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The New Rules of Campaigns: 2015 Art of Political Campaigning Conference

Campaigns & Elections Magazine holds several annual events that you’d be crazy to miss if you’re a political operative.  The first is a conference called The Art of Political Campaigning.  The second is Campai...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Gifts From LaDavia: Hillary Clinton Mows Down Jeb at the Urban League

Why couldn’t Jeb Bush say the words “racism” or “discrimination” at one of the blackest conventions of the year — the National Urban League’s National Convention? As to be all too caref...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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On Dems Who Say They’re Against Mandatory Minimums But Keep Voting For Them

So what have we long known — based on studied facts and data — about mandatory minimums?  That they are, 1. Racially applied, 2. Waste tax money, 3. Drive over-incarceration.  These facts are well established.  A...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Mollohan, Murtha, Lewis, Young, Weldon, Dicks, Kanjorski… Fattah Indicted

Let’s take a look at who the Department of Justice has recently investigated for reasons similar to the allegations alleged in the indictment of Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA). Rep. Allan Mollohan (D-WV) was investigated by DoJ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Sen. Tim Scott Talks Justice Reform and Outlines His Police Body Camera Bill

Yesterday, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced a bill that would provide local jurisdictions with $100 million per year in body cameras. Though there is no specific set of standards for states to receive money for the cameras, Sen...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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18 Rs + 18 Ds: Most Bi-Partisan #JusticeReform Bill in Congress Has 36 Sponsors

SAFE JUSTICE ACT.  When any bill in Congress has an even amount of Democrats and Republican on it, it’s news — unless it’s the naming of a post office. When it comes to criminal justice reform bills, it̵...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Bill Clinton Says Crime Bill “Made Things Worse.” Where’s Everyone Else?

“I signed a bill that made the problem worse,” former President Bill Clinton admitted t members of the NAACP in Philadelphia on July 15. Of course, it really wasn’t a matter of Bill Clinton “admitting it...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Rep. Frederica Wilson Keeps Attention on #TakeBackOurGirls as #MSM Disappears

Wilson’s War to #TakeBackOurGirls Continues. Last week the President of Nigeria visited Washington.  As he did, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) continued to apply constant pressure and social media attention on the Nige...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Louis Stokes: Ohio’s First Back Congressman Diagnosed with Cancer

Today a spokesperson for former Congressman Louis Stokes, Ohio’s first Black Congressman, saying he has been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer.  Stokes in 90 and served in Congress for thirty years, from 1969 to 1999....
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Duncan Hunter Bill Would Cut Funding for Sanctuary Cities

In reaction to the alleged murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco last month by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, Rep. Duncan Hunter (D-CA) has offer legislation to cut funding money for “sanctuary cities,” accordi...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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#BlackLivesMatter: Protest at Minute Twenty at a Netroots Nation Town Hall

Today, during one of those all too typical and predictable discussions at a convention where no real hard hitting questions are being asked, there was a demonstration.  This week was filled with news of yet another mysterious ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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At NAACP, Obama Endorses SAFE Justice Act Without Saying the Name

Yesterday at the annual NAACP conference in Philadelphia, President Obama endorsed all the substantive aspects of a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill in the House that has lots of momentum behind it — the SAFE Ju...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Dems + Koch Bros. Justice Bill: Hearing Will Feature SAFE Justice Act Sponsors

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, led by Republican Jason Chaffetz (R- UT) and Democrat Elijah Cummings (D-MD), will hold two days of hearings on criminal justice reform next week. On hearing day one (July...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Virginia Redistricting Case Plays Out Dramatically In Federal Court

At the U.S. District Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., the redistricting case before a three judge panel between a Democratic law firm and Virginia’s Republicans, who strategized to pack as many Blacks in as few state and co...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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54 Years Later South Carolina Votes to Finally Take Down Confederate Flag

The vote was 94 to 20.  It only took 150 years after the end of the Civil War, but the South Carolina legislature finally voted to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds.  The South Carolina Ho...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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