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White Supremacist Donated to Several 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates

Playlist: The White Supremacy Movement and the Republican Party The head of a white supremacist group, cited by the suspected gunman who killed nine African Americans at a black South Carolina church last week, has given thousands of dollars to several 2016 Republican presidential candidates. According to the Guardian, Earl Holt III of Texas, leader of the Council of Conservative Citizens, has donated a total of $65,000 to Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. He has also donated to former Minnesota congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/X8mjOXJCjf8/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com In this playlist of videos, the authors and video makers explore the relationships between the modern Republican Party and the white supremacist movement. In the modern era, the legal wing of that movement…
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Queen Mother Audley Moore 80 Years of Activism

Amazon.com Widgets Queen Mother  Moore - African American Reparations Leader/Garveyite At the time of her passing, at age 99 on May 2, 1997, Queen Mother Audley Moore held the distinction of being the longest-serving African American female activist in the movement for the liberation of African people in America. She was born as Audley, to Ella and St. Cry Moore, on July 27, 1898, in New Iberia, Louisiana. Her grandmother, Nora Henry, was born into slavery, the daughter of an African woman who was raped by her slave master who was a doctor. Her grandfather was lynched before his wife's eyes leaving Nora Henry with five orphaned children of whom Ella Johnson, mother of Queen Mother Audley Moore, was the youngest. Ella, who died in 1904, often talked about how…
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Major Milestones in the African American Freedom Struggle

The African American Struggle for Freedom An Historical Overview The long freedom struggle of the African American was first and foremost against the institution of slavery. After the Civil War, many African Americans were elected to local, state, and federal office as African Americans struggled to build democracy in the American South. That period was known as Reconstruction. Reconstruction created a violent, white backlash known as Post-Reconstruction.  From 1896 through the 1950 and into the 1960, the African American struggle to end racial segregation and discrimination  and for constitutional voting rights continued. A high point in that struggle was reached in the 1920s when Marcus Mosiah Garvey organized the largest mass movement of black people the modern world has ever seen. The African American struggle for freedom and self-determination reached another high…
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Obama Survived Republicans, Billionaires, Racists

Reactionary Republicans, Billionaire Financiers, and Hard Core Racists threw everything at Barak Obama. Not only did he remain standing, but he flexed his muscle as chief executive officer of America - defying all odds. The March 9, 2015, open letter sent by Republicans to Iran was but the latest insult to the first African American President of the US. Added to all of the previous insults and consistent efforts to undermine Barak Obama as President, the letter conveys a very clear message to African American voters. You may register, you may vote, you may even elect one of your own to the office of President, but to us 'good ole boys' you will always be only three-fifths of a person. White Racists in Suits It's time to pull the sheets off…
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) Martin Luther King Day, a holiday first observed in 1986 to honor the man who promoted peaceful protest to secure civil rights in the late 1950s and early '60's, is right around the corner. And although King is one of U.S. history's most widely chronicled individuals, there are aspects of his life that are less well-known.   1. His real name is Michael. Born Michael Lewis King, King's father, the Rev. M.L. King Sr., changed his own name to Martin Luther changing the oldest son's name. Neither man spoke or wrote publicly about the change. The elder MLK insisted that his oldest son's name was incorrectly recorded as Michael at birth, implying that the boy was named after reformer Martin Luther.…
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The Edmund Pettus Bridge – Selma Alabama

On March 7, 1965, a Sunday, thousands of singing marchers were leaving Selma on their way to Montgomery, Alabama, the state Capital. These demonstrators were intending to demand of Governor George Wallace the right to vote. However, they never made it that far. On the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the gateway to the town of Selma, the marchers were savagely attacked and beaten by state and local police. A couple of days later Martin Luther King, Jr. led thousands of marchers on to the Edmund Pettus Bridge once again. However, to avoid a repeat confrontation, the marchers knelt and prayed, and turned around - rather than defy a  court order. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) succeeded in getting the court order lifted. Then, on March 21, 1965, Dr. King led the marchers on the complete 54…
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SNCC – STUDENT NON VIOLENT COORDINATING COMMITTEE – LEGACY PROJECT – 99% SPRING – WHO WE ARE

