“This campaign of disinformation is extremely disconcerting because black voter turnout declined in 2016 – for the first time in 20 years…” — CBC Statement on Russian interference in the 2016 election
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Congressional Black Caucus Issues Release on Russian Interference

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “During the 2016 presidential election cycle, hundreds of thousands of minority voters were disenfranchised before they even had a chance to walk into the voting booth. As today’s report produced for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence makes clear – this was a carefully orchestrated effort by Russian actors to exploit social media platforms in order to suppress turnout among black voters…” […read more]

“Wisconsin is the most extreme partisan gerrymander in the United States in the post-2010 cycle. It’s about as far out from what you would consider to be fair as you can imagine.” (Attorney Gerry Hebert, who’s the executive director of the Washington, D.C.- based Campaign Legal Center. Wisconsin Public Radio, May 24, 2016)(Photo: iStockPhoto / NNPA)
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Partisan Gerrymandering at its Worse

MILWAUKEE COURIER — “Based on the Democrats’ [Wisconsin] statewide success in Tuesday’s election, it’s safe to say that more voters came out to support Democratic candidates than their Republican counterparts. With that being the case, how did the Republicans increase their firm grip on the Legislature while losing five statewide contests?” […read more]

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (ebjohnson.house.gov)
Dallas Post Tribune

Vote, Vote, Vote!

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — In a matter days those who have not cast their ballots during the early voting period must go to the polls and select candidates that will decide the direction of our country for years to come. […read more]

Commentary

#StayWokeOklahoma #WeVoteWeWin: The Oklahoma Eagle Editorial Political Endorsements

OKLAHOMA EAGLE — After weighing the wildly different candidacies of republican Kevin Stitt and Democrat Drew Edmondson it was clear the biggest and most significant difference was their view toward education. Oklahoma is at critical crossroads and most people see the state’s long and painful destruction of education as a cataclysmic crisis. Perhaps no other issue reveals the deep divide in how Oklahoma views government than education. It’s time for a change. […read more]

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial ServicesOfficial Photo
National

PRESS ROOM: Congresswoman Waters Statement on GOP Plan to Cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…It is a testament to their moral depravity and endless greed that the Republicans and Donald Trump would once again attempt to break the social safety net to pay for their GOP Tax Scam law. Through their actions and words, the Republicans and Trump have made it abundantly clear that they are willing to break the backs of working families and America’s seniors to serve and enrich powerful corporations and Wall Street banks.” […read more]

With 40% of Americans supporting the president’s rhetoric and policies, America remains extremely divided. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Are Blacks Warming Up to Trump?

WASHINGTON INFORMER — For the record, since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking unemployment statistics based on race in the 1970s, the rate of Black unemployment today, 5.8 percent (compared to the overall unemployment rate of 3.8 percent) is at its lowest percentage ever. However, economists emphasize that the downward trend first began under President Barack Obama, further noting that the numbers do not take into consideration those who have stopped looking for work, many of whom are Black. […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com.
Bill Fletcher Jr.

COMMENTARY: Time stopped for me on September 27th

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…the continuous suggestion that there must have been something wrong with Dr. Ford and others who have brought forward allegations against Judge Kavanaugh because they failed to raise their concerns earlier is specious. It is an allegation that can only be made by someone(s) who has not faced ridicule, harassment and self-doubt in response to their experiences with sexual harassment or assault.” […read more]

With 40% of Americans supporting the president’s rhetoric and policies, America remains extremely divided. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
Defender News Network

Trump’s approval rating drop could be a disaster for the GOP in 2018

DEFENDER NEWS SERVICE — We don’t know if this is the beginning of a trend or not. Three polls are just three polls, though Trump’s approval rating has declined to its lowest level since April, according to the FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics trackers. Still, the President’s approval rating did not shift in the Gallup’s weekly tracker. […read more]

Op-Ed

The GOP’s Enemies’ List

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   It’s getting more and more difficult to keep up with the lengthening list of people, groups, and nations the Republican Party’s presidency-seekers are designating as targets. Undocumented Latino immigrants – and their American-citizen children? Check. Gays and lesbians? Read More

Business

Social Security At 80: Yawn

(Forbes) – While Donald Trump dominated last week’s GOP debate, two of the GOP candidates tried to talk seriously about Social Security’s future. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie mentioned his 12-point entitlement reform plan and chided the other candidates for being vague about their own 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

Op-Ed

The GOP’s Lunatic Center

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist The Republican Party doesn’t have a lunatic fringe. It has a lunatic center: a core bloc of White voters and officeholders whose extreme conservatism leads them to indulge again and again in outlandish conspiracy theories and, more seriously, proposed Read More

Politics

Republican Budget Would Shred Safety Net

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Republican House budget will shred the social safety net designed to protect the most vulnerable citizens, severely cutting programs ranging from student loans to food stamps, according to a nonpartisan think thank. “The budget would Read More