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Senator Harry Reid announces retirement, eyes turn toward Nevada’s Latino electorate

Today Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced his retirement. The Senate Minority Leader insisted that this announcement had nothing to do with a recent eye injury, and it is being reported that Reid had made this decision privately before sustaining the eye injury in January. You can watch Senator Reid’s video announcement of his retirement here: […]

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Butterfield: Politically Driven Open Internet Debate Should Not Slow Sound Broadband Policy

Hailing from Wilson, North Carolina, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Congressman G.K. Butterfield understands well the challenges facing many Americans today. Comprised of roughly three-quarters of a million people, 53% of the residents of North Carolina’s first district are women, 26% are 20 years old and younger, 34% are between 20-44, and 40% are over the […]

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Kardashian Congressman Aaron Schock is GOP’s Welfare Queen

Could Anyone Be This Stupid? The Answer is YES.  American taxpayers funded $79,000 in furniture and $29,000 on a photographer over four months for soon-to-be-funded Rep. Aaron Schock (D-IL).  This is the same Rep. Schock who said food stamps were “a waste of money.”  I guess no one should be surprised that a member of […]

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Canadian born Ted Cruz to enter GOP race for president, let the birther stories begin

On Sunday, it was announced that Texas Senator Ted Cruz will launch his presidential campaign on Monday at Liberty University in Virginia. While Jeb Bush is “exploring” a run for president, Ted Cruz would be the first official candidate if he does in fact declare his intentions tomorrow. One issue about Ted Cruz that will […]

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#RaceTogether: conversations about race deserve more time than it takes to make your latte

On Tuesday, Twitter was abuzz with the news that Starbucks was encouraging its baristas to have conversations with customers about race in America in its “Race Together” campaign. What may have started out as a well intentioned move by Starbucks turned into an onslaught of online criticism prompting Corey duBrowa, the senior vice president of communications […]


 
 

 
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Justice Reform: 2 Democrats + 2 Republicans = Mandatory Minimum Bill

On February 4, two Democrats and two Republicans joined to re-introduce the Justice Safety Valve Act.  The legislation would give federal judges flexibility in sentences carrying mandatory minimums. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), ...
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Black Unemployment for Jan. 2015: 10.3%

Black unemployment for January 2015 was 10.3%.  It was 10.4% in december 2014 , so not much change.  Lower But Sill Double: Black Unemployment is 10.4%.  Currently the only groups in America with double digit unemployment ar...
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Alleviate Poverty in America by Expanding Outreach

Have we spent too many years overlooking the real challenges of our economy? Are there still too many of us living from paycheck to paycheck? After years of cautious and prudent federal spending, the economy is finally turning ...
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Open Internet: FCC Chair proposes reclassifying the internet as a public utility

Today the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, announced in an opinion piece that he will present a plan to the FCC to regulate Internet service providers as public utility carriers. Consumer advocates h...
by Adriana Maestas
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NYPD Cost Taxpayers $3.9M for Ramarley Graham Shooting

“After evaluating all the facts, and consulting with key stakeholders such as the NYPD, it was determined that settling the matter was in the best interest of the city,” said New York Law Department spokesman Nicho...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Remembering Senator Edward Brooke III

By Nicholas Buford Just a few short days after the start of 2015, a political giant was called from work on Earth. Edward Brooke, the first Black United States Senator since Reconstruction, passed away in his Florida home. Br...
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Angela Corey’s Mandatory Minimum Victim Marissa Alexander Appears on TV

Seeing Marissa Alexander on MSNBC this morning confirms something that was already obvious: Florida prosecutor Angela Corey, at best has questionable judgement, and at worst is nuts. How someone would consider putting a person ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Congress Moving Toward Action on Net Neutrality

In less than one week the Federal Communications Commission is expected to release its new net neutrality rules.  Over the past year, yet another round of protracted and contentious debate has unfolded around the best means to...
by Kristal High
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Black Caucus Ferguson Trip Was More Than A Church Visit

If you read most of what was reported on the visit of 11 members of the Congressional Black Caucus to Ferguson, Mo., on the weekend before the Martin Luther King Holiday, you’d think it was a visit to a church and that wa...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Republican Senator Drops “Civil Rights and Human Rights” from Committee Name

Just Another Moment in GOP Growth and Opportunity. Just in case anyone is wondering how the new Republican controlled Senate will deal with civil rights issues, wonder no more.  There’s a new Republican Chairman of the ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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#Ferguson Bill Featuring Grand Jury Overhaul Debuts

H.R. 429. On January 21, Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Lacy Clay (D-MO), introduced the Grand Jury Reform Act.  The bill, which is related to the non indictments of police officers Darren Wilson and Dan Pantaleo, would requir...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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#SOTU Video: The #Ferguson Question

African Americans in Congress and the President of the NAACP react to President Obama’s second to last State of the Union.  The question: Did President Obama bring up the biggest issue over the last four months enough? T...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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The CBC in Ferguson

“Where do I start?  How about undefinable frustration? It seems we can’t even catch our breath from our first tragedy before being hit by another gut-punch from a second, third, and fourth.  The names Trayvon Martin, ...
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Video: Black Republican Reception w Reps. Mia Love, Will Hurd

Historic Republicans. Yesterday former congressional staffer Insight America, J.C. Watts and Elroy Sailor hosted a reception for the three Black Republicans in Congress.  The reception featured @SenatorTimScott @WillHurd @Mia...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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10.4%: Black Unemployment Still Double But Lowest Since July 2008

Lower But Sill Double: Black Unemployment is 10.4%. Remember September 2011 when Black unemployment was 16.7%? In July 2008, the last year of President Bush’s presidency, Black unemployment was 10%. In December 2014, the...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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House Dems Talk Of Limit to Seniority Power as CBC Hits Peak Seniority

The Power of Seniority. Some House Democrats are once again talking about limiting the power of seniority just as — you guessed it — boatloads of African American members of Congress are hitting their maximum power...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Only African American on St. Louis Board of Elections Removed

“When you have a county that has at least 45 percent minority population you would hope that would be reflected on the St. Louis County Board of Elections. As of right now every single member of the St. Louis County Board...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Honorable Assumes Post as Newest FERC Commissioner

                    On January 5, 2015, five months after being nominated by President Barack Obama, Colette Honorable was sworn in as a Commissioner for the Federal Energy Regu...
by Kristal High
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#HBCUs: Pres #Obama Gives Much Needed Help to Norfolk State

Virginia’s Norfolk State University has been reeling.  On december 10, the college was placed on placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. That followed the departure of the school’s ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Positive Vibes From Ferguson Activists After Dinner With Black Caucus

Youth Movement.  ”Where do I start?  How about undefinable frustration? It seems we can’t even catch our breath from our first tragedy before being hit by another gut-punch from a second, third, and fourth.  The nam...
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