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    Black voters are being flooded with targeted disinformation and racialized messages attempting to suppress the vote in the final days of the election, researchers from D.C.’s Howard University said. The Brookings Institution Governance studies, in partnership with the historically Black university, reviewed how misinformation is disseminated and what campaigns and elected officials can do to support those communities. Dr. Keesha Middlemass, an associate professor of political science at Howard, said that oftentimes, the messaging preys on voters’ fears. “If you have a mail-in ballot, your information will be used to collect back child support that’s in arrears, or if you vote by mail, the government will use that information to get you on an old warrant,” said Middlemass of the type of robocalls, pamphlets or social media posts that target Black voters. She said robocalls in battleground states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania are known to adversely impact voter turnout....
    Sunday, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said he was praying for Black Americans who vote for President Donald Trump. After citing polling showing Trump has an increase in support from Black and Hispanic voters, Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier asked Clyburn if he had seen a shift in the black and Hispanic communities in their support of Trump. Clyburn asserted that he had not noticed a shift in support among the community. He added that he would “have to pray” for any black voter who casts a vote for Trump after he “referred to a black woman as a dog on national television” — a reference to the president calling his former staffer Omarosa a “dog.” “I can tell you what — and I mean this sincerely — I’m the father of three black women. I am the son of a Black woman. If any Black man can go...
    Loading the player... Joe Biden was spending the final days of the presidential campaign appealing to Black supporters to vote in-person during a pandemic that has disproportionally affected their communities, betting that a strong turnout will boost his chances in states that could decide the election. Biden was in Philadelphia on Sunday, the largest city in what is emerging as the most hotly contested battleground in the closing 48 hours of the campaign. He participated in a “souls to the polls” event that is part of a nationwide effort to organize Black churchgoers to vote. “Every single day we’re seeing race-based disparities in every aspect of this virus,” Biden said at the drive-in event, shouting to be heard over the blaring car horns. He declared that Trump’s handling of COVID-19 was “almost criminal” and that the pandemic was a “mass casualty event in the Black community.” Read More: Trump,...
    Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters said Friday that it was “shameful” that young black voters might consider casting a ballot for President Donald Trump. Waters joined SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” to discuss the state of the presidential election, and she had harsh words for any “black young men who think somehow they can align themselves with Trump.” (RELATED: Navy Veteran Joe Collins Targets ‘Mansion Maxine’ Waters In New Campaign Ad) LISTEN: Waters said that she didn’t understand how any black American could cast a vote for Trump, saying, “It just hurts me so bad to see blacks talking about supporting Trump. I don’t know why they would be doing it. I don’t know why it is on their minds.” She went on to stress the importance of voter turnout, adding that if Trump were to win a second term he would take the United States in the wrong...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden spent his Sunday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, making a final pitch to Black voters in the key state, Fox News reported. During a fiery speech, the Democrat took aim at President Donald Trump, slamming him for mishandling the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He described Trump’s handling of the crisis as “almost criminal,” noting that the pandemic has disproportionately affected the Black community. Biden said that he would, if elected, develop a plan for “full and fair distribution of therapeutic and vaccines” and also “a plan to address the disproportionate way this virus has been hitting and devastating the Black community across America.” The Democratic nominee cast Trump as a demagogue who seeks to divide Americans by the color of their skin. “In two days, we can put an end to a presidency that fanned the flames of hate, poured gasoline on every opportunity...
    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An expert says having a statewide election on a flag design is unusual, and Mississippi is having its second one in less than 20 years. A single design is on the ballot for a yes-or-no vote. It has a magnolia on a dark blue background with red bars on either end. The state flower is encircled by the phrase “In God We Trust” and stars representing Mississippi as the 20th state. The flag also has a single star made of diamond shapes representing the Native American people who lived on the land before others arrived. In June, Mississippi legislators surrendered the last state flag that included the Confederate battle emblem that's widely condemned as racist. The change came as protests against racial injustice were happening across the U.S., and Mississippi was under pressure from education, business, religious and sports groups...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden made a pitch to Black voters in Philadelphia on Sunday, arguing that they had been hit hard by the coronavirus and President Trump's purportedly divisive tone while in office. "In two days, we can put an end to a presidency that fanned the flames of hate, poured gasoline on every opportunity he had all across this nation," Biden said at the "souls to the polls" event. The former vice president described Trump's response to the virus, which has disproportionately impacted Black communities, as "almost criminal." He added that his response to the pandemic would include a plan for "full and fair distribution of therapeutics and vaccines" as well as "a plan to address the disproportionate way this virus has been hitting and devastating the Black community across America." JOE BIDEN BECOME 'AN UNDERDOG' IF HE DOESN'T WIN PA., SAYS NATE SILVER Biden described the election...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joe Biden is spending the final days of the presidential campaign appealing to Black supporters to vote in-person during a pandemic that has disproportionally affected their communities, betting that a strong turnout will boost his chances in states that could decide the election. Biden was in Philadelphia on Sunday, the largest city in what is emerging as the most hotly contested battleground in the closing 48 hours of the campaign. He planned to participate in a “souls to the polls” event that is part of a nationwide effort to organize Black churchgoers to vote. Tune in as I join members of Philadelphias faith community for a Souls to the Polls event. https://t.co/9i6yGiETvt — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 1, 2020 His running mate, Kamala Harris, was in Georgia, a longtime Republican stronghold that Democrats believe could flip if Black voters show up in force. The first Black...
    Loading the player... As voters consider candidates to elect to office Tuesday, a number of states will include a question about marijuana use on ballots. Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota all have proposals on the table for voters to consider cannabis legalization for recreational use within their borders, CNN reports. New Jersey is the only state dominated by Democrats, while Montana has a divided government and the states of Arizona and South Dakota are ran by Republicans. Current polls show three of the four states, save South Dakota, are getting support for legalization. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Steven Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, sees this as a positive step. “It’s really showing the kind of breadth of acceptance that we’re seeing around the country with respect to cannabis,” Hawkins told CNN. READ MORE: Election could stoke US marijuana market, sway Congress Marijuana...
    A TikTok video shows two anti-maskers holding up a voting line and comparing mask mandates to Jim Crow laws, legalized oppression of Black people following the abolition of slavery. Hide The video, posted by @_captainahmad, shows people trying to vote in DuPage County, Illinois. The two women are holding up the line as they are not allowed in the building without masks. “Why don’t you go to the back of the line, so all these people can vote?” one woman in line asks the women. Hide “Is this 1930’s Jim Crow laws?” one of the Karens asks, seemingly believing that being forced to wear a mask equates to anti-Black oppression. The woman in line then asks the Karen to repeat herself, but she doesn’t. “Stop talking. I have every right to stand here, just like you do,” she says instead. Another voter in line chimes in, prompting the women to begin arguing with...
    By Bill Barrow, Zeke Miller and Aamer Madhani | Associated Press BUTLER, Pa. — President Donald Trump is mounting one final test of whether the massive crowds that often show up at his signature rallies will translate into votes as he finishes the final 48 hours of his reelection campaign with a dizzying onslaught of events in the battleground states that could decide the race. The president will hold five rallies in five states on Sunday alone. He’ll hold seven more on Monday to close out the final full day of the campaign. Down in the polls and at a cash disadvantage to his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, Trump is turning to rallies to help keep his message in front of voters. But it’s unclear whether they will broaden his appeal beyond those already likely to vote for him. And the packed — often unmasked — crowds risk deepening the...
