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By missing the NAACP Convention in Houston this week, President Obama became the first Democratic party nominee for president in at least 36 years not to attend the NAACP gathering during an election year.
First published at POLITIC365
First published at Politic365.com
Mayors Reed and Nutter on Romney at the NAACP. Speaking on a DNC conference call in reaction to Mitt Romney’s speech to the NAACP in Houston, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reedand Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter had no problem expressing their feelings on Romney’s speech. Both strongly felt that Romney mentioned repealing health care at the NAACP intentionally to play to his base.
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel announced a major Voter ID education initiative to be headed by House Assistant Leader Jim Clyburn (D-SC).
“The DCCC will be announcing a major voter protection initiative headed by Jim Clyburn that will deal with legal, public relations and related strategies to make sure every American who has the right to vote is able to vote,” Chairman Israel said.
Two years ago in November 2009, all the House Ethics investigations were on black members of Congress. There have been 12 House Ethics investigations on black members over two years. All have been exonerated but one, with one other, Rep. Maxine Waters, pending.
February 2011: 15.3%
March 2011: 15.5%
April 2011: 16.1%
May 2011: 16.2%
For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with a piercing familiarity. This "wait" has almost always meant "never." It has been a tranquilizing Thalidomide, relieving the emotional stress for a moment, only to give birth to an ill-formed infant of frustration. — Martin Luther King, April 16, 1963
I have three confessions to make:
1. I could care less about whether President Barack Obama gave Prof. Cornel West got inauguration tickets.
2. Rev. Al Sharpton and Prof. Cornel West had a big fight on MSNBC? Again, I don't care.
3. I could care less what singer, entertainer or whoever was invited to the latest White House event.
Black GOPers Allen West and Tim Scott Confident and Unwavering on Medicare. Democrats on the U.S. House are quite giddy after an upset win by Democrat Kathy Hocul in Republican upstate New York. Meanwhile, on the other side of the chamber...
The cost of bombing Libya. The U.S. operation in Libya could cost the U.S. between $400 million and $800 million, according to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Really? So, you guessed it, we could be paying for so many of the things President Obama and the House GOP has proposed to cut. The President is proposing a cut in his budget of $300 million from Community Development Block Grants. The operation in Libya is likely to cost more than that. President Obama is proposing to cut $100 billion cut in Pell Grants over 10 years. That could easily be paid for. The numbers are still coming in. One thing is for sure: The total will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Hey everyone breaking news: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas is a really bad boss. I’m so glad Jon Strong and The Daily Caller cleared up that controversy. And in only 3,188 words. I think we 4th Estaters can confirm it now because this is the third time I’ve read this type of story on her. My colleague Sam Dealey’s piece in The Hill, which ran at least ten years ago, was the first. I think the Daily Caller writer was in high school then.
Why did the Congressional Black Caucus invite Rep-elects Allen West of Florida and Tim Scott of South Carolina to join? Remember: It was Rep-elect Allen West who controlled the narrative by feigning offense at "not being invited," like a jilted teen-aged socialite with no dance invite. But he wasn't invited or dis-invited. No one was thinking about him one way or the other.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky? How about focusing on one of the 7,225,800 "in the system" in the U.S? The United States jails more people at a rate higher than any other nation on planet earth. Higher than China. Higher than Russia. Poor legal representation and mandatory minimum (3 strikes) policies contribute to this. Most incarcerated are for non-violent offenses.
111th: TOP FIVE CBC LEGISLATIVE VICTORIES. Something that no one can ever take away from the 42 current members of the Congressional Black Caucus is that they were a part of one of the most productive Congresses in history. Even better, they were active participants as several members of the CBC got plenty done. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, Rep. Maxine Waters and Rep. Chaka Fattah to name three.