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Stunned by an unexpected uprising within their party's minority base, Democratic lawmakers on Monday dropped a push to reverse California's 16 year old ban on affirmative action in college admissions.

Hernandez and others have said that misinformation about what affirmative action would mean such as racial quotas for new freshmen spread quickly, stoking parents' fears about their children's chances of getting into UC, the state's public research university system. Supreme Court decisions have strictly limited consideration of race in public university admissions. UC officials last week said any suggestion of quotas is irresponsible: "We have never done that, and we never would," said Nina Robinson, UC's associate president and chief policy adviser.

The bill's rapid demise culminated with about face by three Asian American senators who voted for the bill in January. Ed Hernandez, D West Covina, is making no promises about its revival.

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Constitutional Amendment 5 which would have put the issue before voters cleared the state Senate in late January on a party line vote. But as word of the bill spread, so did resistance, mostly from families concerned that race conscious admission policies would unfairly disadvantage Asian applicants to the intensely competitive University of California system and its flagship campuses, Berkeley and UCLA.

Last week, saying they had received thousands of calls and emails from constituents, senators Leland Yee, D San Francisco; Ted Lieu, D Torrance; and Carol Liu, D La Ca asked Assembly Speaker John Perez to stop the bill.

"I'd like to bring it back," Hernandez said in a phone interview. "I believe in it. I believe we need to make sure there's equal opportunity for everyone in the Gucci Belt With Snake

One Gucci Belt Aaa Quality Cupertino mother who helped to organize other parents and friends against the amendment said the news came as a relief. "This bill was kind of personal," said Jayati Goel. "I felt like I need to do something."

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Sen. Ed Hernandez, D Baldwin Park (Rich Pedroncelli/AP file)

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"This was remarkably bad politics on the Democrats' part," Whalen said. "I can think of few things more destructive than pitting one constituency of a party against another."

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Still, some Chinese language news outlets reported such erroneous assertions, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a political science professor at UC Riverside who directs the National Asian American Survey.

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Black, Latino and Native American students made up almost 54 percent of California's high school graduates in 2012 but just 27 percent of all freshmen, UC wide, and 16 percent Hermes Belt Mens Uk

In 1996, California became the first state to outlaw affirmative action in public university admissions and state hiring, a policy that took effect in 1998. The amendment would have allowed voters to lift that ban, either this fall or in 2016.

Republicans won't go along with that, their state Senate leader said Monday. "Republicans will continue to oppose this measure in any way, shape or form," said Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, R Diamond Bar.

But the scarcity of seats in UC provoked intense opposition among others and Republicans pounced on the opportunity. Top GOP leaders of both chambers spoke at "Stop SCA 5" forum Sunday in Cupertino, sponsored by the San Francisco based Chinese American Institute for Empowerment.

But, Michelson said, the rise and fall of Constitutional Amendment 5 revealed the growing political power of the state's Asian American voters and she doesn't expect state lawmakers to bring the bill back.

The strong opposition and quick success of a relatively small and reliably Democratic ethnic group 14 percent of the state's population in 2012 revealed a new political strength.

of UC Berkeley's freshmen class that year. Asian Americans make up about 38 percent of UC undergraduates and have a high rate of freshman admission to its nine undergraduate campuses 73 percent in 2013, compared to 63 percent of all in state applicants.

"I think there's a lot of anxiety and fear, and when you have bad information it's hard to address some of those concerns," he said.

Few issues are as personal to voters as education, which explains the intense negative reaction some had to the bill, said Bill Whalen, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, a conservative policy analysis group at Stanford University.

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Republicans are often flustered by how to appeal to ethnic minorities, Whalen said. The controversy "presents Republicans something they didn't have a month ago, which is an opening to create a dialogue in a very tangible way," he said. "It's your child's education. It's your child's path to college."

One reason Democrats were caught off guard is that Asian Americans have historically supported affirmative action. Indeed, many still believe race should be considered in college admissions. Some Asian organizations including the Southeast Asian Resource and Action Center, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and Filipino Advocates for Justice in Union City and Oakland advocate such policies, noting that not all Asian ethnicities are well represented in higher education.

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"As lifelong advocates for the Asian American and other communities, we would never support a policy that we believed would negatively impact our children," they wrote in a letter to Perez.

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Others aren't so sure the GOP has much of an opening. Now that the Democrats have backed away from the bill, "I don't know that it's going to change the way that Asian Americans feel about the two political parties," said Melissa Michelson, who teaches California politics and political science at Menlo College in Atherton.

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