Has CA's Redistricting Experiment Worked? A Key Reformer Says Yes

New America Media, Question & Answer, Nina Martin, Posted: Aug 16, 2011

On Monday, the new California Citizens Redistricting Commission reached an important milestone, approving final political maps for Congress, the state Legislature, and the Board of Equalization.




New CA Redistricting Maps "Worst-Case Scenario" for Latinos?

New America Media, News Report, Nina Martin, Posted: Jun 11, 2011

Proposed maps fail to reflect Latino population growth in the state and could violate the U.S. Voting Rights Act, civil rights activists say.




Big Demand for Illegal Indian Passports, Consul General Says

India Tribune, News Report, Nina Martin, Posted: May 13, 2011

The growing demand for everything Indian abroad has led to a burgeoning illegal market in unused but valid Indian passports.




Census: Latino, Asian Population Soars 43 Percent Across U.S.

New America Media, News Report, Nina Martin, Posted: Mar 25, 2011

Huge gains by minority groups—especially in the South and West—sets up contentious political battles over redistricting, with GOP-leaning states gaining the most Latinos




Census: A More Diverse California Means Big Political Changes Ahead

New America Media, News Report, Nina Martin, Posted: Mar 09, 2011

Latinos and Asians accounted for most of the state's growth over the last decade, while the proportion of whites and African Americans declined.




Who Are Those "Greedy" Public Workers? Blacks and Women

New America Media, News Report, Nina Martin, Posted: Mar 01, 2011

GOP attempts to break public unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere will hurt African Americans more than other workers, a UC Berkeley labor economist says.




Study: CA Enterprise Zones Don’t Help Small and Minority-Owned Businesses

New America Media, Question & Answer, Nina Martin, Posted: Feb 15, 2011

A new report agrees with California Governor Jerry Brown's assertion that enterprise zones don't create jobs and should be eliminated.




Survey: Californians Surprisingly Optimistic, Despite Doom and Gloom

New America Media, News Report, Nina Martin, Posted: Feb 08, 2011

Listen up, Jerry Brown: Californians believe their state is in serious trouble—but also that it can be fixed, a new poll finds.




New Panel Holds Key to Minority Political Power in California

New America Media, News Report, Nina Martin, Posted: Jan 24, 2011

A brand-new commission will have a far-reaching impact on the rights of minority voters throughout California for years to come.




Tiger Mother, the Mommy Wars and the Decline & Fall of the American Empire

New America Media, Commentary, Nina Martin, Posted: Jan 22, 2011

Amy Chua's memoir pits an empire in the ascendancy against one hurtling (we fear) into economic and social decline.