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Black activists hosting candidates school in St. Pete

Black activists hosting candidates school in St. Pete

BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF ST. PETERSBURG – On April 8 and 9, the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations will conduct an electoral campaign school for Black activists “who want to open up a new front for the struggle for self-determination in the U.S.,” according to an organizational press release. […]

Judge backs Scott

Judge backs Scott

Prosecutor dumped from murder case BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA ORLANDO – Siding with Gov. Rick Scott, a circuit judge Tuesday signed off on the removal of Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala in the high-profile case of accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd, refusing to put the case on hold while the prosecutor […]

Commission starts work to review changes to state’s Constitution

Commission starts work to review changes to state’s Constitution

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The once-every-20-years process of updating Florida’s basic law began Monday, as the Constitution Revision Commission held its opening meeting in Tallahassee. The 37-member panel, appointed almost entirely by Republicans for the first time in history, is expected to submit proposals for amending the state Constitution […]

Senate signs off on redistricting bill

Senate signs off on redistricting bill

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With little discussion, the Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that wades back into redistricting issues. The bill (SB 352) filed by Sen. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, would set guidelines for what happens when redistricting legal cases are unresolved in election years. For example, it would have the effect of ensuring […]

McGhee tapped as next House Democratic leader

McGhee tapped as next House Democratic leader

Florida House Democrats elected a future leader Monday night, tapping state Rep. Kionne McGhee to lead their caucus after the 2018 elections. McGhee, a 39-year-old attorney from Miami, edged out Rep. Bobby DuBose, D-Fort Lauderdale, in a 23-17 vote. McGhee, a former Miami-Dade County prosecutor who was first elected to the House in 2012, will lead the […]

New Dem chair reacts to Trump’s ‘rigged’ assertion

New Dem chair reacts to Trump’s ‘rigged’ assertion

BY LAURA KING TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump claimed on Feb. 26 that the race for Democratic National Committee chairman had been “rigged”—drawing a quick response from Tom Perez, who narrowly won the party’s leadership race. Trump insinuated that Perez’s election as chairman on the second ballot at a party conference in […]

Black senator reflects on ‘what’s possible’

Black senator reflects on ‘what’s possible’

What historic win meant for GOP leader from South BY JASON DICK CQ-ROLL CALL/TNS WASHINGTON – Sen. Tim Scott sees a lot of progress in his election and the election of the first African-American president more than eight years ago. Both show “what’s possible,” he said. Roll Call’s series of interviews with lawmakers and Capitol […]

MIXED LEGACY

MIXED LEGACY

Has Black America benefited from eight years of Barack Obama? It depends on who you ask. COMPILED FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS With President Barack Obama out of office after two terms, discussions are swirling about his legacy and the place he’ll eventually take among this most exclusive fraternity. Even as they celebrate Obama’s considerable […]

OBAMA’S SECOND TERM

OBAMA’S SECOND TERM

A vote of confidence Barack Obama’s racially and generationally diverse voting coalition came out in 2012 to award him another four years in the White House, despite the GOP’s strategic efforts to make voting more difficult. This was the front page of the Florida Courier’s 2012 special elections issue.

Proud to call him their president

Proud to call him their president

Blacks reflect on Obama’s presidency and character BY BARRINGTON M. SALMON AND BRITTANY BURTON There is concern among advocates and supporters about the durability of President Barack Obama’s legacy in light of eight years of intense and sustained opposition from Republicans and the promise by his successor to erase any semblance of the Obama presidency. […]