1/03 - 3/03
2000 - 2002
Black America News
Florida is of special interest to Bush for '04 11/29/03 Boston Globe
Sharpton Objects to Ads Using him to attack Edwards 11/29/03 NNPA: "The candidate who presents the greatest obstacle to John Edwards’ chances of garnering a lion’s share of the Black vote in next year’s Democratic presidential primaries, has blasted a conservative Republican group for producing an ad that features him to criticize the North Carolina senator."
S.C. blacks could tip primary 11/28/03 Atlanta Journal Constitution: "Democratic presidential candidates, with their sights set on the critical Feb. 3 primary, are immersing themselves in South Carolina's African-American political scene.
Six states hold primaries that day, two weeks after the Iowa caucuses launch the election season and one week after New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary. But South Carolina has grabbed most of the attention as the first Southern state, and the first with a significant African-American electorate, to vote."
Clark's True Colors 11/28/03 The Nation
Tapping into Voter Anger 11/26/03 Alternet
Matt Gonzalez: Not beholden to the machine 11/26/03 SF Bay View
Mayor Brown tells ministers Gonzalez opposes blacks
Attack on candidate, who makes gains on Newsom in new polls 11/26/03 SF Chronicle: not exactly what you hear in the black media, such as SF Bay View…
Bush's younger brother quizzed over $2m deal 11/26/03 Sydney Morning Herald
Dean's New Challenge: Reaching Black Voters 11/24/03 NYT: "So many events that I go to I'm like one of maybe two black faces," said Ms. Williams, 37, a staunch Dean fan who has followed her candidate to more than a dozen events in New York, New Jersey and New Hampshire over the last year. "The only thing I can say the reason why is there hasn't been any effort to reach out to minorities."
Democrats look away from Dixie 11/23/03 Philadelphia Inquirer: "On a radio show last week, Democratic candidate John Kerry said that, yes, it was important to compete in the South, but he pointed out that Gore, who was shut out in Dixie, still would have won his race if tiny New Hampshire had not backed Bush - the sole state in the Northeast to do so. Dean's campaign manager has made the same argument."
McKinney addresses Hall group
Former U.S. representative was guest of Newtown Florist Club 11/23/03 The Gainsville Times, FL: "During the past year she said she's traveled the country and seen "that there really are many, many more people who think like us and who are rejecting the vision for our country that the Bush administration has laid out." "
Clyburn will decide soon on endorsement 11/23/03 The State, South Carolina: "The nine Democratic presidential candidates continue to wait for U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. [past chair of Congressional Black Caucus], to endorse one of them.
They will be glad to know that by last week, he had narrowed his choices down to “four or five,” he told The State.
Clyburn is frequently called “kingmaker” because he is considered — with U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings and U.S. Rep. John Spratt — one of the three most influential Democrats in South Carolina. He has been courted by nearly every campaign."
Dean is expected to get support of Cummings 11/21/03 Baltimore Sun: "Howard Dean is expected soon to announce that he has won the support of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, a nod that could help the former Vermont governor gain traction with African-American voters in his pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination."
Black Voters and White Racists Frustrate Louisiana GOP 11/20/03 Black Commentator: "Focus groups consistently tell the Party’s corporate marketers (and their counterparts in the rightist, southern-born Democratic Leadership Council) that the coveted suburban white “swing voter,” whose self-image is that of a social moderate but law and order and fiscal conservative, is the key to permanent majority-party status. She is marginally more uncomfortable than her husband with the nagging suspicion that she might be voting her race, and needs reassurance from the Party to which she otherwise leans, the GOP. In the Nineties the Bradley Foundation, the Party’s most sophisticated propaganda factory and think-tank funder (half a billion dollars in rightwing grant-making since 1989) began pressing GOP leaders to aggressively groom selected members of racial minorities for the dual purposes of (a) creating the illusion of a conservative, “alternative” non-white (especially Black) leadership, and (b) assuaging the anxieties of white “swing” voters unwilling to associate with an overtly racist party. Minority recruits were placed on a dizzyingly fast track to Republican prominence."
