision is particularly troubling when human rights are under attack from so many different quarters worldwide. For all its imperfections, the Council offers a platform to challenge impunity and hold countries to account. Withdrawal will act against the US’ own interests by ceding space to other states, they warned.Furthermore, the plight of vulnerable migrants and refugees, from detained children separated from their parents at the US/Mexican border to those seeking safe harbour in the Mediterranean and displaced Rohingya communities in Bangladesh, underscores the need for robust international processes and mechanisms to affirm universal rights.Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders and former Prime Minister of Norway, said:“Global challenges require multilateral solutions. The United States has historically recognised this, and seen itself as a leading light on human rights since Eleanor Roosevelt helped draft the Universal Declaration 70 years ago. I hope the many committed human rights defenders in the US will now fight hard so this retrograde step proves short-lived.”last_img read more

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Health Canada gives short notice for temporary closure of 2 nursing stations

first_imgAPTN National NewsHealth Canada gave two remote First Nations a two-day notice that their nursing stations would close temporarily according to a statement released Thursday by Nishnabe Aski Nation (NAN) Thursday.According to the statement, Health Canada plans to close the stations in Keewaywin First Nation and Summer Beaver (Nibinamik First Nation) until mid-September. It’s not clear why the stations are being temporarily closed but according to NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler it seems that staffing shortages are the reason.“It is unacceptable that two of our remote communities were given as little as two days’ notice that their nursing stations will be temporarily closed and that the few nurses in their communities would be pulled out as soon as today,” said Fiddler in the release. “We recognize the challenges Health Canada is facing with the recruitment and retention of qualified nursing staff, but giving our leaders such short notice that their only health care services are closing, even on a temporary basis, is intolerable.Fiddler said that Canada wanted to put in place an “alternative service delivery plan” until a solution could be found.“It is unacceptable for remote and isolated First Nations to face the possibility of their nursing stations closing, even temporarily, and I strongly disagree with Health Canada’s reliance on alternative sites for health care access and telemedicine as temporary solutions,” said Deputy Grand Chief Jason Smallboy. “Residents of remote fly-in communities cannot simply drive to neighbouring communities.”Health Canada had not responded to requests for comment as of the posting of this story.But NDP Indigenous Affairs critic Charlie Angus said this is not the way to move forward with reconciliation.“NAN declared a health state of emergency and the government ignored them for months,” wrote Charlie Angus in a statement to APTN National News. “People have been dying from a lack of the most basic medical services. And this government’s response to the crisis is to send two days’ notice that they will be shutting down nursing stations in remote fly-in communities?”Angus said the move flies in the face of the Liberal’s promise of a “new relationship” with Indigenous people, adding “it’s simply more of the same old, same old disinterest that we saw with the last government.”last_img read more

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State Rep Peter J Lucido sworn into office at the Michigan Capitol

first_img Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos State Rep. Peter J. Lucido (right), a Republican from Shelby Township, is sworn in by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (left). Lucido was joined by (from left) legislative assistant Alessandra Caccamo and legislative director Robin Naeyaert.State Rep. Peter J. Lucido took a ceremonial oath of office today at the Michigan Capitol as the 98th Legislature convened for the first time.  Lucido was joined at the ceremony by his legislative staff, Alessandra Caccamo and Robin Naeyaert. The oath of office was administered by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.“Today was a great start to what I hope is a very productive legislative session,” said Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township. “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to continue to make Michigan a great place for families.”Lucido was elected last November to serve the 36th House District, which includes the townships of Shelby, Washington and Bruce as well as the Village of Romeo.To contact Rep. Lucido, constituents can call (517) 373-0843, at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514 or by email at [email protected]### 14Jan State Rep. Peter J. Lucido sworn into office at the Michigan Capitollast_img read more

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