    By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has elected a white leader, a move some analysts warn may cost it support from Black voters. The party, which attracted just over 20% of the votes and won 89 parliamentary seats in last year's national poll, on Sunday elected John Steenhuizen to lead the party. The party's first Black leader Mmusi Maimane resigned last year, claiming angrily that he had been hampered by those who wanted to marginalize Black leaders and preserve the party for South Africa's white minority. Race relations continue to haunt the Democratic Alliance, which was founded as a merger between predominantly white liberal political parties after the fall in 1994 of South Africa's oppressive system of white minority rule, known as apartheid. Although the party has attracted black voters in recent years, it has struggled to shake off its...
    With Election Day just days away, both President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are making their final pitches to Black voters, including presenting competing plans to invest in Black communities. Throughout the race, Trump has harped on the record-low Black unemployment seen before the coronavirus pandemic, while Biden chose Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as his running mate, making her the first Black and Indian American woman on a major-party presidential ticket. ALTERED PIC OF ICE CUBE, 50 CENT IN 'TRUMP 2020' HATS GOES VIRAL But their responses to the death of George Floyd in May and the unrest that followed set them apart — Biden denounced systemic racism, while Trump called Floyd's death a "very, very sad" situation but quickly pivoted to hammering a “law and order” message in the wake of riots across the country. Biden held an 81-point lead over Trump among Black voters, according to Pew...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has elected a white leader, a move some analysts warn may cost it support from Black voters. The party, which attracted just over 20% of the votes and won 89 parliamentary seats in last year’s national poll, on Sunday elected John Steenhuizen to lead the party. The party’s first Black leader Mmusi Maimane resigned last year, claiming angrily that he had been hampered by those who wanted to marginalize Black leaders and preserve the party for South Africa’s white minority. Race relations continue to haunt the Democratic Alliance, which was founded as a merger between predominantly white liberal political parties after the fall in 1994 of South Africa’s oppressive system of white minority rule, known as apartheid. Although the party has attracted black voters in recent years, it has struggled to shake off its image as a...
    BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is mounting one final test of whether the massive crowds that often show up at his signature rallies will translate into votes as he finishes the final 48 hours of his reelection campaign with a dizzying onslaught of events in the battleground states that could decide the race. The president will hold five rallies in five states on Sunday alone. He’ll hold seven more on Monday to close out the final full day of the campaign. Down in the polls and at a cash disadvantage to his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, Trump is turning to rallies to help keep his message in front of voters. But it’s unclear whether they will broaden his appeal beyond those already likely to vote for him. And the packed — often unmasked — crowds risk deepening the pandemic at a time when coronavirus cases are surging across...
    Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) said Friday on SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” that Black voters intending to cast ballots for President Donald Trump are “shameful.” Waters said, “I don’t even know where any Blacks would be coming from that would be voting for Trump. It just hurts me so bad to see Blacks talking about supporting Trump. I don’t know why they would be doing it. I don’t know why it is on their minds. But if we don’t turn out this vote and turn it our huge, this man could end up winning again. This country would go backward. The divisiveness that this deplorable human being has caused, the confrontation, the dog-whistling to the right-wing, the white supremacists, the KKK, and they are coming alive. They are emboldened because they have a leader.” She continued, “He’s a racist. He does not have any appreciation for Black people and Black women in particular....
    I was recently chatting with a Black friend who leans left politically when she said she would like to see President Trump win. I was surprised: She’s spoken out against the president on social media because of some of his past comments, especially when he told the Proud Boys “to stand back and stand by” during the first presidential debate. But my friend, like many young people in the Black community, knows about Joe Biden’s history, which should repel far more Black voters than Trump’s racially insensitive comments. I’m hardly the only Black voter who feels this way. Biden’s policies have devastated the Black community. The infamous 1994 crime bill, for example, which Biden authored, cost taxpayers $30 billion yet only reduced violent crime by 1.3 percent — and in the process, sent a shamefully high number of Black youths to jail for marijuana crimes that some states have decriminalized. Or take...
    (CNN)Growing up in Alabama, LaTosha Brown knew the importance of voting.Her family wasn't necessarily made up of activists, and she doesn't remember anyone having a conversation with her about it. But she does remember her grandma dressing up to head to the polls, pulling out her good pocketbook just for the occasion. Taking Brown along, her grandma made her feel like she was helping out. Afterward, civic duty completed, her grandma seemed taller, her back straighter."I didn't know what voting was," Brown told CNN, recalling the memory. "But I knew it was pretty special."Now, in 2020, Brown is keeping that same spirit alive, with her organization Black Voters Matter.Read MoreFounded by Brown in 2016 with husband Cliff Albright, Black Voters Matter aims to "increase power in our communities," they say. And this year, the organization is doing just that through "We Got Power," a bus tour spanning Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee,...
    (CNN)On the first and third Monday of each month, Theresa Burroughs traveled to Alabama's Hale County courthouse to register to vote. On each trip, she was met by a group of White men playing dominoes. One of those men oversaw voter registration in the county. He'd point to a jar of jelly beans on a nearby table and ask Burroughs, "How many black jelly beans are in a jar? How many red ones in there?" It was the late 1940s, and Burroughs was a Black woman who knew she wasn't welcome at a voting booth in the Jim Crow South. But she was so determined to vote that she kept going to the courthouse every month for two years until she wore the voter registrar down. When he finally handed her a voter registration card, he didn't bother to hide his disgust. "It was a joy," Burroughs said, recounting her...
    Residents vote at a polling place in the Midtown neighborhood of Milwaukee on October 20.Scott Olson/Getty Images For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.On March 23, the community organizer Melody McCurtis requested an absentee ballot for Wisconsin’s April 7 primary. COVID-19 was spiking in Milwaukee’s Black neighborhoods, and McCurtis was living with her mother, Danell Cross, who has an enlarged heart and high blood pressure. They worked together at Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, a grassroots group focused on increasing civic participation in one of the city’s poorest Black neighborhoods. But McCurtis’ ballot never arrived, and Wisconsin’s GOP-controlled legislature rebuffed calls to push back the election to allow voters to cast ballots at a safer time. The city of Milwaukee was forced to cut the number of polling places from 180 to 5 because it couldn’t recruit enough poll workers,...
    By BILL BARROW, ZEKE MILLER and AAMER MADHANI, Associated Press BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is mounting one final test of whether the massive crowds that often show up at his signature rallies will translate into votes as he finishes the final 48 hours of his reelection campaign with a dizzying onslaught of events in the battleground states that could decide the race. The president will hold five rallies in five states on Sunday alone. He'll hold seven more on Monday to close out the final full day of the campaign. Down in the polls and at a cash disadvantage to his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, Trump is turning to rallies to help keep his message in front of voters. But it's unclear whether they will broaden his appeal beyond those already likely to vote for him. And the packed — often unmasked — crowds risk deepening the...
