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National Popular Vote gains momentum with New York joining the interstate compact

On Tuesday, April 15, the state of New York joined the National Popular Vote interstate compact after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the National Popular Vote bill. The National Popular Vote would make it so that the voting public elects the President and the Vice President instead of the electoral college. Because of the electoral college […]

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8 Million Sign-ups: Obamacare enrollments exceed expectations

Yesterday President Obama announced that sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act, his signature piece of legislation have hit eight million. While the official enrollment period ended on March 31, the government allowed people to finish signing up in April. Young people in particular signed up in greater numbers in March and April. According to Think […]

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Innocent Man Who Was in Jail for 25 Years Sues New York for $25 Million

Another week, another story about someone who was in jail for decades who was innocent.  This time it’s Derrick Deacon of Brooklyn, New York.  Deacon was in jail for 25 years when, whoops,  someone finally figured out that he hadn’t murdered anyone. “Derrick Deacon, who was convicted for the 1989 murder of 16-year-old Anthony Wynn, […]

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What Partisan Gridlock? Sens. Cory Booker and Tim Scott Join on LEAP Act

In an era of partisan gridlock two senators from opposing parties have come together with legislation aimed at putting Americans back to work. It becomes more noteworthy that the two senators are the only African-Americans in the United States Senate. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) have introduced the Leveraging and Energizing America’s […]

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Election 2014: Georgia 1+2+3 = Modern Voting Rights Movement #GA123

Last week I participated in #GA123 — one of the most cutting edge civic engagement events this election cycle. This “cross-platform” social media conference attracted over a hundred political leaders from the southeast region including representatives from labor, progressives, civil rights, women, youth and people of color. Featured speakers included AFL-CIO Executive Council member and […]



Rick Scott names Jennifer Carroll as Running Mate

Florida GOP Gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott has selected Jacksonville state Rep. Jennifer Carroll, the only black Republican state legislator, as his running mate. Carroll, a 51 year-old Trinidadian immigrant, is a 20 year n...
by CJ Miller


FCC Seeks Further Clarification for Internet Regulations

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday issued a request for additional comments in its rulemaking proceeding on the open network, better known as net neutrality.
by Alton Drew



Tensions Brewing in Lafayette, LA Over Dismissal of Housing Commissioners

Political and racial tensions are mounting in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana over the firing of the Lafayette Housing Authority board of commissioners after a series of state and federal audits revealed major financial irregularit...
by Charles Ellison



Congressional Black Caucus Members Among Top Congressional Social Media Users

As technology and telecommunications become more important to the way we lives our lives, more members of the U.S. Congress are beginning to actively use social media and take advantage of the opportunity to directly reach and ...
by Jeneba Ghatt


Michelle Rhee’s Mixed Reviews Bad for Adrian Fenty?

A recent Washington Post poll conducted over the summer finds that Democratic voters in the District of Columbia are mixed on their views about D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, a sentiment which could predict voter turnou...
by Charles Ellison



Detroit Mayor Dave Bing Endorses Lansing Mayor for Mich. Governor

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing offered his support to Virg Bernero, the Democratic candidate for Michigan governor. He made the formal announcement on Twitter on August 25.
by Matt E. Stevens


Illinois Governor Appoints Michelle Saddler As Chief-of-Staff

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn appointed a new chief-of-staff to his administration last week. He did not have to look far to find a candidate that he felt was perfectly suited for the job.
by Matt E. Stevens



Grim Signs for Democrats in OH and PA

Distressing signals for Democrats keep streaming in as key polls in two major electoral bellwether states show the prospect of major gains for Republicans in November.
by Charles Ellison


Clifford B. Janey Being Released Amid Controversy In Newark School District

Characterizing a tumultuous week for New Jersey educators, the state was rocked with news of another government shake-up as Newark city school Superintendent Clifford B. Janey received word that his three-year contract will not...
by Charles Ellison



President Redirects Focus From Iraq to Economy in Speech

Sticking to his 2008 campaign pledge to end the war in Iraq, President Obama yesterday drew the conflict to an official close yesterday after $800 billion spent and nearly 5,000 American lives lost. The speech set a sober ton...
by Charles Ellison


Obama Sees Window of Opportunity for Middle East

On the heels of a major speech in Iraq, and the transfer of power from U.S. Military forces back to the Iraqi government, the Obama Administration is looking toward a new “window of opportunity” to broker peace in the Middl...
by Kristal High



Time For A Restructured FCC? Freedom of Consumer Choice Act Says Yes

Over the past three months, there have been calls for the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") to take on a streamlined role in telecommunications regulation.
by Alton Drew


1 in 6 Americans Receiving Government Assistance

Economic observers expressed dismay and worry over a recent USA Today study which found that 1 in every 6 Americans is receiving government aid.
by Charles Ellison



Troubling Signs for Democrats in Latest AP and Gallup Polls

Presenting another troubling sign for Democrats going forward into the Congressional midterm cycle, newly released Associated Press and Gallup polls show a majority of Americans upset with the current White House and leaning in...
by Charles Ellison


Recent FEC Rulings Alter Political Landscape

Recent moves by the Federal Election Commission more than two full months away from the highly anticipated Congressional midterms could significantly impact the political landscape this year and reshape cycles for years to come...
by Charles Ellison



No Blacks in The Hill’s 50 Wealthiest Members of Congress List

The Hill recently released its 50 Wealthiest List of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Interestingly enough, with net worths ranging from Sen. John Kerry's $188.6 million to Rep. Jackie Spier's $5 million, not a single member making ...
by Politic365 Staff

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Obama Working Toward Jobs, Economic Growth

In a speech delivered Monday in the Presidential Rose Garden, Obama emphasized that he and his economic team are "focused, every single day, on pushing this economy forward, repairing the damage that's been done to the middle c...
by Kristal High


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Can Policymakers Help Rebuild the Black Family?

Despite the attainment of certain trappings of socio-economic success, and the political and cultural victory we felt with the election of Barack Hussein Obama as the nation's 44th President, the Black Family is in disrepair an...
by Kristal High


Thousands Converge for Reclaim the Dream, Restoring Honor Rallies

Estimates ranged from 100,000 to organizers boasting nearly half-a-million in describing the wave of people who converged on the National Mall Saturday to watch FOX talk show host Glenn Beck’s controversial “Restoring Honor...
by Charles Ellison



Economic Study Misconstrues Benefits of Computers, Broadband

We live in an increasingly digital economy, and despite the result of the study described by Alster, broadbad is the single most viable option we have toward increasing positive economicimpacts for people of color and for those...
by Navarrow Wright