Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Political Beat

In February, this year after participating in a march called by a group of ministers to encourage the city of Virginia Beach to fund a disparity study, I received an email to attend a Meet & Greet of a candidate seeking to become Virginia’s next governor. The candidate was Tom Perriello. Politically speaking, I tend […]

This week I announced my support for Tom Perriello. This was not a decision I came to lightly or without thorough consideration. November 8, 2016 was a wake-up call for our country. The seriousness of our situation cannot be understated. Our economy, our environment, our children’s education, our belief in equality and leveling the playing […]

Governor: Ralph Northam Both Democratic candidates for Virginia’s Governor have won support from members of the African American community in South Hampton Roads. However only one has won a hard fought statewide race which included a victory in Hampton Roads and is now running for Governor. That is Dr. Ralph Northam. Northam is opposed by […]

Polls will open at 6 a.m. for the June 13 Primary to allow Democrats and Republicans to choose the candidates they want  to stand for election in the state’s top three offices, the House of Delegates and various Constitutional offices come General Election Day November 7. You can vote in person using an absentee ballot […]

The Republican base continues to shrink, according to a new analysis of the 2016 election. The analysis found non-college-educated whites declined as a share of the electorate even in the key Midwestern states that tipped the election to Trump. Specifically, the data analysis on 2016 voting, conducted for The Atlantic by Robert Griffin and Ruy […]

Almost two months after Portsmouth Councilman Mark Whitaker was indicted on 20 felony charges of identity fraud, forgery and using forged checks,  he still  has strong support among many of the city’s residents. His support is strongest among African Americans and some Whites who do not believe that the long time public servant could have been […]

With time winding down before the Democratic statewide primary on June 13, the three candidates seeking the Democratic party’s nomination to run for lieutenant governor participated locally in one of the last debates. Justin Fairfax, Susan Platt and Gene Rossi, all hailing from Northern Virginia, were on stage touting their credentials and their stands on […]

With two weeks remaining as of  May 25th before the  June 13 primary elections, Democratic and  Republican  candidates competing in state and local contests are making their final push to woe voters and inspire them to get to the polls on June 13. Both parties are fielding candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. Open […]

A new report has called into question whether President Trump would have actually won Wisconsin during the 2016 presidential election without the state’s strict voter ID law. The study published by the progressive advocacy group Priorities USA says the law suppressed the votes of more than 200,000 residents – the majority of whom were African-American […]

In a rare display of bipartisanship in Congress, the United States House of Representatives voted to establish a commission to examine 400 years of African-American history. House bill H.R. 1242 is designed “to develop and carry out activities throughout the United States to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English […]