Evangelical minister who sought to influence Supreme Court comes under withering criticism
A conservative evangelical minister testifying before a House committee Thursday came under fierce personal attacks from Republican members of Congress angry that he has accused Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito of leaking news of a 2014 decision ahead of time.news.yahoo.com
District Attorney Fani Willis has advice for rappers: ‘Don’t confess to crimes on rap lyrics’
ShawFulton County District Attorney Fani Willis will not back down when it comes to the use of rap lyrics in criminal cases. Willis recently held a press conference where she answered questions about upcoming criminal cases that involve high-profile Atlanta rappers, Young Thug and Gunna. Notable rap lyrics from Young Thug could be used against him during his trial which will start in 2023. Some have argued that rap lyrics are tools of artistic expression and should not be used as evidence in court. Don’t confess to crimes on rap lyrics if you do not want them used or at least get out of my county,” she said.thewestsidegazette.com
Former judiciary workers urge Congress to protect court employees from discrimination and harassment
Lawmakers from both political parties said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday that, despite efforts by the U.S. courts to overhaul their system, problems persist because the judiciary’s more than 30,000 employees still lack the same legal rights as other government and private-sector workers.washingtonpost.com
Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is Latest Lawmaker Arrested in Voting Rights Fight
By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaCongresswoman Sheila Jack-son Lee (D-Texas) became the third African American lawmaker arrested this month while advocating for new voting rights legislation. “I will never stop fighting for voting rights,” Congresswoman Jackson-Lee ex-claimed. “The time is now to move the voting rights bills in the U.S. Senate forward!! Jackson Lee reminded everyone that all of the arrests are part of the “civil disobedience” needed to move voting rights to the forefront. 1, S 1 and to pass the John Robert Lewis Voting Rights Act,” Jackson Lee stated.thewestsidegazette.com
Critics: GOP measures target Black voter turnout in Georgia
(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)ATLANTA – Fueled by Black turnout, Democrats scored stunning wins in Georgia in the presidential and U.S. Senate races. But one aspect of their plans, a proposal to eliminate early voting on Sundays, seems specifically targeted at a traditional get-out-the-vote campaign used by Black churches, referred to as “souls to the polls." AdIn Georgia, Republicans control state government and have introduced dozens of legislative measures that would restrict voting access. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, also a Republican, has called for a photo ID requirement for absentee voting but has yet to back a specific proposal. After states expanded access to mail-in and early voting during the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 70% of all ballots cast nationwide came before Election Day.
Ossoff seals Democrats' sweep; will be youngest US senator
At 33, the millennial Democrat will assume his own leadership mantle after being one of two candidates to help the party sweep Georgia's crucial U.S. Senate runoff elections, a victory that sealed Democrats' control of the chamber. Ossoff defeated Republican David Perdue in the runoff that was held Tuesday after neither he nor Perdue received 50% of the vote in November. This is Ossoff's first election to public office, and he will be the youngest member of the Senate. For his Senate campaign, he took a sharper approach. In a victory speech early Wednesday, Ossoff said he would follow the example set by Lewis.
Georgia US Senate race: Ossoff again campaigning in overtime
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate from Georgia Jon Ossoff speaks after voting early in Atlanta on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. For the second time in three years, Jon Ossoff is campaigning in overtime. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA – Though still chasing his first victory, Jon Ossoff is no stranger to the pressure of campaigning in overtime — this time for one of two crucial U.S. Senate seats that will determine control of the chamber. Ossoff ran a formidable campaign even while being mocked by Republicans as a lightweight unqualified to occupy the seat once held by Republican Newt Gingrich. Biden received nearly 100,000 more votes in Georgia than Ossoff.
Congressional Black Caucus Elects Executive Committee for the 117th Congress
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent@StacyBrownMedaU.S. rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) will chair the Congressional Black Caucus for the 117th Congress. The announcement came as the CBC embarks on its 50th anniversary as the voice of Black America in Congress. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, who represents Michigan’s 14th district and currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the Oversight and Reform Committee, was tapped as 2nd Vice-Chair. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents Texas’s 18th district and currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee, Homeland Security Committee, and the Budget Committee, will serve as Parliamentarian. Though small in numbers, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) founders understood their responsibility for the millions of voices they represented, Congresswoman Bass noted.thewestsidegazette.com
'Senseless crime': The victims of July Fourth shootings
From San Francisco to South Carolina, a spate of shootings claimed the lives of people celebrating or just taking a drive over the Fourth of July weekend. ___SHE DIED IN MY ARMSSecoriea Turner should have been making TikTok videos on her phone Sunday evening, her mother said. The fast-food restaurant was burned during protests the following night and became a gathering place for demonstrations against police brutality. We knew he was going to be something," the boy's uncle told the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday. "Were protesting for months, for weeks, saying, Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter. Black lives matter it seems like, only when a police officer shoots a black person.
House Democrats ask National Archives for Brett Kavanaugh's White House records
US Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks after being nominated by US President Donald Trump (L) to the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Two Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee requested records from the National Archives on Tuesday related to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's time in the White House under President George W. Bush. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., who chairs the subcommittee on the courts, issued a letter to the National Archives and Records Administration seeking records related to Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary and in the White House counsel's office. Kavanaugh served in the White House from 2001 to 2006. "In the coming year, the Supreme Court will again address important matters regarding civil rights, criminal justice, and immigration," the two lawmakers wrote.cnbc.com