Disenfranchising Large Segments of Americans

  by Walter Brasch   Several hundred thousand American citizens won’t be voting in presidential primary elections—and it’s not their fault. In Pennsylvania, for example, a registered voter who needed an absentee ballot had to submit the request at least one full week before the election, and then return the ballot no less than four days before the election. But, what if circumstances changed? What if that person became injured or had to leave the state after April 19, but before the election, Tuesday? If it was April 20, you could not receive an absentee ballot. You could still vote in person, but if you couldn’t get to the polls, you would be disenfranchised. There’s nothing you could do. In … Continue reading

David Washington New Leadership for Chesapeake

Hello! I’m David Washington running for Chesapeake City Council this election year in May. Please allow me to tell you a little more about myself. First and foremost, I am a man of God, husband to my wife April and father to our daughter Angela. I’m a Navy Veteran, former Obama Campaign Staffer and Campaign Manager to Chesapeake Councilwoman Dr. Ella Ward. I am President of the New Chesapeake Men for Progress. I am also serving the Chesapeake community as the Chairman of the Chesapeake Human Services Advisory Board. I’m a Prince Hall Mason, Summa Cum Laude graduate of Norfolk State University with a degree in Political Science and member and Ministry Leader at the Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church … Continue reading

President Obama’s Moving Selma Speech

The “march is not over yet,” President Obama said in Selma today in one of the most moving speeches he has ever given. We have seen way too much evidence of late to believe that racism has been defeated. We need only look to Ferguson to see that evidence. Via the New York Times: Fifty years after peaceful protesters trying to cross a bridge were beaten by police officers with billy clubs, shocking the nation and leading to passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, the nation’s first African-American president led a bipartisan, multiracial testimonial to the pioneers whose courage helped pave the way for his own election to the highest office of the land. The NYT also … Continue reading

Looking Towards 2016

It feels like election 2016 is so far away, yet if you are a potential candidate for the presidential primaries, you’ve got to be working your game now. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has been doing just that recently. Yesterday she “issued biting criticism of Republican-backed voter ID laws during a speech to a group of lawyers.” Clinton said her appearance at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association marked the beginning of a speaking series she’ll embark upon that will also include an address on the United States’ national security policies next month in Philadelphia. Clinton said the September address would focus of issues of “transparency and balance.” The former top diplomat had not yet publicaly addressed … Continue reading

Where is the Justice for the Black Boy in America?

The verdict in the George Zimmerman trail has added to the question which has been going back and forth in our legal system since the days of Reconstruction. The question: What is the value of the Black boy in America? George Zimmerman being found not guilty I believe, has sent a clear message to America. That message is, killing an unarmed Black boy in the name of “self-defense” is justified and protected under the law. Zimmerman did not run after killing Trayvon. He didn’t cry out into the night saying “Oh my God I just shot somebody’s kid!” No Zimmerman, according to sworn testimony of those who talked to him right after the shooting, was calm and content. Zimmerman in his … Continue reading

Don’t Believe The Hype! GOP Trying to Change Their Image on the Fly

I find it amazing that not four weeks ago the Republican Party was trying their best to convince the American people that Mitt Romney was the next great president of the United States.  The Republicans even compared Romney to their patron saint, President Ronald Reagan.  Republican pundits and political leaders gave great speeches about how Romney’s business experience would lead us out of debt and create jobs, jobs, and more jobs for everyone!  The Republicans explained away the debacle of Romney’s comment about the 47% by insisting he was misunderstood, and those comments were being taken out of context by a liberal media.  Ironically, days after the election was over Mitt Romney decided to put his foot in his mouth … Continue reading

The Wrong Dog and Pony Show

The soundtrack emphasizes the sizzle sound. And they even cop to it. “And what gets your juices flowing.” Ivan Pavlov must be chuckling. Now, they ring the bell, and WE drool.
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