California

BENNY LEE TO BECOME FIRST ASIAN AMERICAN ON SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL

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San Leandro Bytes

 Along with Ursula Reed and Jim Prola, Benny Lee will be sworn-in as the District 4 Councilmember at tonight's San Leandro City Council meeting. When he officially takes office in 2013, he will become the first Asian American elected to the San Leandro City Council. (In 2008, Hermy Almonte was the first Asian American to run for City Council when he unsuccessfully ran for the District 6 seat.)

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Election Drama Offers 'Lessons in Diversity' for One Calif. City

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New America Media

 On March 5, 2013, in a historic election, Chin Ho Liao was elected to serve on the San Gabriel City Council, but the city council refused to let him take his seat. This was unheard of and something no city had ever done before.

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Democrat Candidates of Color Face Off in Oakland State Assembly Race

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New America Media
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Filipino-Americans finally 'making waves' in politics

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Public Radio International
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The Asian American Vote is Growing in California

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Fox&Hounds Daily News: Keeping Tabs on California Business and Politics
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Did Asian Americans Swing California for Clinton?

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New American Media, News Report

Editor’s Note: Asian Americans flexed their muscle on Super Tuesday, and emerged as a swing voter bloc in California, where Asian American voters make up 8 percent of the Democratic electorate, reports NAM staff writer Kenneth Kim.  Asian Americans are about 8 percent of the Democratic voters but might have emerged as the new swing vote that helped Hillary Clinton win California. According to a CNN exit poll, about 75 percent of Asian voters cast their ballots for Clinton compared to 23 percent for Obama.

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California Indians strongly back Obama

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NDTV.com

Indian Americans in California are the strongest Asian supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama with about two-thirds backing him as against a little over half nationally, according to a new Read the full article

Majority of Asian Americans against Prop. 8, study finds

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California Aggie

A comprehensive survey of Asian American voters in California released last week found that a majority of Asian Americans oppose Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Professors from Rutgers University, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside and USC conducted the study.

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A third of Asian American vote still undecided

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The San Francisco Chronicle

Almost one third of the fast-growing Asian American electorate remains undecided in choosing a presidential candidate, placing the group among the key independent voters coveted by both the McCain and Obama campaigns, according to a new national survey.

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New citizens get ready to cast their votes

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The Los Angeles Times

At a recent voter fair at Placita Olvera, Carmen Gutierrez practiced punching her ballot in a mock polling booth and received information about the state's propositions.

Though she has lived in the United States for more than a decade, Gutierrez only became a new citizen in September and registered to vote earlier this month. Gutierrez said she is eager to vote in the presidential election.

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