In the Lone Star State Republicans won 16 state-wide elections and now control all 29 state-wide offices. Are Texas Democrats doomed?11:00 PM, Nov 6, 2002 • By BETH HENARY
TUESDAY NIGHT, the Texas GOP delivered for former governor George W. Bush--in grand fashion. Besides holding the governor's mansion and the Senate seat vacated by retiring senator Phil Gramm, the party refused to concede any statewide office to a Democrat, leaving the Democrats' representation at the highest levels of Texas government at zero.
Republicans didn't just beat their opponents; they pummeled them. With 90 percent of precincts reporting, Governor Rick Perry and U.S. senator-elect John Cornyn led their opponents Tony Sanchez and Ron Kirk by 18 and 12 points, respectively.
Are Republicans really trying to keep African-Americans from voting?2:45 AM, Nov 6, 2002 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
NO ONE should have been surprised when Terry McAuliffe, head of the Democratic National Committee, released a statement yesterday afternoon suggesting Republicans set out to intimidate minority voters.
Democratic dirty tricks continue, in Maryland, New Hampshire, and at the DNC.4:35 PM, Nov 5, 2002 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
THIS AFTERNOON DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe put out an alarming statement:
"We have seen 'anonymous' fliers displayed in predominantly African American communities in Baltimore, MD, with an incorrect Election Day date, warning voters to make sure their parking tickets are paid, their rent is not overdue, and they take care of any outstanding warrants before they go vote.
"A spokesman for the Maryland Republican candidate for Governor Bob Ehrlich was quoted saying their campaign plans include deploying off-duty police officers as poll watchers on Election Day.
California Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg wants the public to know how diverse the state's companies are.12:00 AM, Sep 6, 2002 • By BETH HENARY
PRO-BUSINESS GROUPS in California are railing against a bill that would require businesses and labor organizations to report racial and gender figures to the state every year. The bill's sponsor says it is designed to "put a little pressure" on companies and unions whose demographics don't mirror those of their respective communities. Businesses believe it could provide fresh meat for trial lawyers.
Passed by both legislative houses in late August on party-line votes, AB 1309 awaits signature on California governor Gray Davis's desk.
California governor Gray Davis weighs in on behalf of slave reparations.May 27, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 36 • By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS
California is the last place that ought to be embroiled in the slave reparations controversy. Slavery was never legal in the state. There were no plantations. Its ports were not slave trade centers--wrong coast.
Nonetheless, California has become the first state to step into the reparations game. The legislature two years ago passed, and Democratic governor Gray Davis signed, a bill requiring insurers doing business in the state to provide information on any slave policies they or predecessor companies had issued.
The Sixth Circuit custom-designs a majority for affirmative action.May 27, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 36 • By DOV B. FISCHER
IN GRUTTER V. BOLLINGER, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati last week upheld racial and ethnic preferences in admissions to the University of Michigan Law School. Liberals are celebrating a rare victory for affirmative action in the courts. However, the more profound impact of Grutter may lie in the manipulation of the court to achieve this outcome, exposed by some of the dissenting judges.
Thus, along with his dissent, Judge Danny J.
An e-mail reveals a disturbing example of the way CNN views race in America.12:00 AM, Apr 19, 2002 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
EARLIER THIS YEAR, William McGowan published an important book on how the media covers race in America. Coloring the News received a surprising number of favorable reviews. Even those who disagreed with his conclusions gave McGowan credit for his thorough reporting and his willingness to address a media taboo.
A year after the riots, Cincinnati rewards rioters.Apr 22, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 31 • By HEATHER MAC DONALD
ANYONE TEMPTED TO DISMISS the slavery reparations movement should take a look at Cincinnati. A year after rioters beat white drivers and burned and looted businesses, their spokesmen have shaken down the city for tens of millions of dollars in social spending and police monitoring mechanisms. And the riot apologists are not done. Scorning a recent settlement as "insultingly insufficient," they vow to continue a destructive boycott until the city coughs up another $200 million. Racial extortion is alive and well in America.
Cincinnati's nightmare began April 7, 2001.
Does she think the ethics rules don't apply to her?Feb 11, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 21 • By SAM DEALEY
WHEN SHEILA JACKSON LEE first came to Washington in January 1995, the Texas Democrat railed against the Capitol's silk-stockinged elite. "The American people want reform, not phony but real reform," she said in her debut House speech. "They want to know that the days of free meals and free trips and special privileges are over. . . . As Members of Congress, we should not be using public office for private gain."
How times change.
It's about 200 paces from the awning of Jackson Lee's Capitol Hill apartment to the marbled steps of the Cannon House Office Building, where her office is.
To celebrate Martin Luther King Day, the nation's newspaper did some racial nose-counting.11:01 PM, Jan 22, 2002 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
CELEBRATING Martin Luther King Day gets done in different ways.
How to think about immigration.Jan 28, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 19 • By TAMAR JACOBY
WHEN SECRETARY OF STATE Colin Powell and Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castaneda met in Washington on January 10, they resumed talks on a critical issue sidelined by September 11: immigration reform. It was bound to come back. For though the attacks raised security concerns that may make it harder now to reach a deal, they didn't repeal geography or demography or the realities of American labor markets, and the contradictions in U.S. border policy haven't gone away.
Harvard's new president finds out who's really in charge.Jan 21, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 18 • By NOAH D. OPPENHEIM
AS PRESIDENT OF Harvard University, Larry Summers holds perhaps the most prominent office in American academia and, you might think, one of the most powerful. But after just six months on the job, he now better understands who really holds the power.
In late December, three members of Harvard's Afro-American Studies department--Henry Louis Gates Jr., Cornel West, and Anthony Appiah--threatened to leave for Princeton, dissatisfied with Summers's leadership.
Is Harvard President Larry Summers coyly defying or artfully appeasing the race-preference crowd?11:01 PM, Jan 8, 2002 • By TERRY EASTLAND
WHERE DOES Larry Summers, Harvard University's new president, stand on affirmative action? That may or may not have been the major concern of the senior members of the Afro-American Studies Department who laid various grievances before Summers in recent weeks.
Jan 14, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 17 • By
THE TORCH BURNS ON
"Thank God." Those were the words of Senator Robert Torricelli last week after federal prosecutor Mary Jo White announced she would not indict him for campaign finance violations--in this case, good old-fashioned bribes stemming from contributions to his 1996 Senate campaign.
In a post-September 11 political climate that has shifted rather dramatically in favor of Republicans, Washington Democrats clutched onto the Torricelli news with particular relief.