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Earl Holt III, 62, leader of the White supremacist group named in Dylann Roof’s manifesto, has donated to senator Ted Cruz’s campaign for three years. But with the media shedding light on Holt’s connection to Roof, who allegedly killed nine in the Charleston church massacre, the 2016 Presidential candidate — and a few others — are returning the funds, according to NBC News.
Cruz, after being approached by The Guardian on Sunday, announced that he would be giving back about $8,500 in donations back to Holt, head of the Council of Conservative Citizens, which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as a white supremacy group.
“We just learned this evening that Mr. Holt had contributed to the campaign,” a spokesman for the Cruz campaign said in an email to The New York Times. “We will be immediately refunding all those donations.”
Fellow Republican contenders Rand Paul and Rick Santorum are following suit, according to NBC News. Paul and Santorum received $1,740 and $1,500, respectively, from Holt. However, they don’t plan on giving the money back to Holt, they’re redirecting the funds into the hands of the church victims’ families.
Here is what Santorum said in a statement according to the NY Times: “Rather than put more money back in the pockets of such an individual, my 2012 campaign committee will be donating the amount of his past donations to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund to support the victims of this tragedy.”
And here is what Rand’s camp had to say in a statement from Sergio Gor, a spokesman for the campaign: “RandPAC is donating the funds to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund to assist the victims families.”
Holt’s indirect ties to Roof surfaced when The Guardian pointed out that Roof, in his manifesto that he allegedly wrote, learned about “brutal” black-on-white murders from the Council of Conservative Citizens. But in a statement published on Sunday, Holt refused to be held responsible for radicalizing Roof.
“The CofCC is hardly responsible for the actions of this deranged individual merely because he gleaned accurate information from our website,” Holt said, according to The Guardian.
Holt, known for voicing inflammatory remarks, including African-Americans are “the laziest, stupidest and most criminally-inclined race in the history of the world,” has donated $65,000 to Republican campaigns in recent years.
Over the weekend, we told you about GOP staffer Elizabeth Lauten and the disgusting comments she made about Sasha and Malia Obama.
In case you missed it, Lauten, the communications director for Tennessee Representative Steven Fincher, took issue with the fact that Sasha and Malia appeared to be disinterested in their father’s pardoning of two turkeys in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. Lauten thought because the girls didn’t look readily engaged and weren’t smiling idiotically that they were being disrespectful to the entire country. And she took to her Facebook page to say that not only were they being disrespectful, they looked like women at a bar.
It was vile.
And after several people told her so, she deleted the post. And then after hours of prayer, she said she realized just how hurtful her words were and apologized.
But as the song goes, sometimes it’s just “too late to apologize.”
And today, after this weekend’s debacle, Lauten announced her resignation. Earlier today, she told NBC, that her resignation was “in the works” before she made her comments.
But it matters not.
I’ll allow this gif featuring Sasha and Malia to explain my thoughts on Lauten.
Do better girl, do better.
In a win over Dallas, Cleveland has been named host of the 2016 Republican National Convention.
After months of bipartisan lobbying and a pledge to raise an estimated $70 million for the convention, Cleveland was a front runner because of its ability to pay for the convention, unlike Tampa, which struggled to financially support the RNC in 2012.
The decision, announced live on Fox News in an on-air interview with GOP chairman Reince Priebus, puts the party in a prime position to gain a following in a the traditionally key battleground state.
“We’re excited about bringing the convention to Cleveland in Ohio, and we’re excited about the decision. We think it’s a smart decision,” Priebus said.
Officials from the GOP say the decision was unanimous, citing Cleveland’s convention centers and openness to hosting despite the lack of key details including dates and specific location.
“I’m really excited to welcome our Republican colleagues from around the nation to Cleveland in 2016. I think this convention will really elevate Cleveland in the eyes of the nation, and elevate Republicans in the eyes of Cleveland,” said Rob Frost, the Cuyahoga County Republican Party chairman.
The recommendation needs to be confirmed from the RNC’s national committee members. If chosen, Republicans will paint the city Red anywhere between June 28 and July 18.
Conventions provide massive economic boosts to the cities that host them; Tampa added more than $200 million to Florida’s economy and welcomed an estimated 50,000 visitors.