If Tom Daschle Doesn't Crack the Whip and Get His Caucus to Filibuster the "Trojan Horse/Poison Pill" GOP Medicare Bill, the Democrats Will Probably Face a Massive Defeat in 2004. Here is Why. 11/20/03 BuzzFlash
Rangel champions Clark’s White House Bid 11/20/03 Challenge Group
Al Sharpton: Reinventing himself 11/20/03 Chicago Tribune
Rep. Towns Backs Sharpton Prez Bid 11/20/03 Newsday: "The Brooklyn lawmaker said he is siding with Sharpton because he agrees with his criticism of the Bush administration on Iraq, and the argument that the federal government should have used the money spent to wage war improving education and health care at home."
Join African Americans for Dean 11/19/03 Dean for America: Howard Dean is a Democratic Presidential candidate. Join African Americans for Dean Today to receive updates from the campaign.
Dean's New Southern Strategy: Blacks and Whites Together--Focused on Education and Healthcare 11/18/03 The Nation: by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. "If Howard Dean wins the nomination around an economic agenda, and can effectively combat the certain Republican tactic of diversion--using social issues openly, and race more subtly, to sublimate economic concerns--then Democrats may once again be able to win in the South and pursue a progressive economic agenda for the benefit of all Americans."
No Win for Blacks in Louisiana Governor’s Race 11/16/03 Black America Web: "Blanco, the current lieutenant governor, will be the state’s first woman governor. Her victory comes at the expense of Republican Bobby Jindal who, had he won, would have been the first non-white governor since black Republican P.B.S. Pinchback served for 35 days during Reconstruction. Jindal’s parents came to the U.S. from India.
While the Democratic Party takes turns between sighs of relief and yelps of celebration, having recently lost Mississippi and Kentucky and California to Republican governors, the people of Louisiana might be rubbing their temples in pain. In a state that needed a bold, imaginative and progressive leader as much as any, Louisianans got none of that. In fact, they never had the option. The runoff between Blanco and Jindal was a lose-lose situation."
Kathleen Blanco Wins Louisiana Gov. Race 11/15/03 Washington Post: She beats a Pakistani-American who ran as Republican, amidst whispers she has backing from the Mafiosi: "Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a Cajun grandmother and veteran Democrat, won a tightly contested election for Louisiana's governor Saturday, breaking a 130-year lock by white males on the job and snapping a string of Republican gubernatorial victories this fall."
Dean expands lead over Kerry in New Hampshire poll 11/14/03 AP: "Dean, former governor of Vermont, was at 38 percent in the WMUR New Hampshire Primary Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. Kerry, a Massachusetts senator, was at 16 percent in the poll. About a fourth of voters, 27 percent, were undecided.
In October, Dean led Kerry 30 percent to 17 percent, with 20 percent undecided, in a UNH poll."
Insiders March To The Dean Drummer, Clark Will Take Matching Funds 11/14/03 CBS
Poll: One Year Until The Election 11/14/03 CBS: "When offered a choice between Bush or an unnamed Democratic candidate, 41% of registered voters choose Bush, and 43% say they will cast their ballot for the Democrat." That could be fixed in the computerized voting systems!
Democrats cry foul over black radio ad 11/14/03 Shreveport Times: "Democrats complained Thursday that Republicans were attempting to suppress black voter turnout in Saturday's election through a radio ad that purported to be from a group of District of Columbia school parents.
The ad, featuring a black woman, asks Louisiana voters "to say no to the Democrats," specifically saying U. S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans, is opposed to vouchers to allow D.C. parents to use public funds to send their children to private schools."
The Rev in the Race 11/13/03 Alternet
Dean’s confusion about racism misses the point 11/13/03 Amsterdam News
Al Sharpton's Political Emotional Breakdown 11/13/03 Black Commentator: "By November 5, when Sharpton finally flailed his way to the bottom of a breathtakingly self-destructive spiral, he had managed to read himself out of the Black Political Consensus, at least temporarily, having demeaned the pantheon of Black congressional and institutional leadership as a mere “club.” Sharpton shed a great deal of personal dignity along the way, and squandered hard earned trust that will not easily be reclaimed. Overwhelmed by the pain of perceived betrayal by the Jacksons, Sharpton struck back at Black leadership as a whole. Amazingly, he staged his dreadful tantrum at the precise moment when African Americans were demonstrating near-unanimous opposition to George Bush’s latest attempt to pack the federal courts."
Dean's Folly 11/13/03 Black Commentator: "Dean is a shrewd politician. He is not one to go on quixotic political quests. This statement was calculated to make a point that the Dean campaign is open to everyone that wants to be a part of it, even Southern white males. The question is what substantive message can he contrive to make his gambit successful. Only time will tell."
Al Sharpton and black folks - African Americans not fully supporting Democratic candidate 11/12/03 MSNBC
CAMPAIGN TIMES 11/12/03 PBS: "Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean won endorsements from two of the nation's largest labor unions, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union. Margaret Warner examines the significance of the unions' support for Dean's campaign."
Black leader backs Deutsch 11/11/03 AP
Two more officials quit Kerry campaign 11/11/03 AP
Civil Rights Veterans Blast "Insider" Democratic Candidates For Boycotting Nation's Only Majority-Black Primary 11/11/03 Black News: "Civil rights veterans in the nation s capital were shocked and offended Friday as news came that Democratic presidential hopefuls Joe Lieberman, John Kerry, Dick Gephardt, Wesley Clark and John Edwards had secretly orchestrated a simultaneous withdrawal from the DC presidential primary scheduled for January 13, 2004. The primary is set to make history as the first time a majority-black jurisdiction leads off the presidential nominating process. District civil rights and voting rights leaders made their primary first-in-the-nation in order to draw attention to the fact that DC residents cannot elect voting members to the U.S. House or Senate."
Sharpton Faces Critical Test In South Carolina 11/11/03 BWT: Written by Ron Daniels
Sharpton here for protest of auto firm's lending rules 11/11/03 Chicago Sun Times
Seed of Destruction 11/11/03 In These Times: "Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) got a letter the other day from the Illinois chair of the Dennis Kucinich for President campaign. In These Times got a copy of the letter, too—after all, it was an open letter intending to provoke controversy over Jackson’s decision to endorse Howard Dean.
Lance Del Goebel, depicting Dean as Bush’s immoral collaborator, wrote, “Will you, Congressman Jackson, be explaining to your constituents that they should support Howard Dean because of the project undertaken by Texas Governor George Bush and Vermont Governor Howard Dean to dump Vermont’s toxic waste on the poor Hispanic town of Sierra Blanca, Texas?” "
Soros's Deep Pockets vs. Bush - Financier Contributes $5 Million More in Effort to Oust President 11/11/03 Washington Post: "Soros, who has financed efforts to promote open societies in more than 50 countries around the world, is bringing the fight home, he said. On Monday, he and a partner committed up to $5 million to MoveOn.org, a liberal activist group, bringing to $15.5 million the total of his personal contributions to oust Bush.
Overnight, Soros, 74, has become the major financial player of the left. He has elicited cries of foul play from the right. And with a tight nod, he pledged: "If necessary, I would give more money."
"America, under Bush, is a danger to the world," Soros said. Then he smiled: "And I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is." "
HUTCHINSON: Danger in Sharpton's Anti-Black Ploy Against Dean 11/10/03 Alternet
Sen. John Kerry Changes Campaign Manager 11/10/03 AP
"The 2004 Election Is Over, Now" 11/10/03 ChronWatch
The Stop-Dean movement stumbles 11/10/03 CNN
Edwards courts S.C.'s black voters 11/10/03 News Record, NC: "Black North Carolinians helped to start U.S. Sen. John Edwards' political career, and he asked them Sunday to assist him once again by spreading his presidential campaign message to voters in early Democratic primary states."