Those of us who fought to empower the disenfranchised in the 1960s, we veterans of the Southern Civil Rights Movement are now called upon to defend everything we have won. We now have the opportunity to join, at its inception, the 99% Spring Movement to train 100,000 people in economic literacy as well as the history and practice of non-violent direct action during the week of April 9-14, 2012. This ambitious project is being called 99% Spring in tribute to our own Mississippi Summer. We can provide leadership, legitimacy and history...but also immediacy. The SNCC project in Mississippi is the map of how to involve large numbers of people indirect action to hold the power structure accountable and to change the politics in America. This includes the need to prevent…
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African American Politics: A History of Struggle

[wzslider autoplay="true" transition="'slide'" lightbox="true"] African American Politics: A History of Struggle   In the year 2008, tens of millions of African Americans turned out in historic numbers to propel Barak Obama to the US Democratic Party nomination and, ultimately, the Presidency of the United States.  The turnout in that election was the culmination of a massive upswing in Black voting which began with the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. By the time of Obama's re-election campaign in 2012, numerous states across the US had taken steps to adopt laws which would severely restrict voting rights. Many of these laws were targeted at African American voters. For African American voters, this attempt to roll back voting rights was like Deja Vu, all over again. As far back as the…
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African American Mayors Conference of Black Mayors

  African American Mayors The Conference of Black Mayors African American Mayors In 1967 Carl Stokes and Richard Hatcher were elected as mayors of Cleveland, Ohio, and Gary, Indiana, respectively. They are considered as the first African American mayors of major American cities. Together with Kenneth Gibson of Newark, New Jersey, Carl Stokes and Richard G. Hatcher, became the first wave of significant black mayors elected after the Civil and Voting Rights acts were passed. In 1973, Atlanta, Georgia, elected Maynard Jackson the first black mayor of a major southern U.S. city. By 2005, nearly every large U.S. city had elected a black mayor within the previous 30 years. The Conference of Black Mayors In 1972, a small group of Black mayors from several southern states met informally in Fayette, Mississippi, where they…
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The Emerging Congressional Black Caucus

African Americans in Congress - Reconstruction to Present The emergence of today's powerful Congressional Black Caucus has its roots in the period after the Civil War known as Reconstruction. Between 1870 and 1900, Twenty-two African Americans served in the United States Congress. George HW White of North Carolina was the last remaining one. After White's departure, there were no Black members of Congress from 1901 until 1931.For the next 15 years there  was never more than a single Black Representative in Congress at one time. The modern Voting Rights movement can be traced to the 1944 decision of the US Supreme Court in Smith v. Allright to outlaw the White Primary in Texas. http://texaspolitics.utexas.edu/archive/html/vce/features/0503_01/smith.html .  This was a key decision argued by Thurgood Marshall. Prior to the Court's ruling, the Democratic party in the…
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The National Black Caucus of State Legislators – A Historical Reference

Black State Legislators from Reconstruction to the Present Legislative Black Caucuses The National Black Caucus of State Legislators The modern Voting Rights movement can be traced to the 1944 decision of the US Supreme Court in Smith v. Allright to outlaw the White Primary in Texas.http://texaspolitics.utexas.edu/archive/html/vce/features/0503_01/smith.html .  This was a key decision argued by Thurgood Marshall. Prior to the Court’s ruling, the Democratic party in the South (Dixiecrats) was allowed to set its own internal rules. This meant that the outcome of the Democratic Primary determined the outcome of the election. Therefore, all white primaries meant that African Americans were effectively excluded from  political power.  http://books.google.com/books?id=npem7JszWfkC&pg=PA108&dq=smith+v+allright&num=8&client=internal-uds&cd=1&source=uds . As African Americans returning from fighting abroad in World War 11 began to advocate for more political representation, the white power structure (in the South) reacted to…
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The Influence of the Black Church and the Nation of Islam on African American Politics

The Southern Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s was largely based in the Black Christian Church. However, the Northern movement, which developed at roughly the same time, was an Islamic led movement. By the end of the decade, the two movements had converged. It should be noted that the influence of the Black Christian church in the African American political scene predates, by far, the 1960s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKWo7oMCOLQ Black church - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_church The term black church or African-American church refers to Christian churches that minister to predominantly African-American congregations in the United States ... African Americans (people) :: The civil rights movement ... http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/67474/African-Americans/285195/The-civil-rights-movement Resistance to African American demands for the ... the Southern Christian Leadership Conference ... into a Birmingham church. Civil rights activities in 1963…
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Editor&’s Statement – African American Politics – A History of Struggle