    BUTLER, Pa. – President Donald Trump is mounting one final test of whether the massive crowds that often show up at his signature rallies will translate into votes as he finishes the final 48 hours of his reelection campaign with a dizzying onslaught of events in the battleground states that could decide the race. The president will hold five rallies in five states on Sunday alone. He'll hold seven more on Monday to close out the final full day of the campaign. Down in the polls and at a cash disadvantage to his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, Trump is turning to rallies to help keep his message in front of voters. But it's unclear whether they will broaden his appeal beyond those already likely to vote for him. And the packed — often unmasked — crowds risk deepening the pandemic at a time when coronavirus cases are surging across the...
    Loading the player... Former President Barack Obama posted a video on Twitter of him shooting his shot, literally. The now viral video shows him making a 3-point shot and walking off, saying, “That’s what I do!” The 19-second clip has garnered 2 million views and in the tweet he includes a link to IWillVote.com to encourage people to get to the polls as the presidential election on Nov. 3 draws closer. Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden can be seen walking behind, impressed, saying, “Whoa! All net!” Shoot your shot. https://t.co/XdZz4dh82T pic.twitter.com/elpBmzu6hV— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 31, 2020 The video comes as many people speculate about Biden’s ability to capture the Black male vote. Many question whether or not President Donald Trump can sway enough Black male voters to hurt Biden in key battleground states. Read More: Harris appeals directly to Black men: ‘Honor the ancestors’ According...
    Loading the player... Congresswoman Maxine Waters has a stern message for Black voters who are contemplating voting for President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. “Any of them showing their face, I will never ever forgive them for undermining the possibility to help their own people and their own communities. It is absolutely unconscionable.” Committee chairwoman Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) arrives for a House Financial Services Committee hearing regarding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill July 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) During an interview with SiriusXM host Joe Madison, she expressed how it hurts her to see Black people contemplated voting for Donald Trump, according to the Chicago Crusader. “I don’t know why they would be doing it. I don’t know what’s on their minds, but if we don’t turn out this vote and...
    (CNN)Progressive activists are working to turn this year's nationwide protests over police brutality and racial injustice into results at the polls on Election Day, as they push to drive turnout and influence contests that will determine criminal justice policies at the local level.The groups engaged in electoral politics include Black Lives Matter, the sprawling social justice organization closely associated with this year's protests. It launched a political action committee in October to endorse candidates and reach voters. In addition, the Color of Change PAC, the political arm of a longstanding civil rights organization, has endorsed a slate of what it defines as progressive prosecutors. And liberal organizations recently created The Frontline initiative to turn out young people of color.The Working Families Party, aligned with high-profile progressives, such as New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is battling on behalf of liberal candidates in contests that will decide who holds positions as...
    WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Joe Biden enters the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.The Democratic presidential nominee is teaming up with his former boss, Barack Obama, for a swing through Michigan on Saturday. They'll hold drive-in rallies in Flint and Detroit, predominantly Black cities where strong turnout will be essential to return this longtime Democratic state to Biden's column after Trump won here in 2016.The memories of Trump's upset win in Michigan and the rest of the upper Midwest are still searing in the minds of many Democrats during this closing stretch. That leaves Biden in the position of holding a consistent lead in the national polls and an advantage in most battlegrounds, including Michigan, yet still facing anxiety that it could all slip away.Rep. Dan Kildee, a...
    I was recently chatting with a black friend who leans left politically when she said she would like to see President Trump win. I was surprised: She’s spoken out against the president on social media because of some of his past comments, especially when he told the Proud Boys “to stand back and stand by” during the first presidential debate. But my friend, like many young people in the black community, knows about Joe Biden’s history, which should repel far more black voters than Trump’s racially insensitive comments. I’m hardly the only black voter who feels this way. Biden’s policies have devastated the black community. The infamous 1994 crime bill, for example, which Biden authored, cost taxpayers $30 billion yet only reduced violent crime by 1.3 percent — and in the process, sent a shamefully high number of black youths to jail for marijuana crimes that some states have decriminalized....
    Conservative activists in Milwaukee's black and Hispanic communities say outreach by President Trump and his reelection campaign is forcing Democratic nominee Joe Biden to "actually compete" for minority voters in the traditionally liberal stronghold. "Trump understands that the first rule of outreach is showing up," said Christopher Lawrence, a black Republican Party official in Waukesha County. Lawrence said that while Trump made some effort in 2016 to court black voters, "now, he's setting up an infrastructure where he's hiring staff, we are funding offices, we're programming, we're doing events, or canvassing." "We're actually making the Democrats compete for the vote," he said. "That’s the biggest thing." Though Biden leads Trump in most polls, the race is expected to be close. In Wisconsin, Biden leads Trump by 6 points, on average, 50% to 44%. Trump’s courting of minority voters in Milwaukee is part of a larger battleground strategy to turn out...
    WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden enters the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump. The Democratic presidential nominee is teaming up with his former boss, Barack Obama, for a swing through Michigan on Saturday. They’ll hold drive-in rallies in Flint and Detroit, predominantly Black cities where strong turnout will be essential to return this longtime Democratic state to Biden’s column after Trump won here in 2016. The memories of Trump’s upset win in Michigan and the rest of the upper Midwest are still searing in the minds of many Democrats during this closing stretch. That leaves Biden in the position of holding a consistent lead in the national polls and an advantage in most battlegrounds, including Michigan, yet still facing anxiety that it could all slip away....
    By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and ANGELIKI KASTANIS, Associated Press As early voting breaks records across the U.S., political analysts and campaigns are reviewing reams of data on the voters, looking for clues to key questions: Who is voting? And who is winning? On one level, the answers can be simple. Registered Democrats are outpacing registered Republicans significantly — by 14 percentage points — in states that are reporting voters' party affiliation, according to an Associated Press analysis of the early vote. But that doesn't tell the whole story. Many Americans’ choices don’t align with their party registration. Meanwhile, polls show Republicans have heeded President Donald Trump's baseless warnings about mail voting, and large numbers intend to vote on Election Day. That means the early Democratic surge could give way to a Republican surge on Tuesday. The picture is further clouded by the unprecedented nature of how Americans are voting. While Democrats...
    By DAVID EGGERT, AAMER MADHANI and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden enters the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump. The Democratic presidential nominee is teaming up with his former boss, Barack Obama, for a swing through Michigan on Saturday. They'll hold drive-in rallies in Flint and Detroit, predominantly Black cities where strong turnout will be essential to return this longtime Democratic state to Biden's column after Trump won here in 2016. The memories of Trump's upset win in Michigan and the rest of the upper Midwest are still searing in the minds of many Democrats during this closing stretch. That leaves Biden in the position of holding a consistent lead in the national polls and an advantage in most battlegrounds, including Michigan,...
    As early voting breaks records across the U.S., political analysts and campaigns are reviewing reams of data on the voters, looking for clues to key questions: Who is voting? And who is winning? On one level, the answers can be simple. Registered Democrats are outpacing registered Republicans significantly — by 14 percentage points — in states that are reporting voters’ party affiliation, according to an Associated Press analysis of the early vote. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Many Americans’ choices don’t align with their party registration. Meanwhile, polls show Republicans have heeded President Donald Trump’s baseless warnings about mail voting, and large numbers intend to vote on Election Day. That means the early Democratic surge could give way to a Republican surge on Tuesday. The picture is further clouded by the unprecedented nature of how Americans are voting. While Democrats are hungry for signs that key parts of...
    WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Joe Biden enters the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump. The Democratic presidential nominee is teaming up with his former boss, Barack Obama, for a swing through Michigan on Saturday. They'll hold drive-in rallies in Flint and Detroit, predominantly Black cities where strong turnout will be essential to return this longtime Democratic state to Biden's column after Trump won here in 2016. The memories of Trump's upset win in Michigan and the rest of the upper Midwest are still searing in the minds of many Democrats during this closing stretch. That leaves Biden in the position of holding a consistent lead in the national polls and an advantage in most battlegrounds, including Michigan, yet still facing anxiety that it could all slip away....
    Bob Brigham October 31, 2020 1:33AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story The Democratic Party ticket is worried about turnout numbers in key demographics during early voting in battleground states, according to a new report by Bloomberg News. "Senior officials on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign are increasingly worried about insufficient Black and Latino voter turnout in key states like Florida and Pennsylvania with only four days until the election, according to people familiar with the matter," Tyler Pager reported Friday. : "Despite record early-vote turnout around the country, there are warning signs for Biden. In Arizona, two-thirds of Latino registered voters have not yet cast a ballot. In Florida, half of Latino and Black registered voters have not yet voted but more than half of White voters have cast ballots, according to data from Catalist, a Democratic data firm. In Pennsylvania, nearly 75% of registered Black voters...
    By Katanga Johnson ATLANTA (Reuters) - As Georgia wrapped up weeks of early voting on Friday for the Nov. 3 election, Black voter turnout had far surpassed the level seen at the same time in 2016. Some 1 million Black voters have already cast ballots this year, up from 712,000 this time four years ago, according to TargetSmart, a Democratic analytics firm. It is part of a rush to the polls in Georgia. More than 3.8 million Georgians had already cast ballots as of 5 p.m. on Friday, compared to 4.1 million overall in the last presidential election. In Swainsboro, Georgia, the tiny election registration office building was the only early voting precinct, limiting entry to five voters at a time. A line of people stood at the street corner on Friday. Jaquez Washington, 28, said his ballot "helps future generations get the treatment they deserve." His aunt inspired him...
    2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden is likely to get a boost from a significant number of Americans who are motivated by the desire to vote President Trump out of office. A new Fox News poll shows that  many Biden supporters (41%) are mainly voting against Trump rather than the desire to see the vice president in the Oval Office (57%). CLICK HERE TO READ THE POLL RESULTS On the other hand, 80% of Trump supporters are voting for him – as opposed to voting against Biden (18%). COAL WORKERS FEAR A BIDEN PRESIDENCY WILL DECIMATE INDUSTRY  Biden may not have been the nominee many progressive Democrats would have like to see secure the nomination, at a time when the ideas of Senators Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have gained traction. There are concerns, however, that a lack of enthusiasm about Biden as a candidate could discourage some voters from turning out....
    Some officials on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign are growing increasingly concerned about low Black and Latino voter turnout in battleground states, Bloomberg reported on Friday. According to data from the Democratic firm Catalist, early voting records have been shattered across the nation, but this may not work in Biden’s favor. In Arizona, which is a battleground state, two-thirds of registered Latino voters have not yet voted. Similarly, in Florida, half of Blacks and Latinos have not yet cast their ballots. The situation is even worse in Pennsylvania, where nearly 75 percent of registered Black voters have not yet cast a ballot. Meanwhile, non-college educated whites, most of whom support President Donald Trump, have been coming out in droves. In Florida’s Miami-Dade County, for instance, Republicans have a 9.4 percent turnout advantage According to the report, “some Biden advisers have expressed concerns about a lack of investment and are...
    Photo credit: Jon Cherry, Getty Images Some Biden campaign officials are expressing concern about lagging Black and Latino turnout in the early vote totals so far in some key swing states. According to new article in Bloomberg, Biden aides have identified three states — Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania — where the African-American and Hispanic vote totals are lower than they would prefer at this point. Early voting across the country has soared in many places amid the coronavirus pandemic and Democrats are seeing massive surges among key demographics like young voters in states like Georgia and Texas. Despite record early-vote turnout around the country, there are warning signs for Biden. In Arizona, two-thirds of Latino registered voters have not yet cast a ballot. In Florida, half of Latino and Black registered voters have not yet voted but more than half of White voters have cast ballots, according to data from...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Volunteers with the Urban League of Broward spent several hours Friday morning going door to door, talking to registered voters, or leaving information about voting, in an effort to get people to cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. They focused on homes and apartments in Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods where mostly Black families live. There are roughly 1.2 million registered voters in Broward and more than 700-thousand have already voted early in person or vote-by-mail ballots. But there’s a continued push in South Florida to increase Black voter turnout. The volunteers say they are non-partisan. Their push is to inform voters and make sure they cast ballots. “We are going to knock on doors. It’s a contactless effort. We want to make sure that everyone receives information and that they’re informed and ready to vote,” said volunteer Alica Brown. Former Vice President Joe Biden urged supporters...
    Democrats are turning out at lower rates than Republicans in Florida’s largest county, Miami-Dade, after Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign pared down field operations because of the coronavirus pandemic.  ELECTION 4 DAYS AWAY: TRUMP, BIDEN BLITZ BATTLEGROUND STATES IN FINAL CAMPAIGN SPRINT Campaign operatives told Politico that door-to-door efforts to persuade voters to jump on the Biden bandwagon were at a standstill and without funding -- despite record-breaking fundraising hauls by the campaign -- for months leading up to the final stretch before Election Day.  “We did not get the kind of funding for different vendors who would do that type of work until late in the campaign,” Rep. Frederica Wilson, who represents Miami’s heavily Black congressional district, told Politico.  In Miami-Dade, 152,964 registered Republicans cast early ballots, leading Democratic voters, 146,371 of whom turned out early to the polls, according to state data on Friday.  Meanwhile, Democrats who mailed in their ballots...
    Photo via Joe Biden/FacebookWith early voting underway and just days until next week’s election, backers of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are targeting Black voters as they seek to defeat President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Florida. Efforts to pump up turnout among Black Floridians come as nearly half of the state’s registered voters had already cast ballots as of Wednesday morning. While voters are casting mail-in ballots in record numbers, turnout among Black voters has lagged behind white and Hispanic Floridians, BlackPac executive director Adrianne Shropshire told reporters during a conference call Wednesday. Many voters are choosing to vote by mail rather than risk exposure to highly contagious COVID-19, but only about 62 percent of Black voters who requested mail-in ballots have returned them, she said. Shropshire said Blacks are more likely to vote in person, either during the early voting period that ends this weekend or...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be in Philadelphia on Sunday. Biden is expected to discuss bringing Americans together and to address the crises facing the country, his campaign said. This comes as there has been ongoing unrest and protests in the city following the deadly police shooting of a black man in West Philadelphia. Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was killed on Monday afternoon by two officers after, police say, he walked towards them with a knife and refused to drop the weapon. His family says Wallace Jr. was having a mental health crisis. Later that day, 30 police officers were injured during violent protests, including a female officer who suffered a broken leg after being hit by a car. A number of West Philadelphia businesses have been looted and vandalized throughout the week. Meanwhile, Biden is relying on strong turnout among Black voters in cities such...
