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Senate passes bill expanding drug war with Transnational Drug Trafficking Act

On Monday, the Senate passed the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act, which expands the war on drugs. This law gives the Justice Department the authority to prosecute drug traffickers from foreign countries. The law also ensures that current penalties apply to chemical producers from other countries that illegally ship precursor chemicals (for example: cold medicines to be turned […]

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Government funding bill with Wall Street giveaways passes in House

On Thursday night, the House of Representatives voted to pass a government funding bill, but some of the more progressive members of the House stood in opposition to this spending bill because it contained policy riders that benefited the big banks and the wealthy. One rider would permit the big banks to perform more high-risk […]

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Latino support for President Obama up, and majority of Americans still support path to legalization

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released some new data today from a recently conducted survey that shows a mixed response from the public for the President’s recent executive action expanding the number of undocumented immigrants who are allowed to stay in the U.S. Overall, 50% of Americans disapprove of the […]

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Four Ferguson Related Bills in Congress

Four Ferguson Related Bills in Congress. This week will likely be the last week of the 113th Congress. When Congress reconvenes again in January, Republicans will control both the House and the Senate. But the last week of a Congress is always unpredictable and full of bills passing. Some pieces are ceremonial — others are substantive. […]

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First #Ferguson Bill Set to Become Law: Deaths in Custody Reporting Act

First Piece of #Ferguson Related Legislation Passes Congress and Will Become Law. H.R. 1447, the Death in Custody Reporting Act, authored by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), passed the Senate (Wednesday) tonight and is on its way to be signed into law. The bill passed the House a year ago in December 2013. The legislation requires […]



November 4, 2014: A Historic Night for 3 Black Republicans

Mia Love. Will Hurd. Tim Scott.  Last night, Utah’s Mia Love was elected to be the the first black woman elected to Congress. Additionally, Senator Tim Scott became the first African American Senator elected in South Caro...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Devastating election night for the Democrats

Yesterday evening, the Democrats lost their majority in the Senate as the Republicans picked up seven seats. In the House of Representatives, the GOP built on its majority by gaining more than 50 seats. In essence, this was a b...
by Adriana Maestas



Looking for a Midterm Surprise? Look to Georgia #Midterms2014

Georgia on My Mind. For the 2014 midterm elections, the Democrats spent $60 million on a grassroots focused effort called the “Bannock Street Project.” The Bannock Street strategy focused on ten states with push ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


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48-43: New Poll Has Mia Love Race Tightening

But Mia Love IS Expected to Win.  Even though a few recent polls have come up that have Mia Love’s race against Doug Owens getting closer, Love is expected to win. On Oct. 30,  Fox30 in Utah reported that, “according to...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


#Midterms2014: Five Things That Would Define Victory for the GOP

We know about winning the Senate majority.  Let’s look at other things that would define victory for Republicans on election night. 1. Anthony Brown losing to Larry Hogan.  Now wouldn’t that be something.  No o...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



5 Things That Would Define Victory for Dems on Election Day

It’s November 4th. What would define victory for Democrats on this election day?  These five results are a start: 1. Both Gov. Scott Walker and Rick Scott losing. Remember four years ago when these to got themselves ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Dorian Johnson, Piaget Crenshaw and Tiffany Mitchell: Forgotten Ferguson Witnesses

Dorian Johnson, Piaget Crenshaw, Mike Brady and Tiffany Mitchell.  Medical examiners who have nothing to do with the shooting of Michael Brown are quoted in news stories.  Sources with thinly veiled agendas that should be obv...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



Is This a Democrat?

Everyone knows Rep. John Barrow is “the last Blue Dog standing.”  Rep. Barrow is one of the few members in Congress from the South who is a Democrat that isn’t African American.  Barrow is so conservative th...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


New Poll: Millennials considered swing vote in upcoming election

On Wednesday, the Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP) released a new poll of 18-29 year olds. Here are some of the key findings about America’s largest generation and how they might vote next Tuesday: 50% of 18-29 year ol...
by Adriana Maestas



Walmart Leads Solar Installations, Could Inspire Other Corporations

When you think of Walmart, “bigness” often comes to mind. With 11,000 stores in 27 countries, it is the largest retailer in the world, and the largest company by revenue. Its more than 2 million workers, makes Walma...
by Politic365 Staff


Record Number of African Americans Running Statewide in 2014

A record number of African Americans are running statewide for the midterm elections.  Below is a chart of the candidates who will be on the ballot on Tuesday.
by Lauren Victoria Burke



Feds Convict Warren Ballentine: Not One Subprime Banker Prosecuted

Once again, it’s always interesting to see the cases federal prosecutors pursue and the ones they don’t. Chicago Tribune: “Prosecutors alleged that Ballentine acted as the real estate lawyer at closings invol...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Murderer in Political Ad Endorses Republican

Nikko Jenkins Endorses Lee Terry.  Marjorie Sturgeon of KMTV in Omaha, Nebraska reports that Nikko Jenkins, who appeared at a hearing regarding his mental competency, made a political endorsement. Jenkins, 28, who killed fo...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



Problematic Police Tactics

It’s been two months since Daniel Pantaleo strangled Eric Garner, 48, to death on a sidewalk in Staten Island, N.Y. Darren Wilson shot 18-year-old Michael Brown to death on August 9. Since then, there has been nothing but sil...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Bipartisan Dislike Follows After Willie Horton / Nikko Jenkins Ad Airs

A political ad aired by the National Republican Congressional Committee is being called out by many as racist. The ad, which has political circles buzzing and has gone viral, with more than 150,000 views on YouTube, has politi...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



DCCC Begs for Cash Again, Finally Mentions a Black Person Running for Congress

The Hill, Mike Lillis: ”Democrats have raised $163 million to the GOP’s $125 million. That’s an enormous discrepancy, especially considering that Republicans control 34 more House seats than Democrats … The DCC...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Rep. Lacy Clay Asks DoJ to Investigate St. Louis Court System #Ferguson

Clay Urges Justice Dept. to Expand Federal Probe to Cover Municipal Courts in St. Louis City & County New Data Indicates Low-Income, Minority Residents Serving as ATM Machines for Local Government   Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) i...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



Growing Optimism for South Sudan

By Raynard Jackson Last month I had the chance to talk with several members of the South Sudanese delegation who attended the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City. Those who follow my wr...
by raynardjackson


Will Latina Voices Be Heard on Election Day?

By Maria Elena Perez, National Institute of Reproductive Health As we come to yet another important election season, in which our basic right to choose hangs in the balance, we must ask: what is at stake for Latinas’ access t...
by Guest Contributor



GOP Ad to Black Voters: Stop Voting for Dems When Nothing Changes

MD AD: STOP VOTING FOR DEMS. A campaign ad running in Maryland in support of Republican Larry Hogan, the opponent of Democrat Anthony Brown, makes a direct appeal to Black Democrats.  Hogan and Brown are running for Governor ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke