Archive for May, 2012
(Huffington Post) Diane Tran, a 17-year-old honor student in Texas, was forced to spend the night in jail last week after missing too many classes, KHOU-11's Sherry Williams reports.
(Daily Beast) In his first State of the Union address, George W. Bush took aim at the practice of racial profiling, proclaiming that “we will end it in America.”
(Los Angeles Times) Handsome, youthful, Cuban American and Republican, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has been mentioned repeatedly as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney — in part because of hopes that the presence of the first Latino on a major national ticket would draw that key voting group Romney's way.
But outside of his enormously important home state, the prospect for that sort of boost seems less than likely.
Some voters would probably be attracted by the idea of a Latino, any Latino, being that close to theWhite House. (Others, particularly Democrats and left-leaning independents, might never consider a vote for the GOP ticket.)
One complication is internal rivalries amid the diverse group of 22 million potential voters that, for demographic purposes, is treated as one unified electoral bloc.
(Business Insider) They may share a birthday, but don't tell Hakeem Jeffries he's anything like Barack Obama. “Other than the fact that we were both born on August 4, it’s not clear to me that there’s much of a professional resemblance,” he says.
Nonetheless, the The Washington Post seems to think so. The burgeoning Brooklyn assemblyman has his eyes set on the U.S. Capitol, and if expert observers are any indication, he will be his district's next Congressman.
With Ed Towns (D) retiring, and a black nationalist city councilman as his opponent, the prospects for Jeffries' congressional bid seem promising. This is especially true in the wake of the recent incorporation of white, conservative Brooklyn neighborhoods into his district.
(San Francisco Chronicle) Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a former State Bar leader to a judgeship in Contra Costa County on Friday. He also nominated a former San Francisco school board attorney as the first Latino on the state appeals court in San Jose, and chose a Los Angeles prosecutor as California's first Muslim judge.
The appointees are:
– Judy Johnson, 63, of Rodeo to the Contra Costa County Superior Court. Johnson was the State Bar's executive director from 2000 to 2011 and its chief trial counsel from 1994 to 2000 after 17 years as a prosecutor in San Francisco.
– Miguel Marquez, 45, of San Jose to the Sixth District Court of Appeal in San Jose. Marquez has been county counsel for Santa Clara County since 2009 and previously served as general counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District and a deputy city attorney in San Francisco.
(Examiner.com) For two decades, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson has been an outspoken voice for Democrats in her signature bright blazer and multicolored scarf.
Now the first black woman to represent North Texas in Congress faces serious opposition in the May 29th, 2012 primary election, and the effort to unseat her is just one of several challenges against some of the longest-serving black members of Congress.
Eva Jones, owner of a barbeque restaurant who was chairwoman of Johnson's first House campaign in 1992 said, "I will always be ever more grateful for the trails that she has blazed. But there has come a time where we need new leadership, like in any business, like with anything."
(MSNBC) The day after an all-white jury acquitted a former Houston police officer for his role in the beating of a 15-year-old African American burglary suspect, community activists rallied a crowd of at least 200 people on the courthouse steps to protest.