    DETROIT (AP) — Every day feels like a raw wound for Omari Barksdale. His sister, Laneeka Barksdale, died of COVID-19 in late March in Detroit — and since then, so have more than 228,000 Americans. Many were Black Americans whose communities were disproportionately devastated by the virus. Barksdale watched with alarm as the toll of the country’s racial injustice mounted. People of color bore the brunt of pandemic-related job losses. Police shot and killed Breonna Taylor inside her Kentucky home, and a Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into George Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes. The convergence of the pandemic, joblessness and police brutality has forced the U.S. to confront its legacy of systemic racism. For Barksdale and many other Black Americans, it’s turned next week’s presidential election into a referendum on race relations, an opportunity to move toward healing or the potential of a deeper divide. “For...
    By KAT STAFFORD, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Every day feels like a raw wound for Omari Barksdale. His sister, Laneeka Barksdale, died of COVID-19 in late March in Detroit — and since then, so have more than 226,000 Americans. Many were Black Americans whose communities were disproportionately devastated by the virus. Omari Barksdale, a Black man, watched with alarm as the toll of the country's racial injustice mounted. People of color bore the brunt of pandemic-related job losses. Police shot and killed Breonna Taylor inside her Kentucky home, and a Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into George Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes as Floyd gasped, “I can't breathe,” in his final moments. The convergence of the pandemic, joblessness and police brutality has forced the U.S. to confront its centuries-old legacy of systemic racism this year. And for Barksdale and many Black Americans, it's turned next week's presidential...
    Loading the player... Two men are in big trouble for allegedly trying to suppress the Black vote. Jacob Wohl, 22, and Jack Burkman, 54, were ordered on Wednesday to call back all the recipients of their robocalls whom they spread misinformation to by 5 p.m. on Thursday or they will be in contempt of court. The men are out of jail on a bond of $100,000 according to Metro Times. They came together to allegedly spread false information to folks in places like Detroit and Ohio to stop them from voting. Read More: Shaq explains why he never voted before: ‘I didn’t have time’ Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman were arraigned in 36th District Court. (credit: screenshot/36th District Court) “Mail-in voting sounds great, but did you know that if you vote by mail, your personal information will be part of a public database that will be used by...
    This is the latest installment of CBSN's America's Right to Vote series, which examines voting rights and access through the 2020 campaign. Michigan. Wisconsin. Pennsylvania. These three states won the presidential race in 2016 for Donald Trump. And Democrats have been on a mission to win them back, but there's some disagreement about the best way to do that.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Some local leaders contend the party is approaching these Midwestern and Rust Belt states the wrong way, focusing too much on the White working class voters who backed Mr. Trump and not enough on voters who didn't turn out at all.  "Part of the Achilles heel of the Democratic campaign strategy in the Midwest, and my opinion, has been the over emphasis on independents," says Reverend Charles Williams, pastor of King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit and president of the Michigan Chapter of...
    In prep for Election Day as well as the aftermath, theGrio political contributors Dr. Christina Greer and Dr. Jason Johnson will be steering the Dear Culture podcast ship with their political expertise.  With the election coming to a close in the next few days, feelings are running high throughout the nation. Conversations and policies surrounding voter disenfranchisement and potential theft continue to be the hottest topic on Americans’ minds. From states that have begun counting early votes to states like Wisconsin that recently ruled in their Supreme Court that mailed-in absentee ballots that arrive after 8 p.m. on Election Day will be ineligible, 2020 continues to be an unprecedented time. The climate has Greer and Johnson asking the quintessential question: “Dear Culture, what the hell are we gonna do for the next few days?” Read More: Lizzo stumps for Biden and Harris in digital ad targeting Michigan’s young voters “The...
    A federal appeals court has suspended a judges order requiring people in Texas to wear face masks inside polling stations. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed U.S. District Judge Jason Pulliams order late Wednesday. Three judges appointed by President Donald Trump granted an administrative stay, which stops the federal judges order from going into effect while the court decides whether to uphold it, Fox News reported. Pulliam ruled this week, not requiring face coverings inside Texas polling places created a discriminatory burden on Black and Latino voters, who face higher risks of death and severe illness from the coronavirus. "This discriminatory effect can be eliminated, or at least mitigated, if all people wear masks at polling sites," Pulliam wrote. Texas elections administrators had expected Pulliams ruling to be put on hold and did not begin enforcing his order requiring face coverings. Texas has had a statewide mask mandate...
    The daily Rasmussen Reports poll that tracks black support for President Donald Trump shows the president sitting at 31 percent as of Thursday, just five days before the election. Oct 29, 2020 – Morning Reader Data Points: "If the presidential election was held today, would you vote for Donald Trump or Joe Biden?" National Daily Black Likely Voter % For @POTUS – October 26-29, 2020 Mon 10/26 – 27%Tue 10/27 – 30%Wed 10/28 – 30%Thu 10/29 – 31% — Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) October 29, 2020 In 2016, according to exit polls, Trump earned just eight percent of the black vote, compared to 88 percent for Hillary Clinton. So if Rasmussen is wrong, let’s say by a factor of two, if support from likely black voters ends up being just half of what the pollster found, just 15 or 16 percent, Trump would still end up doubling his 2016 share...
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina elections officials ordered a town to remove Black Lives Matter signs from its voting site at town hall, but town officials said the signs are staying put. In a letter dated Wednesday to Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle and town council members, elections board Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell said there were several complaints about the signs from voters. Bell’s letter also said the general counsel of the North Carolina Republican Party informed the board of numerous complaints about the signs. According to Bell’s letter, the flags are attached to the front of the site and therefore could be interpreted as an official endorsement by the board of elections in favor of a particular movement. Bell said the signs must be removed for the rest of the early voting period, which ends on Saturday. “While these flags may be a supported symbol of the Town...
    By TOM FOREMAN Jr,, Associated Press WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina elections officials ordered a town to remove Black Lives Matter signs from its voting site at town hall, but town officials said the signs are staying put. In a letter dated Wednesday to Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle and town council members, elections board Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell said there were several complaints about the signs from voters. Bell’s letter also said the general counsel of the North Carolina Republican Party informed the board of numerous complaints about the signs. According to Bell's letter, the flags are attached to the front of the site and therefore could be interpreted as an official endorsement by the board of elections in favor of a particular movement. Bell said the signs must be removed for the rest of the early voting period, which ends on Saturday. “While these flags may be...
    Texans will not be required to wear face masks when casting election ballots during the coronavirus pandemic after a federal appeals court halted an order that would be mandated voters to don the coverings.  Late Wednesday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked an order issued the prior day by a San Antonio federal judge that invalidated an exemption for polling places included in Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide mask mandate.  The trio of judges on the appellate panel, all appointed by President Trump, granted what's known as a short-term administrative stay, effectively stopping the federal judge's ruling from taking effect while the court weighs whether it will uphold the decision or strike it down during the appeals process.  NEVADA U.S. ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES 'DISTRICT ELECTION OFFICER' TO HANDLE GROWING CONCERNS OF ELECTION FRAUD Abbott's executive order that requires Texans to wear a face-covering in public spaces in counties that have at least 20 positive COVID-19 cases...
