Blacks continue fight to secure voting rights

When lawmakers ratified the 15th Amendment in 1870, protecting voting rights for Blacks, opponents of the law lashed out, violently at times,

Voter ID law already impacting Texas election

With Tuesday’s constitutional amendment election behind us, we have had our first experience with Texas’ new restrictive voter ID law.

Fading Texas from red to blue

Sen. Royce West invited community leaders and members to a hearty breakfast at the RUSHtaurant of IBOC to inform them of the “State of the Democratic Party” and to spark a discussion on how to turn the state of Texas ...

Every election matters – including this one

This year, Texas is calling on its citizens to vote on changes to our state constitution, and Election Day is Nov. 5. The early voting period for this election will run from Oct. 21 through today. During the early voting ...

Texas Constitutional Amendment Election

Early voting for the Nov. 5, Constitutional Amendment election began Oct. 21 and runs through Nov. 1. Those voting during Early Voting can cast a ballot at a time and location more convenient to their schedule than waiting for Election ...

U.S. government reopens, avoids default

President Barack Obama signed a bill into law early in the morning on Oct. 16 that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted an impending financial crisis by raising the debt ceiling.

Government shutdown harder on Black workers

Although the shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday is affecting all Americans, a disproportionate portion of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers are African Americans, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Congress cuts SNAP funding to America’s vulnerable

Texas households with children suffered extraordinarily high rates of food hardship during the recession, according to a new national report released Sept. 19. In five years of telephone surveys conducted through 2012, over 1 in 4 – 27.4 percent – ...

Dallas County receives Justice Department grant

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced on Sept. 5 that the U.S. Department of Justice will award a federal grant of $300,000 to Dallas County for the fiscal year 2013 Court Training and Improvements Program.

Capitol report: Unique laws taking effect

This is the first in a series of this Capitol Report, where I will highlight some of the unique laws passed by the 83rd Legislature, most of which took effect Sept. 1.

Black vote divided in NYC mayor’s race

Four years after overwhelming support from Black voters nearly carried Bill Thompson to an improbable upset of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the lone African American candidate for mayor is facing a stiff challenge for their support this time around.

Dallas City Council discuss budget issues

Budget issues for the city of Dallas, the Trinity River Corridor Project, plastic bag litter in the area, and financing janitorial services and event set-up services were the topics discussed at the Dallas City Council briefing meeting held Aug. 21 ...

‘Stop-and-frisk’ policy declared unconstitutional

The stop-and-frisk policy practiced by the New York City police department was little more than “indirect racial profiling,” according to a federal judge who ruled that police routinely violated the Fourth and 14th Amendment rights of Blacks and Latinos.

Private struggle of Jesse Jackson Jr. revealed

When the story broke that former Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr., D-Ill., had used political donations as his own piggy bank, many people were surprised. Even though prosecutors said Jackson spent thousands between August 2005 and April 2012 at restaurants, ...

Department of Justice gets smart on crime

In a stunning turn in criminal justice policy, Attorney General Eric Holder announced steps the Justice Department will take to address overpopulation in federal prisons by changing mandatory minimum-sentencing guidelines and pushing non-violent drug offenders into rehab programs instead of ...