MONEY AND POLITICS 11/10/03 PBS: "Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean announced Saturday that he would forgo public matching funds for his 2004 presidential campaign, becoming the first Democrat to opt out of the presidential public financing system in 30 years. Experts discuss Dean's decision and its possible ramifications for the future of campaign financing."
Careful With That Snake 11/9/03 Black Voices: "To the amazement of strangers, not the knowing, it was the Rev. Al Sharpton who rode down out of the hills upon a resolute Howard Dean last week and proceeded to shoot the wounded.
The Vermont physician, whose genes meander back toward the Mayflower, had seemingly brandished the wrong instrument at the debate among Democratic presidential hopefuls. Instead of a suture to join wayward Southern voters to his campaign, Dean operated with the scalpel and the blood he drew was his own."
Plan to Convene The National Convention of the Alliance to End Homelessness in America 11/9/03 Black Voter Net: "Mission: An Alliance of homeless citizens, frontline providers, and advocates for the homeless will piggyback on the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston to bring attention to the disgraceful condition that exists in the United States of America, the ever-growing and unchecked problem of homelessness. While the whole world is watching the Alliance will convene a meeting of delegates from cities and towns across the nation to establish a national agenda, which will demand elected officials to address the issue of homelessness in America. Among other initiatives, the Alliance will mobilize the homeless to register to vote, and it will organize grassroots support for the Bringing America Home Act that was introduced to the United States Congress on July 25, 2003."
Sharpton adds his own flair to debates 11/9/03 Boston Globe: "Whether he is throwing out another one-liner or hushing hecklers in the audience, Sharpton has been a crowd-pleaser throughout the Democratic presidential debates, so adept at onstage delivery that he performs oral gymnastics over the rest of the contenders. But in recent weeks, the man New Yorkers simply call "Rev" has been more than a gadfly buzzing his challengers. By pressing his opponents on touchy issues ranging from affirmative action to the Confederate flag and the Middle East, Sharpton also has shown himself to be a politician with a strategic dimension.
The morning after he demanded an apology from a stunned-looking Howard Dean for comments the former Vermont governor made about courting Southern voters with Confederate flags on their trucks, Dean publicly apologized for the pain he caused and called Sharpton on his cellphone to express remorse.
Sharpton "wins just by running," said Sanford Rubenstein, a close friend who is also Sharpton's lawyer. "He brings to the table in his own way those issues that would not be as prominently on the table, were it not for the fact that he's in the race."
Gephardt inches ahead in Iowa 11/9/03 DesMoines Register: "U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt has overtaken former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean as the Democratic presidential front-runner in a new Des Moines Register poll of Iowans likely to take part in the Jan. 19 caucuses.
However, Gephardt's 7-percentage-point lead over Dean in the Iowa Poll appears a little wobbly. More of Dean's supporters say their minds are made up and they are certain of their participation in the Democratic caucuses, which launch the presidential nominating season for the nation."
Candidate exaggerates race issue 11/9/03 Hattiesburg American, MI: "Memo to Barbara Blackmon: On Thursday, following your defeat to Republican Amy Tuck, you had the audacity to say that "... if my pigmentation were different, I would be the lieutenant governor of this state." What a preposterous statement! "
Black Media Barons Back Sharpton Bid 11/9/03 Washington Post
Rev. Sharpton Breaks Ranks on Janice Rogers Brown Filibuster 11/7/03 Chron Watch
Brown Nomination Garners Surprising Endorsement 11/7/03 Family News: "On a day when Democrats successfully filibustered the nomination of William Pryor, another judge passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote. That judge, California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown, got some surprising support from an unlikely source: Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton.
On Wednesday, Sharpton called on Senate Democrats not to filibuster Brown, who has been nominated to serve on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, saying she should get a clear up-or-down vote. David Almasi, director of Project 21 — a group that describes itself as "the national leadership network of conservative African-Americans" — was surprised."