    Almost one-third of black voters would vote for President Trump "if the presidential election was held today," according to a new survey. On Thursday, Rasmussen Reports, which typically produces Trump's preferred surveys, showed the number steadily increased from 27% to 31% since Monday. The company has boasted of accurately predicting the results of the 2016 election. According to Rasmussen's White House Watch poll, also released Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds a 1 point lead over Trump among likely voters, with only 2% answering they were undecided. The poll was conducted Oct. 26-28 among 1,500 people with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. Trump had an identical lead ahead of Biden one day earlier. Oct 29, 2020 - Morning Reader Data Points: "If the presidential election was held today, would you vote for Donald Trump or Joe Biden?"National Daily Black Likely Voter %...
    Former NAACP President Ben Jealous said that the “right-wing targets Black men” for voter suppression while on MSNBC with Craig Melvin.  Melvin introduced his guest by noting that 89 percent of Black Americans voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — pointing out that the demographic could be a deciding factor this Election Day. “Black voters are engaged at record-breaking levels, and the push to increase turnout, that push is intensifying,” Melvin added. “With that push, there are also signs of efforts to keep Black voters from actually casting their ballots.” Jealous joined the MSNBC anchor to discuss the topic, claiming that Black voters could push the results in almost every battleground state. “The right wing has shown again and again that you can go after Black male sporadic voters, Black men unlikely voters, and there are simply more Black men who are unlikely voters than Black women and quite frankly, confuse them, discourage...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – With early voting underway and just days until next week’s election, backers of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are targeting Black voters as they seek to defeat President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Florida. Efforts to pump up turnout among Black Floridians come as nearly half of the state’s registered voters had already cast ballots as of Wednesday morning. While voters are casting mail-in ballots in record numbers, turnout among Black voters has lagged behind white and Hispanic Floridians, BlackPac executive director Adrianne Shropshire told reporters during a conference call Wednesday. Many voters are choosing to vote by mail rather than risk exposure to highly contagious COVID-19, but only about 62 percent of Black voters who requested mail-in ballots have returned them, she said. Shropshire said Black voters are more likely to cast their ballot in person, either during the early voting period that ends...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels narrates new Biden campaign ad for Michigan MORE plans to air 90-minute radio programs on gospel stations across the country this weekend urging Black voters to head to the polls in a final sprint of early voting before Tuesday’s elections. The Biden campaign will pay about $109,000 to air the programs on 29 radio stations in seven states, according to sources watching the advertising market. The programs are set to air in Ohio, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Democrats typically run Souls to the Polls programs aimed at Black churches in the final weekends before a November election, when some of the party’s most loyal voters crowd onto buses and head en masse to polling places nearby their houses...
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The farther north you go in Florida, the saying goes, the deeper South you'll get. For generations, the Old South flourished in Duval County, a sprawling metropolis on the state's northern Atlantic coast that is home to Jacksonville and was once a reliable bastion of Republican power. But when the Democratic gubernatorial candidate won the county two years ago, it energized Democrats and community activists aspiring to turn Jacksonville into another hub in the new, more Democratic South. The race between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will test that Democratic progress. Biden is counting on the county's sizable African American vote to do what no Democratic presidential candidate has done since Jimmy Carter: beat a Republican in Duval County and open another northern front in the contest for Florida's 29 electoral votes. “Black voters in this part of the state are critical to winning statewide,”...
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The farther north you go in Florida, the saying goes, the deeper South you’ll get. For generations, the Old South flourished in Duval County, a sprawling metropolis on the state’s northern Atlantic coast that is home to Jacksonville and was once a reliable bastion of Republican power. But when the Democratic gubernatorial candidate won the county two years ago, it energized Democrats and community activists aspiring to turn Jacksonville into another hub in the new, more Democratic South. The race between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will test that Democratic progress. Biden is counting on the county’s sizable African American vote to do what no Democratic presidential candidate has done since Jimmy Carter: beat a Republican in Duval County and open another northern front in the contest for Florida’s 29 electoral votes. “Black voters in this part of the state are critical to winning...
    Warriors coach Steve Kerr and new 76ers coach Doc Rivers, two of the NBA’s most outspoken opponents of President Trump, teamed up in a powerful video by The Lincoln Project to once more implore Americans to choose Joe Biden in next week’s election. Kerr and Rivers, both champions of social and racial justice, took turns reading their message of unity against Trump and for democracy and decency during the one-minute video that’s been viewed nearly 540,000 times as of Wednesday morning. We’re at a crossroads. It’s time to decide where you stand. pic.twitter.com/WnzHJlGqw4 — The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 28, 2020 The coaches urged voters to think about their choice at the polls and the impact their decision will have on the future of the country. “Our democracy itself is at stake,” they said, with a picture of the Statue of Liberty...
    By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN, Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The farther north you go in Florida, the saying goes, the deeper South you'll get. For generations, the Old South flourished in Duval County, a sprawling metropolis on the state's northern Atlantic coast that is home to Jacksonville and was once a reliable bastion of Republican power. But when the Democratic gubernatorial candidate won the county two years ago, it energized Democrats and community activists aspiring to turn Jacksonville into another hub in the new, more Democratic South. The race between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will test that Democratic progress. Biden is counting on the county's sizable African American vote to do what no Democratic presidential candidate has done since Jimmy Carter: beat a Republican in Duval County and open another northern front in the contest for Florida's 29 electoral votes. “Black voters in this part of...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The NAACP is intensifying its campaign to reach Black voters in battleground states this election, including Pennsylvania. The goal of the Black Voices Change Lives campaign is to increase Black turnout by 5%. In 2016, Black voter turnout fell for the first time in 20 years. The historic high was 66%, but in 2016, Black voter turnout fell under 60%. “So, as a result of that, we have been investing heavily in both staff capacity, partnerships, data, so we can be ensured to have a metrically driven program in the turning areas that are important. It’s important for us to turn out the Black vote,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson said. The NAACP has been using data to connect frequent Black voters with those who don’t vote as often to get them to the polls. For the latest on the election in the Philadelphia region, click here. MORE...
    (CNN)Twelve years ago, it was Will.i.am's star-studded spoken word video "Yes We Can" that provided the soundtrack to Barack Obama's historic run for the presidency. Now, with less than a week to go until this year's election, the six-time Grammy award-winning artist is once again using his talents to support the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden. Will.i.am's group Black Eyed Peas have teamed up with Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson to release "The LOVE," an adaption of the band's 2003 global smash hit, "Where is the Love.""The LOVE" carries familiar stylistic echoes of the 2008 "Yes We Can Video," and uses portions of Joe Biden's Democratic National Convention speech in the opening and closing verses. The project features an array of activists, including the surviving family members of George Floyd and Jacob Blake. The video opens with Biden himself citing the words of civil rights icon Ella Baker, "Give light, and...
    Duval County, Florida (CNN)Danielle Wade was undecided minutes before she stepped into a suburban early voting site north of Jacksonville.Wade, along with her husband, Adam, had voted for Donald Trump in 2016. But while he had decided to stick with the President, she, a lifelong Republican who was pregnant with her second child, had drifted away. The reason was simple: Trump himself."Quite frankly, I am just over Trump's antics," Danielle Wade said as she helped load her 2-year old son, Billy, into a stroller. "I am over the ignorance and the arrogance."Looking at her husband, she added, "I tell him every day ... if I have to listen to (Trump) on television for one more minute, I am going to jump out a window."Visit CNN's Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 raceRead MoreWade represents a key dynamic playing out in communities across the country, including Duval: Suburban women,...
