Trump calls for racial unity, embraces ‘stop and frisk’

CLEVELAND (AP) — Lamenting a “lack of spirit” between whites and blacks, Donald Trump encouraged racial unity on Thursday even as he called for one of the nation’s largest cities to adopt “stop and frisk” policing tactics that have been widely condemned as racial profiling by minority leaders. The Republican presidential contender, eager to improve […]

President Obama Makes Urgent Call for Black Voter Turnout

OPINION (NNPA) – Last Saturday, we were pleased to witness, firsthand, President Barack Obama’s keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 2016 Phoenix Awards Dinner; it was his final speech, as Commander-In-Chief, at the celebration that included Black members of Congress, celebrities, civil rights leaders, journalists and corporate partners. Thousands of guests in their […]

Stalemate on debates shadows California US Senate contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candidate debates are usually routine events on the political calendar. But not in California’s U.S. Senate contest. The two Democrats seeking the seat — state Attorney General Kamala Harris and U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez — have been unable to agree how many there should be, or when and where to hold […]

Scarce targets curb Dem hopes for House gains, despite Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a taste of ads to come, House Democrats have run national TV spots in which actors recount Donald Trump’s derogatory remarks about immigrants, women and veterans and one asks, “How can Republican members of Congress support that?” The commercials, by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, underscore the party’s hopes for an […]

California congressman’s father sentenced to year in prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The father of a California congressman was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in federal prison after prosecutors said he illegally funneled nearly $270,000 in contributions to his son’s campaigns. A federal judge also fined Babulal Bera $100,000 for violating federal election laws, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office […]

WHY IT MATTERS: Voting rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Who should be able to vote and how easy should it be? It’s a question that goes to the core of democracy. Voting rights are in flux in the final months of Barack Obama’s two terms as the first black president. Citing a need to combat fraud, Republican-controlled legislatures are […]

Beyond ‘Obamacare’: State initiatives refocus health debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving beyond “Obamacare,” political activists are looking to state ballot questions to refocus the nation’s long-running debate over government’s role in health care. This fall, California voters will decide whether to lower some prescription drug prices, while Coloradans will vote on a state version of a “single-payer” government-run health system, similar to […]

Elections 2016: Can the Power of the Black Vote Make Black Lives Matter?

Activists Debate Boycotting Clinton, Police Violence and the Possibility of a Trump Presidency (CBM) – Democrats attending their party’s convention last week in Philadelphia were moved to tears, rounds of applause and a standing ovation when nine mothers of Black men slain by police brutality and racially motivated attacks took the stage. “The majority of police […]

Ex-KKK leader David Duke signs up to run for US Senate seat

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, an avowed white supremacist, officially signed up Friday to run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana, saying “the climate of this country has moved in my direction.” “I believe my time has come,” Duke said after submitting his paperwork for the ballot. He added: […]

Clinton’s LA Town Hall Ends In Sparks

LOS ANGELES (CBM) – Bostonian Whitney White flew coast to coast to ask Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton a question that is on the lips of many of African Americans. At the close of a Clinton campaign town hall meeting in Hollywood last Tuesday evening, the popular Internet personality asked Clinton how she plans to […]