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#NC: Butterfield Joins GOP Mayor at End of Medicaid Expansion Walk

North Carolina Congressman G. K. Butterfield joined Republican Mayor Adam O’Neal during the final leg of O’Neal’s 300-mile walk from Belhaven, North Carolina to Washington, DC. The Republican Mayor walked for two weeks in protest of North Carolina’s failure to expand Medicaid. As a result, a local hospital in Belhaven closed.  Rep. Butterfield, who is […]

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House Floor Tonight: CBC to Speak Against GOP #Obama Impeachment Moves

#CBCTalks. Tonight members of the Congressional Black Caucus will take to the House floor in opposition to legislation offered by House Republicans to sue President Obama. “Tonight, during the first hour of Special Order time, members of the Congressional Black Caucus will speak on halting House Republican Leadership’s efforts toward impeachment of President Barack Obama,” […]

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Legislators, Civil Rights Leaders Remain Front and Center in Tech/Telecom Space

In 1995, digital inequality based on race, gender, income and geography captured the nation’s attention:  the “digital divide.”  Over the next two decades, legislators of color and civil rights organizations have been focused on ways to address the #1 civil rights imperative of the 21st century – ensuring affordable access, adoption, and informed use of […]

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Sen. Rand Paul Drops Bill to Make Crack and Powder Penalties the Same

Bill Would Make Crack and Powder Penalties Even. In 2010, Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Bobby Scott pushed the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 through the Senate and House and onto President Obama’s desk shortly before Republicans took control of the House. The legislation was signed into law on August 3, 2010 and narrowed the […]

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Rand Paul Talks to Blacks and Democrats Flip Out

Blacks Shouldn’t Be Fooled by Rand Paul, an editorial from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the day Republican Sen. Rand Paul spoke to the National Urban League in Cincinnati.  And the room wasn’t even full. On July 8, the Democratic National Committee’s chief flak Mo Elleithee led a conference call with black reporters after Sen. […]


 
 

 
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Black Press + 14 Senators = Talk of Strategy and Black Agendas

During a roundtable with African American journalists, 14 members of the U.S. Senate asked how they could engage the Black community. Unlike a similar roundtable last year, the 75 minute conversation was more energetic.  And a...
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Starbucks jumps in the distance education game by offering tuition payment at ASU for employees

Starbucks is in the news today for a deal that it has struck with Arizona State University’s online program. Employees who enroll as juniors and seniors can have their tuition paid by the coffee company if they enroll in ...
by Adriana Maestas
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Sony allowed to sell PlayStation 4 in China, but things will be different

The People’s Republic of China has recently granted Sony Computer Entertainment permission to sell the PlayStation 4 game console within the country. This unprecedented move by the Chinese government is a good thing for Sony,...
by Elaine Rita Mendus
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Convergence, Competition, and Consumer Protection Should Dictate Communications Policy

Convergence is the hallmark of the modern communications marketplace.  It may have made sense to view and regulate various communications platforms as distinct silos back in 1996, but today the realities of this industry are f...
by Kristal High
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Poll: majority of voters in Rep. Cantor’s district support immigration reform

Last night House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost his primary to Dave Brat, a tea party backed college professor. Brat beat Cantor with 56% of the vote to Cantor’s 44%, but some in the media have said that Cantor&#...
by Adriana Maestas
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Verizon Innovative App Challenge Winners Participate in White House Science Fair

While most 11 to 13 year old girls may be fixated on the newest One Direction song or spending hours on SnapChat sending messages to their friends, six students from Resaca Middle School in Los Fresnos, Texas are using technolo...
by Kristal High
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AG Eric Holder Speaks at Black Men and Boys Father’s Day Forum

Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys Father’s Day Forum today. The forum was specifically focused on issues around men returning from prison.  Holder also focused on retr0...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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What is Net Neutrality and Why You Should Care?

By Steven Smith, Executive Director, Rainbow PUSH Coalition Media & Telecommunications Project For the last two months, there has been intense dialogue around net neutrality and issues related to an “Open Internet.”  F...
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Rep. Eric Cantor campaigns on anti-immigrant messaging

It’s been a little over a week sincethe Obama administration announced that it would delay a review of deportation policies to give the House of Representatives “space” to advance an immigration reform bill, a...
by Adriana Maestas
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Senator Catherine Pugh: Making Telemedicine a Household Reality

For the past 15 years, Catherine Pugh has been a dedicated public servant to the residents of Maryland, and is having an indelible impact on the national stage.  First elected in 1999 as a member of the Baltimore City Council,...
by Kristal High
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Student loans are back on the policy agenda

With graduation season winding down, there is a renewed emphasis on student loans as graduates gear up to start paying back their debt. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) introduced legislation that would allow students to...
by Adriana Maestas
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Google’s Lack of Diversity Sheds Light on Silicon Valley’s Policy Predispositions

After years of dodging FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests to disclose its EEO (U.S. Equal Employment Office) hiring data, Google dropped a bomb last Wednesday – the company lacks diversity, with its workforce bein...
by Kristal High
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Florida NAACP: Elevating Energy Engagement as a Civil Rights Issue

Citing health disparities and economic opportunity as primary motivators, the Florida NAACP released a new report, Just Energy Policies: Reducing Pollution and Creating Jobs, that sets forth an agenda for increasing energy affo...
by Jessica Washington
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Attaching Trayvon Martin to Net Neutrality: Inaccurate and Inappropriate

        By Daryl Bassett, former Utility Commissioner, Arkansas Public Service Commission I’ve spent over twenty years convening diverse groups of people and organizations around the causes that can he...
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Chicago General Assembly Contemplating Highest Wireless Taxes in America

In an effort to shore up budgetary shortfalls, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed a 56% tax hike on phone bills, taking the current tax of $2.50 per line per month up to $3.90. As the Illinois General Assembly’s curr...
by Politic365 Staff
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Moratorium on fracking fails in California legislature, despite public opposition

On Wednesday, a bill to set a moratorium on fracking (an oil drilling technique that involves injecting water with chemicals into the ground) failed in the California Senate. According to The Los Angeles Times: “Sen. Holl...
by Adriana Maestas
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California Senate approves bill to raise minimum wage to $13/hr

California is leading the charge to increase the minimum wage. This week the California Senate approved a bill that would lift the wage to $13 per hour by 2017. Melody Gutierrez of The San Francisco Chronicle writes: “The...
by Adriana Maestas
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#VA8: Did Patrick Hope Pin Don Beyer on Mandatory Arbitration Contracts?

Last night the Arlington Virginia Democratic Committee hosted the last debate of the 8th congressional district’s crowded campaign. Thankfully there were only seven candidates present last night. The debate turned out to ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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#VA8: Lavern Chatman Raises $107,444 Over Last 50 Days

Over $107,000 in 50 Days. Lavern Chatman came in second in fundraising only to Don Beyer in the first quarter of the year.  Chatman has raised $107,444 from April 1 to May 21.  Chatman’s grand total is now $385,642.  ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Apple Misses Opportunity to Promote Diversity & Inclusion…Again

Apple Inc. made headlines recently for selling $12 billion of its debt to investors eager to get a piece of Steve Jobs’ legacy.  The sale follows a similar transaction from April 2013 worth $17 billion. Sources close to the ...
by Politic365 Staff
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