Former DC Mayor, Civil Rights Activist Marion Barry Dies At Age 78

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Former DC Mayor, Civil Rights Activist Marion Barry Dies At Age 78

Former Washington D.C. mayor and civil rights activist Marion Barry dies at age 78. Barry, who was dogged by allegations of drug and alcohol abuse during his longtime stint as mayor, was a council member of Washington’s 8th ward at the time of his death, the Washington Post reports. He was elected four times as Washington D.C. mayor.

The cause of Marion Barry’s death is unknown, but his spokeswoman LaToya Foster said he collapsed outside his home. He died shortly after midnight at the United Medical Center, after he was released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday.

Statement from Marion Barry’s office : “It is with deep regret that the family of former Four-time D.C. Mayor, and Ward 8 City Councilman, Marion S. Barry, Jr., announces that he has passed.” – @mattacklandfox5
You will recall in 1990 Barry was caught on a grainy video lighting a crack pipe in a downtown Washington D.C. hotel with a much younger woman. When FBI burst in the room Barry said “she set me up!”

NY Times Goes After Rev. Al Sharpton Sidestepping Financial Obligations

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NY Times Goes After Rev. Al Sharpton Sidestepping Financial Obligations (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The Rev. Al Sharpton is the subject of a scathing New York Times article about his National Action Network owing millions in taxes while he travels first class and lives the high life. It’s interesting since Sharpton shmoozes with the big dogs — President Obama, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Obscured in his ascent, however, has been his troubling financial past, which continues to shadow his present.

Mr. Sharpton has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills. Records reviewed by The New York Times show more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses. And though he said in recent interviews that he was paying both down, his balance with the state, at least, has actually grown in recent years. His National Action Network appears to have been sustained for years by not paying federal payroll taxes on its employees.

With the tax liability outstanding, Mr. Sharpton traveled first class and collected a sizable salary, the kind of practice by nonprofit groups that the United States Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration recently characterized as “abusive,” or “potentially criminal” if the failure to turn over or collect taxes is willful.

Mr. Sharpton and the National Action Network have repeatedly failed to pay travel agencies, hotels and landlords. He has leaned on the generosity of friends and sometimes even the organization, intermingling its finances with his own to cover his daughters’ private school tuition.

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National Action Network’s revenue has increased sharply, to more than $4 million in both 2011 and 2012, the year of the group’s most recent tax filing.

Much of that revenue appears to be from large corporate sponsors. A person who handled solicitations at a company that has supported the group said National Action Network often requested $50,000 or $100,000 to sponsor events.

Mr. Sharpton said his birthday party grossed about $1 million, enough that he expected to be able to clear up the organization’s tax debts, removing a cloud that has long hung over the group and himself.

“I think it shows we were able to continue to fund-raise, despite it being challenging,” he said. “We were able to turn it around.”

Source: NY Times

I am no big fan of Rev. Al Sharpton, but we live in a forgiving country, so why should we expect any less for him? I guess the bigger issue for me is the oversight of donations going to NAN and whether they are being used for worthy causes and not to finance the lifestyles of the employees.

Report: President Obama Expected to Nominate Loretta Lynch for AG

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President Obama Expected to Nominate Loretta Lynch for AG

President Obama is expected to nominate Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, as the next Attorney General, to replace Eric Holder, CNN reports.

Lynch is a popular prosecutor who is in her second stint as US Attorney in New York’s eastern district, appointed by President Obama in 2010 and also serving in the same post from 1999-2001 under President Bill Clinton.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Got 10 Percent of Black Vote

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GA Gov. Nathan Deal Got 10 Percent of Black Vote

Gov. Nathan Deal’s courting of black voters paid off. He got 10 percent of the black vote, while Senator-elect David Perdue got seven percent. As for Hispanics, Deal got 47 percent, while Perdue got 42 percent.

Gov. Nathan Deal, who pushed criminal justice reform when courting black voters, took 10 percent of the African-American vote, according to exit polls. Senator-elect David Perdue took 7 percent.

“Those are huge numbers,” Smith declared in a phone interview. And they are when compared to Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ 4 percent in 2008, the most recent year we had exit polling in Georgia.

Among Latinos, Republicans fared far better: Deal took 47 percent and Perdue got 42 percent. Compare that with27 percent for Mitt Romney across the nation in 2012. (There weren’t enough Latino voters in Georgia in 2008 for a reliable exit poll; same goes with Asians this year.)

