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Vincent Sheheen legislative track record Unparalleled Success

By Cindi Ross Scoppe

If you think that Nikki Haley has done a great job as governor, you should vote for her next month. What you shouldn’t do is vote for her because you think Vincent Sheheen isn’t up to the job, or wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything with a Republican Legislature or, conversely, that what he would accomplish would be to raise your taxes and grow our government.

Sen. Sheheen’s 14 year track record demonstrates just the opposite. This is not someone who has tried to raise our taxes. The big tax-overhaul legislation that he proposed in several iterations and always with at least one conservative Republican as a co-sponsor was always revenue-neutral. That is, its purpose wasn’t to raise taxes, or to lower them, but to reform them, to turn our tax system into one that isn’t full of crazy loopholes that are bigger than the whole and that promotes our shared goals, rather than undermining them.

This is not someone who has proposed burdensome regulations. In fact, proposing regulations of any sort has not been a Sheheen priority. His priority has been on making the mechanisms of government work better, so that whatever the Legislature agrees the government should do, it does well, and it does efficiently, and it does in an accountable way.

As for his ability to work with the Republican Legislature, simply consider the 2014 legislative session. This was a year when the governor’s race was in full swing, when you would expect the Republican troops who dominate the General Assembly to rally around their governor and fight off anything that Mr. Sheheen might be able to use in his campaign to unseat her. Read more

Rainbow PUSH Coalition Expose Lack of Diversity

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition survey shows that there are just 3 Blacks and 1 Hispanic among the 189 total board members of the 20 technology companies surveyed. Eleven of the companies have no people of color on their boards, including Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, eBay, Google among others.

Just three companies; Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce have a Black or Latino on their Board. There are just 36 women among the 189 total board members of the 20 companies surveyed. This data reveals a bold and audacious pattern of exclusion.

“Rainbow PUSH has successfully PUSHed the technology to reveal their workforce diversity and inclusion data. The data documents the virtual exclusion of Blacks and Latinos from the industry in both tech and non-tech jobs.  This dearth of diversity is replicated on the corporate boards of directors.  It’s time for a change.  Technology companies must transform themselves from the corporate boards to the workforce, to mirror the communities and customers it relies upon for its growth and success.” Read more

Strengthen your finances: Start Budgeting for Emergencies Now

By Kiesha Easley

Saving money for an emergency fund is not a foreign concept to most people.  I knew that it was something I needed get my personal finances in order, but the part I struggled with was actually saving the money.

After all, every time I got paid, after paying all of the bills, I barely had anything left to buy food and gas, let alone, save for some far off (or not so far) emergency.  I was barely making ends meet, there wasn’t anything left to save.

When emergencies hit, they always threw us into a mad scramble – and it seemed like they always hit us when we were already down.  All it took was one thing to go wrong and next thing we knew, everything was out of whack.  Disconnection notices would pile up.  Every day we had to pray that when we flipped the light switch, it would still work.  Can you relate to this? Read more

The Black Hole of the American Injustice System

By David S. D’Amato

Though many Americans know that prisoners often work while behind bars, the conditions under which they toil may be less than clear. Fortune magazine made waves this summer when it reported that “[p]rison labor has gone artisanal,” revealing a multimillion dollar business that puts convicts to work making everything from specialty motorcycles to goat cheese sold at Whole Foods.

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The Red Flag Flies High Again on Prosecution in Brown Slaying

by Earl Ofari Hutchinson

A little over a year ago the debate was fierce over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela “tough on Crime” Corey assigned to prosecute George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin would dump the case. There was good reason for the debate.  Zimmerman was not a police officer. But he was seen as the next best or worst thing to it since he had close ties with law enforcement and was a one-time neighborhood watch patrol officer. This automatically bestowed on him the shield that cops have from any charges of misconduct especially in cases where the victims of their misconduct are young African Americans or Hispanics.

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Ok, Who’s on Trial Here?

Mayor Steve Benjamin: Ok, Who's On Trial Here

Even though he is not on trial, Columbia, S.C., Mayor Steve Benjamin has taken several hits from the prosecutors in the Jonathan Pinson corruption trial. This has caused some damage to his political image.

Killing and Dying for Respect

There was some disbelief over social media when it was suggested the accused shooter of two Newark New Jersey youth was prompted by his feeling disrespected. The suspect, a 15 year-old boy, is reported to have been angry because he believed two other young men had ‘hit’ on a girl he was dating. The boy’s rage resulted in the death of a 13 year-old girl, Zainee Hailey, who was struck by a stray bullet while taking out the trash on Christmas night. Another victim, a target of the shooter and one of the boys the suspect alleged to have acted disrespectfully toward him, died of his injuries. The third victim was shot in the neck and seriously injured.

 

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The New Hillary Hit — Pit Her Against President Obama

GOP strategists have made absolutely no secret that they are loading up for bear against Hillary Clinton, if but more likely when, she announces that she’s in for White House in 2016. They’ve already shelled out millions to assail her on websites, blogs, and in less than discreet digs at her from the Republican National Committee. They’ve rehashed all the old stuff about Whitewater, the Lewinsky scandal, her tout of health care reform, which was the prelude to the much harangued Affordable Care Act, and most importantly her alleged cover-up of Benghazi.

 

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GOP Exposed with Shutdown

Watching the proceedings in the House and Senate chambers tonight brought me back to the mid-1970’s and Watergate. I was in middle school when President Nixon first trampled the Constitution for personal gain and political power, and by the time I was in high school he was making that awkward salute as he boarded Marine One on the south lawn of the White House after resigning in disgrace. My thought then, as is my thought tonight, is how can anyone intelligent enough to reach the highest level of public service in America be so stupid?

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