Many Cleveland natives are excited for the opportunity to revive the city in light of the city-wide renaissance currently underway. Even Senator Sherrod Brown, who is a Democrat and a Cleveland native, is excited about the news.
“Today’s announcement is excellent news for Ohio,” he said. “It represents another step forward in the city of Cleveland’s renaissance. As a Cleveland resident, I’m proud that we will host a party’s national convention and give America the opportunity to experience our region’s world class museums, restaurants, and other attractions.”
Cleveland fundraising boosters also hope to attract the 2016 Democratic Convention as well, though it’s unlikely they’ll be able to raise the funds to host both.
Still, with the GOP coming to the city to host its first major political convention since the presidential convention in 1936, Cleveland hopes to keep Ohio has a major political battleground state and contender.
Of course, because people do not know how to act, there are also jokes, like this c/o Mediaite.
— Glo Smith (@GloForCongress) June 29, 2014
Gloreatha “Glo” Scurry-Smith, who is running in the Florida GOP primary to challenge long-sitting Rep. Corrine Brown (D) in November, tweeted a bold display of discrimination committed against her: a photo of one of her campaign signs that had been vandalized. Her face on the eight-foot-by-four-foot sign was covered in white spray paint.
It was actually her husband who discovered the sign in Jacksonville, Florida and Smith told the National Review that she “expect[ed] signs to be tampered with or stolen, but not to this extent.”
“Throughout this entire incident, I go back to Martin Luther King’s comment that we look forward to a time when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” Smith said. “I’ve got too much work to focus on to be bothering with things like this.”
Smith is running in a district with a majority Democratic voter registration. “The attack follows a string of bias incidents against black Republicans,” reports National Review. She has also had several signs stolen.
Brown and another Republican are attempting to end Brown’s 21-year House career. Scurry-Smith is a former staffer for Governor Rick Scott and she will face fellow Republican Thuy Lowe in the late-August primary. Ballotpedia reports that Scurry-Smith had raised eight times as much money as Lowe of April.
As far as the defaced sign, Lowe condemned the vandalism, reports The Huffington Post.
“I was shocked by this,” Lowe told National Review. “There have been some comments out there that this may have been caused by bigotry. This is a message that she is an African American woman who is a Republican and therefore has a white point of view.”
And while there have been fake reports of similar incidents in other races, Smith said her claim is real. “I’ve got too much work to focus on to be bothering with things like this,” she said. “People are ready for a change. Corinne Brown has been there for more than 20 years.”
The GOP primary is set for August 26.
Update: Confronted with backlash, Cliven Bundy defended his statements, saying he was “just wondering” if blacks would be better off with slavery.
Someone who is backing down is Fox’s Sean Hannity. The anchor went so far as to go toe-to-toe with Jon Stewart on Bundy’s behalf and continued this afternoon to say that the government went to far. But with relation to Bundy’s racist remarks, Hannity said, “His comments are beyond repugnant to me. They are beyond despicable to me. They are beyond ignorant to me.” He says he will still cover “government overreach.”
In recent weeks, right-wing, conservative, states’ rights supporters have had a new hero to rally around. Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher, along with his family and armed supporters have engaged in a standoff with the federal government over $1 million he owes for allowing his cattle to graze on land the government owns. To those that stand with him, he’s a freedom fighter, pushing back against an encroaching government that’s overstepping its legal boundaries.
Well, it looks like Bundy cares about freedom and rights except when it comes to the “Negro.”
The government, which at one point had taken his cattle, has backed off. (It looks like the issue will now be handled “administratively and judcially.”) Celebrating his seeming victory, Bundy is still convening in the desert to speak out against all the things he thinks are wrong with the US. Talking to The New York Times, the paper reports:
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Until these remarks were made public, Bundy even had the backing of members of Congress including Sen. Rand Paul (Libertarian- Ky) who is likely running for President and Nevada’s Republican Sen. Dean Heller. Now, the GOP can’t run away from him fast enough.
The voting rights advancements made during the civil rights era are being eroded. Take recent Supreme Court decisions on voting rights and political contributions as a examples of the regression. Last week, the court delivered a 5-4 decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission which eliminated the aggregate cap on individual campaign donations. In other words, rich individuals such as the Koch brothers can put all their wealth behind a candidate, giving other candidates with poorer supporters less of a chance to aggressively compete.
