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In a Change from 2008, Clinton Talking Often about Race

Bill Barrow - GREENVILLE, South Carolina (AP) In her second bid for the presidency, Hillary Rodham Clinton is discussing “systemic racism” and making the issue a hallmark of her campaign, as she looks to connect with the black voters who supported rival Barack Obama in 2008. At multiple stops in South Carolina this week, the former secretary of state and current Democratic front-runner in the 2016 president ...

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Ferguson Hires Black Interim Police Chief

By Frederick H. Lowe Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of a violent rebellion following the shooting death of unarmed black teenager by one of the St. Louis suburb’s cops, has hired an interim police chief, its second in four months since Thomas Jackson, the city’s long-term chief resigned in March. Andre Anderson, who has been with the Glendale, Arizona, police department for 24 years, took a six-month leave o ...

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Reflections: Mayor Alvin Brown Speaks on the Past Four Years

Mayor Alvin Brown recently spoke exclusively with the Free Press’s Lynn Jones answering questions on the past four years and advancements made during his administration. Visit www.jacksonvillefreepress.com under Politics to read what Jacksonville’s first African-American Mayor had to say about his administration and the indellible mark he left on Jacksonville, Florida. “What has been your biggest accomplish ...

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Donald Trump: African American Youth Have Lost Their Spirit

On the same day that a New Hampshire poll put Donald Trump second in the race to be the Republican Party's nominee for president in 2016, the New York mogul said that African-American youths had "no spirit" and blamed Barack Obama for dividing the country. Mr Trump was talking at the annual dinner of the Maryland GOP on 23 June, which state officials said would draw in over $100,000 for the party in the Nor ...

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Mayor Curry Announces Key Appointments

Mayor Lenny Curry has appointed Kerri Stewart as his Chief-of-Staff; former City Councilman Dr. Johnny Gaffney as the Mayor’s Liaison to Boards and Commissions; former City Councilwoman E. Denise Lee as Director of Blight Initiatives; and Latanya Peterson as a member of the intergovernmental affairs staff. “As I continue to fill critical staff positions the appointments included in today’s announcement repr ...

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Restore Voting Rights Act

By Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Legislation that would retool and restore the Voting Rights Act was introduced in Congress on June 24. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the “Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015” in the Senate. Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) of the Congressional Black Caucus; Cong ...

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Black GOP Leaders Attempt to Engage Black Voters

By James Wright Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Black voters have been safely in the Democratic column for nearly eight decades but that is not going to stop Republicans from trying to win their votes in 2016. The Republicans control the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives as well as 31 out of the 50 state governorships. However, they want control of the White House in 201 ...

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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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