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Rawlings-Blake Makes History as the First African-American Female President of U.S. Conference of Mayors

San Francisco, CA – The presidential gavel was officially handed to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today by outgoing U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, appointing her head of the nonpartisan organization during the 83rd Annual Meeting of the USCM Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. There have been five women mayor presidents of the organization – Elizabeth ...

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Supreme Court Rules Obamacare Subsidies Are Legal

The U.S. Supreme Court has handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal. "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. But they acknowledged that "petitioners' a ...

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Something Old, Something New Highlights Spring Elections

Local voters favored a blast from the past with this week’s elections bringing a former news anchor and former mayor to key positions in addition to showing a perference for job experience and a business background in the highly contested Mayoral and Sheriff’s race. Winning a seat on City Council is Joyce Morgan and young family entrepreneur Katrina Brown who battled political veteran Pat Lockett Felder for ...

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Rep. G.K. Butterfield Becomes New CBC Chair

by Joyce Jones Rep. G.K. Butterfield takes over the helm of the Congressional Black Caucus during what could be described as the worst of times for African-American lawmakers on Capitol Hill. When they take the oath of office on January 6, the Republican Party will be in control of both chambers of Congress and hold a super-majority in the House. It also will mark the final two years of President Obama's te ...

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Edward Brooke, 1st Black Elected U.S. Senator, Dies

BOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95. Brooke died of natural causes at his Coral Gables, Florida, home, said Ralph Neas, Brooke’s former chief counsel. Brooke was surrounded by his family. Brooke was elected to the Senate in 1966, becoming the first black to sit in that ...

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Former DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

Ben Nuckols, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP)— Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council. Instead, Barry will be remembered for a single night in a downtown Washingto ...

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Blacks, Whites, Liberals and Conservatives Politic in the Hood

"Urban Politick'n" was recently held at Duke's Place Blues, Bar and Lounge on Forsythe Street. The event was a collaboration of Fredrick Wilson, host of the popular radio show, "Let's Talk Politics w/Fredrick Wilson" and Community Organizer, Angie Nixon. The goal was to bring people of all walks of life together to discuss political issues that matter most to the community. The event was scheduled to last f ...

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