Another setback came with last year’s Shelby v. Holder case, which curtailed the Voting Rights Act and “inspired a spree of Republican-initiated voter-restriction laws across the nation,” reports The Root. The decision seemingly helps Republicans create voting obstacles for African Americans, Latinos and the poor. Among the tactics are voter ID laws, changes to absentee ballot access, and the purging of voter rolls.
And to many the GOP is being helped by the Supreme Court, who among other moves last year knocked down a central provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This allowed several , mainly Southern, to change their election laws without Justice Department approval. As such North Carolina has passed the country’s most harsh restrictions on voting, eliminating same-day voter registration; cutting early voting down to 10 days from 17; mandating a photo ID requirement; and stopping straight-ticket party voting. Since last year, nine states have passed more restrictive voting laws. Other states, such as Ohio and Wisconsin, are in the process of enacting new voting restrictions as well.
Obama’s victory caused shifts in both voter turnout and the composition of the American electorate. For the first time in history, African Americans voted in larger numbers than whites. Because of this, the chances that in 2016 White House would continue to be held Democrats were high–until these latest court decisions. Just this weekend, The New York Times took a look at the battle going on in swing states, where new rules, including shorter windows for casting a vote, are having a disproportionate impact on black voters. “Democrats and other critics of the laws say that in the face of shifting demographics, Republicans are trying to alter the rules and shape the electorate in their favor,” the article says. “Those most affected by the restrictions are minorities and the urban poor, who tend to vote Democratic.”
Expanding in these new court decisions, the G.O.P. is bidding to limit voting in swing states. Some states are even pondering mandating proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or a passport, Arizona and Kansas have already done so.
Democrats aren’t taking all this lying down. Dems in North Carolina, for example, are pushing back against what is now the nation’s most restrictive voting laws, passed by Republicans last year. The new laws greatly reduce the number of early voting days and put rules in place that make it more harder for people to register to vote, cast provisional ballots or, in a some cases, vote absentee.
To counter the GOP moves, Democrats have tried to make it easier for people to sign up to vote, including online voting and registration. California, Colorado, Maryland, Arizona and Kansas have started online registration.
Are you registered to vote? Midterm elections are around the corner.
On Sunday, the Republican National Committee tweeted out an ill-advised tribute to civil rights icon Rosa Parks, praising the late activist for “her role in ending racism.”
Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism. pic.twitter.com/uxIj1QmtkU
— RNC (@GOP) December 1, 2013
The message was widely mocked by Twitter users who pointed out that the end of racism was news to them:
BREAKING: GOP says racism is over. In related news: “We were joking about that Kenyan-Muslim-socialist-dictator-Madrassa-foodstamp thing.”
— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) December 1, 2013
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 1, 2013
Read more at BlackVoices.com.
From The Grio
A Nevada assemblyman came under fire Monday after a YouTube video surfaced in which he told a Republican gathering he would vote to allow slavery if that is what his constituents wanted him to do.
“If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose … they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah,” Assemblyman Jim Wheeler told members of the Storey County Republican Party at a meeting in August.
His comments were swiftly denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike.
“Assemblyman Wheeler’s comments are deeply offensive and have no place in our society,” Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement. “He should retract his remarks and apologize.”
U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., called Wheeler’s comments “insensitive and wrong,” while the Assembly Democratic caucus said they were “reprehensible and disgusting.”
Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, on Twitter said Wheeler’s comments are “outrageous, they are embarrassing and they are just plain sad.”
“It’s time for Jim Wheeler to find a new line of work,” Roberson said.
Wheeler, a freshman lawmaker representing District 39, said his remarks were taken out of context and that he was trying to make a point that he was elected to represent his constituents.
Read more at TheGrio.com
Despite Stacey Dash’s support, I’m pretty sure Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (who she gushed about on Piers Morgan) and Mitt Romney (who she publicly endorsed on Twitter) have never seen an episode of Single Ladies. Nonetheless, with an acting career that’s sliding down the drain, do I think Dash is milking this whole “Black Republican” thing? Absolutely. In fact, I view her rebirth into conservative Republicanism the same way I view Miley Cyrus’ risqué twerk-filled antics: A cry for attention and a ruse to stay relevant.
