Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Resigns After Arrest on Theft & Bribery Charges

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Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Resigns After Arrest on Theft & Bribery Charges

Another black mayor bites the dust! Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon resigned Wednesday after he was arrested on public corruption charges. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alleges he took tens of thousands of dollars in bribes, including $20,000 cash delivered in a briefcase to his mayor’s office last month. He also solicited $1 million more. #OhMy

Cannon was arrested Wednesday morning at a South Park apartment used by undercover FBI agents after he arrived to pick up another payment. #Bold

According to allegations contained in the charging document and the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, during the course of a separate criminal investigation, the FBI received reliable information that Cannon was potentially involved in illegal activities associated with his position as an elected official, and began an undercover investigation in or about August 2010. The complaint and affidavit allege that during the course of that investigation, Cannon allegedly solicited and accepted money bribes and things of value from undercover FBI agents, posing as commercial real estate developers and investors wishing to do business in Charlotte. As alleged in the filed documents, Cannon solicited and accepted such bribes and things of value in exchange for the use of his official position as Charlotte Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem and/or as a City Council Member.

The complaint and law enforcement affidavit allege that Cannon accepted the bribes from the undercover FBI agents on five separate occasions. On the last occasion, on February 21, 2014, Cannon allegedly accepted $20,000 in cash in the Mayor’s office. According to the complaint and the affidavit, between January 2013 and February 2014, Cannon allegedly accepted from the undercover agents over $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room, and use of a luxury apartment in exchange for the use of his official position. Source: Justice.gov

Anne Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, said Cannon was charged with theft and bribery. He was released on $25,000 bond pending indictment.

The arrest comes after a six-year FBI sting. It seems like he was on their radar for quite some time. If convicted, Patrick Cannon, 47, faces up to 50 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.

 

Rep. Lois DeBerry, Longest Serving Tennessee Lawmaker, Loses Battle to Pancreatic Cancer

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Lois DeBerry, Longest Serving Member of Tennessee House, Loses Battle to Pancreatic Cancer (TN.Gov)

RIP: Tennessee Rep. Lois DeBerry, who was the longest serving member of the state House of Representatives, died Sunday after a nearly five-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 68.

Lois DeBerry, a Democrat, was first elected in 1972. She was the second black woman to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly. She was the first female speaker pro tempore in the House and was given the title of speaker emeritus by her colleagues. Her support on key legislation was sought by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

 

Rep. Hank Johnson: Clarence Thomas Worse Than NSA Leaker Edward Snowden

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Rep. Hank Johnson: Clarence Thomas Worse Than NSA Leaker Edward Snowden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) says Clarence Thomas’ action on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 worse than Edward Snowden leaking documents pertaining to the NSA surveillance program. Dang.

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said Wednesday that the fact that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas voted this week to gut the Voting Rights Act — the 1965 law aimed at protecting disenfranchised voters — ranks him somewhere below the likes of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified information about U.S. surveillance programs to the press. “Comparing it to Snowden, I’d say the offense is worse,” Johnson told The Huffington Post.

Johnson, who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Snowden was wrong to leak top-secret materials to the media but was also “mistaken” in thinking that NSA’s activities were illegal. By contrast, Thomas, who is black, is “legally aware of the consequences” to the black community of striking down a core piece of the Voting Rights Act, Johnson said, yet he did it anyway.

Members of the CBC are among those outraged by the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in the case. Several gave speeches on the House floor on Thursday to express their disapproval and to urge Congress to take action to restore the law. Civil rights hero and longtime congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) said Wednesday that the court “put a dagger in the heart of the Voting Rights Act.”

Johnson said caucus members have gotten used to Thomas casting conservative votes that may be harmful to the black community. “We don’t waste time sitting around talking about Clarence Thomas,” he said. “Everybody knows it’s a deep tragedy.” Source:  Huffington Post

Johnson has made some controversial statements in the past, but he has a point on Clarence Thomas’ hypocrisy. I don’t know if his actions are worse than Snowden’s but he’s aloof and cold towards the black community on the very issues that helped him to get ahead in life.

 Rep. Hank Johnson: Clarence Thomas Worse Than NSA Leaker Edward Snowden

IL GOP Official Jim Allen Resigns After Calling Congressional Candidate Erika Harold a “Streetwalker”

Illinois GOP county official Jim Allen has resigned after calling former Miss America and GOP congressional candidate Erika Howard, a “streetwalker” and a “love child” who would likely wind up with an affirmative action job.

Harvard law grad Erika Harold is challenging Rep. Rodney Davis in the GOP primary for the 13th congressional district.

“Today, I accepted the resignation of Jim Allen as Montgomery County chairman. These types of offensive and inappropriate remarks have no place in our Republican Party,” said Jack Dorgan, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, in a statement posted on the state GOP’s Facebook page.