Black Group Critical of Sharpton's Civil Rights Flip-Flop 11/7/03 US NewsWire
Poll Has Dean Leading Kerry by 14 Points 11/6/03 AP
Openly Gay African-American Elected Mayor of Palm Springs 11/6/03 GayWired: Palm Springs, CA.
Daytona Beach appears to elect first black mayor 11/5/03 AP
No slam-dunks for Democrats or GOP in `off-year' elections 11/5/03 AP
Races, Ballot Items Around the Nation 11/5/03 AP
Dems face off in 'Rock the Vote' 11/5/03 CNN: "With a year to go to the 2004 general elections, Democratic presidential nomination candidates faced young voters Tuesday night during a 90-minute forum aired live and sponsored by CNN and Rock the Vote at historic Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts."
Expose on Howard Dean 11/5/03 Dissident Voice
Candidates Unplugged 11/5/03 Tom Paine: "I knew last night’s CNN/Rock the Vote forum for young voters and the Democratic presidential candidates was going to be bizarre as soon as I saw the “Condom-Sense Party” candidate outside Faneuil Hall during the pre-debate scrum."
Poll Watchers Monitor Mississippi Elections 11/5/03 WLOX, MS
Tuck wins second term as lieutenant governor 11/4/03 AP: "Republican Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck, who left the Democratic Party last winter and weathered criticism for taking $510,000 in loans from a trial lawyer, won re-election on today, becoming the first woman to serve two consecutive terms in that office.
Tuck defeated state Sen. Barbara Blackmon, a Democrat who was trying to become Mississippi's first black statewide elected official since Reconstruction. Incomplete returns show Tuck with 61 percent of the vote, and Blackmon had 37 percent."
Incidents mar Election Day 11/4/03 Philadelphia Inquirer: "Mayor Street's campaign officials went to court and obtained an emergency injunction against a Katz supporter who was asking to see voters' identification before they entered the polls… Mayor Street's campaign officials went to court and obtained an emergency injunction against a Katz supporter who was asking to see voters' identification before they entered the polls.
Later this afternoon, Katz's campaign obtained an injunction against an alleged Street campaign worker who was engaging in physical and verbal intimidation, harassment and coercion of voters in the 35th division of the 58th ward in the Northeast.
Mayor Street's campaign denied the man was associated with the campaign.
By early afternoon, police had recorded 36 incidents at polling places. They included disturbances, acts of threats, harassment, assaults and vandalism."
Street easily wins re-election 11/4/03 Philadelphia Inquirer: "Mayor Street overwhelmed Republican challenger Sam Katz today, easily winning reelection despite a contentious rematch and the discovery of an FBI bug in the mayor's office.
Galvanized by the federal investigation, Philadelphia Democrats rallied around their Democratic mayor, giving him the biggest victory of his quarter-century career in politics."
Transcript: Rock the Vote Democratic Presidential Debate 11/4/03 Washington Post
Dean's Rivals Decry Flag Remark 11/2/03 AP: "A comment by Howard Dean about Confederate flags and pickup trucks has drawn critical reaction from other candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination.
"I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks," the former Vermont governor was quoted as saying in Saturday's Des Moines Register. "We can't beat George Bush unless we appeal to a broad cross-section of Democrats." "
The Cheney-Bush energy disaster is about to come to a vote 11/1/03 Free Press: "As would be expected in the Age of Bush, an energy bill that will affect all Americans for decades to come, and cost us hundreds of billions of dollars, is being hashed out in secret. It's a direct off-shoot of those notorious secret meetings held by Vice President Dick Cheney, about which he refuses to disclose anything, despite a string of court orders. A final Congressional vote may come this week.
For New Englanders, it will mean critical shortages of natural gas within the very near future, plus soaring oil prices and escalating danger from nuclear power plants -Vermont Yankee, Pilgrim, Seabrook and the two Millstone reactors still operating in Connecticut."
2004 Presidential Election - Contributions to Candidates 11/1/03 Open Secrets