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H.R. 3713: Urban League, FAMM Voice Concerns on #JusticeReform Bills

In a striking statement that’s a departure from the views of other major civil rights groups, National Urban League President Marc Morial expressed concerns with the two leading sentencing reform bills in Congress: S. 2123 and H.R. 3137. The Senate bill, S. 2123, was authored primarily by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. […]

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Rep. John Conyers Supports Criminal Intent Bill, Catches Hell From Left

Other Democrats have been criticized for it, but they weren’t in the position of actually passing legislation on the issue. As of yesterday, the most senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee is.  Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee is agreeing with the GOP on issues around criminal intent […]

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Nov. 18: Goodlatte-Conyers Bill with New Heroin Penalty Heads to Cmte.

Legislation authored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and ranking Democrat John Conyers (D-MI) that includes an expanded penalty for heroin containing fentanyl, will be considered by the full House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday at a full committee markup.   The bill, H.R. 3713, the Sentencing Reform Act, would give prosecutors and judges the option […]

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Hollande Plans Response to Worst Attack in Paris Since WWII

French President Francois Hollande is preparing a response to the attacks on his country. “This is an act of war” Hollande said regarding the near-simultaneous attacks in Paris that killed nearly 130 people and left over 80 in critical condition.  The attacks are widely believed to have been conducted by ISIS.   The massive attacks yesterday […]

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Someone Ask Bobby Jindal to Explain Glenn Ford and Albert Woodfox

“What’s your biggest weakness,” was the first debate question for 8 Republican candidates for President one night.  Someone could have answered for Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal, because the answer is so obvious: Justice.  When officials in Mississippi and Alabama have to stand back in awe of Louisiana’s medieval incarceration rate per 100,000 people — which […]



Will the Freedom Caucus Be Dumb Enough to Derail Paul Ryan?

A reluctant Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), told reporters tonight that he will run for House Speaker ONLY IF there is unity in the GOP Caucus.  The question is what it always has been in the House since 2010: How long before members o...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Black Women Legislators Urging Congress to Free Up More Spectrum

Today, the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (“NOBEL Women”), led by Alabama State Representative Laura Hall, applauded the members of Congress who, earlier this month, “rallied to colla...
by Kristal High



TODAY: Police Chiefs to Announce New Justice Initiative

Note: This originally published post was taken down last week after a flak related to the event flipped out because apparently this press conference is top secret information.    Nation’s Police Chiefs and Prosecutors To ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



Obama Wants “Meaningful Justice Reform.” Good Luck Mr. President

“Thirty years ago, there were 500,000 people behind bars in America.  Today, there are 2.2 million.  The United States is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.  Every...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Clock Ticking on FCC to Reduce Inmate Phone Call Rates

Of the 2.3 million Americans currently incarcerated in our nation’s jails and prisons, 1 million (43.4%) are African Americans, who are incarcerated at a rate six times greater than whites. “Nationwide, African-Amer...
by Kristal High



Congress Enjoying Bi-Partisan Support to Increase Spectrum Pipeline

“Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now smartphone owners, and for many these devices are a key entry point to the online world,” says the Pew Research Center. Likewise, of the 64% of American adults who own smartph...
by Kristal High


Southern Company Merger Transforming Energy Sector

In recent years, Southern Company has taken center stage with a series of transformative moves that will forever change the energy sector.  The company is shepherding one of the nation’s largest renewable energy portfoli...
by Politic365 Staff


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Conyers to Join Goodlatte on Bill Similar to Senate Justice Bill

Tomorrow Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) will join Republican House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) on a justice reform bill that is reportedly similar to the Senate bill introduced by Republican Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Voting: Alabama Rep. Sewell Demands AG Lynch Investigate DMV Closures in Black Communities

A Blast From the Jim Crow Past.  Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell released a letter that she has sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  In her letter to the Attorney General, Rep. Sewell is calling for the Department of J...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



Fixing the System Starts with Making it Easier for Families to Stay Connected

Earlier in the week, VICE debuted a documentary on HBO called Fixing the System which explored the ways America’s criminal justice system undermines democracy, disrupts families, negatively impacts the economic well-bei...
by Kristal High


After 5-Month-Old is Shot Dead in Cleveland, LeBron James Speaks Out on Guns

Basketball icon LeBron James is speaking out for more gun control after the shooting death of 5-month-old Aavielle Wakefield in Cleveland. James’ involvement is politics is fairly rare but he did use his stature to put a...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Will Step Down in December

As reported by Associated Press, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, 50, will be leaving the position in December.  He is the second longest-serving cabinet member in the Obama Administration.  Deputy Education Secretary John Ki...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Lifeline Supporters Push for Equity in Expanding Subsidy to Broadband

More than 400 comments have poured into the Federal Communications Commission over the past two months, and September 30, 2015 marked the close of the Commission’s effort to get public input on whether Lifeline should be...
by Politic365 Staff


Criminal Justice Reform

Senators Finally Offer Justice Bill

Though the details have been kept secret until a press conference today, members of the Senate led by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) are planning to announce new justice reform legislatio...
by Lauren Victoria Burke


Everyone Has So Much Grand Advice for #BlackLivesMatter, John Lewis Comments

Rep. John Lewis has nothing critical to say about #BlackLivesMatter… and he’s been there.  It’s impressive how much unsolicited advice the Black Lives Matter movement and leaders have gotten. Focus on this, d...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



Minority Male Makers Continues to Make Headlines As Impact Spreads

This summer, Verizon furthered its commitment to education by partnering with four HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) – North Carolina A&T, Morgan State, Jackson State and Kentucky State – to t...
by Charlyn Stanberry


The Gaping Hole in Pope Francis’ Anti-Poverty Agenda

By Jessica González-Rojas “This papacy begins with a name,” wrote Howard Chua-Eoan and Elizabeth Dias in their 2013 “Person of the Year” profile of Pope Francis for Time Magazine. Indeed, when the man formerly known ...
by Guest Contributor



Leading Corporate Investors Highlighted in New Report

According to the Progressive Policy Institute, “sustainable economic growth, job creation, and rising real wages require domestic business investment.” That investment, they say, is directly tied to those industries that ar...
by Politic365 Staff


Jeb Bush Rolls Out the Welfare Queen After Ben Carson Appeals to Bigots

Same ‘ol Southern Strategy by “Modern” GOP on Race.  Why is it that the “modern” Republican party is seemingly incapable of running a positive messaging campaign based on what they would do in pow...
by Lauren Victoria Burke



NH: Hillary Clinton Down to Bernie Sanders by Double Digits

Free fall? According to a new poll revealed on Thursday of New Hampshire voters,  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) of Vermont is ahead of Hillary Clinton 46 percent to her 30 percent.   The poll was conducted by the University of...
by Lauren Victoria Burke