The history of African Americans is a history rich with political struggle. Whether we study the early  slave rebellions, the Civil War, #reconstruction, Post-Reconstruction, the Garvey Movement, the 1960s Civil Rights and Black Power movements, or the rise of Black elected officials up to, and including, the election of Barak Obama, African Americans have engaged in deliberate political action to advance their quality of life within the United States. In 2008, tens of millions of African Americans turned out in historic numbers to propel Barak Obama to the Democratic Party nomination and, ultimately, the Presidency of the United States.  The turnout in that election was the culmination of a massive upswing in Black voting which began with the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. By the time of Obama's re-election campaign…
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The Black Mayors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwwqLOyl-Xw [caption id="attachment_69755" align="aligncenter" width="640"] National Black Political Convention Gary Indiana 1972[/caption] Richard Hatcher - Carl Stokes - First of the Black Mayors In the United States, the election of Black mayors of major American cities began in 1967 as the Civil Rights Movement was transitioning to the Black Power Movement.  The election of  Richard  Hatcher as  Mayor of Gary, Indiana,  in 1967 signaled a turning point in black politics. When Hatcher became recognized as the first elected Black mayor of a U.S. metropolitan city,  he helped to ignite a debate about whether electoral politics should become a primary tactic of achieving Black Power or an end unto itself. In the years since many of the major American cities have elected African American mayors. Even though Hatcher is celebrated as…
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Reconstruction and Post-Reconstruction

[caption id="attachment_70233" align="aligncenter" width="253"] Freedmen's Bureau[/caption] [caption id="attachment_70234" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The Freedmen's Bureau Reconstruction[/caption] Reconstruction Era 1860 to 1880 In many respects, the Reconstruction period in American history was the most promising for African Americans. Understanding the political achievements of African Americans in the Reconstruction period between 1860 and 1880, and the subsequent backlash which wiped all of those achievements (Post-Reconstruction) away, is crucial to the understanding of the movements which came later. African American History – The Struggle Continues Post Reconstruction Black Codes State laws that restricted the newly won freedoms of African Americans became known as the "Black Codes".  These "Black Codes"  played an important role in institutionalizing  Post -Reconstruction, The laws in many Southern states that still deny hundreds of thousands of African Americans the right to vote on…
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Insider View Who is Malcolm X? The Malcolm X Assassination

[caption id="attachment_63344" align="alignnone" width="182"] Who is Malcolm X[/caption]   Malcolm X May 19, 1925 to February 21, 1965 Who is Malcolm X Who is Malcolm X and why did the Malcolm X assassination take place are legitimate questions examined in this article. These questions are asked by many young people curious about the history of the African American freedom struggle. February 21st, 2015, marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Malcolm X assassination. Had he lived, Malcolm X would have turned 90 years old on May 19 2015. To focus on this occasion, Black Politics featured this first-hand account of who is Malcolm X, his significance, and the events leading up to the Malcolm X assassination from a man whom the notorious former head of the FBI, J Edgar Hoover, in…
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2nd teen arrested in crash that killed Gwinnett dad outside Walmart

ExploreFather of 2 hit, killed by shoplifting suspects fleeing Suwanee Walmart, cops sayExploreWarrants issued for teens accused of killing Gwinnett dad while fleeing WalmartInvestigators determined the teens were trying to get away in the U-Haul van after shoplifting electronics, according to Suwanee police spokesman Lt. Robert Thompson.Shoppers told police they saw the duo fill two carts before walking past the cash registers toward the door. When a loss prevention officer confronted them, police said they ditched the merchandise, ran into the parking lot and drove away.Hunter and Lowman were identified from surveillance photos, according to police. Both live in the Decatur area and were known to sell bottled water in the area of Memorial and Columbia drives.The van was later located and processed for evidence, but police have not said…
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Is the Outcome a Sure Thing? – BillMoyers.com

Counter-demonstrators stand to the side as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks to a crowd during a rally against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on January 28, 2021 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)February 7, 2021 Pundits are saying that the Senate will vote to acquit former President Donald Trump at the end of his second impeachment trial, set to start on Tuesday. I’m not so sure. After the January 6 attack on the Capitol, the House of Representatives passed an article of impeachment against Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” The article accuses the former president of engaging in high crimes and misdemeanors “by inciting violence against the Government of the United States.” It charges him with lying about voter fraud, trying to get the Georgia secretary of state to…
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Police identify man shot to death while driving Rolls-Royce in Buckhead