Smith has worked for more than a year to find black Republicans as validators in the community and the media that it was OK to vote GOP. The party’s black Republican council worked behind the scenes to keep the party from “walking into potholes” and convinced Republican leaders to support a Martin Luther King Jr. statue at the Capitol. Source: Political Insider

Tim Scott is 1st Black Senator Elected in the South Since Reconstruction

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Tim Scott is 1st Black to Win Statewide in South Carolina Since Reconstruction

NBC News reports Republican Tim Scott wins U.S. Senate race in South Carolina. He becomes the first black to win statewide since Reconstruction.

Scott’s win also made him the first African-American in U.S. history to be elected to both the House and the Senate.Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted congratulations to Scott on Tuesday night, noting his “historic win.” Source: CNN

US Supreme Court Votes to Uphold Texas Voter ID Law

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US Supreme Court Votes to Uphold Texas Voter ID Law (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Supreme Court says the controversial Texas voter ID law can be used for the November election. Early voting begins on Monday.

SCOTUS rejected an emergency appeal from the Department of Justice and civil rights groups to bar the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to vote.

The law was struck down by a federal judge last week but was upheld by a federal appeals court. The federal Judge Nelva Gonzales called the voter ID law an “unconstitutional poll tax.”

Judge Gonzales found that roughly 600,000 voters, mostly black or Latino, could be turned away from the polls due to a lack of acceptable photo identification.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill said the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Texas voter ID law “is an affront to our democracy.”

Ex-Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Sentenced to 44 Months on Corruption Charges

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Ex-Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Sentenced to 44 Months on Corruption Charges (Photo credit: Video Screengrab)

#BREAKING:  Former Charlotte, NC, mayor Patrick Cannon (was sentenced to 44 months in prison for corruption charges. He was fined $10,000 and will have two years supervised release after he serves his prison sentence. The Judge Frank Whitney also asked, “Is it worth destroying your reputation and betraying your family and friends?”

Patrick Cannon apologized for his actions before he was sentenced. Another stunning fall from grace for a promising black politician.

Judge Whitney rejected the 37-month-sentence recommended by federal prosecutors because of Cannon’s cooperation and accepting the guilty plea quickly for taking more than $50,000 in bribes. The judge said Cannon’s wife, Trenna, his children and Charlotte bore the brunt of his misconduct.

 

Is Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Trying to Pull a Thad Cochran with Black Voters?

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Is Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Trying to Pull a Thad Cochran with Black Voters? (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is reaching out to the black community, just in time for his election next month. He spoke at a Bishop T. D. Jakes event at Phillips Arena. Um, is Deal trying to pull a Thad Cochran with black voters? I can’t recall seeing him schmoozing the black voters during his first election.

Of course, the Democratic politicians have also taken the black vote for granted. They just assume blacks will trot out and vote for them, while doing nothing to improve the communities they serve.

Here’s the tweet sent by his office about his appearance at T. D. Jakes “Woman Thou Art Loose” event:

This comes a little over a week after his event with Ludacris at Utopian Academy for the Arts:

President Obama: AG Eric Holder’s Resignation Bitter-Sweet

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President Obama: AG Eric Holder’s Resignation Bitter-Sweet (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

President Obama said Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation is bitter-sweet. He said he is the longest serving attorney general in U.S. history and the first black Attorney General.

President Obama said Eric Holder will stay on until someone is nominated to replace him. During a press conference, President Obama praised him for going after terrorists and going after the mafia. He also praised him for reaching some of the largest settlements against banks for the subprime mortgage meltdown.

The overall crime rate and overall incarceration rates have declined by 10 percent under Eric Holder, Obama said.

Holder said he and President Obama have a shared vision of ensuring keeping the Voting Rights Act in place so that Americans aren’t denied the right to vote.

Eric Holder leaves behind an interesting legacy — civil rights, voting rights, LGBT rights, signing the surveillance warrants to shape how the NSA operates, going after big banks in subprime mortgage meltdown, going after leakers, among other things.

The speeches of both President Obama and Eric Holder were heartfelt and very emotional.

Michael Moore: History Will Only Remember Obama as a Black President

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Michael Moore: History Will Only Remember Obama as a Black President (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)


Filmmaker Michael Moore slammed President Obama, saying “when the history is written of this era, this is how you’ll be remembered: he was the first black president, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Moore made the comments about Obama’s legacy while speaking at the Toronto Film Festival. He said being remembered as the black president isn’t bad, he’s sure Obama wishes he would be remembered for accomplishing a few other things.

Moore said he’s not confident President Obama will achieve any milestones during the rest of his term in office.

Michael Moore, who was a staunch Obama supporter during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, has become disillusioned with the president over NSA spying scandal, drone strikes and campaign financing.

This comes as Bill Maher said he may support Rand Paul in the 2016 presidential election over Hillary Clinton.