Sunday, July 27, 2014

Strategic Voting Can Be Smart A Vote: How Blacks Changed the GOP Game

Black is the New Black: How Blacks Changed the GOP Game | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

Mississippi Black Democrats showed that a strategic approach to voting can be a winning approach.  After a limited number of Black Democrats voted in the recent primary election for US Senate, a huge 'get-out-the-vote' effort in the runoff election proved to be strategic genius!  It could be a victory that keeps the US Senate a "friendly" chamber for President Obama.

In a state where Democrats are hard-pressed to win statewide races, a more, strategic voting strategy by Democrats during primaries and runoff elections could prove to be a backdoor to leveraged political clout in MS and other states with open primaries. It's also true that in MS, Democrat and Republican politicians, business leaders and community leaders often work collaboratively behind the scenes. If past work-product of bi-partisan efforts has been good for MS and her citizens, what would happen if this cooperation where transparent and supported by all parties concerned?  Could it be even better for MS?  I wonder......

When in doubt...Vote Smart - VOTE BLUE!

Obama Signs New Job-Training Law

After President Obama took multiple executive actions earlier this year to move the ball forward on several fronts for working class Americans - equal pay for women, anti discrimination of gays and lesbians in the workplace and a minimum wage increase for federal workers, Congress has "caught the fever".  By a rare, bi-partisan vote, Congress passed a job-training bill to help Americans recover from the recession and have a brighter future. Imagine what could be accomplished if more brave and responsible Republicans would support jobs-related legislation from this Administration? Wow!! Now, if only the House would bring up the President's jobs and infrastructure bill!

Vote Smart - VOTE BLUE!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Smoking Gun Emails Released in Texas Gerrymandering Trial

Smoking Gun Emails Released in Texas Gerrymandering Trial

Looks like these e-mails point out how once again the Republican's so-called "interest" in minority voters, in this case Hispanics, is simply one of how best to limit or mitigate Hispanic voting influence overall and actually work against them all the while suggesting they - the GOP - wants them (Hispanics) to feel welcome in the GOP - NOT.

The e-mails seem to make clear the GOP's primary interest was to isolate and group Hispanics with the lowest voter turnout histories into districts that give them the majority of voters. This way they could say we gave you your own districts; but also be able to laugh about the fact that the district voters would rarely vote en masse.  How cynical!

And just think, these are the types of actions that would have required US government pre-approval review under the section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that was gutted by the Supreme Court.

Voting rights are under heavy assault by many of the GOP lead State Houses around the country. We must vote in solidarity to change the make-up of State Houses AND the federal representatives as well.  There are 8 toss-up states for the Senate - 6 of the seats are currently held by Democrats. We must help fund their races and the get out the vote in those states to win them back and take the two that are held by Republicans. Check out WWW.REALCLEARPOLITICS.COM . No candidate in any toss-up state is more than 2 points behind the leader - so we can win these states folks!

Vote smart - VOTE BLUE!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Big Picture: This Month's Jobs Numbers | The White House

The Big Picture: This Month's Jobs Numbers | The White House

The US economy is complex. However, the news is good and improving all the time, albeit slower than we might want.  But nonetheless, it is clear things are moving in the right direction with little to no help from the Republicans in Congress.

Private sector jobs are up.  Domestic oil production is up. The auto industry is roaring forward. All bailout funds to banks have ben repaid plus interest.  Billions of stimulus dollars have gone to the states for their "shovel-ready" projects and other identified priorities. And the DOW, S & P and Nasdaq markets are all at record highs.  How is that not good news?

Things may not be ideal, but they're a heck of a lot more stable than 6 years ago!

Vote smart - VOTE BLUE!

Another Previously Published Article That's a Must Read for the 2014 Eelctions

Blacks could rock the vote in 2014 — if they vote - The Washington Post

Although the "comments" after the article are interesting too, especially from  T. Foxx; the substance of the article should help fuel Blacks, and others to turnout this Midterm election season. Voting is a serious matter and must be seen accordingly.  Don't let others decide your future.  Have a say in your destiny and future.

Vote smart - VOTE BLUE!

Black and HIspanic Voters Matters In Mid-Term Elections Even if They're Not In Every Critical State

Even if Blacks and Hispanics represent a small percentage of eligible voters in some of the key battleground states in this Midterm election cycle, we must continue to register and turnout to vote. 

Whether it's a local, statewide or national election, the minority vote and voice is critical to help shape the debate and influence outcomes. In Midterm elections where the turnout is usually lower, a strong turnout by voters of color can tilt the outcomes easily.  We must become more strategic and consistent with our voting practices.

Don't let the pundits' views on voter "numbers" and "percentages" and what they mean unduly convince us there is no hope. Voting is the chief lever for leveling the playing field and having our voices heard!

Vote smart - VOTE BLUE!

Influence Of Black, Hispanic Voters Smaller In Mid-Term Elections | Black Politics on the Web