Brandon Hamilton, 43, was pronounced dead at a hospital after crashing the vehicle into a tree on Piedmont Road, according to Atlanta police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant.Investigators said Hamilton was driving in the Lindbergh area shortly before 3 a.m. At some point, a car pulled up alongside his vehicle, and someone inside it started shooting, Grant said.n","_id":"https://twitter.com/EmmanuelAcho/status/1354458405218340866?s=20","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":1611793041661},"provider_name":"Twitter","height":null},"type":"oembed_response"},{"_id":"5XX2VMHTYBEHRJFQR7IMJP37VM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611783787603},"type":"text","content":"By Wednesday afternoon, the team made the decision to remove the lineman, who had played five games this season, from the team."},{"_id":"VPK7HHKW5JAT7JHADMP5LWJUGA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611783787604},"type":"text","content":"“The Seahawks are saddened by the details emerging against Chad Wheeler and strongly condemn this act of domestic violence. Our thoughts and support are with the victim. Chad is a free agent and no longer with the team,” the Seahawks said in a statement."},{"_id":"ZW67DOALS5HR7NCRSEUKLUPX34","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611783787605},"type":"text","content":"A Kent Police Department report obtained by the Times revealed…
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Georgia Awaits Election Result With Senate in Balance

ATLANTA — Democrats moved a major step closer to gaining control of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday morning as Georgia voters elected the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the pastor at the storied Ebenezer Baptist Church, in a hard-fought runoff contest that became roiled by President Trump’s false claims of voter fraud in the state.Mr. Warnock’s victory over the Republican incumbent, Kelly Loeffler, represented a landmark breakthrough for African-Americans in politics as well as for Georgia: He became the first Black Democrat elected to the Senate from the South. For Democrats to take the Senate, which is crucial to enacting President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s first-term agenda, they also need to win Georgia’s other Senate runoff held on Tuesday. The votes were still being counted in that race between the Republican candidate,…
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Georgia mom charged with murder in stabbing deaths of 2 children

