20 of 48 Blacks in Congress Are in Districts That Are Less Than 50% Black

20 of 48.  There are 48 Blacks in Congress, the highest number in history.  Twenty of the 48 African Americans were elected in a district or state that’s less than 50% Black.   Several...

#Ferguson Bill on Grand Jury Overhaul Offered by @LacyClayMO1 @RepHankJohnson

H.R. 429. On January 21, Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Lacy Clay (D-MO), introduced the Grand Jury Reform Act.  The bill, which is related to the non indictments of police officers Darren Wilson...

House Dems Talk Of Limit to Seniority Power as CBC Hits Peak Seniority Power

The Power of Seniority. Some House Democrats are once again talking about limiting the power of seniority just as — you guessed it — boatloads of African American members of Congress...

Video: Black Republican Reception w @SenatorTimScott @WillHurd @MiaBLove

Historic Republicans. Yesterday former congressional staffer Insight America, J.C. Watts and Elroy Sailor hosted a reception for the three Black Republicans in Congress.  The reception featured...

#SOTU Video: The #Ferguson Question

African Americans in Congress and the President of the NAACP react to President Obama’s second to the last State of the Union and the question of did Ferguson come up enough:

@RepAndreCarson Plays Big Role for Black Caucus in #Ferguson

Youth Movement.  “Where do I start?  How about undefinable frustration? It seems we can’t even catch our breath from our first tragedy before being hit by another gut-punch from a second,...

Positive Vibes From Young #Ferguson/Black Caucus Dinner

Some dinner and a few tweets.  Tonight members of the Black Caucus are in Ferguson, Mo. A planned dinner with local activists and others is currently underway.   Two positive tweets were seen...

@Clyburn on #Ferguson: “We’ve Got Checkbooks”

“They’ve Got the Numbers, It’s About Turnout… We’ve Got Checkbooks.” The Congressional Black Caucus member with the largest campaign war chest, along with a thriving leadership...

10 Black Caucus Members Headed to #Ferguson on Eve of MLK Holiday

Update: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15: Rep. Lacy Clay press release on the Black Caucus #Ferguson trip EXCLUSIVE. Black Caucus Members Headed to Ferguson. At least 10 members of the Congressional Black...

First White House #Ferguson Task Force Meeting is Tomorrow #EricGarner

Paneling. What the White House policing task force boils down to is: The hearing you can’t get from a GOP controlled Congress.  Several members of the CBC have already offered legislation...

Butterfield: New Black Caucus Chair Talks Black Agenda + Strategy

If you were the new Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) beginning your time as Chairman when the first Black President of the United States was in his last two years, what would your...

#Photos: @SenatorTimScott Visits Reps. @MiaBLove + Will Hurd

Black Republicans. On the first day of the 114th Congress, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) visited the two freshman Black Republicans in the House: Reps. Mia Love (R-UT) and Will Hurd (R-TX).  The week...

Committees: @RepJeffries @RepAdams on Education, @MiaBLove on Financial Services

Committee assignments for Democrats in the House are being handed out and there are some interesting developments: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Alma Adams (D-NC) are on Education and Workforce...

Ellison to Lead Fight Against Yet Another Set of Dodd-Frank Rollbacks

It’s a new year and a new Congress but some things remain the same. Yet another attempt to roll back Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation is underway on the second day of the 114th...