Politics & Law

CBC Chairman Talks HBCUs, Impeachment and #RootOutRacism

By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor During a conference call with reporters, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), pledged to revisit the debate around impeachment when Congress returns after Labor Day and announced a new campaign to #RootOutRacism in the White House. Richmond promised a “robust discussion” about…

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Three Blacks In November Races To Regain Chas. Council Seats

By Barney Blakeney The ballots are set for Charleston City Council elections November 7. Twelve candidates are confirmed running for the six council seats to be elected. They will compete for seats in the even numbered districts – districts two, four, six, eight, 10 and 12. All six incumbents in those districts are seeking re-election.…

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State Senator Marlon Kimpson Endorses Marvin Pendarvis in House District 113 Race

State Senator Marlon Kimpson (D-42) publicly offered his support for rising political star and current House District 113 Democratic Candidate Marvin Pendarvis. “Marvin has the background, training, and intellectual appreciation of the issues and would be an excellent choice to succeed Seth Whipper, as House District 113 Representative,” Kimpson noted. “He’s been working with me…

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President Trump “Jokes” about Police Brutality in Long Island Speech

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) During a speech at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island, N.Y., President Donald Trump seemed to openly endorse police brutality. Mother Jones reported that it, “Turns out the audience was comprised of officers in a police department that has been scrutinized for racial profiling, and whose former…

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NNPA Pushes For Report On Federal Ad Spending

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is set to begin work on a report detailing advertising spending by federal agencies—particularly as it pertains to Black and Latino media companies. “After several senators joined our request, including Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, GAO sent us an update in February saying that…

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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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