Congressional Black Caucus to host “emergency” leadership summit

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The Congressional Black Caucus will convene a 2020 Black Leadership Summit in Washington to discuss a number of crucial issues that have grown more urgent over the years. The meeting, defined as “An Emergency Convening” will be held February 4 in the United States Capitol. The conference begins at 8a.m and ends at 2:30 p.m.[Read More…]

Senator Cory Booker suspends his presidential campaign

  What was once a diverse group of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the president became less so Monday when U.S. Senator Cory Booker suspended his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, citing difficulty raising enough money. “It’s with a full heart that I share this news — I’ve made the decision to suspend my campaign for president,”[Read More…]

Sen. Sherrod Brown makes a hire

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) has hired Trudy Perkins as communications director in his personal office. Perkins is the first black communications director in the U.S. Senate since D. J. Jordan left in August 2018. She is one of approximately 340 top Senate staffers who serve as chiefs of staff, legislative directors, communication directors or full committee staff directors.[Read More…]

Elijah Cummings’ widow has announced that she will run to succeed him

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, widow of  U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, has announced that she is running to succeed him, adding to an expected crowded field of candidates. The 48-year-old Rockeymoore Cummings announced her candidacy yesterday to serve out the remainder of her late husband’s term representing Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. Mr. Cummings was chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee,[Read More…]

Lone black Republican member of Congress decides not to seek re-election

Will Ballard Hurd, the only African American Republican serving in Congress, said Thursday that he would not seek re-election when his current term expires in 17 months. He was only one of four Republicans in the House who disagreed with President Trump when he told four congresswomen they should go back to where they from, although they were all U.S.[Read More…]

Sen. Scott denounces Trump’s racist comments

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott denounced President Trump’s comments telling four Democratic Congresswomen to go back to where they came from in a racially offensive set of tweets. Scott, a South Carolina Republican, said Trump’s comments were “unacceptable and racially offensive.” An African American, Scott is only one of a few Republicans to criticize Trump for his comments. Lindsey Graham, South[Read More…]

Of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president, Senators Booker, Harris, and Warren employ the most significant number of black staffers in their offices.

Of the large number of candidates who are seeking the Democratic nomination for president to take on President Donald Trump, Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren employ the most significant number of black staffers in their offices, according to a profile of seven but not all 25 of the candidates. African Americans comprise 30% of Booker’s staff; blacks[Read More…]

People of Color does not mean an increase in the number of blacks hired by Democrats in the Senate

  Usually when we hear “people of color,” we assume blacks are included in and are benefitting from the mix, but a new report shows that’s not the case. A study titled “Senate Democrats Survey Show More People of Color Hired, But Less Black Staff.” The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington D.C.-based think tank for black[Read More…]

Sen. Herman Talmadge was kind to Sen. Joe Biden, but Talmadge’s father, Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge, is believed to have had blacks murdered to win an election

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Sen. Herman Talmadge, the Georgia segregationist, treated Joe Biden, his U.S. Senate colleague, with great civility, calling him son not boy, Biden, the black favorite for the Democratic nomination for president,  recently said during a speech. Sen. Kamala Harris, who also is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, was angered by Biden’s comments and took[Read More…]

Harrison raises $1.5 million in the race for South Carolina’s U.S. Senate race against Lindsey Graham

Jamie Harrison, who has launched a campaign in South Carolina to unseat Trump loyalist and Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, raised $1.5 million in the second quarter, which ended Sunday. Campaign officials said most of the amount–$1.3 million-came in the 33 days since Harrison announced his bid, according to published reports. The average contribution was $26. The 43-year-old Harrison is[Read More…]