Bishop E. W. Jackson Says Social Programs Hurt Black Family More Than Slavery

 Bishop E. W. Jackson Says Social Programs Hurt Black Family More Than Slavery

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Virginia’s Republican lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Bishop E. W. Jackson said social programs hurt the ‘black family’ more than slavery. Um, Bishop Jackson is the gift that keeps on giving to Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe. He continues to give a whole new meaning to the word crazy:

The Virginia GOP’s nominee for lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson, gave a speech Wednesday in which he claimed government social programs have done more harm to the “black family” than slavery. Jackson explained that “programs that began in the sixties” hurt the African-American community because they encouraged people to feel women did not need men “in the home.”…

Jackson has previously made headlines for comments comparing Planned Parenthood to the KKK and his criticisms of gays. He made his remarks in Newport News, Va. at a celebration for Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery. Source:  Talking Points Memo

 Bishop E. W. Jackson Says Social Programs Hurt Black Family More Than Slavery

IL GOP Official Jim Allen Launches Racist Attack on Black GOP Candidate Erika Harold

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IL GOP Official Jim Allen Launches Racist Attack on Black GOP Candidate Erika Harold(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Illinois Republican county chairman Jim Allen called black congressional candidate Erika Harold the “love child” of the Democratic party; a “street walker” whose “pimps” are party leaders. He even suggested that after the election, Harold, who is a former Miss America and a Harvard Law School graduate, will be “working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. By the way, Erika Harold is seeking the Republican nomination for the 13th congressional district. Some Republicans are so racist, they just can’t help themselves. Absolutely unbelievable.

 IL GOP Official Jim Allen Launches Racist Attack on Black GOP Candidate Erika Harold

Obama’s Approval Rating Plunges Fueled by 17-Point Decline Among Voters Under 30

A new CNN/ORC poll finds President Obama’s approval rating plunging eight percentage points over the past month, to 45%, his lowest rating in more than a year and a half. Why? Trust issues, controversies, among other things.

U.S. government surveillance program; the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of tea party and other conservative groups who applied for tax-exempt status; the administration’s handling of last September’s attack in Benghazi that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead; and the Justice Department’s secret collection of journalists’ phone records as part of a government investigation into classified leaks.

Keating Holland: “The drop in Obama’s support is fueled by a dramatic 17-point decline over the past month among people under 30, who, along with black Americans, had been the most loyal part of the Obama coalition.”

President Obama is starting to look a lot like George W. Bush, isn’t he?

GOP Freak-Out Coming as Susan Rice Named National Security Adviser

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GOP Freak-Out Coming as Susan Rice Named National Security Adviser. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first breaking news story of the day was Susan Rice being named as the next National Security Adviser, replacing Tom Donilon who has resigned. This is a defiant move by President Obama aimed squarely at the Republicans who had a freak-out over Susan Rice’s prepared remarks about the Benghazi terror attack that left four Americans dead. These Republican senators had a feeding frenzy over nothing. So, President Obama has fired two warning shots to the Republicans — first with his three nominations to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and now with Susan Rice. Um, in other words, he’s standing by her and rewarded her with a great job for which she is well qualified.

The New York Times reports, “In a major shakeup of President Obama’s foreign-policy inner circle, Tom Donilon, the national security adviser, is resigning and will be replaced by Susan Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations.”

The appointment will put Susan Rice, who is “an outspoken diplomat and a close political ally, at the heart of the administration’s foreign-policy apparatus. It is also a defiant gesture to Republicans who harshly criticized Ms. Rice for presenting an erroneous account of the deadly attacks on the American mission in Benghazi, Libya. The post of national security adviser, while powerful, does not require Senate confirmation.”

 GOP Freak Out Coming as Susan Rice Named National Security Adviser

Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele Mulling Maryland Gubernatorial Bid

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Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele Mulling Maryland Gubernatorial Bid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is mulling a run for governor of his home state of Maryland. He told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Monday, “We’re looking at it. You’re going take a look at the numbers. Maryland’s a tough state, there are a lot of challenges there.” He wasn’t an effective RNC chairman for a number of reasons, but crazier things have happened, even in a blue state.

 

 

 Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele Mulling Maryland Gubernatorial Bid

Black Professionals Struggle as Racial Diversity Ebbs in Many Elite Careers

An analysis finds racial diversity in elite careers such as lawyers and Fortune 500 CEO, have ebbed as a result of the recession that rocked the U.S. There is less of a push for diversity among the upper echelons of many companies than before.  Affirmative Action will be on the chopping block with the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the matter sometime this week on whether the “University of Texas can continue to consider race as one of many factors in its admissions policy.”  The New York Times reports, that “even as racial barriers continue to fall, progress for African-Americans over all has remained slow — and in some cases appears to be stalling.”

Only a little more than 1 percent of the nation’s Fortune 500 companies have black chief executives, although there are some prominent exceptions, like Kenneth I. Chenault of American Express and Ursula M. Burns of Xerox. At the nation’s biggest companies, about 3.2 percent of senior executive positions are held by African-Americans, according to an estimate by the Executive Leadership Council, an organization of current and former black senior executives.

While about 12 percent of the nation’s working-age population is black, about 5 percent of physicians and dentists in the United States are black — a share that has not grown since 1990, according to an analysis of census data that was prepared for The New York Times by sociologists at Queens College of the City University of New York. The analysis found that 3 percent of American architects are black, another field where the share has not increased in more than two decades.