Tag: Congressional Black Caucus

A.G. GancarskiDecember 22, 2017

Rontel Batie, a former Corrine Brown staffer who is now running to take back her seat in Florida’s 5th Congressional District, issued the first salvo of the 2018 Democratic primary campaign against the incumbent Thursday evening. That incumbent — Rep. Al Lawson, a moderate Democrat from Tallahassee — does not align with the priorities of the Congressional Black […]

A.G. GancarskiDecember 6, 2017

Rep. John Conyers, increasingly embattled by serial sexual harassment claims, announced his immediate retirement from Congress Tuesday. Despite the various claims made against the Michigan Democrat, many leading members of the Congressional Black Caucus thought, per POLITICO, that a double standard was in play, with Conyers being held to a higher standard than white politicians (Blake Farenthold, Al […]

A.G. GancarskiNovember 7, 2017

It was only a matter of time before U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, a Tallahassee Democrat, drew a primary challenge in Florida’s 5th Congressional District. However, that challenge isn’t coming from former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, at least not yet. Rather, the first primary opponent for Lawson is Rontel Batie, a 29 year-old former Tallahassee lobbyist and former Corrine Brown policy director who […]

Associated PressOctober 30, 2016

Hillary Clinton lashed out Saturday at the FBI’s handling of a new email review, leading a chorus of Democratic leaders who declared the bureau’s actions just days before the election “unprecedented” and “deeply troubling.” Emboldened Republican rival Donald Trump seized on the reignited email controversy, hoping to raise new doubts about Clinton’s trustworthiness. Rallying supporters […]

Michael MolineOctober 22, 2016

A “Souls to the Polls Train” pulled into Tallahassee Saturday, bearing a predominantly African-American collection of mayors to encourage Hillary Clinton campaign volunteers and mobilize minority voters for the Nov. 8 general election. Actually, it was a big blue motor coach that pulled up outside state party headquarters at noon, after participating in Florida A&M […]

Scott PowersOctober 20, 2016

Four members of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus joined Val Demings Thursday night, seeking to give her a boost in Florida’s 10th Congressional District race and to encourage more people to vote in Eatonville, Florida’s oldest historically black town. “We’re here for the chief,” U.S. Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat, said of Demings, a retired […]

Mitch PerryFebruary 12, 2016

While watching the first hour of Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate, I started thinking that Marco Rubio has gotten a bit of a bum rap. For months (maybe longer), political reporters have complained that Rubio has liberally inserted his standard stump speech into his answers to questions on the campaign trail. That meme hit Def Com […]


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