July 29, 2016 |
The scene downstairs at Del Frisco's steak house was the kind of party that was busting out all across Center City this week. If you know the right people. And where to look. On this Tuesday afternoon, it was the Congressional Black Caucus being feted, with an assist from Philadelphia City Council members. Wine glasses clinked. Smooth jazz flowed from a band playing before a glittery curtain, illuminated in shades of red, white and blue. Servers with trays of hors d'oeuvres struggled to push through.
April 19, 2016 |
How far they've come. And I'm not talking about the GOP, whose front-runner representing 37 percent of the Republican electorate has repudiated post-Reagan orthodoxy on trade, entitlement reform, limited government, and Pax Americana (and possibly abortion, but who knows?). I'm talking about the Democrats. The center-left, triangulating, New Democrat (Bill) Clintonism of the 1990s is dead. It expired of unnatural causes, buried - definitively, if unceremoniously - by its very creator.
July 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A dramatic tax-raising deal last New Year's looked like it might be a breakthrough, signaling improved second-term relations between newly reelected President Obama and a divided Congress. At least that's what the White House hoped. But six months later, growing uncertainty over a sweeping immigration overhaul has dimmed expectations for a big summertime achievement and left Obama still in search of a marquee legislative accomplishment to mark his second four years. His advisers now concede that their best shot at changing the immigration system might come in the fall, after lawmakers return from their August recess.
July 8, 2013 |
William H. Gray III, who died Monday, has been called a "transformative leader" and "the most significant African American political figure in Philadelphia in the last 35 years. " But it was a teacher, Sidney Wise, who spotted his potential and led him to prominence. In a 2009 interview, Gray attributed his decision to get involved in politics to Wise, a professor of government at a small liberal arts college, Franklin and Marshall, in Lancaster. Wise approached Gray a few weeks before his graduation in 1963.
March 7, 2012 |
TRENTON - U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, 77, a Democrat known for his work on human rights and on behalf of the poor and the first black congressional member from New Jersey, died Tuesday at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, said his brother, William. The 12-term member of the House had announced in February that he was undergoing treatment for colon cancer and would continue to represent his district. He was flown back home to New Jersey on Friday from Georgetown University Hospital as his health took a turn for the worse.
September 25, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - In a fiery summons to an important voting bloc, President Obama told African Americans on Saturday to quit crying and complaining and "put on your marching shoes" to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity. And though he didn't say it directly, for a second term, too. Obama's speech to the annual awards dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus was his answer to increasingly vocal griping from black leaders that he's been giving away too much in talks with Republicans - and not doing enough to fight black unemployment, which is nearly double the national average at 16.7 percent.
November 9, 2008 |
There go my fellow conservatives, glumly shuffling along, depressed by the election aftermath. Not me. I'm virtually euphoric. Don't get me wrong. I'm not thrilled with America's flirtation with neosocialism. But there's a massive silver lining in the magical clouds that lofted Barack Obama to the presidency. For today, without a shred of intellectually legitimate opposition, I can loudly proclaim to America: The Era of White Guilt is over. This seemingly impossible event occurred because the vast majority of white Americans didn't give a fluff about skin color and enthusiastically pulled the voting lever for a black man. Not just any black man. A very liberal black man who spent his early career race-hustling banks, praying in a racist church for 20 years, and actively working with America-hating domestic terrorists.
June 15, 2008 |
Samuel L. Evans, 105, the patriarch of Philadelphia's African American leaders, a toughened veteran of the civil-rights struggle, and a longtime power broker in city politics, died Friday night at the St. Agnes Continuing Care Center in South Philadelphia. "So many of us have stood on his shoulders and gotten an education in politics, government and other areas," Mayor Nutter said yesterday. "He was a voice for the voiceless and a role model. " Former Mayor W. Wilson Goode said: "Sam Evans was a legend in this city for close to seven decades.
July 7, 2006 |
"Just as the slavemaster of that day used Tom, the house Negro, to keep the field Negroes in check, the same old slavemaster today has Negroes who are nothing but modern Uncle Toms, 20th century Uncle Toms, to keep you and me in check, keep us under control, keep us passive and peaceful. "The slavemaster took Tom and dressed him well, and fed him well, and even gave him a little education - a little education; gave him a long coat and a top hat and made all the other slaves look up to him. Then he used Tom to control them.
December 7, 2004 |
Rep. Mel Watt (D., N.C.), an opponent of the Iraq war and the Patriot Act, was chosen unanimously yesterday to lead the Congressional Black Caucus for the next two years. With the recent departures of two high-profile civil rights leaders - Kweisi Mfume of the NAACP and Fred Shuttlesworth of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference - Watt will be expected to fill a void in black leadership at a time when President Bush and congressional Republicans will push a conservative agenda that includes nominating federal judges and making Bush's tax cuts permanent.