Their mother, 26-year-old Berenice Jaramillo-Hernandez, was seriously injured when police arrived, but investigators later determined her stab wounds were self-inflicted.“According to the preliminary investigation, between noon and 2 p.m. on Friday, Jaramillo-Hernandez killed the children with a knife and then turned the knife on herself, resulting in serious injuries,” the sheriff’s office said in its release.","websites":{"ajc":{"website_section":{"path":"/sports/georgia-tech","_website":"ajc","name":"Georgia Tech","_id":"/sports/georgia-tech","type":"section","version":"0.6.0","primary":true},"website_url":"/sports/georgia-tech/game-by-game-look-at-georgia-techs-2020-season/CUATMQVR2X6LQSCFBUIF57YKNI/"}}}],"created_date":"2020-12-13T01:19:08.533Z","revision":{"revision_id":"JGWFJJ573NGODDP6KN2QLUSVN4","parent_id":"TEZ6756L5ZDW3K4SEEKCTHD2AI","editions":["default"],"branch":"default","user_id":"[email protected]","published":true},"last_updated_date":"2020-12-13T02:09:51.230Z","canonical_url":"/news/breaking-gainesville-mom-charged-with-murder-in-stabbing-deaths-of-2-children/4UPO4LE5KVDNFK3Z47GDYH33JU/","headlines":{"basic":"BREAKING: Gainesville mom charged with murder in stabbing deaths of 2 children","mobile":"","native":"","print":"","tablet":"","web":"","meta_title":"Georgia mom charged with murder in stabbing deaths of 2 children"},"owner":{"sponsored":false,"id":"ajc"},"content_restrictions":{"content_code":"free"},"address":{},"comments":{"allow_comments":false,"display_comments":false,"moderation_required":false},"workflow":{"status_code":1},"subheadlines":{"basic":""},"description":{"basic":""},"language":"","label":{},"source":{"name":"AJC","system":"composer","source_type":"staff"},"taxonomy":{"tags":[{"slug":"breaking-news-ajc","text":"breaking-news.ajc","description":"breaking-news.ajc"},{"slug":"crime-news-ajc","text":"crime-news.ajc","description":"crime-news.ajc"},{"slug":"publicsafety-ajc","text":"publicsafety.ajc","description":"publicsafety.ajc"},{"slug":"atlanta-now","text":"atlanta-now","description":"atlanta-now"},{"text":"hall county","description":"hall county","slug":"hall-county"},{"text":"georgia news","description":"georgia news","slug":"georgia-news"},{"text":"georgia-news.ajc","description":"georgia-news.ajc","slug":"georgia-news-ajc"},{"text":"ajc top news","description":"ajc top news","slug":"ajc-top-news"}],"sites":[],"sections":[{"_id":"/news","_website":"ajc","type":"section","version":"0.6.0","name":"News","description":"Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles - Atlanta Journal-Constitution","path":"/news","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","parent":{"default":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"additional_properties":{"original":{"_id":"/news","site":{"section_comments_enabled":"Yes","site_description":"Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles - Atlanta Journal-Constitution","site_title":"Atlanta GA News | Top News Page","site_url":"https://www.ajc.com/news/"},"navigation":{"nav_title":"News"},"Sponsor":{"sponsor_desktop_banner":"","sponsor_mobile_banner":"","sponsor_url":"","sponsor_url_open_new_tab":"true"},"_website":"ajc","name":"News","order":{"default":1001,"TopNav":1001,"ComposerNav":1159,"TopNavRedesign":1001},"parent":{"default":"https://www.ajc.com/","TopNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","ComposerNav":"https://www.ajc.com/","BottomNav":null,"LoggedOutMenu":null,"TopNavRedesign":"https://www.ajc.com/"},"ancestors":{"default":["https://www.ajc.com/"],"BottomNav":[],"LoggedOutMenu":[],"TopNavRedesign":["https://www.ajc.com/"]},"inactive":false,"node_type":"section"}},"_website_section_id":"ajc./news"}],"primary_site":{"_id":"/news","type":"site","version":"0.5.8","name":"News","description":"Atlanta Georgia News…
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Georgia GOP Senators Stock Trades Raise Eyebrows; But Will They Also Raise Outrage? – BillMoyers.com

In the days following last weekend’s senatorial debate in Georgia, the state’s two incumbent Republicans continued to insist that they had been cleared of any wrongdoing tied to each of them selling of millions in stock after Senate briefings about the approaching pandemic. On the debate stage, in campaign television ads and statements, both Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and their spokespeople recited the same script, repeatedly saying they had been “exonerated” in reviews by a Senate ethics panel and federal authorities. “Well, thank you for that question, because I’ve been completely exonerated,” replied Loeffler during Sunday’s debate. “Those are lies perpetrated by the left-wing media and Democrats to distract from their radical agenda.” “Perdue was cleared by the bi-partisan Senate Ethics Committee, the S.E.C. [Securities and Exchange…
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A Deadly Attack On Our Democracy – BillMoyers.com

National security adviser Mike Flynn listens to President Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)December 2, 2020 Yesterday evening, Trump’s disgraced former National Security Advisor, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn– whom Trump recently pardoned after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office– retweeted a news release from a right-wing Ohio group called “We the People Convention.” That release contained a petition asking Trump to declare martial law, suspend the Constitution, silence the media, and have the military “oversee a national re-vote.” The petition ends with a threat of violence, calling on Trump “to boldly act…
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Want to flip a state blue? Stacey Abrams drops major key, and she would know

Abrams’ name trended on Twitter when President-elect Joe Biden inched ahead of President Donald Trump in Georgia, flipping a state that hasn’t backed a Democrat for president since Bill Clinton in 1992. And when Biden went on to be declared the next U.S. president Saturday, a crowd outside of the White House shouted “Stacey Abrams.” Not for nothing. In a state riddled with allegations of vote suppression, Abrams worked with the New Georgia Project nonprofit to register an estimated 800,000 new voters, mostly people of color and young people often overlooked in the state. She formed Fair Fight Action just days after her gubernatorial loss, launched a federal lawsuit seeking an overhaul of Georgia's voting system, and vehemently fought against Kemp’s heartbeat legislation prohibiting abortions after a heartbeat can be detected. “I live my life…
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Democrats Owe A Great Debt To Stacey Abrams For Electoral Math