    By Joseph Tanfani and Michael Martina (Reuters) - In the historically black neighborhoods of Waco, Texas, the usual get-out-the-vote activities in this presidential election year were upended by the pandemic. Gone was the all-day party with a DJ and grills full of barbecue at an early voting site at a center that once housed a historically Black college. Organizers toned down the "Souls to the Polls" event that once saw church vans packed with voters and decorated for the occasion. Door-knocking was replaced by 5,000 hangers placed on doorknobs reminding people to vote. Still, longtime political organizers in the African-American community in this central Texas city said their efforts have gotten a boost from President Donald Trump. He and other Republicans have called for poll monitoring and sought restrictions on mail balloting in Texas and elsewhere this year to prevent alleged voter fraud. Black voters, say residents and activists, have...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- On a chilly and rainy Tuesday afternoon, a steady stream of voters filed into an early voting precinct in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood.Dwight Spraglin cast his ballot and brought his wife and daughter who voted too."I'm a Black man in America and in order to make change we need to vote," said Spraglin.The Rev. Al Sharpton joined Black leaders in Chicago in a call for people to vote."When we vote, we get what we want, everybody in this town needs to vote," Sharpton said.The "get out the vote" effort looks very different this year due to the pandemic.Some Chicago pastors are coordinating Sunday messages to urge people to vote."We are going to ask our people, multiple times to get prepared this Sunday to do early vote immediately after church," said Rev. Ira Acree.Some political observers believe that due to the current political climate, the turnout among Black voters...
    In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday. Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist." "I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was...
    Whoopi Goldberg lashed out Tuesday at White House adviser Jared Kushner, saying that his comments about the black community amounted to “a fart in a dust storm.” Goldberg began a segment of ABC’s “The View” by playing a clip of Kushner talking about what President Donald Trump’s administration had done for the black community. (RELATED: ‘Why Would She Tell Them Anything?’: Whoopi Goldberg Runs Defense For Kamala Harris’ Debate Night Dodges) WATCH: Kushner, during a Monday morning appearance on “Fox & Friends,” talked about the administration’s cooperation with Ice Cube and what had already been done in terms of creating Opportunity Zones and pushing criminal justice reform through the First Step Act. “One thing that we have seen in a lot of the black community, which is mostly Democrat, is that President Trump’s policies are the policies that can help people break out of the problems that they’re complaining...
    Mississippi Democratic Senate candidate Mike Espy voting in his 2018 race. Mississippi is an interesting state, in all the wrong ways. The last time the state was exit polled, during the 2008 presidential election, only 11% of white voters voted for President Barack Obama, his second lowest percentage in the nation. (Only Alabama was worse, at 10%.)  Of course, Democrats do poorly in general, seen as the party of Black people. John Kerry in 2004 only managed 18% of the white vote. Still, the state’s toplines aren’t that lopsided. Obama only lost the state by 11 and 12 points.  President 2004 2008 2012 2016 REP candidate 59 56 55 58 Dem candidate 40 43 44 40 This isn’t the year Democrats make the state competitive. It’s still way too racist. But we wanted to know, is the under-the-radar Senate race competitive?  Donate now to support Daily Kos-endorsed candidates!...
    Loading the player... Former President Barack Obama and NBA icon LeBron James are teaming up to increase voter turnout of African Americans ahead of this pivotal election.  Obama sat down for an interview with James as part of the Los Angeles Lakers superstar’s More Than a Vote initiative, which has helped register tens of thousands of voters and poll workers.  LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and former President Barack Obama sat down for an interview as part of James’ “More Than a Vote” initiative, which has helped register tens of thousands of voters and poll workers. (Photos by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images and Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images) The interview has yet to be released, however, the New York Times is reporting that the conversation is set to target the Black male vote, like many of Obama’s recent efforts.  While speaking in Philadelphia this week, the beloved former president appealed...
    Heading into the final week of the 2020 presidential campaign, virtually all the polls continue to show former Vice President Joe Biden leading President Trump. But polls are hardly an exact science, as we saw four years ago.    In 2016, the polls were mostly wrong. They were wrong in part because pollsters polled Americans who voted in the last two elections, missing those who hadn't voted in several years — or ever — but came out to support Trump.    Today, many of President Trump’s supporters and surrogates see history repeating itself. They argue the pollsters aren’t accounting for the so-called hidden Trump vote, a bloc of voters comprised of Americans who secretly support the president but won’t say so — until Election Day. These voters, the argument goes, either fear the social cost of publicizing their support for Trump or just refuse to share their political preferences with pollsters.    This...
    Right-wing activists, hoaxers and alleged fraudsters Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl gave testimony in a civil case on Monday morning. And some of what was said might have less than positive implications for their upcoming criminal trial in Michigan. The decidedly bumbling duo was sued in New York federal court in late October by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), a self-described and decades-old “nonpartisan civil rights and racial justice organization,” for allegedly violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. According to the nonprofit groups’s 23-page complaint, Burkman, Wohl and their associated political and lobbying firms are behind a racist “disinformation campaign” that operates “by bombarding lawfully registered voters with robocalls containing blatant lies about mail-in voting in order to intimidate those voters into not exercising their right to vote in the November 3, 2020 election.” “Throughout history…bad actors...
    The presidential election is just over a week away and the stakes are higher than ever as the nation is gripped by racial tensions, along with a still-raging pandemic among other concerns. This Monday (Oct. 26), a number of leading organizations are uniting their efforts in support of the Black electorate while addressing their concerns with an aim of inspiring the base to turn out at the polls. The Lincoln Project, working in collaboration with the NAACP, National Urban League, Black Economic Alliance, and BlackPAC, will host a virtual town hall that will serve as an opportunity for an array of speakers to discuss how Black Americans should mobilize, organize, and take their place in the electoral process up and down the ballot. Speakers include David Clunie, Executive Director of the Black Economic Alliance, Derrick Johnson, President of the NAACP, Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League, Adrianne Shropshire,...
    (CNN) — Dave Richards arrived at his polling place before dawn, carrying a blue lawn chair and a giant bottle of water. It was about 6 a.m. on October 12 — the first day of early voting in Georgia — and the business consultant was ready for a long wait in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna. After three hours in line, Richards, 51, voted in what he called the most crucial election of his lifetime. “This election is more important than the 2008 one for Barack Obama. That 2008 one was for change and making history. This election is for saving the US,” Richards said, citing concerns about racial justice and suppression of Black voters. “The racial divide that is going on, we need someone who is going to be a leader for everyone, not just their base.” Across the country, Black voters are turning out in huge numbers. The stakes this...
    (CNN)Dave Richards arrived at his polling place before dawn, carrying a blue lawn chair and a giant bottle of water.It was about 6 a.m. on October 12 -- the first day of early voting in Georgia -- and the business consultant was ready for a long wait in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna. After three hours in line, Richards, 51, voted in what he called the most crucial election of his lifetime. "This election is more important than the 2008 one for Barack Obama. That 2008 one was for change and making history. This election is for saving the US," Richards said, citing concerns about racial justice and suppression of Black voters. "The racial divide that is going on, we need someone who is going to be a leader for everyone, not just their base."Across the country, Black voters are turning out in huge numbers. The stakes this year are...