After she endorsed Romney, Dash’s Twitter follower count went up by 30,000. Her name has been splashed all over social media and she’s getting calls for interviews on CNN, Fox News, and ABC. She realized that being a conservative Black woman was profitable. And now with a new book coming, Not Black Enough, it’s time to drum up a little publicity with some Obama-bashing on Fox.
Twitter has been vocal in its backlash against Dash’s various conservative comments. On Piers Morgan, she responded: “I really don’t understand the fury.”
I will be happy to explain why so many people, including myself, think her “Black Republican” stint is bizarre. First, she’s technically unemployed, part of a group of people often overlooked by the GOP. As we speak, conservative Republicans are throwing a toddler’s tantrum over Obamacare and the debt ceiling at the expense of 800,000 furloughed federal workers.
Second, she’s African American. This isn’t to say that there are no African American Republicans. But there have been many recent cases in which Republicans have painted African Americans as “lazy criminals” and have otherwise supported policies and programs that negatively impact the black community. The GOP fails to acknowledge that even African Americans with advantages are at a disadvantage: A multitude of studies have shown that housing, business loan, and job discrimination are still disproportionately affecting Blacks.
And lastly Dash is a woman; a thrice-divorced woman at that. She split from Emmanuel Xuereb because he was allegedly “physically violent.” Last year, there was a Republican-endorsed bill that didn’t recognize domestic violence as grounds for divorce. Republican Wisconsin Rep. Don Pridemore said, “Instead of leaving an abusive situation, women should try to remember the things they love about their husbands.” And after a plague of chauvinistic comments from the GOP, how could anyone believe they have a woman’s best interests at heart?
And from what I understand, she’s a single mother of two children. The aforementioned bill also labelled single motherhood as “child abuse.”
African Americans are not a monolithic group and I don’t think all Blacks should be Democrats. In my opinion, it’s just a matter of where you’re positioned in life and which party would provide you the best opportunities. A Black CEO of a Fortune 500 company might benefit more from voting Republican. A middle-class African-American college student, on the other hand, might be better off on the left.
That being said, I’m definitely side-eying Stacey Dash as a vocal GOP affiliate. And the fact that she advertised Not Black Enough on FOX News’ Hannity convinced me that she’s exploiting her so-called “conservatism” for a career boost more so than for a true political agenda.
It’s no secret that as 2016’s presidential election approaches, Republicans need to lure African Americans, Hispanic voters, a growing minority, and other racial groups to the right to have any chance of winning. Unfortunately for the GOP, there are other alarming members of the populace that may foreshadow their failure in the next election.
Single mothers, who are overwhelmingly Democratic, are on the rise, according to the The Washington Post. A half a century ago, unmarried single mothers only represented less than one percent of America. Currently, a report by the Pew Research Center says, mommies who have children out of wedlock constitute 11 percent of the United States.
The last presidential election with Obama emerging as victorious sent unnerving shockwaves through the GOP. There was a revelation that appealing solely to White and rural-dwelling voters was not sufficient. The changing demographics of the United States are posing a threat to Republicans in office across the country.
Back in 2008, Obama gained 74 percent of the single mom vote. Now with the steady increase of moms raising kids on their own, the number of women expected to vote in favor of the Democrats for the next presidential race is climbing as well.
These never-married single moms are generally African American or Latina and under the age of 30. It is certainly no surprise that Blacks and Hispanics heavily supported Democrats as exit polls demonstrated last year; the real shocker lies in the fact that white single moms are beginning to lean towards the left as well.
Among white single mothers, 56 percent voted for Obama while a feeble 43 percent favored Romney. Single mothers of all races who had a household income of less than $50,000 supported Obama with 79 percent of their votes.
Not only are single moms gaining potency in the presidential race, but young voters are as well. Exit polls of 2004 demonstrated that Republicans (under Bush) won 45 percent of young voters between the ages of 18 and 29 years old. In 2012, Obama had 60 percent of the young population’s vote in that same age range, according to CNN.
Republican activists acknowledge that the reasons behind the GOP’s failure to attract more voters lie in seeming closed-minded, Republican voices having no filter, according to a report on Politico. A recent political and economic study by The College Republican National Committee that looked at polls for the groups we’ve discussed here shows that, on economic matters,“We’ve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but won’t offer you a hand to help you get there.”
Do you think the GOP stands a chance in winning 2016’s election with an evolving American demographic?