The electoral math is holding. Joe Biden has the lead in Georgia. He is up by more than 9,000 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Senator Chris Coons told MSNBC that Stacey Abrams brought a plan to him six years ago to flip Georgia blue: “We’ve got a very strong ground game in Georgia because of the leadership of Stacey Abrams,” Coons said. An observation I came across earlier that I’ll repeat here: “Georgia isn’t necessarily a red state. It’s a voter-suppressed state.” Georgia is not a red state, it’s a voter suppressed state. #vote #FlipTheSenateBlue #2020Elections #Gerogia #VoterSuppression — Frederick Gibbons (@realtorgibbons) November 6, 2020 Although Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has announced there will be a recount (and there are still military and provisional ballots left…
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Trump Wants to Pick Off Nevada. But Biden Is Holding a Lead, Our Poll Shows.

Joseph R. Biden Jr. has a steady lead over President Trump in Nevada, a state that has been shading blue in recent elections but that Mr. Trump is hoping to flip, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll released on Tuesday.Mr. Biden, the Democratic nominee, leads Mr. Trump 49 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in Nevada, with 4 percent undecided or declining to state a preference. The poll was taken after the presidential debate last week, one of Mr. Trump’s last opportunities to change the trajectory of the race.The results are virtually unchanged from another Times/Siena poll in the state conducted this month after Mr. Trump announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus, which found Mr. Biden leading Mr. Trump 48 percent to 42 percent among…
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Pompeo reportedly ignored outraged employees to address group that supports ‘ex-gay’ therapy

The Miami Herald reports that “[o]ne source described several aides as ‘appalled’ the event still took place despite the concerns, and that afterward, the secretary highlighted his appearance in his latest ‘Miles with Mike’ message to department employees.” A State Department spokesperson tried to soothe alarm over the speech by later claiming that Pompeo honestly had no idea about the concerns, which maybe someone somewhere would believe if this administration didn’t lie like it was going out of style. Then there’s also Mike’s record. “Before joining the Trump administration, first as CIA director and then as secretary of State, Pompeo made his views on LGBTQ rights explicit,” Mother Jones noted, “opposing same-sex marriage and once alluding to homosexuality as a ‘perversion.’” During a Senate confirmation hearing in 2018, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker pressed Pompeo on…
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Joe Biden grilled by voter on ‘you ain’t black’ remark at town hall

Joe Biden launched into a nearly incoherent policy rant in response to a question from a young black voter who tossed his infamous “you ain’t black” comment back in his face as he simply asked what the former vice president would do for African Americans if he won. Student Cedric Humphrey from Harrisburg, Pa., who identified as a “progressive Democrat,” appeared visibly unimpressed as the 77-year-old former veep rambled about how the right to vote was a “sacred opportunity” and erroneously claimed that he had reformed the criminal justice system during an ABC News town hall. “What do you have to say to young black voters who see voting for you as further participation in a system that continually fails to protect them?” Humphrey asked Biden. “First of all, as…
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Darrell Issa thought he had an easy path to a comeback. A new poll says guess again

This is the first independent poll we've seen since the top-two six months ago. Last month, Campa-Najjar released numbers from Strategies 360 that found him down 47-43, but his campaign did not mention any presidential results. So far, though, no major outside groups on either side have booked air time here, though that could always change over the next two months. Campaign Action Issa infamously decided to run here the cycle after he retired as the congressman from the neighboring and more Democratic 49th District just ahead of the 2018 blue wave, and it's possible that his weak connections to this area are hurting him. SurveyUSA finds Issa with an even 32-32 favorable rating, while Campa-Najjar sports a 37-26 score. If SurveyUSA is right, though, then there's also been a…
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Nina Simone was blunt about hand-wringers advising Black folks to ‘go slow’

Like most sane Black folks, I want Trump and his Republican Klan gone. Yesterday. We didn’t elect him. We are well aware that racism and white supremacy are deeply embedded in this nation’s foundation and we have been fighting against it since the time we were enslaved here, throughout Reconstruction and Jim Crow, and through the duration (ongoing) of the civil rights movement. We have had allies who were, and are, people of other races, and we are cognizant of the fact that unless white folks step up to the plate to correct what they have wrought, we’ll just have to keep on fighting. We are only 13% of this nation’s population.   We are not, however, going to tamp down our struggle for equality in order to soothe the feelings of white…
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