    Kanye West said the “one of the most racist things” he’s witnessed since hitting the campaign trail is liberals suggesting “black people can’t make decisions” on their own. “One of the most racist things that liberals who pride themselves on not being racist have said to me, like, ‘You’re going to split the black vote,'” West told podcast host Joe Rogan in an interview aired Saturday. “That makes it seem like black people can’t make decisions for ourselves.” “They literally make a statement that only black people will vote for me. Think about that statement! The nuance of institutionalized racism. … They just have a place where no one has really been able to embrace the idea of blacks not being in a block and staying in one place,” West, who threw his hat in the 2020 presidential election earlier this year, continued. “You have to vote Democrat,”...
    Black voters are motivated and engaged in this election, but fewer than half are very confident their vote will be counted correctly, and more than half express some concern about potential voter intimidation at the polls.  Black voters are an essential part of the Democratic Party's coalition, and they are overwhelmingly backing Joe Biden over President Trump in this election. But Black voters aren't uniformly excited about 2020. We find younger Black voters are less likely to be thinking about the election, and less motivated to vote than older voters. Younger Black voters are also not as enthusiastic in their support for the Democratic ticket. Despite a lower level of enthusiasm for Biden, these younger voters are largely in agreement with their older counterparts in at least one area — at least nine in 10 say they would never consider voting for Mr. Trump. Black men and Black women are...
    By CLAIRE CAMPBELL and LAURA SCHULTZ of Wisconsin Watch. MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Melody McCurtis and Danell Cross start their day early on a recent sunny Sunday going door to door in their neighborhood northwest of downtown Milwaukee. Leaders of the nonprofit Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, the mother and daughter make their way slowly along the route wearing masks and using a bullhorn to maintain distancing as they offer free food, household supplies — and information about how to vote. At one home, the pair corner a young woman who prefers not to be named, dressed in a soiled apron and a black polo shirt as she heads to work. McCurtis and Cross know that if not for their efforts, she probably will not vote on Nov. 3. “I don’t believe in voting. I feel like the higher-ups, they gonna pick the president,” she says, throwing up her hands. After...
    The Power of the Black Vote annual symposium went virtual this year. While the event was online, the message was the same as in past years: Local African American leaders want the history of voting to encourage people to get to the polls. YellowPain’s song, “My Vote Don’t Count” kicked off the symposium, put on each year by the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. The focus of the virtual event was on the history of African Americans and the vote in the state of Maryland, and included performances by local artists, tours of museums and calls to step up and vote from several local politicians. Lopez Matthews, a commissioner with the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, said if black voters don’t go to the polls then change won’t come. “Teach people that if they become an active voter those politicians will then care...
    The time and resources President Trump’s campaign has been pouring into the battleground state of Michigan appear to be paying off, according to two new polls. Zia Poll surveyed “2851 likely voters and newly registered voters who have never voted in an election” and found Trump leading Joe Biden, 49 percent to 45 percent, for a four-point lead. MICHIGANTrump 49% (+4)Biden 45% Zia Poll, LV, 10/11-18https://t.co/esjBX01ujS — Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 23, 2020 The poll found 85 percent of Trump supporters were “very excited” about their candidate, while only 70 percent of Biden supporters are so. Regarding the economy, 55 percent of respondents said Trump would provide a “better” one. Forty-five percent of those surveyed said Biden would. Respondents “were almost evenly split” about whether Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) or Trump better handled the coronavirus pandemic response. The poll also found Biden with a “slight” lead among black and...
    Hip-hop radio host Charlamagne The God, whose real name is Lenard Larry McKelvey, explained this week why black voters are drawn to President Donald Trump. McKelvey's revealing explanation came after rapper Ice Cube partnered with the Trump campaign to promote his "Contract with Black America," his socio-economic plan to help lift black Americans. According to Cube, both Trump and Joe Biden reached out to him, but only the Trump campaign made changes to their platform after meeting with Cube; Biden's camp said they would consider Cube's plan only after the election. Meanwhile, rapper 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, said this week that he will support Trump because of Biden's economic plan, which would raise taxes on wealthy Americans. Responding to news that Biden's economic plan would force tax increases — New York City residents, for example, would pay 62% under Biden's plan — Jackson said, "WHAT...
    President Trump has made his outreach to black voters a core campaign feature this year, competing directly with Democratic nominee Joe Biden for a share of the electorate that could prove decisive in must-win battleground states. The urgency with which the Trump campaign views the matter was evident during Thursday night's presidential debate, when the president repeatedly outlined steps he had taken toward prison reform. He even launched his brief final statement with an appeal to black voters. "Before the plague came in, just before, I was getting calls from people that were not normally people that would call me. They wanted to get together," he said. "We had the best black unemployment numbers in the history of our country." The effort could pay strong dividends in states such as Georgia, where nearly a third of voters are black, North Carolina, where just over a fifth are black, as well...
    CNN commentator Van Jones said President Trump would get more credit for his policies among black voters if it weren't for his personal messaging. The former Obama administration adviser said on Friday he believes the president doesn't get "enough credit" from the media about his policy outreach to black voters, citing opportunity zones and criminal justice reform, an endeavor which Jones worked on with the Trump administration. Although Trump has condemned white supremacy multiple times while in office and during his 2016 campaign, Jones made the case that Trump's attitude toward white nationalists prevents a higher approval rating from minority voters. "I think it's really unfortunate because Donald Trump, and I get beat up by liberals every time I say this, but I'm gonna keep saying it, he has done good stuff for the black community. Opportunity zone stuff, black college stuff. I worked with him on criminal justice...
    A daily tracking poll of President Donald Trump's job approval released Friday showed an eye-popping surge in approval for Trump among black voters. According to Rasmussen Reports, Trump's approval among black likely voters surged this week from 25% on Monday to 46% by the end of the week on Friday. Morning Reader Data Points: National Daily Black Likely Voter Job Approval For @POTUS - October 19-23, 2020 Mon… https://t.co/A44NqX95DE — Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen Reports)1603453552.0Rasmussen's daily tracking poll on Friday found that 51% of likely U.S. voters approve of President Trump's job performance while 48% disapprove. To say that the Rasmussen poll stands in contrast to other polling on President Trump's job performance is a gross understatement. According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Trump's job performance is an average 9.5 points underwater, 44.4% approve to 53.9% disapprove. Recent polls on Trump's approval other than...
    President Donald Trump’s approval among likely black voters jumped to 46 percent, according to Rasmussen Reports data posted Friday morning, less than 24 hours after the final presidential debate. According to the tracking survey, Trump’s approval jumped nine points from Thursday to Friday, going from 37 percent on Thursday to 46 percent on the morning following the presidential debate. Overall, Trump has experienced a 24 percent bump in approval among likely black voters since Monday: Morning Reader Data Points: National Daily Black Likely Voter Job Approval For @POTUS – October 19-23, 2020 Mon 10/19 – 25%Tue 10/20 – 24% Wed 10/21 – 31% Thu 10/22 – 37%Fri 10/23 – 46% — Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) October 23, 2020 During a segment on race in America, Trump hammered former Vice President Joe Biden for failing to get anything substantive done for the black community during his 47 years in politics, blasting...