Defender News Network

Election Day Reports Of Voter Suppression And Faulty Voting Machines Have Already Begun

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — As polls opened up on Tuesday morning, voting advocates were likely both excited and fearful for what the 2018 Midterm elections could bring. But from Customs and Border Protection agents being scheduled to conduct a crowd control exercise in Texas to reports of some polling places not having nearly enough voting machines, one near certainty was that some form of voter suppression would rear its ugly head as voting got underway for the long-awaited political contests. […read more]

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Black History

Black Women Voters Seek to Shake up Midterms

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The Trump presidency has repeatedly undermined the Affordable Care Act and other health programs that benefit the health of Black women. Black women will step up and vote for those who will work together with us to create health equity so that our families and communities can thrive…” — La’Tasha D. Mayes, founder and executive director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice […read more]

Donald Trump speaking to supporters at an immigration policy speech at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Only Imbeciles Ignore the Impact of Global Warming

WASHINGTON INFORMER — So, why won’t Donald Trump, ranking members of the Republican Party, and power brokers from around the globe use their abilities to evoke swift and sudden change and save the world’s fragile ecosystem? Why is America insistent on continuing the use of fossil fuels so that those who sell or buy them can remain financially solvent and economically satisfied — but to the detriment of today’s and tomorrow’s generations? […read more]

Op-Ed

How Low Will the GOP Go?

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Karl Marx famously wrote, “History repeats itself, first time as tragedy, second as farce.” So, his ghost must have eagerly joined the many living in this dimension who last week thoroughly enjoyed the two spectacles that underscore the Read More

Op-Ed

GOP’s Raging Intra-Party War

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   The August 6th Fox News-sponsored, two-tiered debate of the GOP presidential primary candidates has shown anew the Republican Party’s continuing to explore different ways a political party can self-destruct. Two developments of last week have underscored that the Read More

Politics

Ben Carson’s Godly Riches

(Politico) – Before Ben Carson was vying for votes from members of Christian organizations, he was charging them tens of thousands of dollars — in some cases even more than he charged groups with no religious ties — for speeches. Carson, now a GOP presidential Read More

Politics

National Poll Shows No Clear GOP Frontrunner

  (Politico) – The Republican field for 2016 is growing increasingly top-heavy, with no clear front-runner emerging in the latest nationwide Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Grabbing 10 percent apiece among Republican voters are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Read More

Politics

GOP Makes U-Turn on Net Neutrality

  (Politico) – Republicans in Congress are doing a 180 on net neutrality as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to issue new rules within weeks. For years, GOP lawmakers have adamantly opposed any rules requiring Internet service providers to treat all Web traffic equally, calling Read More

Politics

Can Jeb Bush Defy the Tea Party and Win?

(New York Times) – Can Jeb Bush win the Republican presidential nomination while defying the most ideologically committed wing of his party? Bill Clinton did this successfully in 1992, when he staked out conservative stands opposed by the liberal wing of his party — the so-called Sister Souljah strategy, Read More

Politics

Race and the Race

  (Politico) – Bobby Jindal is Indian-American, but you’ll never hear him describe himself that way. Marco Rubio insists he’s an “American of Hispanic descent.” And Ted Cruz “certainly” identifies as Hispanic, but he didn’t run for office as “the Hispanic guy.” These Republican lawmakers, along Read More

Politics

Dixie Rising

  (Politico) – The Deep South has elected Republicans to every top office in the region. Now it wants to be sure that clout extends to the choice of the GOP’s 2016 presidential nominee. Officials in five Southern states — Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Read More

Politics

Kentucky Black Leaders v. Rand Paul

  (Politico) – Over the past year-and-a-half, Sen. Rand Paul has spoken at historically black colleges, gathered with African American leaders in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting of Michael Brown, and criticized a justice system he says unfairly targets minorities. His message is unmistakable: I’m Read More