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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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Political Strategist Angela Rye Discusses the Power of Words and Issues Call to Action During Speech at Claflin

“Do you recall the saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?,” asked Angela Rye, principal and CEO of Impact Strategies, which develops tailor-made solutions for high profile clients on Tuesday at Claflin’s annual Freshman Assembly in the W.V. Middleton Auditorium. “But that’s a lie,” Rye said. “Some of…

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South Carolina Law Review elects first black woman editor in chief

For the first time in its 69-year history the South Carolina Law Review has elected an African American to serve as its editor in chief. Chelsea Evans, a second-year law student from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was elected by peers to lead the esteemed University of South Carolina School of Law publication. “I’m proud…

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Columbia Legislator Rep. Joe Neal Passes

By Barney Blakeney Columbia Rep. Joseph Neal died unexpectedly February 14. He was 66. Neal’s name may not have been a widely familiar one in the Charleston community, but his work as a minister and legislator in those respective communities was more than familiar. And the impact of his actions was even more widely felt.…

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Local Groups Picket Senator Offices Over Trump Nominations

By Barney Blakeney The North Charleston Branch NAACP this week led local participants in picketing the offices of U.S. Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham to show opposition to the nominations of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General and charter school advocate Betsey DeVos as Secretary of the Department of Education. The pickets…

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S.C. Legislative Shake-Up Produces Different Names, Same Games

Staff Reports – The game of musical chairs set in motion when former Gov. Nikki Haley became U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations created a trickle down effect that will shape South Carolina politics for the next decade. We asked several local state legislators how shifts in the hierarchy in state government will impact Black…

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Coming Off An Upsetting November Election Harrison Hopes To Uplift National Democratic Party

By Barney Blakeney Although South Carolina is among the nation’s most staunchly conservative Republican states, S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison thinks he’s best suited to head the national party as Democratic National Committee chairman. If successful Harrison, South Carolina’s first black state party chairman, at 40 would become the national party’s youngest chairman. But…

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Democrats Are Failing To Prepare For Trump’s Administration

By Barney Blakeney Since President-elect Donald Trump’s upset win Nov. 8, selections he’s made as he transitions into his administration alarms many. We asked some local legislators whether that alarm is evolving into strategies to counteract what many say will be a white supremacist administration. In a previous interview National Action Network Vice President for…

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Nexsen Pruet Expands Title IX Practice

Attorney Felicia Preston has joined Nexsen Pruet’s Charleston office where she will work as Special Counsel with the law firm’s Business Litigation group, focusing heavily on firm’s growing Title IX practice. Preston also has experience in representing businesses and professionals on contract matters, property disputes, construction litigation, surety & fidelity matters and business tort claims.…

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