'Forgotten voting blocs.' Florida's Black Caribbean voters identify with Kamala Harris
MIAMI — Kamala Harris, the U.S. senator picked this week as the running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, stands to become a number of “firsts” if the duo win the November presidential election: The first woman vice president. The first Black vice president. The first Asian-American vice president.But there’s one more historic possibility. If the Biden-Harris ticket wins this November, Harris, a first-generation American born to a mother from India and father from Jamaica, would also be the first vice president of Caribbean descent — a fact not lost on hundreds of...
Commentary: Please, bring up busing again: How Biden and Harris should return to their primary flashpoint
When Kamala Harris attacked Joe Biden for opposing federally mandated busing in the 1970s, holding herself up as the beneficiary of a school integration program as a little girl, she created a political rift, but not a substantive one, between two Democratic candidates for president.Harris and Biden both today support using tools that fall short of federal mandates to try to desegregate schools, despite the stubborn persistence of schools and school systems that in many cases can still be called separate and unequal.Instead, they want to give local districts grants to reevaluate their resident...
New York Daily News
Ann McFeatters: Democrats shouldn't count their chickens yet
The worst mistake Democrats could make now is overconfidence.Four years ago, polls showed Hillary Clinton comfortably ahead. She didn’t even campaign in Wisconsin or Michigan. Certainly, her supporters thought, Pennsylvania’s Blacks and women overwhelmingly would support the first female standard-bearer for a major party. But she lost all three states; the polls were not picking up what was happening in America.This year is different. Donald Trump woefully and arrogantly has mismanaged the coronavirus pandemic, let the economy collapse and shown that he has no empathy for the concerns of Black...
Tribune News Service
Will Giants fans forgive Kamala Harris at the polls in November?
As her sports fandom practices suggest, Kamala Harris knows a thing or two about uniting even the presumptive worst of foes. That ability just might serve Joe Biden’s Democratic vice presidential choice well on the campaign trail over the next three months.But, as some Giants fans might tell you, it still wouldn’t absolve Harris, herself a self-proclaimed Giants fan, from doing the unthinkable and wearing a Dodgers hat last year in public.The U.S. senator from California caused quite a stir when she was seen preparing for last year’s Democratic presidential candidates debate while wearing a Do...
The Mercury News
As Biden's running mate, Harris now the Democratic mainstream
On the one hand, Joe Biden — who is running as the candidate who promises to make the presidency boring again — made the most obvious — that is, boring — selection for his running mate on the Democratic ticket.California’s Kamala Harris was the logical choice all along — a nationally known senator from a big state who had run for president and acquitted herself well, even though she dropped out early. That speaks well of Biden. Logical selections are the ones that have performed well over time.On the other hand? The fact that Harris — who is Black and South Asian — was the safe choice based on...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Kamala Harris will strengthen Biden's presidential bid
Joe Biden’s selection Tuesday of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate was a smart and safe pick that breaks barriers while maintaining the centrist positioning critical for carrying swing states in the election less than three months away.Harris is the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent on a major national ticket. As a presidential candidate, she proved to be a tough political debater and as a senator to be a razor-sharp interrogator and advocate for social justice.Her skills as a prosecutor will serve Biden well during the remainder of the campaign, ...
The Mercury News
NC House candidate is under fire for posts some call sympathetic to white nationalists
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina congressional candidate faced scrutiny Tuesday after three-year-old social media posts went viral that some say signal support for white nationalism.And media reports also debunked Republican Madison Cawthorn’s claim that the accident that left him paralyzed was the reason he did not attend the U.S. Naval Academy.Cawthorn, 25, won a June primary runoff against Lynda Bennett, a candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump in western North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. He now faces Democrat Morris “Moe” Davis for the seat vacated this year by White Ho...
The Charlotte Observer
It's official: Kamala Harris named Joe Biden's vice presidential running mate
SAN JOSE, Calif. — After weeks of growing speculation, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden answered on Tuesday the most highly anticipated question of his campaign, naming California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate.“Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau,” Biden tweeted, referring to his late son. “I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”The decision propels Harris back onto the national stage after a di...
The Mercury News
California has spent $43 million suing the Trump administration. It's paying off, officials say
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has spent $43 million suing President Donald Trump’s administration over the past four years in a legal campaign that the state’s Democratic attorney general says has saved billions of dollars in funding the state would have lost had the White House carried out its policies.The lawsuits have prevented or stalled the Trump administration’s efforts to put a citizenship question on the census, weaken climate change policies, revoke California’s authority to set its own car pollution standards and rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ...
The Sacramento Bee
Trump says he might give his Republican renomination speech at Gettysburg
PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump may be coming to Pennsylvania later this month to formally accept his renomination for president.“We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations — The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C. We will announce the decision soon!” Trump tweeted Monday.That speech would be Aug. 27, the last day of the Republican National Convention, most of which will be conducted virtually after the coronavirus pandemic scuttled plans...
The Philadelphia Inquirer