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Ferguson Top of Mind but Congressional Black Caucus Talks Up Its New Website

Some reporters ask Congressional leaders to address tough issue of police/community relations by Burney Simpson Staff ReporterThe NorthStar News & AnalysisA press conference on Wednesday at the Congressional Black Caucus44th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, announcing a communications project instead raised issues that face the organization as the nation continues to react  to this summer’s ...

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Thurston Battles Republican War on Voting

State House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston has made protecting voting rights a centerpiece of his campaign for Attorney General. He says he would take a dramatically different approach than Rick Scott and Pam Bondi. “Since they were elected, the Republican leadership in Tallahassee has engaged in a war on voting,” said Thurston. “From restoration of rights to the 2012 election debacle to redistricting, th ...

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Congresswoman Corrine Brown Will Fight to Represent Her Congressional District

by David Simon With regard to Circuit Judge Terry Lewis’ ruling that Florida’s Congressional map must be withdrawn, Congresswoman Brown made the following statement:  “The decision by Judge Lewis is seriously flawed.  And it completely fails to take into consideration the rights of minority voters or to recognize federal law, specifically, the 1964 Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voting rights an ...

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Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul Introduce Groundbreaking Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY), will introduce the REDEEM Act, groundbreaking bipartisan legislation that makes it easier for formerly incarcerated individuals to reintegrate into society and provides greater rights to juvenile offenders. The amendment comes on the heels of an amendment offered several weeks ago by Senators Booker and Paul that would prohibit the Drug Enforcement Administr ...

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Sentenced to 10 Years

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, 58,  has been sentenced to 10 years in prison this week for bribery, money laundering and other corruption throughout his two terms as mayor which included the two years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. He was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or his support for various work projects. The bri ...

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State Senator Arthenia Joyner Call for Removal of Radio Ad Invoking Slavery

TAMPA – State Senator Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) on Thursday called for the sponsors of a political attack ad invoking images of slavery to immediately pull the inflammatory spot.   “My whole life has been about the fight for equality and human rights,” said Senator Joyner. “From a young child who witnessed first-hand the rides of the KKK through my Florida town to my arrests as a young woman for participati ...

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