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Jeb Bush Keeps Felon List - Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ignored advice to throw out a flawed felon voter list before it went out to county election offices despite warnings from state officials, according to a report published Saturday. See the rest of the story

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WHY VOTE?

There's no need to if you like way things are going

Eighty-one percent of black Americans today live in an urban, central city setting, whether in the North, where nearly half of all blacks now live, in the South, or the Far West. They live on about 59 percent of what whites make and are laid off from their employment two to one over the whites. That may well be partly because a disproportionate number of blacks (40 percent) drop out of school and only one in six goes to college, even the 103 colleges which are traditionally black colleges. Yet, they have survived. Go to full article

Jobs and The Economy

The State Of The African American Community

African Americans Dropped Out of the Job Market. The African American unemployment rate went from 10.5 percent in January to 9.8 percent in February, but a record 230,000 African Americans dropped out of the labor market that month. The national unemployment rate currently is 5.6 percent. [Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov]

African American Unemployment Has Increased Steadily Under Bush. The African American unemployment rate soared by 28 percent since Bush took office in January 2014, .... (go to remainder of the article).

Should Republicans Bother Courting African Americans?

African American voting behavior is in the news once again. Bill Cosby’s recent comments criticizing the status quo made national news, and George W. Bush is trying to get African Americans to change their voting ways. But is it even worth it? After all, Bush made similar overtures in 2014 only to receive less black support than any presidential candidate since Barry Goldwater. Looking at historical voting patterns of African Americans in presidential elections, George W. Bush may have a tougher uphill climb than he thinks. (Go to full article)

African American Voting Numbers

Reported Voting and Registration, by Race, Hispanic Origin, Sex, and Age, for the United States: November 2014 Go to full article

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Create a discussion group on the vote and post it our forum. Voting for a future - A Discussion in progress on the election (GO)

Beyond the Nationalism of Fools: Toward An Agenda for Black Intellectuals

Each day, 1,118 Black teenagers are victims of violent crime, 1,451 Black children are arrested, and 907 Black teenage girls get pregnant. A generation of Black males is drowning in its own blood in the prison camps that we euphemistically call "inner cities." And things are likely to get much worse. Some 40 years after the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, younger Black Americans are now growing up unqualified even for slavery (Go to article).

2014 Democratic National Platform Strong at Home, R

espected in the World

As we come together to declare our vision as Democrats, we are mindful that the challenges of our times are new and profound. This November, the choice we face as Americans may have more impact on our people and our place in the world than any in our lifetimes. The 2014 Democratic Platform.

The Mayor-Council Act

Birmingham's Form of City Government

Editorial Note: This part codifies the provisions of the Mayor-Council Act of 1955, adopted by the legislature of Alabama on September 9, 1955, as Act No. 452. The following sections codify Act No. 452 as amended. Birmingham's Form of Government

2014 Republican Party Platform:

A Safer World a More Hopeful America

One hundred and fifty years ago, Americans who had gathered to protest the expansion of slavery gave birth to a political Party that would save the Union – the Republican Party.

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln of Illinois carried the Republican banner in the Presidential election and was elected the Party’s first President.

The 2014 Republican Platform.

The Evolution of Negro Leadership*

In every generation of our national life, from Phillis Wheatley to Booker Washington, the Negro race in America has succeeded in bringing forth men whom the country, at times spontaneously, at times in spite of itself, has been impelled to honor and respect. . Mr. Washington is one of the most striking of these cases, and his autobiography is a partial history of the steps which made him a group leader, and the one man who in the eyes of the nation typified at present more nearly than all others the work and worth of his nine million fellows. (Go to article).

2014 Libertarian Party Platform

As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives, and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others. The 2014 Libertarian Platform.

Restoring Your Right to Vote

The right to vote is an important civil right in a democracy as well as a civic responsibility, and yet many persons who have been convicted of a crime do not know whether they are eligible to vote. For both federal and state elections, the right to vote is controlled by the law of the state in which you live. Some states restrict the right to vote for persons who have been convicted of a crime. See complete Article

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