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Obama Signs Bill Settling African-American Farmers’ and Native Americans’ Lawsuits

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Signing a law that he says closes a “long and unfortunate chapter” in the nation’s history, President Obama put his signature on the bill Wednesday to settle African-American farmers’ and Native Americans’ lawsuits against the federal government.

“This is one of those issues where you don’t always get political credit, but it’s just the right thing to do,” Obama said at the bill signing surrounded by multiple members of Congress in Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

The legislation authorizes $1.15 billion for black farmers who say they were discriminated against by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is a bill that was introduced by then-Senator Obama. The legislation also authorizes a $3.4 billion settlement with American Indians who say the U.S. Interior Department mismanaged trust accounts for natural resource royalties.

“Now, after 14 years of litigation, it’s finally time to address the way that Native Americans were treated by their government. It’s finally time to make things right.”

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December 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm

For the Carroll family, competition in politics and sports

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By Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald

It’s the summer of 1999 and 12-year-old Nolan Carroll II, a talented little soccer player and track star, is rollerblading around his Jacksonville neighborhood with a stack of political fliers, going door to door to campaign for his mother.

He is racing his younger sister, Nyckie, and brother, Necho, to see who delivers the most leaflets for Jennifer Carroll, who is running for the U.S. House.

It became a ritual in the Carroll household over the next 10 years. Mom runs for office, kids canvass neighborhoods, wave signs on street corners, smile and shake hands at rallies. They got good at it, and whenever they could make a contest of their political duties, they did.

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November 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

South Carolina’s Tim Scott among new faces bound for DC

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by James Rosen, McClatchy Newspapers

S.C. Rep. Tim Scott flew to Washington on Monday a week before most of his future House freshman colleagues as Republicans tapped him to help lead the largest class of new GOP lawmakers in decades.

Scott and three other pending first-term representatives were named to a 22-member transition team that will craft the rules by which the House will operate as of January under a restored Republican majority.

“Our assignment as a team is to transform the way we do business in Washington and make sure we keep the focus on jobs and the economy, and on cutting spending,” Scott told McClatchy from Charleston International Airport as he waited to fly to Washington.

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November 12, 2010 at 9:00 am

West GA town elects first black mayor

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By Curtis McCloud, WTVM

The number ‘304’ will forever be etched in 35-year-old Charles Gibson’s mind. It is the number of votes he received to be named the first African-American mayor of his home town of Lumpkin, GA.

“I really don’t think it’s totally set in yet. I have really been taking more feedback and feeling it more from the people,” said mayor-elect Charles Gibson.

People in Lumpkin say he’s the right man for the job.

“I believe this young man is going to be a mayor of all the citizens of Lumpkin and I think he’s going to do a good job,” said Lumpkin resident, Calvin Freeman.

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November 10, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Sewell brings history home

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by Rick Couch, Selma Times-Journal

A piece of history was again brought to Selma Tuesday night during Terri Sewell’s victory party at the St. James Hotel.

Sewell, who defeated Selma resident Don Chamberlain for the 7th Congressional District seat, also became the first black woman to represent Alabama in Washington.

Despite her historic victory, Sewell said the election was bigger than she.

“This win is not about me,” she said. “This win is for the 7th Congressional District. I am so honored and humble to have the opportunity to represent home.”

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November 10, 2010 at 9:34 am

A ‘female Obama’ seeks California attorney general post

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By Michael Martinez, CNN

She’s been called “the female Obama” by some media, and the president even paid her a visit this week to help her political fortunes. Like Barack Obama, she aspires to a lot of firsts.

Kamala Harris is the daughter of a father from Jamaica and a mother from India, and she’s seeking to be the first black woman attorney general of California.

If elected, Harris would be “the first female, the first African-American, the first Asian-American attorney general in California and the first South Asian-American attorney general in the nation,” according to her campaign literature.

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October 28, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Rick Scott picks lawmaker Jennifer Carroll as running mate

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by Steve Bousquet, Miami Herald

It’s official.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott on Thursday morning announced that state Rep. Jennifer Carroll of Jacksonville will be his running mate as lieutenant governor.

“I am honored that Jennifer is the first African-American Republican woman to be part of a statewide ticket in Florida,” Scott said.

“Jennifer Carroll is the embodiment of the American dream. She came to America as a young girl, decided to serve her country with the United States Navy, pursued a higher education, started a small business, and then was elected the first African-American female Republican in the Florida Legislature,” said Scott, who launched a new website featuring his new running mate ( Read the rest of this entry »

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September 4, 2010 at 7:49 am