Politics & Law

Thanks, But No Thanks: CBC Rejects Second Meeting With Trump

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) rejected an offer from the White House to meet with all 49 members of the caucus, citing steps that the Trump Administration has taken, “that will affirmatively hurt Black communities.” In a letter addressed to President Trump, Richmond wrote that, “Your…

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Recovered Crack Addict, Tonier Cain, Hopes Drug Treatment Success Stories Stop Senators From Making Drug Epidemic Worse

During her 19-year crack addiction, Tonier Cain racked up 83 arrests and 66 convictions. She turned to prostitution to pay for drugs, lost custody of four children, and, when she wasn’t locked up, she slept under a bridge.  Today, 12-years after completing treatment, Cain penned an open letter to the Senate Health Committee urging them…

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Whipper Resignation Opens Door For Younger Leadership

By Barney Blakeney    A month after refuting rumors he would leave the S.C. Legislature House Dist. 113 Rep. J. Seth Whipper has resigned. Whipper leaves the legislature in August after 23 years to take a position as a Charleston County magistrate. He said last week the new position, one he held eight years prior…

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ACLU Challenges Unconstitutional Debtors’ Prison Practices in South Carolina County

In the latest pushback against modern-day debtors’ prisons, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of South Carolina, and Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC filed a class-action lawsuit today challenging the illegal arrest and incarceration of poor people in Lexington County, South Carolina. Victims are arrested on warrants and incarcerated when they cannot afford to…

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Whipper Says He’s Not Going Anywhere Soon

By Barney Blakeney For weeks murmurs of a political change in North Charleston have been stirring quietly. This week North Charleston House Dist. 113 Rep. Seth Whipper hushed them. The proverbial cat slipped out of the bag several weeks ago when a North Charleston political pundit told this reporter Whipper would be leaving the S.C.…

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Legislative Session Ends With Citizens Getting Screwed Again, Says Mack

By Barney Blakeney Next week the 2017 session of the South Carolina State Legislature officially closes. Asked how the session benefited the state’s black constituents, veteran lawmaker Rep. David Mack said succinctly, we’re screwed! Legislators opened the session in January and for the past three months spent three days weekly at the State Capitol, presumably…

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Trump’s Proposed Elimination Of CDBG Funds Could Hit Where We Live

By Barney Blakeney Since 1975 the City of Charleston has received tens of millions of dollars in federal Community Development Block Grant funds. Those millions allow the city to conduct various activities that benefit residents such as home repairs and quality of life initiatives. The Trump administration has proposed cuts to the Department of Housing…

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New PACs Focus on Getting More Blacks into Politics

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) In the aftermath of former-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s crushing defeat last November, a number of groups were launched to encourage greater political participation among young people, women and minorities. Recently, the Milk River PAC hosted a dialogue on the impact of women in politics that featured…

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