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Protecting and Advancing Florida’s Position as a Technology Leader

By David Grain, Founder and Managing Partner, Grain Management, LLC In the aftermath of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) historic vote on net neutrality, policymakers in Washington will continue to debate how to protect the openness and vitality of the transformative medium called the Internet. A broad consensus has emerged over the need for new […]

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A Black U.S. Senator from Maryland?

Sen. Edwards, Sen. Cummings, Sen. Alsobrooks, Sen. Blake or Sen. Brown? With today’s announcement from Senator Barbara Mikuski (D-MD) that she will retire in 2016, there is a wide open opportunity for a Black Democrat in a very blue state to be elected to the U.S. Senate.  In a year where Hillary Clinton is likely to […]

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Losing 2016: Republicans Change Nothing on Immigration

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said it all pretty clearly in January 2013.  Clearly some in the Republican party were not listening.  Instead, Republicans appear to be “strategizing” to make Hispanic voters a even bigger more committed voting bloc. Regarding the GOP’s Growth and Opportunity Project, an outreach effort to minorities, announced by Priebus […]

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Lowest Ratings Since 2009: Did the Selma Oscar 2015 Boycott Work?

Not One Dime in November 2014.  Not One Viewer in February 2015.  Black buying power has always been written about and talked about.  But now, it’s actually being demonstrated in living color and in front of everyone who is paying any attention. It was the energy of the BlackLivesMatter movement after the shooting death of […]

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Shelby Steele Gets Owned By Ta-Nehisi Coates on National TV

Shelby Steele Gets Owned By Ta-Nehisi Coates on National TV.  Few TV talking head moments are worth watching again and again and again.  But here is a winner from last week’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos where asleep apologist for racism Shelby Steele “debates” or rather, gets owned, by The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Steele has a […]


 
 

 
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Outing Ms. Kagan

Continuing the conversation on Elena Kagan, all sides benefit politically from the tabloid melee over her perceived sexuality. There's quite a bit of chatter about this. On the face, it's unfortunate - not so much in terms of ...
by Charles Ellison
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European Countries Pushed to Consider Reparations for Slavery

By Lawrence Watkins Historians are fighting to get countries to recognize the benefits to large nations from the slave trade. They are asking that the trade be recognized as a crime against humanity, which would open the door ...
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The Unemployment Numbers Game

Who maintains or grabs power in November will be greatly dependent on where these numbers sway and how they sway by region. In the long term, it will also give us a clearer picture of where the country is red or blue - pipe dr...
by Charles Ellison
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Cory Booker Re-Elected in Newark

Cory Booker won a second term as mayor of Newark, N.J. last night. It appeared to be an easy win with Booker receiving over 21,000 votes while his opponent, former county prosecutor Clifford Minor received about 12,500 votes. T...
by Robin Caldwell
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Why Not A Black Female Supreme Court Justice?

Del Walters on a Missed Opportunity By Del Walters Perhaps it shouldn’t matter to anyone –but it does.  While it may be years before we see the first African American woman president, we could have and should have had ...
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Arizona Again? Governor Signs Bill to Ban Ethnic Studies in Schools

Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona, signed HB 2281 into law yesterday, making it illegal for school districts in the state to teach classes expressly for students of ethnic backgrounds. HB 2281 states that students “should b...
by Robin Caldwell
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USDA Expands Food Program for At-Risk Kids

In a time where studies show record numbers of children don’t have access to nutritious food, a federal program has been expanded to provide more meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture program that offers reimbursemen...
by Bridgette Outten
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Supreme Okie Doke

It will play itself out like a cerebral, chatty crime drama, replete with the all-White male cast, save the skirted, frantic female staffer scurrying behind them. In this case, the President sought to mix it up – his way –...
by Charles Ellison
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New York Legislature Approves 1-Day Furlough with No Pay

In Albany, the Legislature passed an emergency budget bill enabling Governor David Paterson to furlough about 100,000 workers – almost half of those employed by the state – without pay. Claiming the plan to be illeg...
by Politic365 Staff
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Blacks, Youth Show More Trust in Government, Polls Show

Is more of the Obama effect underway? It may seem that way as recent polls show that two groups that traditionally mistrust the government — African-Americans and younger Americans — now seem to believe more in Uncl...
by Bridgette Outten
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Avenging the Father or The End of Black Harlem Politics

The ongoing political battle between State Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell, IV, and long time Congressman Charlie Rangel, for the 15th Congressional district in New York is constantly pitted as a Shakespearian drama — dip...
by Noel S. Anderson, Ph.D.
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British Politics and the “Bloody” Mess Here in the U.S.

Unfolding events and stalemating post election paralysis in Britain may portend interesting political developments herein the United States. Could the slow demise of current Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Labour Party –...
by Charles Ellison
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Obama to Nominate Elena Kagan to Supreme Court

President Obama has selected Elena Kagan to be the 112th justice of the Supreme Court. He is expected to confirm and announce this decision this morning. Elena Kagan, 50, is the former dean of Harvard’s law school and cur...
by Robin Caldwell
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Legendary Actress, Activist Lena Horne Dies

Lena Horne, 92, passed away on Sunday evening at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Miss Horne will forever be known as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses in the world. However, she also will be known as the African ...
by Robin Caldwell
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“Education is Emancipation” – POTUS and FLOTUS Give Commencement Speeches

There is nothing like commencement day at a university for a graduating college senior. It is a highly charged emotional environment, in which parents, family, friends, administrators and alumni all gather to witness the granti...
by Kris Broughton
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CBC: $1.5B Jobs Bill Will Stem Summer Youth Violence

Congressional Black Caucus members are pushing a $1.5 billion bill that will create jobs for inner-city youth this summer, insisting that the measure will curb the violence that typically rises during summer months. Time is run...
by Bridgette Outten
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Obama Administration Gets Little Credit For Economy

Despite yesterday’s dramatic drop in the Dow, followed by an almost equally dramatic recovery, recent economic trends remain undeniable. Domestic factory orders are up, homes sales rose over 5 percent in March, consumer spend...
by Kris Broughton
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Lower Education(?)

While walking through the halls of a large east coast community college with an instructor recently, a question was posed about the role of the open admission institution.  Community college enrollment has experienced a notice...
by Charles Ellison
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Marian Robinson: Her White House Family Values

By all accounts, Marian Robinson – probably the most famous mother-in-law in the world – has settled in at the White House and in Washington, D.C.. Robinson, the mother of First Lady Michelle Obama and mother-in-law of Pres...
by Bridgette Outten
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Right Wing Blames Oil Spill on Obama

Unless you’ve been off the grid, you are probably well acquainted with the infamous details of the British Petroleum oil spill that has been threatening the Gulf of Mexico and gulf coast shorelines since last week. Most likel...
by Kris Broughton
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