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Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, widow of Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings, will seek his seat in Congress | The Baltimore Sun

Maryland Democratic Party Chairwoman Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, is running for her husband’s seat, arguing Monday she is the best option to carry out his legacy and continue his vision. “I am, of course, devastated at the loss of my spouse, but his spirit is with me,” Rockeymoore Cummings, 48, said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun. “I’m going to run this race and I’m going to run it hard, as if he’s still right here by my side.” Cummings, who had cancer, died Oct. 17 after serving more than two decades in […]

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Mitch McConnell Faces Threat From Populist Challenger Charles Booker in Kentucky Senate Race | The Intercept

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL faces a new 2020 threat, as Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker announced the formation of an exploratory committee on Monday. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is already being challenged by Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, who ran and lost a winnable race for a Lexington-area House seat in 2018. In the Democratic primary, Booker, who backs progressive policies like a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and a living wage, plans to run as a contrast to McGrath, who is running more to the center or the center-right. In a 2018 run for Congress, her opponent, Rep. […]

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Deval Patrick, a native of Chicago’s South Side and Massachusetts’ first black governor, mulling Democratic White House run | Chicago Tribune

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is considering making a late run for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations. Patrick, a close friend and ally of former President Barack Obama, ruled out a presidential bid earlier this year but has since been talking with Democratic operatives and donors about launching a campaign. His deliberations come as some Democrats express uncertainty about the party’s current crop of contenders. Patrick, a native of Chicago’s South Side, also served as the chief of U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division. Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel also picked Patrick to […]

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First black congresswoman revered on Capitol Hill 50 years after her election | CBS News

WASHINGTON — It has been 50 years since Shirley Chisholm stared down sexism and racism to become the first black congresswoman in history. Today, members of Congress say they carry her lessons with them. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, told CBS News that Chisholm encouraged those around her to be “tree-shakers” and “changemakers.” Jackson Lee said that mentality was evident in Chisholm’s first marquee squabble in 1969 as the urban congresswoman took on party leadership when she was appointed to the Forestry and Rural Villages committee. With hard work and by recognizing the poverty in her district, Chisholm used the […]

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Stacey Abrams Says She Is Willing To Serve As Running Mate For Democratic Presidential Nominee | Black Enterprise

Although former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams emphatically stated that she would not run for president in 2020, she told a crowd gathered at The University of Iowa yesterday that she was open to joining the race as the eventual Democratic nominee’s running mate. As reported by The Iowa Press-Citizen, Abrams told the audience of 700: “You do not run in a primary for second place. However, I’m not in the primary. You can run as second in a general election, and I’m happy to do so with the nominee.” Earlier this year, Abrams has dismissed rumors about being approached […]

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Why the Democrats Will Debate at Atlanta’s Tyler Perry Studios This Month | New York Magazine, Intelligencer

arly speculation about the location of the November 20 Democratic presidential candidate debate had focused on some site in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, the newly competitive area where the Democrats picked up one U.S. House seat in 2018 and nearly nabbed another. There is, in fact, a spanking new 1,070-seat event venue called City Springs Theatre smack dab in the center of those suburbs (in Sandy Springs, which used to be nicknamed “the Golden Ghetto” and fought annexation by Atlanta for many years) that looked perfect for a debate. But instead the Washington Post and MSNBC have decided to […]

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Kweisi Mfume to seek congressional seat vacated by death of Elijah Cummings | The Washington Post

Former NAACP chief and congressman Kweisi Mfume said Monday that he will run for the U.S. House seat most recently held by his friend Elijah E. Cummings, who died last month. Considered an elder statesman in Baltimore politics, Mfume, 71, occupied Maryland’s 7th District seat from 1987 to 1996, when he stepped aside to lead the NAACP. Cummings (D) then ran for the seat and won. Mfume’s up-from-the-streets story is well known in the district, which includes parts of Baltimore City as well as Baltimore and Howard counties. Jenna Portnoy, The Washington Post Kweisi Fume last ran for office in […]

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‘Speak Volumes’: Two Black Women Appointed as Judges in California, Where It Rarely Happens | Atlanta Black Star

Two of California’s largest counties are welcoming Black women to their lists of superior court judges. Tricia Taylor and Terrie Roberts were appointed with nine other justices in the Golden State, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Oct. 25. Eight of the officials appointed are women, and all of them are Democrats filling vacancies left by retired justices, the governor’s office said. Lauren Floyd, Atlanta Black Star Full article @ Atlanta Black Star

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Weekend At Bernie’s: Sanders Tell Black Student to ‘Respect’ Police to Avoid Getting ‘Shot in the Back of the Head’ | The Root

Bernie Sanders has all the answers. The almost Octogenarian presidential hopeful showed up and showed out during a question-and-answer session at a forum held at Benedict College on Saturday. owned by a black woman When a black male student asked Sanders how he should handle getting pulled over by a police officer, Sanders responded “respect what they are doing so that you don’t get shot in the back of the head.” He asked the progressive rabble rousing Vermont congressman, “If I’m your son, what advice would you give me next time I’m pulled over by a police officer?” Sanders advised […]

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